Tybee's Visit To Mittry Lake

Our main reason for going to Mittry Lake Wildlife Area in Yuma, Arizona was so Tybee could go swimming. While we were in Borrego Springs, we had a conversation with a vet about Tybee that left us frazzled, sad, and more aware of the potentially limited amount of time we have with her. We were worried about when she would have the opportunity to swim again so we decided to take advantage of being close to a body of water and spent a few days at Mittry Lake.

 
Mittry Lake
 

We wanted to boondock right next to the lake, despite other RVers’ warnings that those spots are really dusty from vehicles driving up and down the road. Unfortunately all the lake spots were taken and we had to head up high for a site.

 
Although this isn't the lake, it would have been nice to boondock in front of this canal. But it was already taken by someone else.

Although this isn't the lake, it would have been nice to boondock in front of this canal. But it was already taken by someone else.

 

We were able to park the Toaster in a semi-secluded area with a decent view of the lake, but my hopes of Tybee being able to take a few steps and be in the lake were shot down.

 
Where we ended up staying.

Where we ended up staying.

 

Despite the water being super cold, Tybee went swimming a couple of times. Even when she’s too tired to swim she’ll just stand/sit in the water. Just touching water makes her happy. I eventually had to make her get out because she was shivering! As much as she loves the water, the freezing cold can’t be comfortable on her arthritic hips.

 
Tyki isn't much of a fan of swimming, but he loves to look for birds to chase.

Tyki isn't much of a fan of swimming, but he loves to look for birds to chase.

 

We also brought the dogs for a paddle. Tybee enjoys laying her head on the side of the packraft and just taking in the views, while Tyki trembles in my lap at the sights of all the birds that he wishes he could chase.

 
Birds that Tyki kept eyeing.

Birds that Tyki kept eyeing.

Post-paddle chill. Jerud wanted to hammock so badly that he figured out a way to using just one tree.

Post-paddle chill. Jerud wanted to hammock so badly that he figured out a way to using just one tree.

 

So that’s our time spent at Mittry Lake in a nutshell. Would I recommend checking it out – yes ifs you’re in the area, but I wouldn’t necessarily suggest you go out of the way to visit it. Oh, and if you are staying at Mittry Lake and hear bomb like sounds in the near distance – don’t worry, it’s just the Yuma Proving Ground.

 
Sunset at Mittry Lake.
 
 
Mittry Lake
 

 

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