Until Dad told me, I thought we were only going to six states too. So if our seventh state is a surprise to you, imagine what it must be like for me.
Not that I’m complaining, Nevada has always been on my list of states I want to go to and I have been far from disappointed. The landscape from Boise to Wendover was absolutely stunning and from a geology perspective, fascinating. So far I have seen rocks ranging from (what appears to me with my limited knowledge) basalt to micrite.
I picked up one rock that I couldn’t identify and will post pictures of soon. It is crystalline and equigranular with a texture that doesn’t resemble granite. It is light grey in colour and has several crystals of a glassy mineral that looks like quartz. Finally the outside surface is heavily weathered and has a thick oxidised crust in a dark red colour. We picked it up right in the north of Nevada—anyone know what it is?
In Elko today, we went into a proper country outfitters and had a look at hats. While I didn’t see a hat there I like—I’m looking for one with a much more folded brim—I did have fun trying on hats and now know that my hat size is seven and a quarter. When we get to Salt Lake City I’m going to look around for “my hat”.
We took a bit of a poke around Elko, stocked up in Walmart then after lunch in a little place in town we hit the road for 109 miles of awesome (and it is quite something for me to use that word) scenery. I already love Nevada although the casinos and brothels make me slightly less than comfortable.
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More recent sightings
We planned for an early start. The alarm clock buzzed at 6:30am, but needless to say I didn’t get up until 7:00am. A quick coffee, slice of bread and jam and a splash in the kitchen sink (the RV’s bathroom tap has given up for good) and we were on the road for our 322 mile dash to Idaho.
One of the nicest aspects of a road trip in a motorhome is that when you feel like changing your itinerary, you can. And that’s exactly what we did today.
A Looking For Yogi video from Forks, Washington.
For the first time on this trip, we woke up to rain bouncing off the roof of the RV as yesterday’s sunshine had given way to thick Washington cloud.