After a great trip to the Black Rock Desert (which we had not been to in many years) with our good friends Barry and Lori Ellis, We are spending two night at their great mountain house just outside of Lake Tahoe.
(See Emily’s posts for Black Rock Desert, here are some of them) May 3 May 2
Robinson’s onboard air system had developed a leak. We have an Extreme Outback Air Compressor which has given good service in tough conditions – but the main airline from the air tank to the distribution block had developed a leak and had to be replaced. As is often the case, this was a 30 minute repair, but required unloading the motorcycle from the garage and removing the garage floor plate to get access to the compressor… so it was a half day job. I bought some high quality rubber airline as we passed through Reno yesterday at Home Depot, so had what I needed to make the repair. I had a splice, but the line was pretty old and stiff so I decided it was a better choice to replace it.
Barry helped me clean the compressor air filter using Simple Green APC and K&N Filter Oil. I really need to replace the filter, but that wasn’t an option.
I also helped Barry re-grease the Superwinch X9 on his Discovery 2. The winch had been giving him good service but had been getting noisy – we pulled it apart and the remaining grease was either dried out or dirty – we cleaned everything with mineral spirits, re-greased and re-assembled. Should be good for another 6 years.
The best part is that it is next to two Hot Springs pools available for taking a dip. Our campsite had a direct trail to the lower pool. We took a dip shortly after arriving.
It was about as hot as bath water with water so clear you could see the bottom. The bottom was a nice gravel, not a bottom filled with six inches of unknown life.
The upper pool was about the same temp, but with a murky bottom and much shallower.
We all went down the trail to Hidden Creek Springs since we could tell the people camping nearby had left. Jon & I tried the waters. It was certainly warmer than the other two, but it also had a murky bottom and wasn’t very deep. It did have enough space for friends and a “table” in the middle great for drinks.
After getting back to the campsite, it just kept getting windier and even more windy. It meant we took a nap and had a lazy day.
Late in the day, we were entertained by four cyclists that biked up from Soldier Meadows Rd. They bathed at the hot springs, refilled their water, and after deciding our camp ground area was too windy, biked down to the Cabin Creek campground spot. Leaving the four of us our privacy.
We saw some pretty fantastic vistas, clouds and sunset.
May 2nd, we drove up to Gerlach, NV to meet up with a couple of friends for a weekend in the Black Rock / High Rock Canyon Area. Gerlach is a quirky place being headquarters to the Annual Burning Man Festival and a traditional NV small mining town. We visited “Friends of Black Rock” and talked with the two guys manning the office. We hung out at Bruno’s Country Club bar and talked with a couple locals.
Then finally off to the trails. We headed out up Soldier Meadow Rd which skirts the Black Rock Playa.
The views were pretty amazing. We took a detour to a water crossing and part way up a very loose, sandy climb. Of course, there were the required minor repairs required.
We also saw a couple of snakes.
We eventually made it up to Soldier Meadows Hot Springs and camped at the Hot Creek Campground. It is an Area of Critical Environmental Concern which is part of the Black Rock National Conservation Area.
There wasn’t anyone else in the campground area. It consisted of 5 campsites and an open top vault toilet. (Sorry, no photos).
It was a comfortable temperature for dinner outside. We had good food & conversation before heading to bed.