July 29th & 30th
After setting up camp, we went to the beach. It was a small little lake near camp where we could take the dogs and Eric could go for a swim. The water was a little too chilly for me. It was a gorgeous place, and we sat for awhile and watched the kite surfers.
After the beach, we went back to camp to make dinner. As soon as we got out of the car, we were ambushed by mosquitoes! We were only out of the car for a few seconds before we decided we would go somewhere else to cook dinner. In those few seconds, I got about a dozen bites. And these aren’t mosquitoes like they have in Florida. These are the B-52 bombers of the mosquito world. I would compare them to dragon flies. We drove around for a bit and found a pull off that looked suitable. We cooked some squash that we picked up at a local produce stand and heated up some chili. We were famished by this time. While we ate, we saw a family of deer slowly walk by on the hill next to where we pulled off. It didn’t last long, though, the girls made sure of that.
After dinner we went back to camp and turned in. It was so dark at night that you get an amazing view of the starry sky. When we woke up the next morning, the tent was covered with the B-52 mosquitoes. I still can’t get over how huge these things were. We were happy to get out of there.
This morning we packed up and headed towards Tonopah, NV and check in to the Best Western. Tonopah is a small town, population less than 3,000. It’s an old mining town established in about 1900. It looks like what you would expect an old western town to look like, complete with town saloon. It’s also been rated the #1 stargazing destination in America by USA Today. Perhaps we will do some stargazing this evening.
Right now we are in Nevada, our bellies are full of Mexican food, and we are relaxing in our room while the dogs nap. Tomorrow we will probably bed down at a state park on our way to Zion National Park.