Driving from Crater Lake National Park to Truckee, CA was ridiculously long. I still can’t believe I made it in one day with a 1 yr old and a 3yr old. I must have been really determined to sleep in a bed that night instead of rolling out the pop-up for another night of camping.
After about 9 hours in the car, it was such a relief to see Jim Zellers and have a helping hand. The Zellers’ have a great house with a big yard on a quiet street so it was easy to let the boys run around while Jim and I sat on their big porch and drank a beer and caught up on life a bit. Jim’s wife, Bonnie, and two boys were on a camping trip and wouldn’t be home until the next day.
Jim helped me line up a babysitter for the kids with his neighbor so we could go for one of Jim’s infamous mountain bike rides ( Jim is well known for sand-bagging, his idea of a 2 hr ride usually takes twice that!). I was so psyched to get in a really long, hard ride after all the time I’d spent sitting in a car and trying to rationalize with a 3 year old; some old-fashioned suffering would go a long ways to clear my head. Just as Jim and I were getting on our bikes, several of his friends pulled into the parking lot and we joined up into a group of about 8 people. It ended up being an amazing day, the kind you could never plan and the kind you don’t easily forget.
Bonnie and the boys showed up that afternoon and thanks to Jim and Bonnie’s input, our next stop was slated for the Great Basin National Park. Honestly, I had never even heard of this park and as it was in the middle of nowhere in Nevada, I was totally skeptical. Not to mention, the drive from Truckee to the Great Basin was so remote that the main highway, Highway 50, is also known as the Loneliest Highway in America; not entirely inviting but the Great Basin came so highly recommended that I had to give it a go. Check out the links below for some information on this part of Nevada. It is definitely worth the trip!