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California- Here We . . . Are! Pacific Coast Tour Aug 17
I had a great breakfast at the Prospector Casino including real sausage links with my eggs. The photo shows our site this morning. The hotel and casino are out of the photo on the right.
On the way out of town we went to a couple of auto parts stores to try and get a replacement solenoid for the one that lets the engine alternator charge the house batteries when we are underway. Without this solenoid working it becomes harder to dry camp. We have to be plugged in or run the generator to charge the house batteries.
Three Hundred Miles on the Loneliest Road in America
Leaving Ely on US-6 we noted it was 168 miles of great basins (photo) to cross to get to Tonopah. Basins are completely surrounded by mountans. A billboard at Ely announced there would be a McDonald's at Tonopah. They lied; at Tonopah there was only a small sign besides the road saying McDonald's was at Hawthorne just ahead. Well "just ahead" would be another 384 miles. We didn't think this was very funny and spent time thinking about the letter we should write to McDonald's for the false advertising. However, the scenery was spectacular and traffic almost non-existent. All together we drove 305 miles to get to Lee Vining beside Mona Lake. Just before we crossed into California we looked up 7,000 feet to Boundary Peak at 13,140 ft. (see photo).
Our approach to Mona Lake was from the south through the world's only Jeffrey Pine forest. The lake is a beautiful blue like the Caribbean. The island in the middle of the lake (see photo) was formed by a volcanic eruption 350 years ago. The lake is a dead sea with no outlet. It is one of the oldest lakes in North America.
Mono Vista RV Park
This is one of the nicest parks so far and we have a vista of Mono Lake from our dinette. As always for us no reservation was needed. However, I decided that tomorrow night getting a reservation in Yosemite National Park would be nice. There was only one reservable site in the entire park for tomorrow night and I got it! The locals said that people line up at 6:00AM to get the non-reservable sites. No thanks! We will spend most Tomorrow and Wednesday at Yosemite and then head for Carmel on Thursday.