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May 9, 2016 - Snake Creek Canyon

Today, we drove out the one remaining road in the park that doesn’t require four-wheel-drive, the Snake Creek Canyon Road. It was a pretty 13-mile drive on a dirt road. The first five miles are outside the National Park. There are a few houses and a state fish rearing station along that stretch. In the Park, the road is narrow but well maintained. In some spots it is just one lane wide with blind curves. There are nine or ten campsites spread out along the road. We drove all the way to the end and stopped to take a hike. It turned out to...

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May 8, 2016 - Happy Mother's Day and Happy Birthday, Gabriel!

Tom made breakfast this morning and then we drove almost 70 miles to Ely, Nevada, the closest large town. We headed west across the Snake Valley on US-50. We saw scattered ranch buildings off in the distance, but no other towns once we left Baker behind. We crossed Sacramento Pass (7145 ft.) and went down into Spring Valley. We couldn’t see any buildings as we crossed Spring Valley. There were cattle grazing and a wind farm but that was it until we got clear on the other side. The junction with US-93 is labeled on the map as Major Junction...

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May 7, 2016 - Lehman Caves

We went on a cave tour today. There are ranger-led tours of Lehman Caves, which is actually a single cavern extending ¼-mile into the limestone and marble at the base of the mountains. Absalom Lehman first discovered and explored the cave in 1885 but Native Americans knew of its existence and entered it long before then. Lehman opened the cave to tourists. They entered through the natural entrance, a vertical entrance. They were lowered by ropes or used ladders. For less than a dollar, Lehman provided them with a candle and allowed them...

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May 6, 2016 - Baker Archeological Site and hiking the Lehman Creek Trail

We drove into Baker this morning and had breakfast at the little Lectrolux Café so that we could use the WiFi there to check email. I was able to post two journal entries but just a few pictures. Afterward, we went to the Baker Archeological Site on BLM land just outside the National Park. People knew that the site was there for a long time. It was a raised mound with chipped stone and pottery sherds scattered around on it. Over fifteen adobe structures and pit houses were excavated between 1991 and 1994. Archeologists classify the...

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May 5, 2016 - Great Basin National Park, Nevada

We got up this morning and headed 2,000 feet higher to Lower Lehman Creek Campground in Great Basin National Park. Even though it is a small campground, there were several empty sites. We picked the longest, most level one and settled in. There are lots of trees and bushes in the campground and most of the campsites are pretty private. Our campsite is one of the best. It is more secluded than the others. Lehman Creek runs behind our campsite. We can hear the water rushing down the mountain. There are lot of birds around and evidence that...

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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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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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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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