We found a night camp on the rim of some badlands "canyons" just a bit south/west of Overton, Nevada.
It does have its attributes though. One, it's Free! :) and two the quiet and space is precious to such as me, even with the first impression of bleak and barren; and as you'll soon see, bleak and barren isn't always as it appears...
We weren't the first by any stretch to find this place. The tip came from the campground host at south campground back in Zion...
Just a bit farther west of us, across one of the shallow canyons was where the more Elite folks set up. ;) Funny how it seems to work out that way... the six digit rigs tend to congregate in one area... and us lower level wanderers camp up in another.
... No Matter your economic status... the sun rises over Free men just the same...
With the sunrise we continued our southern migration... passing by Lake Mead along the way.
Coming through the treeless expanse of the Mohave Desert... finding a few Palm trees poking up out of the rocks and sand is a little surprising...
If I remember the name right, this is Blue Point Spring... Walking up to the oasis it surprised me to surprise a frog!
He'd been sitting by a clump of grass on the bank of the hidden stream. The grass was so thick that I could actually only see the water in one tiny spot (where I'd seen the frog jump). What's sweet though is to Hear the water gurgling in its stream bed... through this thirsty land... as it works its way through the grass.
There was even one tiny lil' fish, maybe an inch and a half long swimming near the bank of that one small visible bit of water.
The amount of Life in these small lil' Oasis in the desert is pretty remarkable..
If you turn around and look back upstream, toward the head of the spring...
This doesn't exactly look like country you'd expect to find frogs and fish in... does it?
Running a bit farther south... we got closer to the lake... and could clearly see how low it remains... The lake itself has been down for years...
... It's been dropping since 1997. Some of the cause is a bit of drought... though... in the Desert... it is ALWAYS drought. The folks planting lawns and golf courses don't seem to grasp that fact.
75% of San Diego's water comes from THIS lake... The guys running the show have already projected the HIGH likelihood of it going effectively dry in the next 30 to 40 years... The problem with the lake is not the weather... it's way too many people trying to drink out of it... and water lawns... where lawns were never intended...
I remember lots of folks having green yards in Tucson when I was a kid... They'd bought Green Gravel!
We continued on south past the Hoover Dam... Years ago we used to drive across it... now it's not visible over the concrete walls of the new bridge built to bypass traffic around it. You can go down another road and still take a tour I guess.
By mid afternoon we were back in our Kaibab Camp of previous years... or near to it...
|*180 degree panorama of our Kaibab camp area*|
|*Kaibab National Forest near Ash Fork*|
You can just see the rig poking out of the Junipers in the lower right of the photo... We got there in plenty of time to take an afternoon walk through the neighborhood and renew acquaintances with some of the neighbors.
|*Kaibab Nat Forest Antelope*|
Farther on up the forest road was a mob of other locals... must have been over thirty in the area. They all appeared to be working their way NW at sunset. Must be a big roost area off there somewhere...
|*Ravens on the Kaibab in Arizona*|
Kinda spooked her... Said she could hear his wings as he flew up behind them so low she thought she could reach up and pluck a feather...
Woosh, Woosh, Woosh!
Maybe if she had, he'd learn his manners! :)
|*Our First Sunrise ~ Back on the Kaibab*|
We've been here for three nights now, and will pull out tomorrow morning, bound for Phoenix International Raceway... and a week of NASCAR, driving for dollars. ;)
|*from the hilltop behind our camp on the Kaibab National Forest*|
Pretty good yard for bein' Rent Free...ain't it? You can't get more Frugal than that! Like I've said... I can't think of a better way to be livin'... It works for me!
Boondocked on the Kaibab