Decompressing By The Mountains….Ahhhhhhh!
Not going to be a lot of words today since I’m kinda pooped out from the last post and the exhausting week. Thankfully we’re in a soul-soothing place. If there’s anything which can wipe away your worries and refresh your outlook on life it’s the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains. 400 miles of stunning peaks and fall colors stretching from Nevada to California. How can you go wrong?
We always start our southern Hwy 395 journey in the little paradise that is Washoe Lake State Park. After the long drive to get here, you pull in, open your RV door and you just feel good. Humongous sites, gorgeous 360-degree views, a deep natural silence and the heavy odor of sage all around (you do know that sage is the plant of spiritual cleansing right?). I love this spot and we stop here whenever we can, plus it’s close to easy shopping for stocking-up before crossing the border (just be aware of CA restrictions on bringing in fruits and vegetables).
There are no end of picturesque trails here. Wide fields of sage-brush that turn orange in the evening light, sprinklings of dry creek beds that just add to the panoramic gorgeousness of it all and distant mountain views topped with white. Between scrambling to the shop for our transmission problem and our various shopping expeditions this is where we’ve decompressed. We’re always given a show here…some pretty sunsets…some fine clouds and they all serve to transition us from our moist, green summer on the coast to the dry yet fabulous Eastern Sierras (it takes the body a few days to adapt from 80% humidity to less than 30%, I tell ya!). The dog is captivated by bouncing rabbits and the cats are happy frolicking in the brush. Ah yes, I can relax here….
But wait, what about all those bloggers I hinted at in the last post? Turns out we’re not the only ones who are drawn to the mountains this time of year. Without realizing it we drove past the lovely RV Sue & Her Canine Crew on our way into Washoe (check out the snow she got caught in a few days later just south of us!). Life On The Open Road has been in the area for weeks catching some gorgeous fall color. Rick & JoAnne are following our footsteps and are somewhere out here. The Nealy’s are a few days ahead of us and we’ve missed them by a step all week. Watson’s Wander are here and got caught in the same snow-storm as RV Sue, but they managed to escape to lower altitudes and we joined them in their new boondocking spot few days later (more on that soon).
Phew!!! Almost seems busy out here doesn’t it? But don’t worry, there’s plenty of space for all. We’ve met and passed, but now we’re (once again) boondocking and alone. That’s where we’ll see ya in the next post…
P.S. Thanks to everyone who shared their own “service horror” stories in the last post. In some ways it’s nice to know we’re not alone, but it’s also shocking to hear some of the stuff others have been through. Thanks for sharing your experiences!