This weekend is going to be perfect for both camping and playing on the river. Temperatures in the 80’s, light winds, sunny, and the fish are biting. It may be a bit breezy on Saturday, but not bad at all. The river won’t be as high as it has been the last month, but it will be plenty high for launching and navigating without worrying about going aground. Surface elevation should be between 219’ – 221’ .
We’ve had work going on in the lake side camping area for the last 1-1/2 weeks. They finished this morning. They opened up areas for shore fishing. They widened and smoothed out the ramp with a fresh layer of gravel and they made more camping pads in the slot to the north of the main area. It’s wonderful! All the Arrow weed and Salt Cedar (Tamarisk) is cut down so it’s a lot less buggy and there’s plenty of view of the lake. On top of all that, the Desert Willow trees are blooming.
The beautiful Desert Willow flowers:
This season and the fall are why we love it so much out here.
Another reason we love it out here is the bounty of the river and the sweet giving nature of our guests. They’ve shared their fish fry’s with us, they’ve shared their abundance of (already cleaned) fresh fish they don’t have room for in their freezers. And, they come in here with produce they fear may go bad so they share that with us. A couple came in today from California. They went through Pauma Valley to get here and stopped and picked up a flat of strawberries. The minute he said strawberries from Pauma Valley (Calif.) my mouth started watering. I grew up in Southern California and remember very well the strawberries from there. Of course there were only two of them so they just had to share a pint with us so it didn’t go bad. My first bite of berry was manna from heaven…. and every berry since has just transported me back to childhood. No chance they will go bad before we get to the end of them.
The water level has been so high there isn’t much in the way of wading water for the shore birds to catch their fish. We’ve had a Great Egret in the yard supplementing his diet with lizards. He comes right up to the RV looking for the nooks an crannies the lizard may be in. Here he’s caught a Whiptail Lizard (one of 6 for the day).
This year for the first time since we got here 2-1/2 years ago, we have Yellow-headed Blackbirds coming into the yard for seed. They come in droves! I’ve had over 2 dozen in here at one time. Between them, the Great-tailed Grackle, Black-headed Grosbeaks and finches they devour 2 lbs of seed a day.
Time for me to say night, night.
Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!