We’ve had several comments from people who seem slightly bemused by our love of nothing. So for those of you who can’t quite get your heads around why not seeing anything for two hundred miles is so fascinating, I will give you a little insight into what rocks my world.
As some of you might know, I’m into my geology. So far I have done four years of it in high school and sixth form and will be doing another four years in university starting this year. So when I see desolate landscape I see it with more of a trained eye than your average bear.
Driving through Nevada and being able, not only to identify the rocks, but also to understand the processes that formed them and left them in their current condition. Wikipedia is also useful for things I can’t deduce such as the Bonneville Salt Flats formed in Pleistocene.
Besides the geology which I appreciate is pretty niche, it is hard to deny that the landscape we are passing through is breathtakingly beautiful. With little effort we imagine what it would have looked like when it was a shallow sea, before Europeans arrived here and what it must have been like for those early colonizers.
We had so much fun on the flats, it really is like no other place on earth—how anyone can think it boring is beyond me. Everything from having fun with shadows to running as fast as I can (really slooooooow) with
I would have really loved to drive out onto the flats themselves but maybe the first thing I drive shouldn't be a thirty-foot RV, eh!
Moving on and leaving the extraordinary salt behind we went to Bingham Canyon copper mine, the largest man-made excavation in the world. I had expected it to be somewhat horrific but was pleasantly surprised when my environmentalist head didn’t jump into action.
The visitor centre wasn’t as interesting as I’d hoped but that was made up for by actually watching them blast the rock out of the mine. It is hard to believe that at the turn of the last century there was a mountain in it's place.
So by looking for the less-than-obvious, even the most apparently boring landscape can throb with fascinating little details. It really is up to you how interesting you make what you see.
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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.