We’re home once again. The weather is beautiful and unloading the RV hasn’t been bad. It’s been another good trip.
Last Tuesday, we steamrolled our way past Kodachrome Basin, Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon to get to Cedar City, our standard push-off point to drive 400 miles through Nevada. We usually take Highway 6, ending up at Mono Lake, but Tioga Pass is still closed at this time. We’ll take US-93 and US-50 across the state, roads on which there are darn few towns. So we filled up with food, milk, water and gas in Cedar City, and headed out, just like the pioneers of old. (Not exactly.) My birthday dinner occurred at Great Basin State Park, in eastern Nevada. Nothing fancy, but a beautiful location. Then, in the middle of Nevada, we discovered the Petroglyphs Recreation Site, a free campground with a great view of snow-covered mountains. So we’re doing a lot better at finding nice sites to stop at on Highway 50.
We were in our next to last RV park in Fallon, Nevada, on Saturday. Dave left at dawn to drive 45 miles back east to the Shoe Tree. He wanted a shot with clouds, but it didn’t happen. I, on the other hand, luxuriated in bed for a couple of hours, reading and sipping tea. What a life! Then we got our act together and drove to Carson City, then over to Lake Tahoe, went along the shore for a ways, then up and over Highway 50 into the mountains. Our goal was Plymouth, CA on Highway 49, home town of the Shenandoah Valley, our favorite wine-producing area.
We checked into our fancy RV park, parked next to a pond full of ducks and ducklings, and found out that Karmere Wines was open on Sunday, but not Monday. So we got over there by 4 p.m. and picked up a case of very good zins, syrahs and a couple of jugs of “The Temperance Tarts”. We returned to our lovely campsite, I fixed some appetizers and we sipped our way through sunset. The only dark spot on the day was that one mother duck who had three tiny chicks when we arrived, ended up with only two later. We looked around, but chick #3 had disappeared. The next day we cleaned the inside of the RV a little, visited a few more wineries and enjoyed the beautiful location.