After three and a half months in California we are now at Washoe Lake State Park just north of Carson City, Nevada. We stayed here last May and the lake was completely dry. What a pleasant surprise to see the lake full of water (although still low) and green vegetation everywhere.
When we left Mono Lake we didn’t hook up the car since we had to climb 8,100’ Conway Summit and knew it would be much easier for the Lazy Daze to make the climb up without the car attached. A few miles before Bridgeport I found a level pull-off where we stopped and hooked it up for the rest of the trip.
View from our front windshield at site 8, the same one we were in last year.
After we had been driving along for 15-20 minutes I decided to look at the tire pressure monitor just to make sure everything looked good, when I noticed the rear tires on the car were about 15-20 degrees hotter than all the others. I mentioned to Jim that we might have a problem, and he immediately asked if I had put the car in neutral and released the parking brake, my job while we are hooking up. Of course I had no recollection of doing it, so he pulled over and we got out to smell burning brakes, and the parking brake engaged.
Nothing to be done at that point but release the brake and hope for the best. Jim was going over all of the horrible scenarios, like having to get the car towed somewhere for new brakes and to flush the burnt fluid, etc.
After we got settled in our site Jim researched the parking brake and found that Subarus have separate drum parking brakes for the back wheels only, so our disc brakes were not even affected. He was able to adjust the brake and all is well. I have a feeling we won’t be doing that again, as he will carefully double check me. And the funny thing is he usually does, or at least asks me if I released the brake after we hook up the car. Of course I had to blame it on him! So leaving a load of clothes at the laundromat last week, and leaving the parking brake on this week. Can’t wait for my next blunder.
Our first day at Washoe Lake we hiked the shoreline and dune trails
Found a few flowers.
And a mailbox in the middle of nowhere with a bowl and jug of water in it. There is a nearby stable and we’ve seen a few horses so maybe this is a rest stop.
Pieces of a cut tree trunk. Not sure why they are here.
Yesterday we went to Reno for some real shopping. I found new hiking boots, pants and shorts at Sierra Trading Post, conveniently located right next to Whole Foods. Jim stocked up on beer at Total Wine, and we picked up a few hardware store items.. Since we were close to Great Basin Brewing Co we had to stop for a late lunch and a little beer tasting. The black bean burger was good and their Imperial Russian Stout was some of the best we’ve had anywhere. We like it here so will probably stay the seven day limit.