Dream On travel blog


When the weather is nice (not freezing), we like to boondock in an effort to save a little bit of money and also to spend time in a spot that is usually remote, has views and is safe. In our years of travel, we have always noted an abundance of those kinds of opportunities across Nevada. Lots of miles, not a lot of traffic and many areas where you can safely get off the highway for the night. Since we generally stop mid-afternoon, we can see these areas and enjoying them a bit before darkness sets in.

Well on this particular day, we have been noticing the weather forecasts are indicating very cold temperatures tonight, below freezing. But maybe it won't get that cold. Ha ha. A spot we have liked before, and still do, is Little Antelope Summit on Highway 50 east of Eureka. Also, Highway US 50 is named the loneliest road in America. At an elevation of over 7400', little chance of balmy temperatures tonight. I found cell service in Eureka and the forecast for here, which is lower than the pass, is 17 degrees. Well OK then, we'll drive to Ely and stay at the KOA.

The good part about the KOA in Ely is that it's the best place in town, the other parks are literally dumps. But that means no boondocking for tonight. That's also good because our water should still be available in the morning.

Once we were set up, we decided to head back into town to try a Mexican joint that caught our attention. As we were leaving the park, we noticed a motorhome from Alaska parked next to us that had not unhooked their tow vehicle, but the curtains were all closed and the headlights were on. Our immediate thought was that they had just arrived, were tired and would be staying just the one night and had not yet completed their set up process.

We enjoyed a nice dinner at a place that seems popular in the community, due the crowd and the food was good. Upon returning "home" we noticed the headlights still on at our neighbor's site and the windows are dark. After much discussion with Bev I finally went over about an hour later and had to really bang on the door to get any response. They had already gone to bed and were asleep. When I alerted the gentleman to the status of his headlights, he was most grateful and said something like, "you are my angel", we were so tired, we completely missed turning them off and we have to leave early in the morning. Thanks for having the courage to bang on the door to get me up, otherwise tomorrow would not have been a good day for me. Glad I could help, even though I was reluctant for a bit.

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