FROM THE FIRST TRIP WITH THE TEARDROP ALBUM
After spending the night in an RV campground in Lone Pine, CA we drove east into the Death Valley, stopping at Panamint Springs for some refreshments. As we drove on through the barren wilderness we eventually came to Nevada and stumbled upon the Ghost Town of Rhyolite, famous for its mining many years ago. We had seen a TV special about this place which made it exciting to actually be seeing it first hand. We spent a few minutes here and saw a few others with the same idea. I guess vandalism or lawsuit concerns necessitated new chain link fences being erected and I don't think the protection was worth what it cost in aesthetic value. Trying to imagine what this town was like when it was alive with all the steel posts and wiring in the view was like seeing Abraham Lincoln driving a Corvette. It just did not work very well. The imagination did work well when observing the mines in the sides of the mountains and watching some people poking around the entrances. It sure was a temptation to visit them ourselves but prudence and many miles to go before we ate bid otherwise.
Rhyolite probably would not interest most folks as it is too far out of the way of everything to be worthwhile, but if you are here anyway it makes a great memory, due to its isolation and forlorn-ness(?). After Rhyolite, we found a small town and bought some deli sandwiches in a convenience store after filling up with gas. After a dreadful trip from there pulling the camper through busy 5 lane interstate traffic in Las Vegas, we crossed the Hoover Dam at Boulder City where a new bridge was being built. Our mascot, Zuni the bear, was always available to pose for a picture. Leaving the Dam behind us we got back on the highway just in time to follow a caravan of retired folks who were in no hurry driving their rented RV's down the highway, which just about drove me crazy.