I went on the cave tour for $10. A prospector named Lehman settled in the area; he decided it was more profitable to start a ranch, and sell food to the other miners. There are still some fruit trees planted by Mr. Lehman at the visitor center, and you’re free to pick any fruit. Anyways, Lehman one day stumbled upon the entrance to this cave, and being a miner, he was definitely equipped to explore it. He charged $1 to go down with a candle, and if you didn’t re-emerge after 24 hours, he’d come and find you!
There are 3-4 campgrounds at Great Basin National Park, but I think only 3 spaces in the whole place are big enough for more than a van or truck camper. Most of the campsites are narrow, sheer drop offs on the sides, and some, they put posts around, to make it that much harder to back in. No wonder everyone is down at the RV Park in Baker! They are currently doing some remodeling and road work, but I don’t foresee the forest service making the campsites more RV friendly. The park is a nice place, lovely scenery, it would be nice if it were more workable for an RV longer than 20-22′.
Some locals tell me, this town used to be more booming before they created Great Basin National Park in 1986. When they created the park, they blocked off a lot of roads, so now you have to hike in like 20 miles to get to the cool spots. The hunting and fishing also died off. Not much left except scenery. Need to drive to Ely for any real groceries.
I have bought more, got some organic meats in the freezer, and a total of 5 cases of canned for Toto, plus bones. This is meant to last for 2-3 months. Of course, I will need to buy fresh veggies along the way, grow some sprouts, and hopefully, find organic yogurt in the small towns I will stay in for a few days to dump and refill tanks. Continue reading