|Uh oh, "Low Oil Pressure"!|
Next you can see the Ruby Mountains, where aspen appeared to be in peak color. It was tempting to look towards Nevada's best-known leaf-peeping site or Lamoile Canyon and consider the trip out and back from Elko, but the drive today would be long enough without adding side trips to it.
The trip started September 7 with Lassen Volcanic National Park, passed through the Olympic Peninsula, to the Canadian Rockies, then down the Rocky Mountains to Grand Teton National Park. It ended September 26 with the return from Salt lake City. I was hoping to add a week-long extension to Colorado to enjoy fall colors there, but life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.
Returning early would give me time to prepare for my two-night photography workshop in Bodie State Historic Park. Besides, if I'd have to be replacing my SUV, I had that unplanned expense to deal with... good thing I didn't have the breakdown another 600 miles further from home. But if you do take long trips, I can't say enough for roadside assistance plans which give you the protection of a tow up to 200 miles!
I'm going to post the story of this trip on my blogs in installments, in reverse order, so that once they are all posted, they can be read straight through in chronological order to the end, no matter what section new readers may arrive in. Here's the new post describing the prior day, leading up to the loss of my SUV: http://activesole.blogspot.com/2015/10/end-of-line-explorer-road-trip-September-2015.html
|Total lunar eclipse, as seen from home at Topaz Lake on September 27, 2015|