This was my second or third time driving across America’s Loneliest Highway. I’ve yet to find any great distractions to break up the drive. So after waking up in western Nevada, I drove east to Great Basin National Park. I was hoping to catch a Lehman Cave tour but arrived about an hour too late. I’d planned a snowshoe outing but found insufficient snow. So I took a bit of a walkabout up the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive Road. I realized as I was walking that I could camp on or near the road and enjoy stellar sunset and sunrise views. I rushed back to the visitor center to get a permit, grabbed my camping gear and hiked back up the road.
Temperatures dropped to 14F. My body was not acclimated to cold so I was a bit uncomfortable even bundled in double layers of down. It didn’t help that I was camped on snow. I used my emergency blanket to insulate my tent floor. I didn’t have a nalgene bottle so couldn’t use that as a heater. Since this was a spontaneous spur-of-the-moment decision I wasn’t prepared. But I didn’t die. I knew I could run down to my car if I got too cold. I was rewarded with perfect alignment for this giant orange kiss to go along with my hot cup of coffee.
- March 1-2, 2017