Stockade Flat

Fall is in the air in Northern Nevada.  The aspen trees are just beginning to turn in the higher elevations of the Sierra while in the Black Rock Desert, thousands of paradoxical free spirits are drawn to Burning Man like moths to the flame. The mornings are cooler and days are growing shorter.  Never one for crowds, for me this the  perfect time of year to go camping.  Each to their own. Bless and be Blessed.

Car camping was the venue of choice last weekend.  A quick two hours south of Washoe Valley, Nv.  and 13 mile off of HiWay 395 rests Stockade Flat.  As the Sierra Nevada go, one would not describe this area as the most majestic or picturesque. Yet it offers the soul a wonderful quietness and a shelter of synchronictity  with one’s surroundings.  At 8640 feet,  Stockade Flat lays at the bottom of a  broad slope just east of  Mt. Emma and Emma Lake.  There are no creeks running through it or lakes to behold or ponder from your campsite. Yet it does not feel dry as  the stoic energy of Mt. Emma flows down and pools in this round green meadow where pine trees, aspen and sagebrush coincide while in the eastern distance  the Sweetwater Mountains concert with the setting sun to paint an ever evolving story of shadows and light.

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Stockade Flat

Stockade Flat

 

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The Sweetwater Mountains.

The Sweetwater Mountains.

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Sweetwater Mountains. Photo by Bruce Czopek

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A front row seat for sunset.

A front row seat for sunset.

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Stockade Flat, Ca.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

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After hours at the Stockade Flat library.

After hours at the Stockade Flat library.

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Sunrise.

Sunrise.

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The 24 year old North Face tent lives on.

The 24 year old North Face tent lives on.

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One of the neighborhood residents.

One of the neighborhood residents.  A Red Breasted Sapsucker.

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Emma Lake.

A mile or so up from Stockade Flat is the trailhead to Emma Lake. It is only a mile hike up to the lake.

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A  takes a bath on the shore of Emma Lake.

A   tern  takes a bath on the shore of Emma Lake.

 

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5 thoughts on “Stockade Flat

  1. Thank you for the lovely armchair voyage, your poetic report of a real safari. What a place, just looking felt like a week in the country. Brilliant of you to have gone and found and stayed. Part of the driftwood (above the Tern) by the stream looks like mancinita, there were so many of those trees in the Yosemite High Sierra woods, just beautiful all of it, and Red Sapsucker. And your tent and lantern and library and table, all of it heartwarming and cheering to think of it part yet distant from the turbulent world. I’m so pleased for you.

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