Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Great Basin

Great Basin National Park in Nevada is worth seeing on 3 counts: Lehman Caves, Mt. Wheeler, and the ancient Bristlecone Pine trees. It's a vigorous 1 1/2 mile hike to the trees at 10,000 feet elevation, but well worth the effort to see and touch a living thing that's over 3000 years old. Gives perspective to our own fleeting lives.

Here's one of the ancients. Note the distinctive bottlebrush arrangement of its needles.

Another unusual thing about these trees--- After they die, their trunks persist for another thousand years.

Randy was delighted to engage these two unusual characters. Note the horns and the kilt. Naturally, they talked philosophy.

On the way down the mountain, there was a terrific exhibit explaining the ranching lifestyle.

A nearby artist contributed the exquisite silhouettes.

Once again, we made camp in a gravel pit. Our friend, Tom Phipps, found this one and put it in Days End.


Blogger Desert Diva said...

Great photos as always - especially Randy and the "philosophers."

It's 104 degrees in Moab. I'm camping in the BLM land, but your "gravel pits" look interesting.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous RoamingBarbara said...

Well, you just don't see folks with horns and kilts much anymore. Love the picture of Randy on the trail.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Lew & Jan Johns said...

I find the viewing of a Bristlecone Tree to be a properly Humbling Experience regarding the importance of most Human Endeavor...The Resident in the White House should perhaps view a Bristlecone at least daily. Great Pics, Guys.

Lew&Jan on the road.

4:44 PM  

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