Great Basin NP and Lehman Caves

The Parachute Shield formation

Great Basin National Park was established in October 27, 1986, and encompasses 77,180 acres. The park derives its name from the Great Basin, the dry and mountainous region between the Sierra Nevada and the Wasatch Mountains. The park rises from a sea of sagebrush to treeless rocky summits. It is notable for its grove of ancient bristlecone pines, the oldest known nonclonal organisms, and for the Lehman Caves at the base of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, as well as Wheeler Glacier. It is an hour drive from Ely to the Park, we visited the Visitor Center and bought tickets on line for the Lehman Caves then followed the scenic drive to the Mather Overlook for a view of Wheeler Peak. The Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is a paved 12 mile out and back road to an elevation exceeding 10,000 feet, to the face of Wheeler Peak. Due to snow on the road, it was closed after the viewpoint, but we enjoyed magnificent views of Wheeler Peak before descending back to Ely. Click on thumbnail to view image

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Ely Nevada

Nevada Northern #81, built in 1917

This year our journey began from Oceanside, CA, on May 1st, 2022, heading north and eventually all the way to Alaska. Our first stop is Ely, Nevada, where we are staying at the Ely KOA Campground for 4 days. We explored the town of Ely and the Ely Murals. The walking tour of Ely’s Murals is a great way to understand the history and cultural significance of the town. Like many Western towns, Ely, has experienced major highs and lows thanks to the mining industry. Mining, primarily for copper, founded the town in the late 1800’s and has long been its largest employer. In 1999 the town’s leading copper mine shut down and many downtown shops closed and went dark. The Ely Murals were inspired by the murals in Chemainus, BC, and today the 28 murals are focused on the history of the town – mining, ranching, railroading and scenic beauty, with the cultural diversity of the community as a central theme.  Check out the video. Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading

Las Vegas and Hoover Dam

Decided to stop in for a week in Las Vegas, from October 20th to the 29th, staying at the Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort. It’s a beautiful RV park in the middle of the city, close to the strip. We spent an entire day walking up and down the main strip visiting all the different Casinos. No gambling for us but enjoyed seeing all the amazing architecture, and decor inside the buildings. I bought tickets to the Elton John Concert at Caesars Palace, so excited to see him live. We had dinner at the Gordon Ramsey Restaurant before going into the show, and what a fabulous show it was. He is quite the entertainer and we loved every minute of it, especially as we knew all the old songs. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Las Vegas

After celebrating a wonderful Christmas in Del Mar with the Jackson/Harrison clan, Bob, Eric and I drove to Las Vegas in our Jeep. It took almost 7 hours to drive there, and when we arrived on the Strip the traffic was not moving. Everyone and their Uncle was in Las Vegas for the holiday week. We stayed at the Tropicana Hotel on the Strip and walked down the Strip for dinner and then to the Beatles Cirque de Soleil show. What an amazing spectacular non-stop show featuring the Beatles music to acrobatics and light show. The next morning we stopped by the Jeep Dealer to look at the Rubicon 4-door Jeeps and to get a price for ours on a trade-in. Bob just happened to find a bright fire-cracker red 4-door Rubicon, so we took a test drive in it. Then it was on to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation about 17 miles west of Las Vegas where we did a short hike and enjoyed being away from the maddening crowd. Continue reading