Enjoy the quiet of the high desert

sunsetDrive out in the high desert of Southwest Idaho or Southeast Oregon, pull over on a dirt road and walk up a canyon or on to a table-top plateau, and just sit.

Better yet. Camp out there and get up before dawn and walk up into a wild area well away from the car and road, and listen to the sounds of dawn.

The high desert is a magical place in spring with a chance to spot wildlife like pronghorns, mule deer, coyotes and hawks, and to listen to a symphony of meadowlarks, sandhill cranes and blackbirds. The landscape is greening up with abundant grasses and lots of intricate colors provided by blooming wildflowers.

Yes, the high desert this time is a fantastic place to be, if you take the time to sit and listen. We’ll have a story on desert scenic drives in the May 1, 2014 edition of Idaho Outdoors in the Idaho Statesman.

To whet your appetite,  heck out my latest video on the quiet of the high desert Here

Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman

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