Friday June 26, 2015 Black Rock Crossing on the Bruneau River near Rowland Nevada
I wasn’t real sure what I wanted to do today. I was thinking of going over and checking out the Black Rock crossing from this side, as it was only about eleven miles from this camp.
As it was, a critter woke me up late last night running around in my engine compartment. I got up and chased it away, but it was still there this morning, so I opened the hood up and cleaned out all the grasses and stuff it had already brought into the compartment. I was mostly concerned about fire as it put a lot of dry stuff right on top of the exhaust manifold. I looked for damage, but luckily didn’t find any.
It was nice and cool as I got it going so I decided to cook the bread dough I made the other day. Simplest way to do that is put some olive oil in my woke, just a little on the bottom and roll little pieces of dough to cook until I get these. Already olive oil flavored.
I sat around taking it easy for a couple hours while it was still cool and finally made up my mind to drive over to the Black Rock crossing to check it out.
Just after I got back on the main road from the ranch these two birds took off in front of me and I followed them quite a ways until they finally took off. Chuckers, I think.
As I neared the edge of the canyon of the Bruneau river, I could see the road that goes up the other side of the canyon. I’d been on the top of this road once from the other side and determined that mostly the little quad runners were going down it and it would be a bit rough for this van, but likely jeepers could do it.
I made it to this point and the road did the same as it did on the other side of the crossing, turned to little quad runner tracks and real rocky, so being out here all by myself, I decided not to do it and stopped to think about it.
I decided to head back down the main road to McDonald’s creek road, which I’d been on almost up to this point about a year ago and camped at the old ranch. But today, I had found another camp site right where the creek road joined this main road so I went there and set up for a nap as it was getting hot and almost noon. It’s a fairly good camp site, as there’s a creek in the tree and the tree provide a little shade and there is a breeze blowing through most of the time. I plan to drive up this canyon and check out the McDonald’s ranch sometime late today. I also remember there was a good spring along this road with water coming out of a pipe which I could use to refill my water supply.
The road to McDonald’s ranch
Around three PM I tried the road to McDonalds ranch. I only got a short distance as it was over grown and more another narrow quad runner road, so I had to turn around and head back.
It’s getting late in the day, so I head back down to Scott’s ranch just a short distance down the road. But that rat will get back in my engine compartment, so I head on down to the meadow past the main ranch, where I think the horse goes at night.
Evening walk around the meadow
Although it may not look like it, this meadow is a feeding place of many marmots. They have trails all through it and as I walked I could often see the tops of the grasses shake as they ran off to keep out of my way.
That’s it for another warm day in the desert. It’s just now starting to cool down nicely today at around eight thirty, so time to relax for the rest of it.
Nice day exploring around.