Walker Lake is very interesting as it has lost 140% of its volume over the last century. Signs mark the various levels and years. It is an ongoing fight to get or save water so this lake does not disappear. With my Golden Age Pass, I paid $3 for a nice overlook campsite with a sun shelter. Two RVs with WIN (Wandering Individual’s Network) stickers were down from me. One other RV shared the campground. There are also free campgrounds along the lake. I sat and watched the sunset reflect in the lake.
Nearby is the town of Hawthorne, Nevada, that includes an Army Ammunition Depot, Testing Range, and Military Facilities that includes 178 buildings and 2,427 igloos. Last year when I drove through there, I couldn’t figure out what all the weird buildings were. All became clear when I drove into a little park in town that explained all.
Maggie’s Restaurant also provided a great breakfast. The highlight though, was that it had free WIFI and I could catch up on my e-mail while eating that great breakfast. I knew it would be a long day so I took my time.
At Mina, I did a double take. A rather large yacht had been turned into a café entrance. The little mining towns of Coaldale, Tonopah, and Goldfield are interesting but I was headed for home and like the horse heading for the barn, I was fixated. #95 took me very close to the CA border and I passed the roads leading west into Death Valley National Park. If you haven’t been there, it is an exceptional park to visit, especially during the first weekend in November when they have the Death Valley 49er’s annual encampment. This includes dancing, tours, museums, art shows and lots of other “stuff.” If you get bored, you have a problem.
It is best to go a week previous to the encampment for the impromptu jams where anybody can sing or play and if you get tired of one venue, you can pick up your chair and go to another. I wouldn’t advise going during the summer unless you have a desire to be fried, but winter evenings are magical. God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”