Post 30: Family Road Trippin’ (part uno)

~Jen~

Well, well, well.  We have been busy little bees, moving and shaking around the desert and beyond this summer.  I won’t recount it all (Orange County, Joshua Tree, Mojave National Preserve, Red Rocks NRA, Lake Mead, Minnesota, Tennessee…), but I do want to take a moment to chat about our one visit back to the Bay to check on Gone Tomorrow.  This was such a fantastic adventure for our little tribe, that I’m going to break it up into three posts.

PART UNO: LAS VEGAS TO THE BAY

With a rental car in hand and a trunk filled with camping and hiking gear along with Ruby’s “boat coat,” we headed west through the Mojave Desert.  After a bit of whining, Ruby convinced us to turn her car seat around, and for the first time in her life, she was able to face forward in the car.  Who doesn’t enjoy taking in the view on a long road trip?

Our first stop (and incidentally Ruby’s first National Park) was Death Valley where Ruby exclaimed, “Hot, hot!!”

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Next stop, the Sierras!  I’ve been a lucky girl and have been able to drive through this area of the good ole USA on several occasions, but this was the first time I’ve gotten to do so with a) my amazing little family and b) on my own terms, without being a tour guide for a bunch of foreign travelers on a tight schedule.

What can I say?  I’m in love.  I can definitely see owning a little piece of land somewhere near Bishop, CA with it’s amazing access to mountains, snow boarding, mountain biking and dirt roads for a dual sport motorcycle.  I digress, that’s a dream for another time.

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Free camping spot, just north of Bishop, CA.
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Ruby could be Marmot’s newest spokesperson!
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Breakfast of champions
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Exploring with Daddy.

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Next stop, a breakfast in Mammoth and then onto Yosemite National Park!!  Every time I drive over Tioga Pass, I can’t help but stare, open mouthed at the beauty of the area.  As John Muir stated, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”  Ruby felt it too.  In fact we had to drag her kicking and screaming away from Tenaya Lake.  Man does that girl love the water.

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Tuolomne Meadows, Tenaya Lake.

With Yosemite in the rear view mirror, we buckled in and drove the rest of the way to Emery Cove Marina as the call of Gone Tomorrow was too much to ignore.  Onto the next adventure, our first overnight anchorage…

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