First stop was Bully Creek Reservoir Campground, a county-owned park about ten miles west of the tiny town of Vale. Vale was the first Oregon stop for pioneers on the Oregon Trail.
When we made reservations and again when we checked in, we were advised to NOT drink the water as it contains arsenic. We were also told that it should take about 50 years of ingesting it before the water would probably cause any real damage. But, added the camp host, "none of us drink it." A flyer indicated that arsenic levels are nearly 30 times higher than what’s supposed to be safe.
So we didn’t drink the water.
But we enjoyed walking around the tranquil, wooded campground, which has 40 campsites with electricity.
Next stop was Burns, Oregon, named for the Scottish poet Robert Burns, says the city website. Burns is the county seat of Harney County Oregon; the city website says Harney County is the seventh largest county (by area) in the US and bigger than some states.
Jim and I have driven through and near this area several times before, and decided that we would stay in as many new-to-us campgrounds/towns as possible. So we looked for a place that had good reviews and chose the Burns RV Park. Only to realize when we pulled in that we had been there before. Oh well.
Last time we didn't even unhook our tow car -- we just just hunkered in for the night. This time we needed groceries, so we found a nice Safeway and did some exploring. But I didn't take a single photo in Burns. Sorry Burns.You are a very nice town.
|Our camping spot at the Bully Creek Reservoir near Vale, Oregon. Bully Creek is a tributary to the Malheur River, which in turn is a 190-mile-long tributary to the Snake River.|