Next Stop: Nevada

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: 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.”

Between Craters of the Moon, Bodie, and Mono Lake, I’d had enough of desolation. It was time for something lush. Yosemite National Park sounded just right.


About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle ( and print ( versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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2 Responses to Next Stop: Nevada

  1. Lynne Baker says:

    I know all those places and now look forward to your description of Yosemite (pronounced YOSS mite for the uninitiated). I haven’t been there for decades. Love and godspeed, Lynner

  2. Glad to know the correct pronunciation. Wouldn’t expect anything less from you, madame. XO

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