This is the only picture I took in Utah. Ha!

It’s a taco truck in Green River and my burrito was delicious! We drove Highway 50 across a very remote and desolate area of Utah. The speed limit was 80 the entire way, so it didn’t take too long.  The scenery is a monochromatic pale tan desert, with lots of rocks, brush, and is otherworldly looking for hundreds of miles as far as the eye can see. That’s really all I have to say about this trip through Utah, so as to not bore you further with my droning on about it, I’ll move on to Nevada.

The Great Basin National Park sits just over the state line in Nevada. https://www.nps.gov/grba/index.htm

It encompasses desert heat and alpine cold with its highest peak 13,063ft.  Signs told us it could snow at any time of year. 

Its name refers to the huge area covering much of Nevada and half of Utah where the waters from rivers and streams have no outlet to the sea, so they sit in this massive basin before evaporating in the desert air.

Hiking the Bristlecone Pine Trail above 10,000ft.

It was a gorgeous day as you can see.  We waited about 30 minutes for a parking space at the trailhead to secure a spot so we could hike.  Lots and lots of folks out and about these days.

Once covered with glaciers, you can see all the rock left behind by their retreat. 

Ancient Bristlecone Pine

You can see how pleased Elo is with being asked to stand in for perspective.  😉

In this ancient grove of Bristlecone Pine, many are thousands of years old.  These scrappy trees are masters of longevity and are some of the oldest trees in the world.  They grow at high elevation where nothing else can grow.  We saw the remains of The Prometheus Tree estimated to be 5000 years old.

From here we headed west to Ely, Nevada.  I took the banner photo of Elo’s van traveling through the desert with storms all around.  When next we step out onto the road, we will begin our adventure on, The Loneliest Road In America, so stay tuned.

Until next time…

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Comments:

  • Rusty Hunt

    July 20, 2021

    Bam! I’m the first comment. That banner photo is stunning, and now I want a food truck burrito.

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    • Margie

      July 20, 2021

      Bam! It was some kinda good!

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  • Heather Smith

    July 20, 2021

    Amazing banner photo….that could win an award!

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    • Margie

      July 20, 2021

      Thanks Heather! Considering it was taken through a dirty windshield with one hand while driving about 70, I’m fairly impressed myself. The cameras in phones these days are a wonder for sure.

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  • Tena

    July 21, 2021

    Gorgeous photos all around. Happy travels!

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    • Margie

      July 22, 2021

      Thanks Tena!

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  • Jill

    July 22, 2021

    Enjoy your photos. Where to next?

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