Friday morning (4/8/2016) came and with it a travel day. According to the forecast rain was supposed to move into the area at 9am so we decided a little earlier departure instead of our normal 9 o’clock might be in order in hope of staying ahead of the rain.
When we checked in we had to pay a $20 deposit for a key and a card key and the office didn’t open until 8am so we had to at least wait until then to get our money back before we could hit the road. So at 7:30 we rolled out of our site and was hooked up in the parking lot in front of the office waiting for the door to open at 8 and after getter or money we were off!!
When we first drove away I had my doubts about staying dry during our journey but as we started putting the miles under our belt we started to pull away from the weather front and the skies lightened up and actually turned into a nice day to travel.
It was pretty much a follow your nose day, just jump on HWY 95 and keep going until we got to our destination. 95 is an easy drive, all 2 lane with speed limits of 70 most of the time except a few curves and of course the few (and very small) towns. The hardest part of the travel day was it being 270 miles. That’s not real long for a lot of people but we just aren’t used to it lol!!
Once we rolled into Hawthorne we pulled into a station and topped off the motorhome with fuel and continued through Hawthorne and headed to Sportsman Beach about 15 miles outside of town and right on Walker Lake. Sites ate $6 per night unless you have the Old Fart Pass then it’s only $3 per night. Not a bad rate for a lake view. We will probably spend at least 2 nights, maybe more.
Sportsman Beach has 3 areas to camp, all dry camping with no place to take on water or dump station so come prepared, a upper area with small shelters and closer together sites that is closer to the highway,
A section closer to the lake that has an asphalt road leading all the way to it with gravel camp sites that are spaced a little farther apart but by no means private and also has shelters.
Or you can continue on by the second area to a gravel road that leads to a loop of rv sites that are a mixture of sizes, some will hold larger rigs like ours and some that are more pickup & camper sizes. If it wasn’t for the fact that we were expecting rain during our stay we would have gone to the gravel loop but we opted for the second level. I didn’t want to drive out that gravel road after a rain.
Because of our “early” start we were all settled in by 2pm and after getting situated we set our chairs outside and relaxed after our long travel day and just gazed out over the lake for a while. We can just hear some of you road warrior’s chuckle about us saying 270 miles is a long travel day but that’s normally 2 moves for us LOL!!
Later in the afternoon the wind pickup up and the clouds rolled in so we retreated inside, had a nice dinner of Pot-roast that we made in our Instant Pot the day before and sat in front of the TV to catch up on an episode of Blacklist and the final episode of The Walking Dead that we had missed before calling it a night
We have stayed in Hawthorne a couple times over the last 3 years so we don’t have any plans for much sightseeing, just a couple days chillin by the lake sounds just fine to us. We better get our “chillin” in now because our calendar is chocked full of Dr., Dentist, financial advisor, auto, motorhome, generator, and other appointments the month of May that we will be in Oregon. Along with trying to catch up with family & friends. I think our first week in town has some sort of appointment every single day LOL!! But we purposely tried to fit most things in as soon as we get there so we can try to relax the last part of our visit.
I even ran an ad on Craigslist to see if I can get any bites on selling the trike I have in storage while we are there and we are going to check into what we can get out of Diane’s car that we have in storage towards a pickup we might want to pull along with us. Possible changes coming??? Time will tell but it doesn’t hurt or cost anything to investigate.