TRIP OF A LIFETIME III travel blog


A very busy day. We drove to Baker, NV and visited the information center for Great Basin National Park. The fall colors were in their peak and the golden aspens stood out in glorious splendor. We drove the scenic drive to near the top of Mt. Wheeler which rises an impressive 13063 feet. We drove to about 10,000 feet on a whipsaw narrow two lane road which wound for 12 miles. We passed through several vegetation zones unique to each altitude range-from dessert barren sagebrush to sub alpine forest. Each layer has its own unique flora and fauna. At the upward terminus of the road we took the 3 mile round trip hike to Stella Lake and viewed the massive stone peak overlooking the lake. We walked through Aspen groves of every color of yellow to gold-it was unbelievable splendor. We then hustled back to Ely and caught the 4:30 steam train OL'93 for its scenic 14 mile trip up to the old mining towns. It was a sentimental and unique journey back to the early turn of the century when the steam trains and mines were in their glory. It was a splendid way to see the town and the surrounding mountain. The ash from the coal fell down on us as we lumbered up the mountain. We passed through two tunnels and relived the old sounds and smells of the steam train era. A professional film crew was there to record the event. We were truly fortunate as the steam train only runs on Friday and Saturday nights. We then had dinner at Margaritas-a very authentic and delicious Mexican cantina. We had a really busy and fun day!



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