From Vegas another couple hundred miles took us to Tonopah, NV. We had planned to stay at the Tonopah Station Casino RV Park if it was really hot and we needed A/C, but with dark skies all around us the temperature was quite pleasant. Another casino a half mile down the road had a free RV overnight lot, but it was just dirt and right on the highway, so we continued on another 13 miles west to Miller’s Rest Area.
There were two other RVs when we arrived, but it is a huge gravel lot with room for many. The sign says 18 hour parking limit. Guess if they didn’t have that restriction people would be setting up residence. There is a restroom, RV dump, and several potable water faucets (open in summer only). Nice of Nevada to provide that for free.
About a half hour after we got parked we were hit by a huge dust storm. We could see Hwy 95 out our window, and it was amazing how few cars and trucks pulled over. Visibility was poor and we were pelted with blowing dirt.
The highway is just behind the trees.
After the wind died down and the dust cleared, the mountains came into view and we had a lovely sunset. It was a good place to spend the night.
Yesterday was our last day of driving for awhile, 120 miles to Lee Vining, CA on Hwy 395. It was hazy over the mountains and there was a funny smell, so when we stopped at the Forest Service/ National Park Service Visitor Center, the ranger told us there was a fire on the west side of Yosemite and we were seeing smoke from it. Great! This spectacular scenery and we can’t see it.
The wind shifted and it did clear up quite a bit in the afternoon. We lucked into another great boondock site overlooking Mono Lake with a view of the mountains on the other side. There is a $10 dump at a gas station just a couple miles away, and the Inyo National Forest has a water station about a mile past there on Tioga Pass Road. We plan to stay put for a couple weeks as there is a lot to do in this area. By the way, gas in Lee Vining ranges from $4.79 to 5.09/gallon. Oh yeah, we’re definitely in California!
But views like this for free? Priceless!