We are very lucky people indeed….
During our trip south from Alaska in the last 8 weeks we have been tracking and continually moving towards warmer weather and have generally been very successful. Some of the highlights of our quest have been Canada’s Liard River Provincial Park, the Okanagan wine country, the Swiss like Kettle Valley, central Washington’s wonderful wooded mountains and lakes, the easy living in central Oregon and now the Eastern side of Sierra Nevada.
After almost 3 weeks of wandering the backroads of US Hwy. 395 the night time temps are now starting to dip below freezing especially at 5000 ft. Even though we are Alaskans and normally the freezing mark is considered warm at home we know its probably a little warmer just south of here so we must go.
The eastern Sierras is a wonderful place to get away from it all. It’s easy to quickly get into the higher elevations without miles of driving to a trail head. Day hiking takes you through many different vegetation zones in just a few miles. The vertical rock walls, the high alpine lakes and the rewarding distant views when you reach a summit make it all worth while. We will be back.
In all the different locations we have visited we have made it a point to move away from cool or cold weather by closely monitoring several different forecasting web sites. The Solera has functioned flawlessly. Even at below freezing temps outside we are warm and toasty inside. We have driven it over many miles of rough gravel road only high centering the rear stabilizers once because I wasn’t paying attention.
I plan on a post just about our wonderful Solera in the near future.
Our mantra sometimes is very hard to follow especially when we are visiting a beautiful or interesting place and the weather changes. Unfortunately its now the time to move further south.
Some final photos of our favorite High Sierra camps
We have lived a very sheltered life in the last 8 weeks. By roughly following US Hwy. 395 we have stayed east of the Cascades and now the Sierras. It’s been mostly back roads and scenic byways with little or no traffic. The biggest city we have driven through, and didn’t stop in, was Reno. This is all about to change as we exit the southern Sierras and enter the bottom half of Calif.
Driving in traffic is not a problem for me since I was raised in LA in the 60’s but Denise on the other hand is less then excited to enter the fray. Regardless we will strive to travel during off peak hours and not on the weekends.
We plan on staying at Jalama Beach on Point Conception, if we can get reservations, until we head into Ventura County to have Thanksgiving with our family.
It’s going to be a big change for the pups to go from the high desert to the ocean, it will be their first time swimming in the Pacfic, but they will persevere
Keep you posted……