Continuing our westward journey last month, as we entered Nevada we made an eagerly-anticipated stop at Great Basin National Park. The basin stretches from California’s Sierra Nevada to Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.
Very few of its streams and rivers find any outlet to the sea, so the water collects in shallow salt lakes, marshes, and mud flats and then evaporates into the dry desert air. I was able to take a short, careful hike along Baker Creek from one of the campground parking lots.
We had hoped to see some of the legendary bristlecone pines, which can attain lifespans of 3,000 years, but the roads to the access trails to the higher country where they grow were closed for the season. Maybe next time!