My husband and I are utilitarian travelers seeking destinations that others often elude. So while most visitors to Rye Patch Reservoir enter the State Park where amenities such as picnic tables and showers are plenty, my husband and I skirt the east end of the reservoir for secluded spots where we can reflect and enjoy a quiet afternoon.
The Nevada High Desert is as enchanting as any place on earth. Although it lacks the architectural spectacle so seductive in our southwest deserts, a willingness to patiently observe silence and moods that drift across the sky will be rewarded.
Every desert traveler dreams of an oasis. When we first began exploring the Imlay area a couple of years ago, the east end of Rye Patch had been extracted by drought. Last year’s rains replenished its water levels but this year’s moderate rainfall could foretell a reversal.
It’s best to herald it while it’s here.
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I enjoyed your posts. My husband and I also seek out scenic destinations in wilderness places. Your photos intrigued me.
Thank you, I appreciate your comment. Do you have a favorite place that you’ve visited or one that you enjoy returning to every year?
Yes, actually two. We are enthralled with Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. We never tire of exploring the primitive areas of these places as well as the frequently visited venues.
Both beautiful places! Are you by chance familiar with Bear Valley Campground in the Tahoe National Forest? It is one of our favorite places to camp in the Tahoe area. Serene and very remote, as Tahoe campgrounds go. We sometimes camp there on our way to the Nevada Desert. Do you have a favorite place to camp in that region?
I’m not familiar with this campground but we will check it out. We try different areas every time we go.