Lake Davis Campout – July 2020

Our first trip this year.  The year of Covid-19.  We went to Lake Davis for the first time in about five years with Mike and Vicki, and all of our dogs. Its on a first come basis so we were truly blessed in finding such great sites in the middle loop of Grasshopper Flat CG.  Number 41 and 42 with just a short walk on a path to the beach right from our site.  Weather was ideal with highs in the 70s and lows at night in the 40s.  No bugs to speak of.  If it was a bit warmer we would have did some swimming,  however we had some nice kayaking early in the morning before the wind came up.

Ben is now 14-1/2 and is a bit awkward with his balance, falling quite a few times or tripping .  Along with being deaf his eyesight has diminished quite a bit.  I noticed him turning from boulders or bushes just at the last second, as if he didn’t see the obstacles approaching.  Poor guy’s heart is into the adventure but his body is not quite up to it.  Next trip I hope its warmer so I can take him out into deep water and swim with him.  Here it was too chilly for me to join him and he only swam a little bit, tripping a bunch getting into the water.

We took the jeep over to the Lake Basin area near Graeagle.  I wanted to try a Jeep route from Packer Lake Road to Deer Lake road and on.  However, we only got as far as Deer Lake before we had to turn back because we were worried we were leaving the dogs in the RVs for too long.  I definitely want to come back and do the entire five hour trip.

Kayaking in the mornings was so peaceful and serene.  Lots of birds, especially pelicans on the water.  We saw over twenty of them at one time.  Also, a real highlight was finding a bald eagle nest about a five minute walk from our site.  I saw the whole family but was only able to get photos of the mom and junior.  We had a fabulous view of the male while kayaking but unfortunately by the time I went back to get my camera he decided to cruise the lake looking for fish for the family.  I really have to remember to bring my camera with me all the time.

Being this Covid season, no one was wearing masks, except in town, but we kept our distance from everyone and I feel we were behaving cautiously with social distancing.

This lake and campground was terrific.  So much to do in this area.  We will definitely come back and spend more time exploring and hopefully I will get a good photo of that Bald Eagle.

Author: Geoff

Quick rundown: Grew up in Lombard, Illinois, went to Arizona State University, worked as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co, then Laventhal and Horwath, then Rolling Stones, then Heron International, then Goodby Berlin and Silverstein in San Francisco. Moved to the foothills in 1990 and traded futures and designed websites. Married to Kate Stewart, now living in Colfax, CA. We have six grandchildren. I enjoy camping in our RV, hiking, kayaking, fishing, droning and cross country skiing Also conga drumming, photography and dogs.