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Saguaro National Park

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 11:57 am


Saguaro National ParkSaguaro National Park

We love roaming through the cacti at Saguaro National Park in Arizona. It is so different than anywhere we have ever been. It’s like living in a terrarium.


Saguaro National ParkSaguaro National Park

Sunset among the Saguaros at Saguaro National Park. We never could have imagined the beauty of this area without seeing it with our own eyes.


We love roaming through the cacti.We love roaming through the cacti.


Cacti at Saguaro National Park in ArizonaCacti at Saguaro National Park in Arizona

Joshua Tree National Park

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019, 7:29 pm


Boondocking at Joshua Tree National ParkBoondocking at Joshua Tree National Park

We arrived after dark and woke up to gorgeous views and a beautiful day at Joshua Tree National Park in southern California.

We. Must. Return.

Lunch on the Lonliest Road in America

Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:11 pm


Lunch on Hwy 50-America's Lonliest HighwayLunch on Hwy 50-America's Lonliest Highway

The movie, “The Misfits” with Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe was filmed in Dayton, Nevada and this building can be seen in the movie.

Dayton, Nevada lies at the mouth of Gold Cañon on the Carson River. It’s the site of Nevada’s first gold discovery and a contender for being the state’s earliest Euro-American permanently inhabited settlement. After gold was discovered in California, thousands of fortune seekers trekked West. Those following the Carson River Route often camped at the mouth of Gold Cañon (Dayton) while waiting for snow to melt in the Sierra Nevada.

Around the corner is the Dayton Taphouse, the oldest saloon in town where Marilyn frequented during filming. We stopped there for lunch and the food and service was excellent. Add Dayton, Nevada to your list of must visits.

Sand Mountain Recreation Area

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019, 2:43 pm


Sand Mountain Recreation AreaSand Mountain Recreation Area

One of the many interesting places to visit on Nevada Highway 50, the Loneliest Road in America, is Sand Mountain Recreation Area. Located twenty-five miles south east of Fallon, ATV and off-roading enthusiasts from near and far flock to this off-roading paradise.


Sand Mountain Recreation AreaSand Mountain Recreation Area

The sand dunes originate from the ancient glacial Lake Lahontan that for the most part, dried up 9,000 years ago—which means that you’re basically ripping around on what could’ve been beachside property 10,000 years ago. The area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is open to off-highway vehicle use without limits.


Sand Mountain in the distance from Highway 50Sand Mountain in the distance from Highway 50

While there are many things to marvel at when visiting this geologic wonder, perhaps the most fascinating is the fact that Sand Mountain is one of only a handful of singing sand dunes in the world. This natural sound phenomenon can reach 105 decibels, lasting as long as several minutes.


Massive mountain of sand with RVs parked near the base for scaleMassive mountain of sand with RVs parked near the base for scale

Near the base of the mountain is a large RV parking area. We visited on a weekday and the mountain was buzzing with ATV's. There were several empty spaces in the parking area but beware of soft sand if you're visiting the area. We didn't venture off the paved road since we were not planning to boon dock there for the night. Overall, the stop was well worth it. The scale of Sand Mountain from up close is a spectacular sight.


RV parking area at Sand MountainRV parking area at Sand Mountain


RV parking area at Sand MountainRV parking area at Sand Mountain


Military helicopters over Sand MountainMilitary helicopters over Sand Mountain

Nearby Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon has served as a training facility since its inception thanks to the area’s perfectly empty wide-open spaces. In 1996 it became the premier air-to-air and air-to-ground training facility when the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) was transferred to the base.


US military flyby at Sand MountainUS military flyby at Sand Mountain

We enjoyed our visit to Sand Mountain and look forward to returning to stay a few nights in the area.

The Loneliest Road in America

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019, 11:29 am


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Driving across Nevada U.S. Highway 50, the Loneliest Road in America, had been on our bucket list for a long time. We stopped every few miles to take in the sights and sounds. The sights are well documented but we were fascinated by the sounds. At times the only sound you can hear is the desert breeze. When the breeze dies down, there is silence. No cars. No city noise. No jets overhead. Nothing. Total silence.


No traffic on the Loneliest Road in AmericaNo traffic on the Loneliest Road in America

The Loneliest Road roughly parallels the Pony Express Trail, which goes from Silver Springs through Fallon and along the towns across Highway 50. Remnants of Pony Express Stations are visible in several locations along the Loneliest Road.


 Pony Express Trail Pony Express Trail


Marker with history of the Pony Express TrailMarker with history of the Pony Express Trail


Trail marker for the Pony Express TrailTrail marker for the Pony Express Trail

Stretching the width of Nevada, the Loneliest Road is a fascinating scenic and historic corridor through a land seemingly untouched by man.


Land seemingly untouched by manLand seemingly untouched by man


View along the Loneliest Road in AmericaView along the Loneliest Road in America


View along the Loneliest Road in AmericaView along the Loneliest Road in America


View along the Loneliest Road in AmericaView along the Loneliest Road in America

With endless miles of pavement running toward distant mountains and desolate desert valleys, it’s no wonder this route is a popular bucket-list item. It is the definition of picturesque.


Endless miles of pavement running toward distant mountainsEndless miles of pavement running toward distant mountains

Word of caution if you're considering this drive — a breakdown on any part of this isolated stretch would definitely be more than an inconvenience. Service stations are few and far between. Cell-service is limited to non-existent between a handful of small towns. Pack lots of water and extra supplies. Plan accordingly.


Peaceful and picturesque drivingPeaceful and picturesque driving

Driving across Nevada on the Loneliest Road in America is one of the most beautiful and exhilarating drives in the U.S.A. It is also a very peaceful drive.


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