SUMMER 2016 ROAD TRIP FINALE

September 19, 2016  •  7 Comments

 

36 days

3586 miles

4 States (NV,UT,WY,CA)

42 miles hiking; 40 biking (10 at a time x 1000+ gain each); 19 fish landed; 8 rounds of golf; 3639 photos.

447 (Palm Springs altitude) to 10,700 (Mirror Lake Byway) with most of our trip at 6,000-7,000 altitude.

 

The Last Segment: Park City to South Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes and Home

The drive from Park City to Tahoe was far more interesting than we expected. Who knew there was so much salt! 

Catching this public art piece as we drove by it, literally in the middle of nowhere, we learned afterwards that it is a rather famous piece of art, titled "Tree of Utah." From Wikipedia: It is an 87-foot-tall sculpture that was created by the Swedish artist Karl Momen in the 1980s and dedicated in 1986. It is located in the desolate Great Salt Lake Desert of Utah on the north side of Interstate 80, about 25 miles east of Wendover and midway between the former railroad communities of Arinosa and Barro. The sculpture, which is constructed mainly of concrete, consists of a squarish 'trunk' holding up six spheres that are coated with natural rock and minerals native to Utah. There are also several hollow sphere segments on the ground around the base. The sculpture currently has a fence surrounding the base to protect people from falling tiles.

First sighting of Lake Tahoe -- one REALLY large lake. Just a little basic information, from Wikipedia: Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 ft, making it the second deepest in the United States after Crater Lake (1,945 ft). Additionally, Lake Tahoe is the sixth largest lake by volume in the United States at 122,160,280 acre·ft (150,682,490 dam3), behind the five Great Lakes.

Our first night in Tahoe,  we headed to the beach for the annual Labor Day (night) fireworks show.

The sunset was maybe even better than the fireworks show. I had a little photo-art fun presenting the fireworks.

I have 2 shots here for all our golfing friends. Edgewood Golf (Nevada side of Tahoe): check out this shot tee-to-green from the red pine cones (aka t- box markers). And, the second photo seems aptly titled, "Bridge Over Water Trouble." 

 
Brad and Jordan joined us for a few days; hiked; rented a boat for a spin of this gigantic lake.
 
Brad moving boulders.

They said it was a moderate hike AROUND the lake! 

And then we headed to our last stop: Mammoth Lakes. Stunning scenery!

We had a final fishing trip lined up for Crawley Lake (steelheads in mind) but at 29-degrees at 7am, with thunderstorm predicted - we summoned up our adult and cancelled. Instead, we did a little shore fishing from Lake Mary (zip, zero except for cold feet), then took a drive over to Crawley Lake. Indeed, here's that storm rolling in - and we were delighted to view fit rom the inside of the car rather than from a cold bench on a small boat in the middle of the lake!

We decided it was time to head back to the desert heat. 

We are home.

Thanks for sharing this year's journey with us.

Next up - February, Hawaii. Stay tuned …

 


Comments

10.Denise(non-registered)
Beautiful! I loved all the pictures, but in particular, the sunset over Lake Tahoe Welcome Home!
9.Joan Murray(non-registered)
Fabulous as usual and story line is wonderful as well. I love the photo at Mammoth with the hole in the sky. Hope to see you soon.
8.Sue Goodin(non-registered)
so beautiful!
7.Julie(non-registered)
Loved them all and your travelogue! Favorites...the storm coming in, the salt and the sculpture etc... Thanks for sharing!
6.Jimmy(non-registered)
I'm jealous. I don't dare show Curtis these pictures or he will start nagging me for us to do the same. You took more than 100 pictures a day. That alone would wear me out let alone the biking and hiking! I'm glad you are back, are you happy to be home or could this have gone on longer ??
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