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Thursday, May 15, 2014

THE FINISH LINE

You are all wondering if Dick is done with his hike. He’s finished and now food is his number one priority. With no meat on his bones he does need some fattening up. Also, his legs never stop moving at night. Soon he’ll return to normal, whatever normal is for Dick. He’s saying this will be his last long hike and will stick with shorter 100 to 200 mile hikes???
To read about the last leg of his hike click here:  http://lookingatlifethruoneeye.blogspot.com/2014/05/finishing-at-utah-border-after-week-of.html He’s also added a Youtube video. Put on your own music for background listening.
After the Grand Canyon we traveled north to visit our friends Mike & Rochelle in Utah. They are the ones with the Smith Hotel in Glendale who we visited last year in Mormon country. 




While visiting them Mike helped Dick make a bowl out of a chunk of aspen. It was my Mother’s Day gift. Then Mike taught me how to make Sushi and we made enough to last me a couple of days. Yummy.



We then headed west across desolate Nevada. We were told there was a nice Rest Area a few miles before Tonopah that we could stay overnight. But when I saw the REST STOP sign full of bullet holes we decided to move on. Besides it was only 1pm. We ended up at a campground north of Lee Vining, California. We were also warned to make sure we filled up with gas in Nevada because the gas in California was very expensive. The cheapest we could find was $3.90/gal. in Tonopah. Our Gas Buddy App said it was only $3.85 in CA. so we just passed Nevada gas by. We squeaked into Lee Vining running on empty and found gas was $4.99/ gal. Dick wasn’t a happy camper. He decided to only get enough to get us 90 miles north to Minville, NV which wasn’t that much out of our way, where it was $3.85/gal. There we bought enough to last until we leave CA. 
We met my brother at Bear River Resort for a couple of days before heading for my sister’s in Foresthill, CA.  Joel took time off from work to camp with us.


He brought his boat and would get up early to fish for 4 or 5 hours. Dick’s not a fish eater. He said, “If cows could swim he’d be out there too.” Joel must LOVE to fish to be out on his boat by 5:30 a.m. He did enjoy catching several Mackinaw. Then we'd make a huge breakfast  when he returned.


Above is a picture of our first camping trip with Joel in 1978. He was about fourteen.


We have just arrived at my sister's where we set up camp for 8 days.


Remember last year we were here for my niece's wedding. This year we're in time to meet our grandniece who is due to arrive any day.

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