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Oregon Trip, Day 16 -- December 1, 2011

Day 16. Tonopah, NV, to Las Vegas, NV.

It was cold in Tonopah, so cold that the ice on my sleeping bag would never melt; it might have blown away, but it would not have melted. I slept until well after sunrise hoping the warmth of the sun would warm the day, but no such luck. I checked around Miller's Rest Area for birds and saw a few trying to stay warm. I stopped at the cemetery on the edge of Tonopah because it is said to be a good birding place, but other than a wind-blown Red-tailed Hawk, a herd of Chukar, and one sparrow, all was quite. I drove home, stopping only at Creech Air Force Base because I could see 3-4 drones in the air at once (I've only seen 1 or 2 before). I got a few photos, but didn't stay too long, and headed for home. Interestingly, an hour or so after getting home, I got a call from the police inquiring about my stop at Creech. We chatted about how I have the right to stand on public land and take photos of anything I want, but I think he was trying to send a chilling message.

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Miller's Rest Area, a great place to bird during spring
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Rock Pigeons puffed up and trying to stay warm
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Tonopah Cemetery
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Tonopah Cemetery
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MQ-9 Reaper over Afghanistan? No, that is Nevada!
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MQ-9 Reaper over Nevada!

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