|We woke up to a chilly morning & signs that a storm is headed our way. Actually, Larry woke up at 4:30 am & the water was frozen in our hose! We had those foam noodles on it to try to prevent that from happening, but I guess it was colder than they could handle. The water finally started dripping from the kitchen faucet about 9:00 am after the sun was up for a bit. But it was cold, windy & the sun was in & out behind the clouds.
A few minutes later, we received a phone call from my cousin Lois, who wanted to let us know that she believed the road was closed going up to Crater Lake. I believe she said they had gotten about 6 inches of snow a couple of days earlier. That means our trip to Crater Lake will have to wait for a different trip. Maybe a summer month will work better! LOL....So, even though we hate it that we have only spent one night in the Klamath Falls area, we decided that we had better head over the mountain passes between here & Nevada. We got hooked up within the hour & hit the road.
We had previously checked out the Road Atlas & determined that we did not want to take the route through Reno as we have done it many times. So, we took Hwy 140 through Lakeview, the highest town in Oregon. I took a few pictures of Deep Creek Falls along the way, which was actually fairly low, as there hasn't been much rain or snow so far this year.
This part of Oregon is mostly a high plateau & we went through at least 4 passes that ranged from 5,087 ft to 6,122 ft. We got lucky, ran into very few minor rain storms & were very relieved to make it without dealing with any snow.
Larry let out a whoop when he crossed the Nevada state line, as he has lived here since 1958 & considers Nevada home, even though he is VERY glad to be on the road.
We pushed our first day of travel much harder than we like, arriving in Winnemucca around 7:30 PM. We hate driving in the dark, & frankly the road was narrow, windy & unoccupied in case of an emergency! We decided to dry dock for the night, so we located "The Winners" casino, found a spot to park in their back parking lot, put out the bedroom slide & went inside for dinner. Came back to watch a little TV & turned in for an early morning departure.
Got back on the road on Hwy 80 heading to Battle Mountain. Once again, there is absolutely no traffic except a few hay trucks. They say that Hwy 50 is the loneliest in the world, I think not! Hwy 305 is completely deserted for miles & miles & miles! But we enjoyed the wide openness of the area very much. We arrived in Austin, where if you blink you missed it, but managed to find a really cute cafe & had one of the best burgers ever. I decided to drive when we left, & that made Larry very nervous.
We were once again on a very high, narrow mountain pass, but this time there were at least guard rails. Much of where we were in Oregon had none, & of course the cliff drop is ALWAYS located on my side of the vehicle! Thank goodness for the tow haul package on our truck. It really helps hold the rig back, without braking all of the time. We just love our truck. It was not our original choice but it has really done the job pulling this heavy load!
I made it without incident down to the valley where we passed several hills that were the neatest chartreuse color of green. And I thought the one mountain range looked just like velvet, with it's light dusting of snow.There is a lot of cattle in this area & farming hay is everywhere. It really is quite beautiful in it's own way! But, still no humans or autos that we could see!
The sky was doing really neat things, but Larry was driving again & he was like a horse headed to the corral. So, I shot most of our pictures out the truck window while it was in motion but I still had fun...I really am hoping for a telephoto lens for Christmas & a wide angle too! We passed 8 or 10 large Elk right by the road grazing but it was too dark to capture them. I am not loving daylight savings time!!
We arrived in Ely about 4pm & it was very nice to see my parents again...even though it has only been 4 months since we left, it seems almost a lifetime ago. We intend to spend the next 2 months visiting with family & friends & taking care of business as well. So, our travel pics will be minimal, but when we get to Las Vegas I will attempt to drag Larry down to some of the newer properties that have opened, in case you have never been there, done that!
I will attempt to post something about once a week during this holiday time & will be more consistent when we are back on the road again. If you are on the road, drive safely, & may everyone have a very Happy Thanksgiving!