We finished our time in Star Valley Ranch the first week of September. It seemed like the right time, we woke to 30 degree temperature, it was easy to begin the move south to warmer temps. We were very excited to get to Carson city to spend some time with Aurora’s brother and family – Jun and Nona. We did not want to take too much time to get there, so we drove a good 12 hours the first day and spent our first “Wal-Mart overnight parking” in Winnemucca NV. There were quite a few other travelers staying there as well. We even met a young family from Oregon. Rachael and Vincent, that was trying to build a family business by putting in a lot of hard work and, racking up a lot of miles trying to get some momentum going. The next morning we only had a few hours of driving to get to Washoe Lake State park. It is a nice area but hasn’t had a lake for a few years due to the drought we are all living through. We stayed there for a few days then moved over to the Gold Dust Casino in Carson City. It was a great location to all the family so we were able to spend a lot of time catching up!
Awesome Extended Family!
Family on Lake Tahoe Beach – Jun, Nona, Kaiden and Aurora
This was truly one of the main reasons we choose this RV life style. It had been 8 years since we were able to see this part of the family. In November we will be spending a couple months in Tucson to spend time with a lot of my family. Life is just too short and it seems as you get older that clock really gets ticking fast. We both didn’t want to have any regrets when it came to family! Seeing all the wonders and beauty of what this nation and world has to offer is just a great big plus!!
When we left Carson city we went up to Nevada Beach National forest right on the southern beach of Lake Tahoe. It was dry camping but so beautiful tucked in the pines, right off the beach. We definitely want to spend more time on Lake Tahoe earlier in the summer. It was so beautiful but we hit a time when the temps were a little chilly to get into the water.
Sunset on Lake Tahoe
Aurora and Bruce on Lake Tahoe
My beautiful Diamond at Emerald Bay
Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe
After 4 days we left Lake Tahoe (Nevada State Park) for what we thought would be an easy travel day. Just heading 190 miles to our first Thousand Trails park in Yosemite Lake. We used a broker to purchase a Thousand Trails Elite membership saving a ton of money instead of going through TT themselves. Now we can stay in any of their family of parks (80ish) for 21 days with no cost and then roll right into the next one without any breaks. This seemed like an absolute no brainer for a full time traveler to really bring down that part of our expenses. When we left Lake Tahoe we used our Rand McNally app to make sure we had the best safest route to Yosemite as it allows us to plug in all our RV info (Height, weight, toad…) Apparently Rand was playing some kind of trick on us. It took us on roads I think I would have been challenged to travel in a small car. We had to go over an 8000 ft pass (Ebbetts Pass), which wouldn’t be so bad except it was so narrow it didn’t even have a center line. It was about 60 miles of tight switch backs and up to 24% grade (Is that even legal??). I had to blow my horn on the corners just to safely make the turns. On the way down I thought I was smelling my brakes so I pulled over to let them cool. When I got out I saw smoke coming from my Battery bank compartment. When I opened it up it seems one of the cables had rubbed through and shorted out causing one of the in-line fuses to melt down. I had to hit it with our fire extinguisher and then disconnect the batteries until I could remove the shorted cable. It was pretty frazzling to our nerves. We still had about 100 more miles to go so we disconnected the toad until we got down the hill. The brakes and engine braking did very well. Once down the mountain we re-hooked up and continued on the last 60 miles. It was also very narrow and winding climb up into Yosemite. The plus was we at least had a center line, and that made it very nice. We got to the park and selected a nice place under the trees to set up camp. Huge sites with full hookups but no cell service. We can go to the club house for slow WIFI but if we want to use our cell service we have to run down the road about 2 miles. After that trip we took long hot relaxing showers and indulged in some well earned Oreo’s and Milk. Yum! Yosemite is so beautiful, but is also suffering from this long, long drought. Only two of the waterfalls had any water going over them. Even Mirror lake was now Mirror meadows. With that said it was still such a beautiful place.
Climber on ElCapitan
We did a few hikes but the one we really wanted to do was the hike up the cables in half dome. We are probably not in good enough shape this year but it will be on our list for next year. We did hike up to Sentinel dome, which was a very easy hike but had some great views.
At the top of Sentinel Dome
Aurora making a crack in the rock
Aurora Pulling me up
We met a lot of great travelers at this park. we sat around the fire with Paul and Sue, who we hope to see again in Las Vegas, and Mike and his wife Judy, they had brought a great toy with them that we got to ride in.
The Dynamic Duo
We felt like Batman and Batgirl! It is a new street legal 3 wheeler by Polaris. Wow, so fast and so fun!!
S0, until next month watch for micro updates on Facebook!