Our rough plan is head to California – Bode wants to go to Alameda to see some friends and then go to Lego Land. I have an opportunity to connect to a work project in Brea, so we’ll go there. And, while we’re at it, we might head north a bit to visit more friends, then come back down the coast and stop in Los Osos to collect a burrito, then maybe make a taco run across the border. No guarantees, but that’s the plan as of this week.
So, even though we wanted to go south and see Bryce, Zion and other baking desert sites, we’re now going to cook across Utah and Nevada in quick fashion. We’ll come back some day in the winter or early spring.
We made a short run to Salina, Utah and camped for the night at slightly higher altitude and noticeably cooler temperatures. This is also where you hop on Hwy 50 – “The Loneliest Road in America”.
Unsolicited endorsement: MSR camp stoves. I bought mine second-hand from a traveler in Peru several years ago. It was beat up, but worked fine. I cooked nearly every meal on it for a few years and beat it up some more. Eventually, it was beyond repair, so I just packed it away with plans to deal with it later. Once we got back in the US, I contacted MSR and told them just that. They said to send it back with $25 to cover ‘repairs’ and they sent me a brand spanking new stove. I’ll be a customer for life.