Early Spring Outing

With 60 degree plus weather this weekend, I took advantage of the light winter snowfall for some early spring hiking and camping.  Lundy Lake , Ca was the destination.  Two and a half hours south of Washoe Valley and five miles  off of Hiway 395, Lundy Lake is  a popular summer destination. In a normal winter one would not be able to drive in but it was clear sailing to the lake and the campgrounds which although technically closed were pressed into service for a night by this impatient backpacker for some comfortable car camping.

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Lundy Lake. Photo by Bruce Czopek

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The   reflections seemed to  be resting deep under the water.

The reflections seemed to be resting deep under the water. The lack of winter moisture is evident in the low water line around the lake.

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Ice and water and shore make for a naturally  abstract triptych when viewed from the trail above the lake.

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Snowshoes were necessary for any hiking up the lakeside trail that leads to the old Lundy May MIne from the 1800's.

Snowshoes were necessary for any hiking up the lakeside trail that leads to the old May Lundy Mine that operated in the late 1800’s.

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Looking up to Lundy Canyon.

Looking up to Lundy Canyon.

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Close to Sunset. Lundy Lake, Ca. Photo by Bruce Czopek

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The Wonderful Flood of Last Light. Lundy Lake, Ca.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

The Wonderful Flood of Last Light.

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Ah, the luxury of car camping. Being able to sleep in a larger ( read heavier)  tent with more padding under  tired bones. And  I could bring my pillow from home and books to read!

The luxuries of car camping. It’s a treat to have a larger (read heavier) tent and bring more padding to put under tired bones. And I could bring a pillow from home and books to read!

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6 thoughts on “Early Spring Outing

  1. What an amazing place. These are very remarkable journeys you take when there is silence, and thought, and one’s own heartbeat against powerful nature. I imagine you come back filled with insights and a great increased lust for life. Well done.

    • Thank you, Barbara. The High Country really serves as Sanctuary to me at this time. i always come back both humbled and filled with gratitude for being able to make use of it. I just finished reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It’s about her hiking 1100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995. She describes some of the emotions that move through you out in the wilderness very well. A good read if you have the time.

    • Yep!! A few cars drove up to the dam in the late afternoon but no one was hiking the area or camping.

      Quite the opposite of summertime, when it is fairly crowded. Thanks for checking in…..

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