Back in the mountains!
Fallon, NV to Hope Valley, CA
July 31, 2017
Monday morning I take care of a couple last minute errands then hitch up and head west out of Fallon. My destination is Hope Valley RV Park located on Hwy 88 in Eldorado National Forest about 2 hours away. Hope Valley is a privately operated campground within the national forest. It has full hookups and was $38/night. The campground was okay and serves my purpose, but I don’t know that I would stay here again. On Thursday I need to drive into Fremont, CA. I want to camp in the mountains and within a 3 or 4 hour drive of Fremont. So this place works out fine for that.
Early afternoon I arrive at the campground, check in and get setup in site #20. I didn’t expect to have cell signal at the campground, but actually got 2 bars of Verizon! It was so nice to be back in the mountains at an elevation of 7,000 ft after the last 6 days of traveling in 100º temps.
August 1, 2017
Lake Tahoe is about 25 miles north. I have never been to the lake, so took a day trip up there. Oh my gosh, it was still full blown tourist season! I drove around the lake, but I was only able to stop at a couple of the overlooks as most were full. In a lot of sections the road is narrow two lane with no shoulder and drop offs. So had to keep eyes on the road. It was a pretty drive, but all the smoke from the wildfires obscured the mountains in the background.
It was nice to see the lake and take the drive around, but I was glad to get out of the crowds and traffic!
August 2, 2017
Wednesday I took a drive west on Hwy 88. This is a very scenic route up through the Sierras. The highway crosses Kit Carson pass and then descends down to the valley. I drove to the pass and then a few miles down the other side.
There were a few hiking trailheads along the road, but they all required a day use fee. I didn’t want to pay $10 or $15 to take a short hike so I passed on those.
It has been a nice 3 days here. Temps were good with high 80s during day and 50s at night. Enjoyed the break from traveling every day.
Tomorrow…down to the city.
Your surroundings are incredible
Yes, there are so many beautiful places in our country and I am enjoying exploring them!
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You got that right, many many places. I would love to travel throughout our entire country.