I don’t make a decision to break camp until mid-morning.
Bridget, Spike, and I are up early, wandering around the now-empty Upper Rush Creek Campground.
We’re drawn to the noisy creek.
I like a rustic campground.
We pass a corral for horses. Spike sneaks away and comes back muddy from the belly down. “Spike? A soak in the creek already?”
We stop for a few minutes to let Bridget rest.
Shall we stay or shall we go?
How wonderful to have a choice every day where to live! I decide to break camp and hit the road. “Let’s go to Eagle Lake today!”
We drive across a wide valley of farms and hay fields which reminds me of Montana.
Now we’re out of the valley and gaining elevation.
Is this why California is called The Golden State?
I have a great crew!
Bridget and Spike know we’re moving to a new camp. They also know there’s plenty of time to nap while the PTV hums along.
At last the lake comes into view!
I know of two possible boondock sites at the north end of the lake. However, I see that the lake is very low making them not very attractive. I don’t want to camp where the crew and I have to walk a quarter mile to reach the water’s edge. Hmm . . . maybe the south end of the lake is deeper.
A home on the lake is nice, but I’d rather have a home on wheels.
Part of the west side of Eagle Lake is open for private development.
The rest is managed by the Bureau of Land Management or the National Forest Service (USDA). We pass Christie Campground which is closed for the season. The next possibility is Merrill Campground at the south end of Eagle Lake.
I drive into Merrill National Forest Campground.
I park at the information/self-pay station. Immediately Karen the camp host comes over to explain that half the campground is closed for the season. That’s no problem because it’s a big campground. She tells me there are three choices: full hookups, electric and water, or no hookups. I’m pleased to hear that the “cheap seats” are the best — They’re positioned with a clear view of the lake! I choose a site with only one neighbor and he’s not nearby. The Senior Pass price is $10 (no hook-ups but, good golly miss molly, look at that view!).