Thursday, April 25, 2013

Road Trip: Las Vegas to Portland

Doris Montgomery Pass Nevada Highway 374
Doris Montgomery Pass Nevada Highway 374 (Photo credit: D'oh Boy (Mark Holloway))
It has taken me about 47 years to actually appreciate a trip through Nevada. This is a place unlike any other. In prehistoric times much of the land was cover by a very large lake bed surrounded by mountains. The land is flat and the roads are as straight as an arrow.  We traveled down roads that went as far as the eye can see.  The land is covered by gray green sage brush and very little else grows in between.
The occasional "Brothel" along the road north of Las Vegas
breaks the monotony! This business also features aliens and gas.

The thing that is so remarkable about the area is that the water does not drain into an ocean.  That explains the alkalinity of the lakes and the collection of salt in many bodies of water. Even though agriculture does prosper in many places, the battle against the build up of minerals in the soil is ongoing.
Austin, NV Cemetery
I think it is the endlessness of the vista that is almost frightening. But beautiful it is.
Alkali lake bed.  

Great Basin
Leg #1:  Las Vegas to Winnemuca (Travel Math)
Leg #2: Winnemuca to Lakeview (Travel Math)
Leg #3: Lakeview to Portland (Travel Math)

Rim bordering flat dry lake bed just north of Lakeview, Oregon.
Miles of nothing gave me a chance to play with my iPhone apps.
(Zoom Photography and Snapseed)
 Note: All of the photographs here were taken with my iPhone as we raced down the road at 75 miles per hour...quality it not guaranteed. :)

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