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October 14- October 30
Hello Friends! A few statistics before I begin...
*We have been on the road officially 151 days and will celebrate a full 5 months in two days!!!
*In 151 days we have spent a grand total of $182.00 on campsites. (roughly $1.20 per day!)
*The truck has logged 14,500 miles on this trip.
*The motorcycle (Doc Holiday) has logged 2440 miles.
*The camper has logged maybe 13,000 miles (since we ...
... to see sand in the desert, but everywhere else was rock and then suddenly beautiful sand dunes due to a "sand trap" phenomena. And lastly Darwin Falls - a waterfall in the desert - who would of thunk it! Initially I didn't believe Josh and though we would find the fall was not running, but he'd overheard someone in the Visitors Centre, so we took the risk drove 2 miles on a dirt road, then and hiked another mile and half (guess), scrambled over rocks and finally found ourselves ...
... to eat. So we carried on another half hour up the road to Lone Pine which thankfully had a lot more, several eateries, a supermarket and places to stay. We found a room at the Dow Villa Historic Hotel, where John Wayne reportedly stayed whenever he was filming nearby, and then wandered into town to grab a bite to eat.
A little bit of planning for tomorrow and then early to bed as we are both still tired from the flight!
... not feeling the fulness of it because we weren't complete as a group.
All morning we had noted wet and cold clouds that were rolling up through the valleys and heading toward the peaks. Selfishly, we couldn't help but feel lucky / gratitude that this weather was coming in while we were heading out. Once we off loaded our packs at the end of the trail we noticed some droplets of rain here and there. Not too long after we arrived, Craig came ...
... you had input in a decision.
The speedier and the stronger went ahead of us for the last mile and 1/2 to get camp set-up started and as the sun was getting frighteningly low, Heather, Jody and I pressed slowly yet steadily on and finally arrived at camp at Center Basin Creek (10,400 ft.).
There was a communal relief and some humor circulating, but personally I was completely taxed, disheveled and having difficulty managing tent task ...