Yesterday we visited the Bristlecone Pine Forest, just outside of Big Pine. The Bristlecone Pines are the oldest living organisms on our planet. They are up to 4,700 years old and grow at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet (or 3,000 meters).
Herbie had to climb a pretty steep winding road up the White Mountains, where these magnificent trees are located. In addition to that we had to take a little hike along a trail where we could spot some of the oldest Bristlecone Pines out there. Even though it was a long way up, it is well worth visiting this wonder of nature.
The Austrian newspaper “Heute” just captured Herbie’s World Tour again…
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Herbie conquered America’s “Loneliest Highway” today. We made it all the way to Fallon, a town just 60 miles outside of Reno. On our way across Nevada we had to override reams of mountain passes. From here we’ll be heading South towards Las Vegas, after we spent two nights in Reno as we haven’t been there before.
Right before we reached the town of Fallon, we passed by huge sand dunes.
Nevada – The so-called Silver State is the one we entered today. In order to hit the “Loneliest Highway” towards Reno tomorrow, we drove all the way from Salt Lake City to Ely, the probably biggest town along this highway no. 50.
Back in Salt Lake City, somebody told us that our brake lights are not working at all. Even though Domi already had worries about the brake light switch beforehand, he checked the bulbs and fuses and they were okay. Luckily we bought such a switch as a spare down in Mexico when we came back from South America.
As our brake lights are working again, we are ready and eager to hit the “Loneliest Highway” tomorrow cruising across the entire Silver State. Our destination for tomorrow is Fallon, which is located at the western end of highway no. 50.
Above you see the big Salt Lake which we we passed heading towards Nevada.
Salt Lake City, Utah – While we’re heading West, we stopped to meet the Hales Family, who are huge fans of Herbie, the Love Bug. They’ve already been following our travel blog and contacted us after we started this trip across the US Southwest.
On our way to Utah’s capital we passed by Park City and its Olympic Park Jumps.
It seems, whenever you enter Utah, to be welcomed by red rocks and scenic views. So, also this time, when we were driving along Interstate 80 coming from Wyoming.
Tomorrow we’ll be heading towards Nevada. Domi always wanted to drive the “Loneliest Highway No. 50” as we have already driven the “Extraterrestrial Highway”.
In Colorado we were facing rain and on our way up Northwest entering Wyoming we had to cope with pretty rough headwinds, making it though for Herbie to keep up speed. Today we stopped in another town named Green River for the night.
Tomorrow we’ll probably enter Utah again in order to head further West as we want to stick to the Southwestern US this time. We don’t have that much time like during our world tour, therefore we pretty much want to stay in our most favorite places.
What is yet to come? We’re actually planning to visit Reno and Las Vegas, to drive Nevada’s so-called “Loneliest Highway”, to explore Bryce and Zion National Park another time and to stay in Ridgecrest, California, at least for a couple of days.
Before we entered Colorado today, we explored the Canyonlands National Park in Utah – Domi’s most favorite spot in the United States – where the Colorado and Green River come together. These scenic overlooks are simply gorgeous!
Right after we arrived in Grand Junction, Colorado, today, we got the hint, by Zach, one of our followers, to visit the KCW (Kustom Coach Werks) here in town. This outstanding air-cooled VW workshop is actually located just a few blocks from our motel. Domi just visited the KCW folks and took some pictures of their shop.
There was a lot to see today. On our way up North, we visited the Natural Bridges National Monument, the Glen Canyon and the Goblin Valley State Park. We were heading from Mexican Hat on the highways no. 261, 95 and 24 to Green River.
Today we visited Zainab’s most favorite place in the United States – Canyon de Chelly, located in Northeastern part of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. We hope you enjoy our pictures as much as we enjoyed this natural wonder in reality.
In the afternoon we crossed the state line entering Utah and stopped by the Canyonlands Motel in Mexican Hat, where we’ll stay for the night, before moving on.