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Road Trip to Nevada 1997
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.17 - 12:01:24
Ranges: North America Ranges / Great Basin Ranges
  (11 days)
Skitouring and hiking in Nevada and Oregon
Along a Christmas trip to Brice Canyon in 1981 I attempted Mt Wheeler the first time, but the weather was not favorable. This trip I planned to try some spring ski touring. I took 1 1/2 weeks off work, my last vacation before early retirement and after lunch on Thursday drove directly to the border from the office. [photo]1img852.jpg[caption]Snoqualmy Falls[/photo]

Day 1
In the afternoon I drove to Snoqualmy Falls and stopped to stretch my legs by walking down to the base of the waterfall. The return hike is about half an hour and afterwards I had supper in the nearby town. After this long break I continued east over Snoqualmy Pass, then SE off I90 onto I82 to Prosser. There I took the shortcut over Horse Heaven Hills, a low plateau, to the Columbia River and across it into Oregon, where at dusk I rolled into the courtyard of a motel in Umatilla.

Day 2
I had an early start and drove about 150km before stopping in La Grande for a big breakfast. I then drove further east along I80 into Idaho east of Boise to Bliss where I turned onto US30. This was the first long trip with my new Suzuki Sidekick Sport. It was running very quiet and comfortable even at top speed which in those days was 80 or 85mi/h in Idaho. A little further I stopped along the Snake River across from Thousand Springs for lunch. There the Lost River emerges from a porous layer in the lava cliffs and cascades in many waterfalls of various size into the Snake River. [photo]1img854.jpg[caption]Thousand Springs[/photo]

In the afternoon I continued to Twin Falls and turned south onto US93 to Nevada. I drove through Wells and just south of Cherry Creek junction, only a name on the map, turned east onto a gravel road across the Schell Creek Range. There near the 2200m high pass made...

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