We finally decided to take out new tent out for a trial run. Since we had not been out for a while our tent had languished in its original box for about 5 months. In our area it is very difficult to find an open camping spot without advance planning so we chose a mid-week trip to a nearby lake. You should understand, lakes in this part of California are few and far between, so they are usually full of boaters and crowds. Mid week and before the kids were out of school we had no problem getting in and very few neighbors. Even the park ranger looked surprised when we arrived, no reservation, and asked to camp for one night!
We chose Silverwood Lake in the almost high desert located in the San Bernardino National Forest.
This would not be a place I would venture to mid summer as temps can hit the 100’s quite often. I am also afraid of rattlesnakes (well to be honest, any snakes) which are quite common in the desert heat. The other draw for this spot is the less than one hour drive to get there.
When you think of desert camping you don’t often think of trees…
…which they had plenty of…
They had plenty of that too.
We had a lovely campsite, plenty of room for multiple tents.
It was a little breezy and mildly warm temperatures.
A homing pigeon stopped by for a rest on his way to wherever.
Thommmee was so excited when he saw an eagle scoop up a small squirrel in its talons and fly off. Of course we didn’t have time to get a picture of nature in action.
The desert has a variety of beautiful and unique flowers.
We didn’t get many pictures because I actually turned my phone off for 24 hours! Yes, it was hard but it was also very relaxing. No internet, no connecting with anyone else or thinking about anything else except enjoying God’s beauty and spending time with Thommmee. I had time to be alone and reflect. We took a few little hikes to appreciate the exquisite diversity of the desert scenery. Although it was only one night, there was something about the quiet time that replenished me.
It was just what I needed.