Before I started on this marathon road trip, I made plans to meet up and camp with two friends in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Roughly two weeks into my journey and with no further contact, would we actually find each other at…
Blue Lake, Sierra Nevada, California
Blue Lake is a special place for my buddy Brian. His father and grandfather had hunted in the area. His father’s and brother’s ashes are scattered nearby as well; and his first experiences here dated back to his early childhood. Brian, came from Boulder Creek, his friend Doug drove from Bend Oregon and I of course came from Utah, all converging like the ‘three’ winds on this remote lakeside campground.
Brian is an avid four-wheeler and was anxious to try out his new truck. With two off road vehicles, including my Jeep, we had a lot of fun on the fairly primitive National Forest road network leading to, from and around the lake.
We spent four days together. We hiked, off-roaded, cooked gourmet campside dinners, told great stories, laughed a lot, and drank quite a few beers. Other than a nearby group of rednecks illegally shooting and killing a black bear in the campground (really) one night, it was a very pleasant and relaxing stay.
Alas, it was time to say our goodbyes and for me to head home. From here, a mere 221 miles takes me back to Boulder Creek where it all began.
Great American Road Trip Summary:
- Miles driven: 3,820
- Total Days: 18
- National Parks and Monuments Visited: 6
- Cost of Fuel: $742