Showing posts from August, 2011

August 25-29, 2011, Cortez, CO

We left Mt. Pleasant Thursday morning and headed to Cortez, CO.  We stopped at a viewpoint along I70 about 50 miles west of Greenriver, UT.  We thought this rock formation looked like a lion lying at the base of the bluff.

We are staying at the Sundance RV Park in Cortez, CO.   This is a very nice park in town just across the street from a beautiful city park.  Our site is really big, shady and has a nice grassy area.
We are surprised that even though we are on Main Street in the middle of town this is a very quiet RV park.  We have taken the dogs on long walks around the large park complex across the street.  The park has soccer fields, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, Frisbee gold course, swimming pool, recreation center, two ponds and lots of grass.  We spent Thursday afternoon and Friday relaxing and getting some chores done.  Saturday morning we went to the Farmer’s Market and bought some home grown tomatoes and squash.  Saturday evening we went to the Cortez Cult…

August 14-24, 2011 – Mt. Pleasant, UT

We left Delta on Sunday, August 14th and drove east to Mt. Pleasant, UT.  We are staying at Pleasant Creek Ranch, which is our home park in the Camper World network of campgrounds.  Mt. Pleasant is in the Sanpete Valley with the San Pitch Mountains to the West and the Wasatch Plateau to the East.  Our RV Park is located southeast of Mt. Pleasant at the base of the Wasatch Plateau.  We have a very nice site with grass and shade trees.
We are going to spend 11 days here relaxing and doing some Jeeping.

The first Jeep trip we took was on the Skyline Drive, an 87 mile 4-wheel drive road on the spine of the Wasatch Plateau.  We had been on this drive in June last year, but most of the southern part was closed because of snow.  We drove about 2/3rds of the road on this trip and it is a beautiful drive at altitudes between 9,000 and 11,000 ft.  This is looking down on the town of Mt. Pleasant.

We saw four shepherd’s camps along the road and passed a shepherd riding his horse on the road with hi…

August 11-13, 2011 – Delta, UT

There is not much to do here so we are just taking it easy, relaxing and doing a lot of reading.We did visit the Red Rock Cheese Factory on the outskirts of town.They were not making cheese when we were there so we didn't get to take a tour.We did buy some cheese, pineapple salsa and apple BBQ sauce.  The park sprayed their trees and got spray all over the 5th wheel, truck and Jeep.Rex spent an afternoon washing the spray off all the vehicles. Delta is a very nice small town and we have had a very relaxing time here.

August 9-10, 2011 – Great Basin National Park, NV

We left Ely on Tuesday morning and drove 69 miles to Baker, NV a small town by the entrance to Great Basin National Park.We are staying at the Whispering Elms Campground, Motel and RV Park - a small park with 24 RV sites and a 6-room motel.It has lots of trees so we have lots of shade, which is good as it is hot here.

We arrived here just before noon so after lunch we headed to Great Basin National Park.The Great Basin is a large area centered on Nevada and stretches from California’s Sierra Nevada to Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.It is named for its lack of 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 is not just one but many basins, separated by mountain ranges.Great Basin National Park was created in 1986 to protect a small portion of the Great Basin.We stopped at the Visitor Center and tried to get tickets for a tour of Lehman Cave but they were sold out for the day.We…

August 8, 2011, Ely, NV

Monday morning, August 8th, we headed east across Nevada on Highway 50.The 287-mile stretch of this highway from Fernley to Ely was dubbed “the loneliest road in America” by Life magazine in July 1986.It really is a lonely and desolate stretch of road and follows the Pony Express route across Nevada. Nevada is the most mountainous state in the Nation with 314 individual ranges and hills and we drove over a lot of them today. We drove from Carson City to Ely in about 6 hours – the longest we have driven in one day all summer.We are staying at the KOA in Ely, a very nice RV park but also the most expensive we have stayed at in a long time.

We visited the Nevada Northern Railroad Museum in Ely.This is a very nice restored rail yard with 66 original buildings and structures, 4 steam engines and about 6 diesel engines, and over 70 pieces of rolling stock.

One of the volunteers gave us a nice tour of the engine house and shop. We enjoyed walking around looking at all the restored equipment an…

August 3-7, 2011 – Lake Tahoe, Nevada Side

Wednesday, August 3rd we drove around the north side of Lake Tahoe and crossed into Nevada.  We noticed that the Nevada side of the lake is less developed and you can see more of the lake from the highway.

We are staying at the Silver City RV Resort just south of Carson City.  This is a very nice RV park and even has 3 fenced dog areas.  Cody and Camille are really enjoying being able to run around off leash.

Thursday we took a 2½ hr cruise from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay on the sternwheeler, Tahoe Queen.

We boarded at Ski Run Marina, a very busy marina renting out boats and jet skis.  They also take people out on parasails.  We had a lot of people parasailing around our boat as we cruised.

We enjoyed talking to two ladies who are retired teachers from Sacramento.  We exchanged taking each other’s pictures.


As we entered Emerald Bay we saw this Osprey in its nest.

A view of Eagle Falls – a much better view than the one we got from the highway on Tuesday.

This is the Vikingsholm Castle …