This last trip, I took my friend camping, and learning! He is not an experienced camper so I decided to take it fairly easy on both of us. Our trip took us to the Loon Lake area of the Eldorado National Forest. That is just west of the Desolation Wilderness. To get there, take US-50 to Icehouse road. Turn North on Icehouse road (forest highway #3). If you stay on Icehouse road, you will get to Loon Lake. There are lots of other very interesting spots on the way!
Camping for me almost always means finding a spot outside of a campground and this trip was no different. We did check some campgrounds out along the way at Gerle Creek, Union Valley Res., and Loon Lake itself. None of them seemed inviting to me and they are now charging $20 per car per night. The end result? We found a place right beside the road to Loon Lake that had its own spring fed pond and loads of birds to watch! since it is not part of a campground, there is no charge. The only minor drawback is that we could not have a fire. That was no big deal since I had planed on not having a fire anyway. The danger of wildfire is just too great.
The top photo was taken on Icehouse road over looking the Rubicon River Valley. It is a series of 4 photos stitched together. The views along that road can be spectacular!
All around the pond we camped next to, the birds were busy. That is pretty much what we were able to see and photograph.
Of course there were other birds hanging around!
Of course there ar still lots of wildflowers in the wilderness. I thought I got some good shots but I had some focus problems and only a couple came out well enough to share.
Thank you for letting me bring this to you! Please invite your friends to take a look!