Tuesday August 11, 2015 Merritt Creek Nevada
Note: I’m posting three blogs today. The first one starts on the 7th of August. Use the, recent posts thing on the right side bar of this blog to find the older posts and start with August 7. These blogs are being posted from the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. The next posts will likely be from Jarbidge if I can find internet access and it might be a week before you hear from me.
First thing this morning I went back out for another walk up the creek to check out the beaver action.
This is the beaver dam in the above picture. Note that the sticks on the dam are facing up stream which would be helpful for big spawning fish that are swimming up stream in the winters higher waters. I don’t think they do it for the fish, it’s just the way they build there dams.
I stopped and watched in this spot for a good spell. You can sure see how the beaver have spread out the water. The shorelines are all wet and lush with vegetation. This is an older dam, you can see how the dam is reverting to nature, so to speak.
I went back to camp where I found Steve getting up. After awhile I took Steve back out to the beaver area and showed him what I found. His mood is improving, but not his sore back.
We headed on back to camp for a good long break then decided to go for a walk up in the quaking aspen trees up on side of the hill.
We worked our way up the hill and into the trees. It was amazingly lush under some of the aspens.
We headed on back to camp were we rested up and had something to eat. In the mean time, it was thundering off and on and spitting some rain, most of it not hitting the ground, but occasionally the clouds burst.
Around seven PM, I headed back up to the beaver pond where I saw the beaver the other night.
The days light was fading fast as I sat by the shore and watched the beaver swim around in front of me as I sat motionless with my camera to my eye. It was swimming over ever closer to where I was sitting.
Eventually the beaver swam away and since the light was almost gone I headed on in for the day.
Eventually Steve came back from a hike and seemed to be doing a bit better with the mood thing, but his back is still paining him.
It’s continuing spitting some rain showers, very light and breezy and sometimes windy, but not hot and over all very nice weather with even cooler nights for sleeping.
Nice day checking out what the beaver can do for an area.
Tomorrow, we will break camp and head on down to the Indian reservation’s store to get gas and then move to a new camp. I hope to post all these blogs at the time at the reservation’s computer lab.