December 29, 2016

Washoe Lake State Park

"We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and un-explorable, the land and sea be indefinitely, wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us. We can never have enough of nature."
Henry David Thoreau

We bid farewell to Lake Almanor with a goal to head east via the Feather River Scenic Byway toward Carson City, Nevada to connect to Highway 395. Our plans were to slowly travel south into California toward Lone Pine, skirting our beloved Eastern Sierras and then spending a few days in them Alabama Hills. travel is to live..."but the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry."

Whenever we travel, Imkelina's thirst for new places and sights to explore and immerse herself in, is unquenchable. Her favorite saying is "I haven't been everywhere, but I am here now, so let's check it out." 

As we cruised down Hwy 89, we pointed our nose toward Washoe Lake State Park.
The name Washoe comes from the original inhabitants, the Washoe Indians. The park was established in 1977 to preserve a portion of the valley for future generations to enjoy. Unfortunately, that is the only way to protect our environment these days...legislate and establish, to protect and preserve.
Within the park there is a wetland and sand dune habitat that support a diverse collection of wildlife...including deer, coyote, jack rabbits, hawks, eagles, pelicans, Great Blue and Night Herons and many other migratory birds. Washoe has been called a bird watchers dream.

The campground had some very nice sites and during our stay, was pretty sparse of campers. We located a perfect pull through, so did not have to disconnect the car during our stay. With an offering of a few nice views, walking trails and a campfire under a blanket of stars and the glow of the full moon, this waypoint was perfect.

Extreme circumstances remembered in tranquil setting...isn't this the definition of adventure? While at Washoe, we kept abreast of weather conditions heading down Hwy 395 toward Bishop, CA. A big storm was brewing over the Sierras and producing some very cold conditions. Projections were as low as 17º at night. Well after much debate (not really), we chose that protecting the plumbing on our Webegon was more important than viewing the wrath above and below Mount Whitney and knew we would be cruising the 395 corridor again by spring time. So we headed west toward the California Gold Country and Jackson, CA via the steep and winding "slide" call Hwy 88. Our plans now were to take our time heading back to the Central Coast Hidey Hole just in time for the holidays.

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