Posted by: caryandjohn | August 3, 2014

Nevada, Ruby Mountains, Sand Mountain… heading home

We took State hwy 51 south out of Idaho into Nevada /225 south through Mountain City- beautiful canyon road with wild horses running about…

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We made it over to Elko and headed over to the Ruby Mountains- southeast of Elko- to camp for the night… Such an incredibly beautiful place…

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Camp spot…

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Ruby pink sunset …

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In the morning we headed west on I80 for just a bit to Battle Mountain where we took highway 305 south to Austin… And picked up highway 50- the “loneliest highway” to start heading home… We made an obligatory stop at Middlegate Station…

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We checked out Sand Mountain to see about camping, but it seemed they wanted the full recreation fee- $40 each to enter… So we passed… Although not before snapping some pics of the impressive sand dunes- two miles long and 600 ft high- they lie on the edge of the ancient Lake Lahontan, that for the most part dried up 9,000 years ago… Pretty impressive!

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Highway 50 follows along the original Pony Express… There was an exhibit with an ruins of an old store/stop with this sign I thought was pretty entertaining- “wanted: young, skinny, wiry fellows…”

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We settled for camping at Grimes Point Archaeological Area- just east of Fallon, Nevada- a pretty cool open space with the place to ourselves and a nice desert sunset- not bad!
Camp site…

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Campsite – color changing with the light…

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We woke up an headed home – out longest day haul – 344 miles- which is usually how it goes- so close to home- you just keep going… A total of ~3300 miles over 13 days- averaging ~250 miles/ day… Awesomeness!

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Responses

  1. Had a great time following along on your vacation, via blog!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Glad to have you along Steve!


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