The details of the day was a trip westward on Highway 50, which has been designated as "The loneliest road in America." It crosses classic basin and range topography with broad valleys and steep mountain ranges. I realized that I had taken this highway back in 1989. It was June 3 when I arrived at Great Basin National Park. As I was traveling across country the biggest news story was the growing protest movement in China. Things looked like they were really going to change! I spent the next day hiking in the park. The next day I resumed my drive west and heard the news on NPR that the protest had been brutally put down. It was over just like that.
After Ely, NV I headed north on Highway 93 where there was the 100+ mile gap of gas stations. I stopped for lunch in the booming metropolis of Wells, NV which is famous for being near the epicenter of a M6+ earthquake in 2008. The historic downtown is still in ruins.
I didn't take any other pics today. The weather was sort of gray and crappy. It even rained on me on and off. It was exciting to see yellows and reds staring to show in the vegetation at the higher elevations. I will be glad to have the Summer of '12 over and done with.