After Idaho we traveled on to Mineral County, Nevada and spent the night in Hawthorne at the El Capitan Hotel and Casino. The highlight for us was having breakfast the next morning with our friends Charlie and Deanna Morris, Toastmasters with whom we’ve been friends since our Fernley days.
We moved on to California and checked out Bodie State Historic Park, the best-preserved ghost town in the country. It rated a TripAdvisor review, so I did one: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32110-d102532-r135169049-Bodie_State_Historic_Park Bridgeport_California.html#REVIEWS.
After lunch we stopped to view Mono Lake, a large and shallow body of water whose lack of an outlet results in high salt content. It supports a thriving ecosystem that includes brine shrimp and millions of migratory birds each year. The “tufa towers” of calcium carbonate, tall irregular pillars of white, are a welcome point of interest in what Mark Twain described in his book, Roughing It, published in 1872, as “lifeless, treeless, hideous desert…the loneliest place on earth.”