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Deschutes River State Park, east of The Dalles, Oregon
Spike looks over the Deschutes River.
After torrential rain coming out of the Portland area, the crew and I followed the Columbia Gorge to camp at this state park. It’s a popular park with fishermen.
A highlight of the month of October was the purchase of four new tires for the Perfect Tow Vehicle!
“Camp Sugar Pine,” Deschutes National Forest, south of Bend, Oregon
This boondock was easy to find in the forest off of Route 97. We didn’t see anyone for two days, just two vehicles going up the forest road.
A homestead between Grass Valley and Shaniko
Snow-capped peaks seem incongruous as a background to dry grassland. Route 97 is a relaxing drive in this area. I was glad we came this way.
Duncan Reservoir, Modoc National Forest, west of Canby, Oregon
I was pleased to find this secluded camp by water when traveling through an area with few boondocks. Unfortunately, the activities of duck hunters in early morning drove us out. We needed to keep moving southward anyway.
Washoe Lake State Park, Carson City, Nevada
On the way south on Route 395, we came over a mountain pass to this! Photographers and painters were perched in the overlooks, trying to capture Nature in all her autumn glory. I did my best with my new camera.
Here we are pulling out of Washoe Lake State Park’s campground to continue moving southward. This was a repeat visit as we stayed here in 2012 also. It’s convenient, well-maintained, and in beautiful location.
Mono Lake, California
The approach to Mono Lake, coming from the north, was as breathtaking in 2013 as it was the first time I saw this view from an overlook in 2012. That’s Mono Lake in the distance at the end of the ribbon of road.
“Glass Creek Camp,” Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes, California
I could not believe my luck when I pulled off Route 395, weary from a long drive, and came upon this gorgeous place to camp. Spectacular mountain views, especially after it snowed!
One by one, this deer family came into view, until I captured five of them in the frame.
The large campground nearby was closed. Spike and Bridget had fun during our walks along Glass Creek and through the pines. No one was around. The forest was quiet except for the whispers of pine boughs overhead. Delightful!
I tried to keep ahead of the cold but it caught us here at Glass Creek’s elevation. It didn’t matter. I loved the camp so much . . . what’s a little snow and cold! We stayed several days.
Tinnemaha Campground, south of Big Pine, California
The drive from Glass Creek to Tinnemaha Campground gave me more views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada.
A roadrunner sat on a post near our campsite just long enough for this photo to be taken.
The campground was quiet for a few days. When weekenders arrived, it was time to move further south on Route 395.
Owens Valley, Route 395, between Big Pine and Lone Pine, California
One bright morning Bridget, Spike, and I set out to explore lovely Owens Valley.
It was a magical morning with golden light. Nature seemed to be waiting, holding poses for my camera.
The crew and I walked Manzanar Road with the Inyo Mountains on the east and the Sierra Nevada on the west.
Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California
I was thrilled to find this private boondock off of Tuttle Creek Road. It was away from the tourists and very quiet.
Every day the leaves of the cottonwood trees would deepen from yellow to gold and Lone Peak presented a dramatic display of light and shadow. A lovely camp!
That wraps up October!
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