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The two RV Gypsies explored
The Great Basin National Park in Baker, Nevada

September 18, 2012

Border Inn RV Park is in Baker, Nevada - but outside the RV Park office, each side of the street had a different state welcome sign, because although the park is in Nevada, Utah is just a few steps away.

Nevada welcome sign
Utah welcome sign

The park itself was nothing but a field of gravel.

sign: Border Inn RV Park
The RV of the two RV Gypsies in Baker, Nevada

The two RV Gypsies parked their RV at Border Inn RV Park and then drove their toad to Great Basin National Park. Great Basin National Park is a United States National Park established in 1986, located in east-central Nevada near the Utah border. The park derives its name from the Great Basin, the dry and mountainous region between the Sierra Nevada and the Wasatch Mountains. The park is located approximately 290 miles north of Las Vegas and protects 77,180 acres.

sign: Great Basin Visitor Center
sign: Great Basin National Park

The two RV Gypsies got their first look at the scenery in Great Basin National Park at the Visitors Center, where they learned that the trails were all longer and harder than the two RV Gypsies wanted to hike. Therefore, the park was a big disappointment, because the Lehman Caves, the Lexington Arch, and all the other major attractions are long hikes. There was only one short trail, the rest were 3 miles to 13 miles long one way. Lee was never found of hiking.

The two RV Gypsies get their first look at the scenery in Great Basin National Park
scenery

Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park’s Mather Overlook presented a roadside view of Wheeler Peak from a distance. Below the mountain, the Lehman Creek drainage is the center of the glacier-carved landscape. Geologists believe that the glacier stopped its advance at a point level with the Mather Overlook.

Karen Duquette at Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park
The two rV gypsies at Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park

Below: The memorial for Stephen Mather (1867-1930) is inscribed, "He laid the foundation of the National Park Service defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done." Stephen Mather was the first director of the National Park Service.

memorial for Stephen Mather

The two RV Gypsies enjoyed fantastic scenery from Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park.

scenery
scenery at Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park
overlook at Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park
scenery at Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park
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scenery at Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park
scenery at Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park
scenery at Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park
scenery at Mather Overlook at Great Basin National Park

Wheeler Peak Overlook at Great Basin National Park.
Some recently installed telescopes made it fun to look at the scenery.

Karen Duquette at the Wheeler Peak Overlook sign
boardwalk at Wheeler Peak Overlook

The stately Wheeler Peak topping a 1,000+ foot tall cliff.

scenery seen from Wheeler Peak Overlook at Great Basin National Park
scenery seen from Wheeler Peak Overlook at Great Basin National Par
scenery seen from Wheeler Peak Overlook at Great Basin National Par

The two RV Gypsies went back to their toad and drove to the next overlook.

fall colors
fall colors
fall colors
fall colors

Summit Trailhead at Great Basin National Park

sign: Summit Trailhead
scenery from Summit trailhead
scenery from Summit trailhead - fall foliage
scenery from Summit trailhead - fall foliage
scenery from Summit trailhead - fall foliage
scenery from Summit trailhead - fall foliage

As the two RV Gypsies left Great Basin National Park, they spotted several weird things on the side of the road.

weird stuff
weird stuff
weird stuff
weird stuff

The two RV Gypsies also saw a sign mentioning Baker Archeological Site, so they decided to see what that was all about.

sign: Baker Archeological Sit
Baker Archeological Sit

But all they saw when they get there was another sign, a big field with numbers on poles, and a stack of brochures on brown faded paper explaining what to look for at each numbered pole. BORING!

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