I cautiously approach the spring to test the yellow jackets, and then pump water to fill my Camelbak and water bottles
Fortunately, the yellow jackets are ignoring me, as is often the case when I'm pumping water at springs (I guess they're too busy). Filtering natural spring water from the land always makes me feel closer to my environment.
The water is cool and tastes great after filtering.
It is a bit odd to be in a grassy meadow in the desert. Right now I feel more like I'm on one of my trips in the dry grasslands of Henry Coe State Park than in the Mojave Desert.