Kodachrome Basin State Park was a little disappointing. It’s a beautiful park but we didn’t get many really nice images. Last time we were hiking the Sentinel Trail, we think we saw Condors, but not this time. Last time we hiked the Hat Shop (maybe 25 years ago?) I remember lots of rock formations with little “hats” perching on top, but there didn’t seem to be a trail into this area. We did enjoy Indian Rock, with all the hand prints engraved into the rock. Oh well, the weather is pleasant and sitting around is always fun.
We had a little detour on our trip to Cedar City on Thursday. After turning onto Route 14 west, we found the road closed 12 miles in. An avalanche had occurred last October and the road wasn’t being repaired till now. Luckily, we stopped at a local coffee shop and asked which was the best way to get to Cedar City from there. We probably saved ourselves 20 miles or so of very twisty road, although we still had to go 30 miles out of our way. Anyway, we rolled into Cedar City and I immediately went grocery shopping. I checked out Walmart for new sheets for the Lazy Daze (Our old sheets were purchased in 1982 for our big trip and have lasted pretty well, I’d say.) I wandered into the food section and saw ripe avocados for 58 cents each. I was hooked and did most of my shopping there. I had to go to Smith’s for the one item I had to have: Private Selection Cherry Amaretto Cordial ice cream. Yum!!!!
We discovered a new place to visit in the future. Usually, when we take off from Cedar City, we either head north to Great Basin National Park or east towards Tonopah and Lee Vining and Yosemite. Highway 120 through Yosemite isn’t open for the year yet so we can’t go home that way. We decided to drive a different route to Ely and went through Panaca, Nevada. Cathedral Gorge State Park is one mile north of Panaca, so we stopped in to take a look. It’s a neat-looking park with erosion in a form we’ve never seen before. We decided not to stay there, but it’s a possibility for the future. We ended up in Ely, as planned, and I found out that while grocery stores carry wine, it is mostly very cheap or very expensive. I only bought a few bottles; we’ll replenish when we get home. I still find it hard to believe, but California wine seems to be cheapest in California. Not like 58 cent avocados in Utah and $1.00 artichokes in Nevada.
Saturday was more driving through Nevada on US-50, the “loneliest road in America”. Actually, US-6 is lonelier, I think, but you advertise what you can. The road was fairly boring to me this time. Featureless sky and nothing interesting to distract me. We have seen 2 “over the top” roadside memorials, with plastic flowers, tinsel and all manner of gaudy items, but we go by too fast to stop. Our campsite was the parking area next to the former “shoe tree”, a large cottonwood covered with hundreds of pairs of shoes. On January 1, 2011, someone decided to chop down the tree. It must have taken them a long time; the base of the trunk was about 3 feet across. The surrounding area has also had a fire that makes it even more unattractive. People have tried to throw shoes into the other 2 cottonwoods nearby, but my attitude is to leave them alone. The shoes weight down the branches and it’s like “been there, done that”. It was a spontaneous creation, but now it’s just trying to recreate something that is gone.
Tonight is our last night out. It’s been a great trip for many reasons. We have met some old friends and made some new friends. We visited some of our favorite places and saw a few new ones. We made a few great images and had a lot of fun. I found Cherry Amaretto Cordial Ice Cream. What more in life can you ask for?