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Oregon Trip, Day 3 -- November 18, 2011

Day 3. Drive from Honey Lake Wildlife Management Area, CA, to Silver Falls State Park, OR.

In the morning, which was windy and below freezing, I poked around the edge of Honey Lake Wildlife Management Area. It was hunting season, and they close the area to birders for the entire season, but I did see some nice birds in the area. When it started snowing, I headed north. I stopped at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge for about an hour during a lull in the storm, but when it started snowing again, I quickly headed for the paved highway. I passed Upper Klamath Lake in a near white-out, but I did see one Bald Eagle sitting on a post near the highway. From there to Eugene, OR, the road was icy, eventually getting so bad that I was forced to put on tire chains. As I crossed the mountains and neared Eugene, the snow turned to rain, and I was able to make it to Silver Falls State Park. I arrived at Mom's RV around 8 PM after a long day of hard driving for this dry-road-driving desert rat.

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Honey Lake Wildlife Management Area Campground
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Red-tailed Hawks at Honey Lake WMA
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Ring-necked Pheasant at Honey Lake WMA
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California Quail giving me the finger in the wind at Honey Lake WMA
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Black-billed Magpie at Honey Lake WMA
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Red-tailed Hawk with breakfast at Honey Lake WMA
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Ice and blowing snow on Highway 139 in California
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Ice on Highway 139 in California
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Storm clouds over Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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American White Pelicans, Tundra Swans, and Canada Geese
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Canada Geese and ducks at Tule Lake NWR
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Juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose in flight over Tule Lake NWR
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Looking for nesting owls on Petroglyph Wall at Lava Beds Nat. Mon.
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Ice and snow on Highway 97 in Oregon
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Ice and snow on Highway 97 in Oregon
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Getting dark in the ice and snow on Highway 58 in Oregon

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