We had followed this loop through the Wildlife Refuge and out to the highway and back to Othello without seeing any Sandhill Cranes and very little wildlife.
Back in Othello, the next step of the adventure started here:
"Why McDonald's?" you might ask. "Is that where the famous four foot tallred-heads were hanging out?"
No, we stopped for caffeine and the facilities. But when I headed out to the car I saw a group who were sporting binoculars, and what might a group of people in the midst of the Sandhill Crane migration wearing binoculars be looking for? So I approached them and took my map and was told to go look for them at the Marsh Unit 1 Viewpoint. Hubby had had a similar conversation inside while waiting for his soft drink, but was told to go to the Royal Lake Viewpoint. I had read in the guidebook that that was a good place, and we had just come back from the vicinity of Marsh Unit 1, so we headed out to the Wildlife Refuge again.
This time we went straight.
We saw sagebrush.
A lot of sagebrush.
After climbing a ways we stopped and looked back down into the valley from which we had come.
Before too long we found our turn.
Another section of Mid-Columbia region farmland.
A little windy.
Well, okay, a lot windy.
Okay, a whole lot windy.
But we found the Royal Lake Viewpoint.
Well, what do you see?
At this distance it's hard to say.
A Gaggle of Geese!
More later. Part 3 is here.