Today we stumbled upon Black Butte Lake. Jeanette and I have traveled up and down I-5 in California more times and years than you can count and have never noticed a place on the map west of Orland called Black Butte Lake. It’s a US Army Corps of Engineers Project for flood control, irrigation, and recreation. There are two campgrounds, with Buckhorn Campground being the one that is open year around. It has 4 different loops with a total of 65 sites. No hook-ups, but the price is only $12 a night, and with my senior pass its only $6. When we arrived we were greeted with the sweet song of the Meadowlark. Later we realized there are flocks of them, more than I have seen in my entire life. We stopped at one of the first pull through campsite we could fit in and then walked back to pay for the site, it took a long time because there were so many birds; most impressive were Lewis’s Woodpeckers, they were everywhere. We had lunch, got in a hike, and discovered even a better available site. So, back to our site, pull up the jacks, pull in the slide, and move to the new site with this impressive view overlooking Black Butte Lake taken late this afternoon. We stopped today thinking we would stay one night, we now plan on staying five!