High-five to Highway 95
Ghost towns and wild west works of art spiked our adventures along a lonely stretch of Nevada highway.
We decided to avoid California Interstates and drive Highway 95, since we had only a few days to get from Arizona to the Bay Area in California. The California 55 mph-when-towing rule had nothing to do with our decision, since we barely do 62-1/2 anyway. The ride was mostly smooth, and other vehicles were few and far between.
Beatty is a fun little place worthy of at least a couple of days worth of adventuring. We had only one day, so we chose a quick drive to see Rhyolite, a ghost town, and Goldwell, an open-air art museum right next door. Scotty’s Castle would have made a full day, but the access road is still closed after some flood damage. After we left, we discovered Goldwell is actually a Harvest Host location, so I will add Boondocks tohe tag list! Check out this amazing little town and all it has to offer here.
Next stop Hawthorne. Our plan was to spend three nights here and take a day trip up the east side of the Sierra Nevada to Bodie, a ghost town kept in an arrested state of decay by the State of California. A blowout and some damage control rearranged our plans. We had to detour over to the Gardnerville/Carson City area for our Bodie trip. Read about our Bodie adventure next!
Where we parked our home on wheels
We stopped at these RV parks rather than boon docking or staying in primitive campgrounds due to the blasting summer heat.
Large level sites, easy in and out. Arrogant and unfriendly clerk in the store, where one goes to pay, and Passport America discount is no good if store is closed, which it was Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Just pay the $23 and avoid the clerk. We didn’t linger.
Beatty RV Park
Basic RV Park, easy in and out for Big Rig. Clean. Antenna TV and Verizon were okay. $25 in July 2018. Great place for a couple of days of rest and recreation.
Whisky Flats RV Park, Hawthorne
Basic RV park, easy in and out for big rig, although there were a couple of spots we thought we’d scrape bottom. Clean park. Antenna TV and Verizon were okay. Only Good Sam discount offered, and the clerk didn’t care if we were unhappy with that club or not. Some folks would have given us a senior discount or a goodwill one just for general purposes, but not here, It was $34.10 in July 2018.