To start this post off, sorry we haven’t been able to update everyone sooner than now. We have been out of good service and Internet availability for a few days. We stopped at a coffee shop just for all you that want to read our blog 🙂
Great Basin National Park is located in Nevada, and was our first NP (National Park) stop on our trip. We rolled into Great Basin NP at about 7:15, stopped at the Visitor Center and found out there was an astronomy event at 7:30. Loving stargazing, we decided to stop in at the event before figuring out where we would camp. (Probably not the best choice, but it eventually turned out fine) We quickly made some PB&J sandwiches, pulled out some chips and salsa and our camping chairs and had dinner and a movie.
The movie that was put on was something else. It was all about the cosmic collisions that started the Earth. Wait what??!! Hold the phone.. these people were dead serious, telling all 100 people that the Earth became Earth when two comets collided. And that dinosaurs went extinct because of another cosmic collision that made Earth how it is today. Now those of you who know Jason and I know that we were about to get up and set these people straight. Give the ranger some Jesus talk, but we bit our tongues and let him continue with his program.
After leaving the astronomy program, we went up the mountain to find a place to camp. This was quite the chore. Zippy (our car) started having issues due to the high elevation we’re thinking and we thought we could camp at one location, but it turned out we were wrong, so what did we do.. drove till we found a bathroom pullout/overlook and camped literally right next to a bathroom. This was a HUGE blessing in disguise. The Lord totally had his hand over this! Where we camped I could call my grandpa and ask him questions about our car, and we met a man in the morning who rebuilds his own motors so he was able to look at Zippy for us. He checked the oil and all sorts of stuff and said we were good to go, that we just need to keep an eye on the oil during our trip–What a relief that was, and a total answer to prayer from the night before.
Anywho.. once we were up and moving we hiked Wheelers Peak. This hike was near death for us!! 😉 You start out at 10,000 feet (higher than Mount McLoughlin) and then you gain 3,000 feet in elevation within three miles making a grand total of 13,063 feet in elevation. Holy smokes.. this was a hard hike, that ended in a nap once we got to the summit, which turned into a half sun burned face.. oops. Needless to say.. we conquered that mountain!! Once we got back down the mountain.. hours upon hours later.. we took a cave tour at Lehman Caves that was absolutely spectacular and was a nice break for our dead legs.
We ended up having a fabulous dinner (tomato basil soup, bread, and zucchini) in the parking lot and got on the road to head to Zion National Park.