After spending some days at the Pilot Knob BLM land west of Yuma, AZ, I moved on up to Mittry Lake just north of Yuma. Mittry Lake is a wildlife area and home to many birds, both full-time residents and winter-only part-timers, and other creatures, including coyotes and bats. There’s a boat ramp and ten fishing piers for the anglers among us with the most common catch being bass and catfish – and maybe a bluegill or two (although, as I recall, it takes a whole boatload of bluegill to make it worth anyone’s while to catch any for eating!). Camping here is free and restricted to ten days per calendar year. The amenities include vault restrooms and a trash dumpster as well as a picnic table shelter.
My camping spot is between the road and the lake – and I’m here in this spot all by myself… well, that is except for the coots, mallards and snowy egrets. I can’t even hear my nearest neighbor who is several hundred feet away. The lake is just on the other side of my trailer and vehicle. Very handy… I can sit in my chair in the reeds or bamboo or whatever it is and read all day long, taking breaks for lunch and maybe a nap. Or if I need to, I can pop into Yuma for groceries and Starbucks internet. It’s been about 70 degrees during the day with early morning high clouds and it gets down to 45 or 50 degrees at night. I have no signal out at the lake so I’m off-grid for phone calls, texts, emails – it’s been very peaceful, I can tell you!
The sunsets have been spectacular and the clouds magnificent! As anyone who lives in or has spent any time at all in the desert knows, the clouds, sunsets, and sunrises are gifts of beauty from Mother Earth, almost every day!
I’ll be here for a few more days before I head off to somewhere else – no service, no cellphone, no computer, no internet, no problem! I’ll be just down the trail, sitting in my chair, listening to the finches and whatever that other tiny bird is chattering away, enjoying the gentle breeze, reading a book, sipping a cup of tea. The only thing that could make this a little bit more awesome is if you all were here with me. Well, that is, in your own spot just a speck down the way…
Until then, see you somewhere on the road!