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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Mono Lake - Worth Fighting For

Mono Lake, 100 miles around, has no outlet except evaporation (4 ft per year), no fish, but has billions of alkali flies and trillions of brine shrimp, food for millions of migrating birds and coastal gulls, who fly all the way here to mate and raise their young.

Los Angeles bought the lake and, in 1941, diverted its inflowing waters south, dropping the water level dangerously low. Environmentalists fought back in the late 70s and, after a 10-year legal battle, won. The birds are happy, we're happy.

These strange towers, called tufa, appeared when the lake level dropped.


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