Sunday August 16, 2015 Bearpaw Mountain Nevada, near Jarbidge
Moving to Bearpaw camp
We were headed for the Jones ranch in the Diamond A Desert, not very far up the road from where we camped last night.
Dry water tank
We were driving out to a big water tank which usually has water in it for the cows and wild animals to drink, but today, the tank was dry. Was the spring dried up where we were going to camp that feeds this tank? There’s usually a lot of cows milling around this tank, but not today. The plus is not many flies either.
Where’d they put that road
I knew the road went up along the pipeline to the spring up on Bearpaw Mountain, but since the tank was dry, the cows hadn’t eaten the grass and I couldn’t find the road. After walking around in the grass looking for the road I finally found it, so off we went, five or more miles to the spring.
We made it up to the spring about half way up the north side of Bearpaw Mountain and set up camp. There’s still a lot of smoke around in the air today from fires somewhere else. Here’s our camp overlooking the desert.
Plugged up water spring
Right away, I checked the spring box and found it overflowing with water, but none going down the pipe because the willow roots had grown into the outlet pipe and plugged it all up.
Water means life out here
There were a lot of roots in that box. I pulled and pulled and got that big wad out on the left side of the picture. I could see the water start to drain down and go down the pipe headed several miles to that empty tank we passed on the way in. I was picturing water starting to pour into the empty tank as I started the water on it’s way.
On the left is the wad of roots I pulled out of the spring box which is on the right. There are some rocks to stand on in the mud, but not enough of them, so the shoes get a bit wet and muddy, but for a good cause.
Life giving water
That was a good feeling knowing I just put life giving water way out there in the desert just by removing the roots. It appears the ranchers on the Diamond A Ranch haven’t been taking care of this spring and may not even know where it is. The ranchers here now are new college guys that took over from the older cowboy types several years ago. So they may not know where this spring is located. If I can catch up with one of the ranch hands on this trip, I’ll see what they know about this spring and I need to inform them that I have messed with their spring which I’m not sure is ok, but hope it was.
Nice and breezy
There was a nice breeze blowing up here on the hillside. We spent the day mostly just sitting around enjoying the day.
That was pretty much our day. We are planning to walk up to the top of Bearpaw Mountain tomorrow morning before it gets too warm. There’s been plenty of cool breezes blowing up here on the side of the mountain so it’s been just about right and real nice.