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.