Monday, August 11, 2008

Great Basin National Park Camping Trip - Day 1

This past weekend, my husband and I went on a 3-day camping trip in the Great Basin National Park in northern Nevada. This time there was no hotel room or cozy cabin; we camped the rustic way--in a tent. It has been several years since I went camping and my husband hasn't done the same since he was 12 years old.

We were both excited and looking forward to this trip; especially since we were going with my husband's parents, John and Maggie. So early Saturday morning, we loaded our stuff and hit the wide open road on US-95 North.

An hour and a half later, we stopped at Windmill Ridge Restaurant & Lodging in Alamo for breakfast. I recommend the Pahranagat Breakfast (what I had) of sliced ham, bacon, sausage gravy-hash browns, 2 eggs and a side of wheat toast or the Windmill Hash (roast beef, onions, diced potatoes, green chili, cheese, 2 eggs with a side of salsa, sour cream and guacamole). I forgot to take a pic--doh! Delicious food but enough to scrap a week's worth of hard work at the gym.

Then we were on the road again and close to Pioche when we stopped to admire the desert and the legend of how a jackrabbit led to the discovery of high grade silver.

Last year, we stopped by the Cathedral Gorge and passed through Caliente and Pioche. We saw so many neat things during our first day.

This trip, we drove all the way to Majors Junction (US-93) where we stopped for drinks at Major's Place.

Dollar bills stapled to walls and ceilings, displays of a hunter's trophies, and antique insulators made for an interesting decor.

Outside you'll find an original Pony Express station purchased by Major Wood. The history of the Pony Express (a horseback relay mail service from Missouri to California) is one you might find interesting.

When we got to our campsite, we set up tent at the Lower Lehman Campsite. It was the perfect spot for us--right next to a flowing creek! You see, John and Maggie advised us to get a tent large enough to fit our queen-sized airbed. Since they have a 4-person tent, we went for a 6-person tent to give us some wiggle room. If you could see our tent in person, the blue one in the foreground, you might laugh because it wasn't a tent but rather a double-room and stuck out of landscape like a smurf in a field of white daisies!

Then we had ourselves something refreshing to drink while we soaked in the beautiful scenery around us. The air is so fresh and clean at almost 7,000 feet in elevation.

A buck came around to see what we were doing and graze on the grass. He was just a jump over the creek. More pictures here.

My husband chopped wood for the fire and then we set out to explore our campsite on foot. I wish I could post all the photos but that would make this post pages and pages so you can catch them on my Flickr album.

Soon it was time to start dinner and all of us were lucky to have one of the world's best cook with us. Dinner was cabbage salad, grilled onions and red potatoes, and round eye steak.

After roasting marshmallows to make smores (or as John would say, "samores") with our tea, headed to our tents where I slept like a baby. There's something about the cool night underneath stars so clear and thick in the sky...I'm warm,snuggled next to my sweetie while the creek rushes by that makes for a good night sleep.


Laurie said...

Wow! You are a brave girl to get out there in a tent! I am going to have to do it too for the 3-Day in November, but I doubt it will be as bad as the wilderness.

Daly said...

I was a little scared at first without walls and doors/windows to lock but luckily I am a heavy enough sleeper to not notice the "thing" that was moving outside of our tent the first night...LOL!!

Oh I can't wait to read about your camping trip! I wish we can do the same really soon.

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Johnson said...

Camping is one of those activities that offer enjoyment to all age groups. There is so much for everyone to do from hiking, fishing, swimming, reading or just simply relaxing. If you plan and prepare well, you will be making sure that everyone concerned has a great camping holiday. said...

Camping is always fun when especially you have to improvise because we forget something at home.we love camping but have yet to take our 2 little ones, will be soon cant wait! they will love it!

garry said...

Camping is always with good its really enjoyable for all of person.i am among one of them. I always like camping because it is my one of the favorite activity.

Randy Oram said...

Basin National Park is the nice place . but I have a question. is it perfect place to camping?

Daly said...

Randy, it is a GREAT place for camping. Where we chose to camp, the only amenities were restrooms and a water outlet. We brought everything else in and, of course, took everything out (and more if we can) when we leave so the park stays pristine for others to enjoy.

Simon Michel said...

Outdoors is one of those activities that offer delight to all age groups. There is such a great for everybody to do from climbing, angling, swimming, perusing or just relaxing. I constantly like outdoors since it is my one of the most beloved activities and the National Park is the ideal spot to outdoors.