One of the joys of RV travel is stumbling upon the unexpected, and no one has more of a knack for coming across out-of-the-way places that are surprising and interesting than Dave Helgeson. When he isn’t promoting RV shows, Dave and his wife, Cheri, travel extensively in their RV, and Dave details these excursions in his blog, “Adventures in RVing,” at rvlife.com.
You will find lots of RV travel information at rvlife.com by clicking on the “blogs” heading and reading articles and seeing photos by Dave and other experienced travel writers. Here is one of Dave’s recent posts:
Adventures in RVing: Where’s the Water?
I have shared before how reservoirs provide great boondocking locations in the fall when the water levels are lowered. Most reservoirs provide the following: public property (i.e. it is your land to camp on), miles of firm gravely shoreline, great views and best of all a waterfront campsite for free!
On a recent trip traveling south of Winnemucca on I-80 my wife and I decided to spend the evening on Rye Patch Reservoir. We had camped there several years earlier utilizing a nice campsite along the shore. We enjoyed watching the waterfowl and sunsets reflecting off the water. The steam rising from the water on a cool fall morning made for some amazing photographs.
Imagine our surprise upon nearing the shoreline to find a dry lakebed. Thinking it might be just this particular inlet that was dry, I parked the RV and went for a stroll. Walking over the ridge to the main body of the reservoir offered more of the same. Miles of dry lakebed with no water in sight!
With no need to drive farther to obtain a waterfront campsite, we settled in near the boat launch that was equipped with a fire ring and grill. Still not a bad spot to camp for the evening for free. Late in the afternoon we were treated to a beautiful rainbow proving that God has a sense of humor. I found the irony of us camping along a dry lakebed and the rainbow (God’s promise never to send another worldwide flood) being rather funny. Dry lakes and rainbows, just another adventure in RVing!
(According to Park Ranger Josh Ivins, Rye Patch Reservoir is not completely out of water yet, and people can still launch small boats from the shore—at their own risk. At last check, the reservoir had 6,400 acre feet of water. When full, it has 200,000 acre feet.)