Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Day 32 - Bruneau Dunes to The Last Resort, Palomino Valley, Nevada
Got up nice and early, like I always do, made some coffee and watched the sun rise in the east. I am definitely a morning person and absolutely love watching the sun come up. It's even better out in the high desert where you can almost feel the rays of the sun melt the cold, stillness of the morning air. I made some coffee and went for a little walk around the park. The only person out and about was a very nice woman taking her dogs for a walk. I really didn't want to go get Dylan up and break down camp. This is it. This is the end of camping and soon it will be the end of our adventure.
The drive from Bruneau across the Idaho and Nevada desert was on an empty 2 lane highway that stretched for 178 miles to I80 in Nevada. During the entire drive, I think we saw only about 5 cars. It was a little spooky to think about how long it would take to get help should something have happened to the truck. I drove very carefully, though. At no time did I ever get over 105 MPH! Most of the time I just cruised along at the safe and sane speed of 95!! :-) Even though we were able to cruise the straight stretches at a decent speed, there were quite a few miles of Scarlett Johannsen road requiring us to slow way down so it still seemed to take forever to tick off those 178 miles. The drive was uneventful.
"The Last Resort" is the name of Paul and Karyn's home out on 40 acres of land at the south end of Palomino Valley outside of Reno. They are the last home at the end of the road and it certainly is a resort of sorts. Paul and I have been best friends for about 35 years now so visiting his home is like going to a second home for me. Though I'm not back in L.A. yet, I'm certainly "home". Their home sits on a knoll overlooking 40 acres of high desert scrub with views of mountains in all directions. A very beautiful place, indeed. We'll be staying here for a few days before I make the drive back to L.A. Luckily, they have high speed internet so maybe I'll get a chance to upload some of the videos that we've taken. I'm going to put them on the proper date so it may be kinda fun to go back through and check the previous blog entries.
Dylan loves it here at The Last Resort also. There's an ATV to ride, places to explore, guns to shoot, animals to play with...a veritable paradise for a teenage boy who loves the outdoors. I haven't taken too many pictures yet, but I will.