After descending Garnet Hill we decided to do a bit more exploring. Larry had the co-ordinates for a local geocache but for some reason couldn't get our hand held GPS to locate it. So, he decided to try 'Suzi', our truck unit. She took us off on the right path initially, but soon turned us down a narrow, not very well used 'path'. It wasn't long before we realized the mountain in front of us would be a really BIG obstacle! We turned around and headed basically in the opposite direction. It was a very pretty drive and we couldn't believe the amount of deer we kicked up. At least 30 in a very short time. The first few were very skitterish, but as we moved farther along they seemed to be okay with our presence. In fact, a few of them seemed to pose for the camera. We were the only two humans we saw for the next 3 hours!
We traveled a couple of different unpaved county roads, passing abandoned building after abandoned building. One looked like a tee-pee, so of course we stopped to check it out. Not sure what it's use would have been, other than just for fun? We had no real destination in mind for awhile. Except I kept telling Larry that I was ready for an ice cream cone. He just laughed, as there wasn't an 'occupied building' for a hundred miles in either direction! He finally decided that we should probably start heading back into town, so he input a destination of McGill (one of the small towns outside of Ely) into 'Suzi's' hands. She said we could travel a 'cow path' road for 8.7 miles and arrive there by 4:54, in time for supper.
Now, I want you to know that when I saw the road, I voted against taking it. But honey wanted to try, so off we went. 2.1 miles and an hour later, we were down to what I would call an ATV path. The junipers were trying to scratch our truck and the ruts were getting deeper. It was ugly! So, my honey grudgingly turned us around. This time he imput Ely into 'Suzi's' hands, and she estimated our arrival at 6:34! What??? I am not a happy traveler! Not only has the urge for an ice cream cone passed, but I want my dinner, preferably in the next 15 minutes!
We eventually came to a junction with what's known as the Thirty Mile Road here by the locals, and our arrival time changed to 5:18. Yippeeee, I won't starve to death after all! Of course it was totally dark by then, and even Onyx was ready for today's adventure to end. Once again, Suzi came to our rescue. Even though she makes a few 'blunders' occasionally, she gets it right when it really counts! It's always amazed us that these dirt, county and even 'cow path' roads, are even in her memory bank. We're impressed.
So, thanks for exploring around with us a bit today. Even though we were 'lost' a bit of the time, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. By the way, we do carry water and snacks with us at all times when exploring, as well as coats, hats and good hiking shoes. And maps, a compass etc. So, while we might feel 'lost', we're really not! And we certainly aren't going to starve to death! Feel better MOM? LOL