Sunday, March 26
Poverty Flats (Snowbird Mesa), Overton, Nevada
Reggie and I look for a new camp.
Poverty Flats is too crowded, so off we go!
When I find an area that is promising, I like to park the Perfect Tow Vehicle and walk it with Reg. It’s a better way to become acquainted with a potential home. Plus Reggie must have two long walks a day, otherwise he goes nuts.
Mesas reach across the desert like fingers on a massive hand.
Between the mesas are deep chasms. Gathering up Reggie’s tether to keep him close, I venture near the edge to look down at the winding wash below and to take a few photos.
Campsites are scattered along the edge of this giant ravine.
I’ve seen RVers back their rig so the rear end hangs over the edge. This is not a scene I want to see looking down out my window.
Ooh, gives me shivers!
Reggie and I wander through a few campsites.
I’ve learned to pass up the first few sites, if possible. They usually are close together (because people don’t want to drive far from the main road) and it’s likely that those who want neighbors will choose to camp in these.
I figure if we continue further, where the road deteriorates and the landscape looks “empty,” we will find a boondock with a better chance of remaining private.
The primary plants are sage, creosote, and ratanay.
I pluck a sprig of sage and crush it. Ahhh . . . .
Reggie and I find a level campsite in a pretty area. The site is near the edge of the mesa without being too close for comfort.
“Okay, this is the one. Let’s go back to Poverty Flats and break camp.”
By the time we reach the PTV, Reg is ready for a drink and a nap.
Our new camp . . . Much better!
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Reggie and I discover gifts scattered around our new camp.
Beavertail Cactus, a type of prickly pear . . . The classic desert flower.
We come upon wide swaths of white dots. These tiny flowers are no bigger than an M&M candy. They grow so thickly that one cannot walk without stepping on them. I try not to!
These precious flowers are called White Wooly Daisies.
The next delicate flower is a variety of Mariposa Lily (“butterfly” lily in Spanish). I find it growing in the driest, roughest, most inhospitable places!
On a windswept mesa of sage and rocks, spikes of color wave. These vivid blooms are on the indigo bush.
Cheerful, yellow bouquets of desert marigold grow abundantly along washes.
I owe the identification of the flowers above to helpful wildflower detectives!
Thank you very much, blogorinos! Taking your suggestions, I researched the flowers until I could confirm the correct names. (I have the advantage of looking at the plants again in “real life.”)
Then I edited this post to include the flower names and links for you to follow if you are interested in seeing more photos and learning more.
The stay limit of our new camp is 15 days.
As I write this on the first day of April, we’ve used up six of those days and are now in the seventh. I hope we can enjoy another week before moving to another camp.
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