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After spending some days at the Pilot Knob BLM land west of Yuma, AZ, Mittry LakeI 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!). Fishing dock 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.  My camping spot at Mittry LakeVery 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!

SunsetThe 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 came upon this snowy egret taking a nap up in the top of the snag early one morning… maybe breakfast wasn’t ready to be served yet.Snowy egret taking a nap

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!

A Few Days at Mittry Lake
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10 thoughts on “A Few Days at Mittry Lake

    • February 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Heaven it is, Nancy! Amazing how many little pieces of heaven there are on our planet, isn’t it?

      • February 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm

        I am just now getting caught up on your beautiful pictures Lois….
        A beautiful read! I can feel how relaxed you are in your words!! I am so Happy for you….Heaven on Earth it is!! Enjoy my beautiful friend! xo

        • February 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm

          Hi Jean! Mittry Lake has been a nice quiet peaceful place to be for a few days. I’m sure I’ll be leaving soon and on to another beautiful location! Hugs to you! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  • February 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    yes, heaven!!
    be careful there, all by your self! I know you are, but I still worry about you! 🙂
    have a peaceful day my friend.

    • February 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Debbie! It’s so peaceful by myself… I don’t want anyone to move in close to me! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, my friend 🙂

  • February 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I have always loved lakes! We had a get-away cabin on one in Northern Idaho growing up, and then owned a resort on the biggest lake on the Oregon Coast, where we had the same kind of fish! Yes, I do wish I was there, we are getting down into the “teens” and probably snow Friday night and Saturday! So send me some “virtual warmth”! Hugs!

    • February 7, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      This is the strangest little lake, Lorna… it meanders all over everywhere so it’s easy to have your own piece of the shoreline! I see you all got some snow – stay warm and dry and safe on the roads… Portlanders seem to go crazy on the road when it snows 🙂

  • February 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    WOW!!!…and 2 WOOFS!!!…from me and Happy….gosh, you are an inspiration to me and im thinkin’ other folks as well, who would enjoy being near you in that part of Mother Nature…your out there and experiencing what other folks dream about…These are the types of places Happy and I will be venturing to in the coming months and I hope Years…It was a joyous time our little group had around the campfire at the RTR ’14…lots of laffs and oh my, the stories…I do know that Happy misses your affection and oh yeah…treats…luv the fotos and words…don’t stop!!!!

    • February 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Happy & Oakley! Woof! I really enjoyed the time at RTR ’14 – what a hoot! Happy is a great dog – she and Dinah would have gotten along beautifully. There’s just something about a Golden, isn’t there? That smile, that paw thing, that fluffy fur… gotta love ’em! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Oakley 🙂 Give Happy a scritch from me…

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