The impetus for this trip to the Summer Lake area was Jeanette's desire to get here before Spring had passed us by. On Sunday May 21, we made the drive down I-5, over the Willamette Pass, over to Gilchrist where we stopped for lunch in our RV, and on to state highway 31 through Silver Lake and on to Summer Lake. At Silver Lake we had actually come up with the brain storm of going up to camp at Thompson Reservoir, but a few miles on the badly separated pavement caused us to abort that idea.
Our stop for the day was the Summer Lake Rest Area. This is an oasis in the surrounding desert area, and where it's possible to pause and park for up to 18 hours in a 24 hour period. This is one of 57 State of Oregon Rest Areas where free over night parking is allowed, and possibly the best one we have used.
Lodge at Summer Lake, we spent the day driving and birding on the Summer Lake Wildlife Area Loop Route. Jeanette is shown here using her iPhone to call in some birds along the Anna River. Check out our Observation List here for out species total and photos.