Wednesday September 20, 2023 Nevada Desert
Beaver pond camp
I was sitting in my van having a cup of coffee looking across the beaver pond when a big bird landed and flashed a wing that caught my eye on the other side of the pond.
It looked sorta like a golden eagle, but.
I got another shot at it when it landed. Looks more like some kind of big hawk. It sunned there until I left a bit later.
I drove on out of the forest to Janesville CA. and gassed up and posted my blog when I got some cell service.
Then I headed up highway 395 a short distance and turned east on a gravel road going that way called Smoke Creek Road.
I had to slow down for these critters that were on the road.
I stopped here at this intersection to check the map and take a short break
Not far from there, I crossed the border into Nevada and the gravel road improved a lot, so my speed picked up to forty or so from twenty in California.
Shortly, I ran into this nice little pull off by a creek with running water in it, so I had another short break and something to eat.
Just up the road from there, I spied this large big bird land up on the hillside above the road, so pulled over to try to get a picture. It took off and this one sure looks like a golden eagle.
I was trying to go mostly east, but none of the back roads really went just east, so I did a lot of map studying and decided to change my plans and head a bit south instead of north which would save me a lot of time and a bunch of gas, so I changed direction.
When I saw this mostly dry lake bed with lots of green grass, I thought it would be a good place to camp. I can see some donkeys out in the grass there.
And these deer were watching me as I pulled in to find a camp spot.
I found a nice camp spot in the trees which was good as the wind was really blowing and it wasn’t too bad in the trees.
I was closer to the donkeys and they were watching me.
I studied the maps some more and eventually the wind got to me, so I decided to drive on some more for about another hour which dropped me in this big valley, heading south now and soon to be a paved road.
I’m thinking I can find a camp spot up along the bottom of that mountain range. I pulled off on a dirt road that went over to some power lines for maintenance and found a camp spot for the night. I’m just above the Black Rock desert where they have the Burning Man thing.
And this was the sunset that finished up the day.
Tomorrow I hope to make it across the desert to highway 95 at McDermott where I will get gas and then start heading east again through some boonies type roads.