The wet weather continued as my little dog Fred and I arrived in Bend. The plan was to take a break for a bit at a private campground before heading south.
I set up camp in "rain mode", consisting of a 10x12 tarp attached to the side of the trailer with a pole in the middle. It works quite well.
After a couple of days the skies cleared and we decided to have a campfire. Fred volunteered to fetch firewood while I made dinner.
I assumed he would just be dragging back little sticks but the boy surprised me with his ingenuity.
Yep, he used my sawzall.
I drove another few hundred miles south into California.
And right into a heat wave.
From 50 degrees to 100+.
On a warm (100+ degrees) and sunny day I pulled into Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area.
The park is located 6 miles east of Corning on the Sacramento River.
Luckily, the 37 sites are shaded, like mine, number 7.
8, 9, 13, 26, and 31 were other nice ones.
That's not rain. The hosts were watering the campground. Probably hadn't heard about the drought. Probably should avoid watering asphalt.
Being the fool that I am I decided to go on a short hike to the river.
There is great fishing in this stretch of the river. Shad were darting around in the riffles when I was there and at other times of the year you can expect to catch salmon and steelhead.
Right next to the state land is a county park with a boat ramp.
And the aptly named Woodson Bridge with a beach below.
The shade felt good. The campground will run you $28 per night. There are showers (pay of course, this is California) but there are no hookups.
And that's my short report/post for today!
Regards and happy camping, Park Ranger