life on the Oregon frontier just went environmental
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Lehman Caves at Great Basin National Park
On the way back to Oregon we stopped at Great Basin National Park which is on the Utah/Nevada border. It only has 100,000 visitors a year compared to 3 million at Zion and Bryce. We camped out overnight though it got down to freezing at 7,500 feet. Wheeler Peak is the highest in the park at 13,000 feet. John took the tour of the caves. I tried but didn't make it past the second door. I could feel the walls closing in and beat a hasty retreat. We crossed Nevada part way then turned north to the gold fields at Battle Mountain. I didn't realize how mountainous Nevada is. We traveled route 50 for about 100 miles, known as the loneliest road in America. It was, too.