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Friday, June 26, 2015

Washoe Lake Pilgrimage

We recently spent 10 glorious days in Nevada with our family.  Woven in with the love, joy and laughter of friends and family was the sad plight of the southwest deserts.



Washoe Lake is a large but somewhat shallow desert lake.  Its located between Carson City and Reno at the base of the Sierras.  It has gone through droughts before and has come back - or at best retained a small bit of water in the very center.  Today the only water that can be seen is at the north end in 'Little Washoe Lake' and that isn't very much.  







In the shade of a few scraggly trees sat this bench.  A monument to a wind surfer who  shared these waters with his fellow surfers.  Sadly I don't know anything about him and couldn't find anything on-line about him.  But I join this tribute to him  with my tribute to the Lake.

While we were there I walked out into the lake-that-was-no-more and collected a couple of rocks.  I hope, with all my heart that the rain and snows will come back some day and with them bring the rebirth of Washoe Lake.

"Life is a bed of water filling from many springs and we seem not to know when one gushing flow will oe'r flood the banks only to be succeeded by a drought." - Anonymous



   








5 comments:

  1. When an area lives with rain each and every day, it's shocking to see the results of other areas that are suffering for a lack of it. It's hard to imagine not having enough water to maintain our lush gardens and recreational lakes and rivers disappearing.
    xx, Carol

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  2. Way too much rain in some places and not enough in others. I hope these concerns even out over time without more damage. It will always be thus.

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  3. Years ago I visited that lake. So sad to see it now!

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  4. I came to your blog by way of Penny of Back Valley Seasons. So sad to see the dried up lake. Unfortunately much of north western Queensland is in a similar plight - some of the graziers are entering their fourth year of drought.
    Your trip sounded really interesting though.

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