Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Reflections

As we continue our journey down the road of life I have had lots of time to reflect...both on our blessings and on humanity.  I apologize for not posting on a regular schedule...it seems our WiFi is challenge by the back roads of life.

This is the time of year for road work and several times we were stopped long enough to take a bathroom break, for people to walk their dogs...to eat lunch.  All I can say is bless the road workers for standing out there for a full day in the heat has got to be brutal!



In this age of COVID traveling in Penny has been a blessing...but truth be told we had embraced this life style way before that first virus came along.  Traveling with a vegan chef has been a blessing for sure...and I am the cutest dishwasher in the van, LOL


Viewing all the wildlife off the beaten path has been fantastic...and oh the birdwatching...the birdwatching has been fantastic!  More of that to come...


What I have observed as we have traveled the roads is not only the beauty but the impact humanity has had on the environment.  To look at this lake at a glance and you see the beauty and magnificence...


But, it is dead...dead because of man.  The town next to the lake used to be thriving, with birdwatchers, fishermen...derbies of all kinds...but because of humanities impact the water has receded so much that where the water level was in 1933 a highway now runs.  No fish live in the lake because of the mineral levels...they stopped stocking trout in 2008 because the trout would die in a short period of time after being introduced to the water....there are no wildlife around the lake...no fishermen...no swimmers...where we camped is basic boondocking because the once thriving campground is now managed by the BLM as there is no recreational activities.  My thoughts bounce around to the knowledge that beauty which is only skin deep is not true beauty...anyhoo lots to ponder...read all about the history of Walker Lake and the town of Walker Lake.  This sign says it all...in 1962 where the lake level used to be....


I leave you with this thought...pay attention to the deeper layers 

13 comments:

  1. What a sad state for this area to have happen. I hope something happens to help turn the situation back around. I know you’re not in Southern California but it seems most of that state is having issues also.

    Travel safe with Penny.

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    1. There is not a spot in this world safe from humanity😢

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  2. It is sad to see the impact on this lake. We need to be good stewards of our earth for sure! Enjoy you peaceful travels.

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  3. It just hurts when you see this. My dad was a conservationist before his time! We used to get so mad when he tried to make us take navy showers, especially as a teenage girl with long hair! Lol! He would put in low flow shower heads. Now I am thankful he taught us how important our resources are. I so envy you and G right now. Lol! We ate thinking of selling our class a for a van just like yours. We enjoy the drive as much as the destination. Have fun! ❤️❤️

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    1. You dad was ahead of his time...the journey is amazing

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  4. What a sad area. Around New England there had been a water problem for a few years. I continue to be confused when I see people hosing down their sidewalks and watering their lawns when it rained a little the night before. Moderation and concern for the planet. Please.

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  5. All this brings to mind folk songs from the 60's. We still haven't listened. We have been given this beautiful earth with instructions to care for it and be good stewards.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate them deeply. And thank you for the photo of Penny. The more I see it in use, the better I understand I see its utility.

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  7. I watched a documentary (free if you have AmazonPrime) "Planet of the Humans" and I couldn't sleep at night for days on in. It breaks my heart and it addressed the FAKE Green New Deal. People think the desert is just a dead place but it's a one of a kind ecosystem and to see them shave down a 500 year old Joshua Tree and want us to believe this is renewable energy is despicable! Same with BioMass fuel that uses wood chips...well you could cut down every tree in the USA and have fuel for one year. You can replant the trees as you destroy them but do these idiots realize the trees won't grow overnight? Money doesn't grow on trees either but all over a sudden we have trillions to spend (actually go into debt over). It's terrible to see the once beautiful countryside and open spaces die and to see beautiful tourist areas look like a 3rd world country due to riots. I feel sad for the generations to come but they won't know because they are being brain washed into thinking all this destruction is for a good cause.

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    1. Yet we have unlimited immigration. I do not see how our country can keep growing with no thought for where the water is going to come from or the waste that is generated Is going to be disposed? Our recreation sites where I live are trampled and hiked to death. So sad.

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  8. Well I read about the lake, written in 2011 and it's a sad state of affairs. All the billions spent to help restore it and it didn't seem to do any good for the lake. I think the BLM should update their site though. They do state there's no fish to be caught but otherwise it's all beautiful residential and migratory wildlife/birds. I have never been there so can only go by what you wrote and other articles wrote about the situation. Thanks for sharing

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