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Oct 4, 2018 - Recovery in Baker

Thursday, October 4: Baker, Nevada → Great Basin Visitor Centers Weather: low 50sF and partly cloudy, high 70s and partly sunny in the afternoon with clouds building towards evening Route: Baker, NV → Great Basin NP Lehman Cave Visitor Center → Great Basin N.P. Visitor Center Highlights: - We planned today as a recovery and re-org day. We slept until 7:15 and ate our usual breakfast. - While the morning was still cool and it was not yet raining we pulled all the camping/canoeing gear out of the car, repackaged it into its proper bags and...

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Oct 3, 2018 - Wheeler Peak summit

Wednesday, October 3: Baker, Nevada → Great Basin Wheeler Peak Weather: high 50sF and cloudy, low 50s with light rain at the Wheeler Peak trailhead @ 10,000 ft., a lightning storm and rain passed through as we were finishing the trail at 13:00 Route: Baker, NV → Great Basin NP Scenic Drive → Wheeler Peak Trail Highlights: - Taking seriously the recommendation to summit Wheeler Peak early in the day, we were up at 6:00, had our usual breakfast, packed a lunch and drove the 12-mile Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive up 3400' of elevation to the...

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Oct 2, 2018 - Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

Tuesday, October 2: Baker, Nevada → Great Basin Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive Weather: low 60sF and threatening clouds, low 50s at the Wheeler Peak trailhead @ 10,000 ft., clouds cleared in the afternoon, a huge lightning storm and rain came through just as darkness fell at 19:00 Route: Baker, NV → Great Basin NP Scenic Drive Highlights: - Being on the eastern edge of the Pacific Time Zone, dawn came earlier today – 6:00. After our usual oatmeal breakfast (made with the coffee maker in the room) we drove the 12 miles up the mountain to the end...

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Oct 1, 2018 - Basin and Range

Why is the desolate-looking area encompassed by Great Basin National Park worth preserving? Great Basin National Park is only a small area of a Basin and Range Province that is unique -- there is no geology like it anywhere else in North America. The park protects the geology and the habitats it supports, from the top of 13,063' peak of Mt. Wheeler to the dry basins at its foot. The Basin and Range Province, centered mostly in Nevada, stretches from southern Oregon to western Texas, and from the Sierra Nevadas in California to the Sierra...

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Aug 20, 2015 - Great Basin National Park

one night on the road and then to tiny town near Great Basin National Park: Joseph, UT – Flying U Country Store RV Park and Campground. 45 South State Street 84739, just a few blocks off I-70 at exit 25. 435-527-4758. Small park behind a country store. The owner was friendly and invited us to come to the store in the morning for a freshly cooked breakfast at a very reasonable price. This park was great for an overnight when we were traveling west from Colorado to Nevada. Joseph is in the desert, but we had a nice shade tree and a good...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Fence Art of Great Basin

On the Columbia River in Woodland, Washington we came across some wonderful "yard art". Along the road going out to Great Basin National Park we saw a first: Fence Art. Someone even put up a sign that designated it Fence Art. I wonder if it was all the work of one "artist" or of several. And was it done by design originally, or did it evolve over time? There were other "pieces", but these were our favorites. UPDATE via my sister, Wendy: Wendy used Google to see if she could find more about the fence art. Here is what she found: And thanks,...

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Rambling Rodericks

Oct 14, 2014 - Great Basin National Park, NV

It's called the Great Basin. It's a vast region of sagebrush-covered valleys and narrow mountian ranges. The basins are bowl like areas between the mountains which lack drainage. Its streams and rivers mostly find no outlet to the sea, and water collects in shallow salt lakes, marshes, and mud flats to evaporate in dry desert air. It's not just one but many basins separated by mountain ranges which are roughly parallel, north to south. Another name for this area is Basin & Range. It extends from the eastern side of California's Sierra...

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Rambling Rodericks

Jul 11, 2014 - The lonliest highway..spontaneous change

Ok one of the best days of trip ...totally winged it...if you know me ..spontenaity is rare... but here is the adventure. So we already delayed the Ruby mountains...as we were leaving Reno I saw on my atlas the Hwy 50 alt...dubbed the loneliest highway in America... AAA in 1986 said to avoid... So they changed all that by making a survival guide you get stamped in each of the five towns thru Nevada... plus the road follows the pony express path .. So as I was learning all this in the car today ...We scrubbed our plans, cancelled our...

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Jul 3, 2014 - Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park Wikipedia...

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Sep 8, 2013 - Great Basin natl park

We drove on down to the Great Basin Natl park and found a campsite in the Baker Creek section. We let Yukon out and as I was walking him Bill said look over here. There were 4 wild turkeys in the road below the campsite and as we watched, about 6 more showed up. They weren't scared of the dog and were just checking out campsites for food particles. After a couple of minutes they disappeared into the woods. The next morning Yukon woke us up early at 6:30 with his wooof bark. That usually means he has to get out but this one was his warning...

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Jun 2, 2013 - Great Basin NP

June 2 fueled up again, this time at $3.87 a gallon. Gas here is $3.69. I spent a good bit of time last night scrubbing the front window of the rig. We went through an area where the bugs were hitting the window like buckshot. Well we are barely 50 miles out of town and the window is once again covered in bugs. We have had lots of signs for cattle on the road, well today we had to stop for them. One small calf was on the highway and 3 others were on the side of the road. The one in the road just stared at us as we went by. The calf in the...

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May 10, 2013 - At Great Basin National Park

Thursday was mostly a travel day, traveling to Great Basin National Park outside of Baker (population 54) just inside the Nevada state line. This area is called the Great Basin because all the rain and the snowmelt drains into the basin and does not flow to the sea. The Great Basin itself includes parts of California, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, and almost all of Nevada—20 percent of the land mass of the lower 48 states! Great Basin National Park is just a small part of the entire Great Basin ecosystem. We had time to take the scenic drive up...

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