It was 158 miles from Ely, NV to Delta, UT including a detour to Great Basin National Park. The drive was very similar to our previous trip, going up and down the mountains and through the valleys of high desert. US 50 through Nevada is some of the best road we have traveled this summer. It's only two-lane most of the time but is very wide with plenty of shoulder and very, very smooth pavement, which the Mothership appreciates very much! The second we passed into Utah, the road became substantially narrower and rougher - the good times were over.
We are staying at the Antelope Valley RV Park which is very nice, that's good, especially since it's the only game in town! We have a 50 amp, full hookup, back-in with good Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite. Our MiFi slows to almost a stop in the afternoons but is OK during the morning and late evening. The campground WiFi has the same problem so it must be a bandwidth issue with the local provider??
Our side trip to Great Basin National Park took us about three hours. We first stopped at the visitor center to get some handouts and see the park movie which was very good. We then unhooked Libby and headed up the mountain. This gives you great views of the surrounding area though the hazy skies made it not as good as it could be. When we got to the top we had good views inside Wheeler Peak and also took a short nature hike where we were lucky to see one of the local deer which was very large. He was a little skittish so we kept our distance but the new camera still allowed me to get a couple of good shots. The highlight of the trip was the changing of color of the Aspens on the mountainside at higher elevations - not quite as pretty as the Maples in New England, but very nice still.
We stayed in over the week-end and watched football again and then on Monday made a short trip to a couple of the sights near Delta. First, we went about 15 miles SW of our campground to see the Great Stone Face
. It is located out in the desert on a lava outcropping near some old petroglyphs so we got to see two things for the price of one! We actually got to see three as Fort Deseret
, an old mud fort that is still is partially standing was on our way home.
Tomorrow, we head for Moab for a two-night stay on the way to Aztec, NM.