The best part though was the proximity to Modoc National Wildlife Refuge. A one mile drive brought us to the three mile Auto Tour Route through the refuge. We let the day cool down a little bit and arrived there about 6pm and proceeded to walk the Auto Route and a short paved path, maybe four miles total. We saw very few cars or other people during our walk, making it a very pleasant way to wind down a travel day.
Spring and fall are prime time on the refuge, many birds migrate through here and most have moved on by now, but we still saw quite a variety of birds including a few sandhill cranes. This is a beautiful preserve, the colors and views are wonderful. I'd love to return during migration to witness thousands of birds passing through.
|The dead end road at the RV park leads you to the edge of the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge.|
The views everywhere in this valley are expansive and colorful!
|When we arrived at the Refuge the clouds over the Southern mountains were beautiful.|
|I was excited to see Sandhill Cranes, I figured they would have moved on by now.|
|Mule deer are abundant around here.|
That's a blind behind her, it was full of mosquito's!
|Love the pink legs on the Black Necked Stilt!|
|Those clouds in the second photo above morphed into this in about an hour.|
|Peek a boo!|
We've moved on to Burns, OR for a night. Tomorrow we'll settle for a few days in Sumpter, OR. We'll be happy to have these three driving days out of the way; Rosie is not at her happiest on travel days!