The campground is all buttoned up for the winter. Now we just have to pack our trailer and get ourselves out of here. But I just had a couple more memories to share.
Since Sam Owen mostly has ponderosa pine and cedars, there aren’t a whole lot of fall colors to see. The cedars shed some “leaves” but they just turn brown like the pine needles. We only had about 3 splashes of color like this. So, every once in a while, I’d just have to stop and enjoy it.
This reminds me of when all our northern guests were here. I’m going to nickname the Dancing Shadows Loop “Little Alberta” and Skipping Stone “Little BC” 🙂 I wonder if the Canada Geese winter on Lake Pend Oreille? I’ve heard this little cove is generally warmer than the rest of the lake. And the winters aren’t usually too severe in the whole area.
We learned something about pine trees this week. You can tell a pine tree is going to be dead next year by looking at where the cones are. If they are clustered at the top, instead of spread out all over the tree, that’s a clear indication. A tree dies from the bottom up. And it will produce as many cones, as it possibly can, the fall before it dies.
Now there’s a nice whitetail buck! Would you call him a 3 point or 4 point…or a 7? Maybe it depends on what part of the country you are from. The deer are really loving the mushrooms in the campground. Lack of guests and mild temps are allowing the grass to replenish too. We saw a tiny fawn yesterday though. She could only be a few weeks old! That’s pretty late in the season to be born. We hope it makes it through the winter!
Well, it’s the end of another chapter in our Workamping log. Don and Brian reeled in the last big one yesterday. Sam Owen Campground was a great experience. We’d recommend it to anyone. It’s a beautiful area on Lake Pend Oreille with curteous, friendly campers. We’d do it again, next year, if our feet weren’t itching so bad!
Chickahominy is about 25 miles west of Burns, Oregon. Malheur Wildlife Refuge is south of Burns. After fueling up in Burns, we turned south on Hwy 205 to take the western route to Winnemucca. Hwy 95 also takes you to Winnemucca, is a better road according to the map, and is a shorter drive. However, we wanted to see more of the Refuge. 205 wasn’t a bad road. There was one steep climb in Frenchglen and the frequent cattle guards shook up our 5th Wheel, a little, but no damage was done.
We saw lots of birds in the marshes: Canada Geese, Yellowheaded Blackbirds and others that I couldn’t identify. As we were driving we slowed down to see what was in the middle of the road. A crow was bouncing around on the side but we couldn’t see that it was a hawk guarding his roadkill until we got closer. He wasn’t about to leave his breakfast, even when he saw the giant 5th wheel bearing down on him. He lifted off with almost a whole, fresh-killed, rabbit in his clutches. Even though we were going slow and shifted around him, he knew he’d have to drop it in order to survive. I bet the crow didn’t beat him back to it though. That was a pretty determined hawk!
Geese mate for life and they both play an integral part in raising their young. Look at those fuzzy little chicks!
The Whitetail Deer turned around to say ‘Hi’ as we reached the top of the Catlow Rim. They looked a little scruffy to me. Maybe that’s just their winter coat starting to thin out? Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something scurrying along in the roadside ditch. I’m guessing it was a rockchuck or something like that. He was racing us!
This big Antelope buck (on the right) had a herd of about 8 does. He watched us very closely as we drove by. Most of his does had already crossed the road in front of us. They were safe because they looked both ways before crossing!
We got into the Hi-Desert RV Park in Winnemucca, NV, just before a big wind (sand) storm hit. We paid about $18 for a FHU site (+cable and wifi) with our Escapees discount (50%)! The wifi wasn’t working last night, but neither was our Verizon broadband. Our cell phone indicated a good signal (extended network) but I couldn’t make any calls out. So we’re not sure if we were in a Bermuda Triangle of sorts or what was going on. But all is working this morning!
From Crockett, we headed west on Hwy 21, passed through Bryan to get to Caldwell, then turned south on Hwy 36 to Somerville. There are several State Parks on the lake. But our favorite are the Corp Parks, Yegua Creek and Rocky Creek Campgrounds. Yegua, meaning “mare” in spanish, has a 1-mile nature trail. When we volunteered here in the Winter of ’06/’07, it was our responsibility to watchover this trail.
There are loads of whitetail deer that frequent the campground. If you’re lucky, and know where to look, you can find their shedded antlers! This doe got a little nervous when she discovered Don, sitting in a chair, taking her picture. When she noticed him, she huffed and stamped her foot at him. So he huffed and stamped back. She kept doing it and he talked back to her in her language. It was funny to watch. I was surprised at how loud they can make that sound.
Mom and Dad towed their bass boat with their motorhome. We unloaded our utility trailer and camper and hooked up the boat – ready to put’er in asap! Reports are that the white bass are biting. Dad put chicken on the grill and Don and I when down to the boat ramp to check it out. Sure enough, just like the last time we were here! Those bass were jumpin’! We didn’t put the boat in since dinner was waiting. We’ll do that tomorrow.
The sites in these USACE parks are level and long! These are great facilities! $20/night, for us young’uns, for elec/water site. Mom and Dad paid $10/night with their Golden Age (America the Beautiful) card.