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September - Search for Blue Skies and Clean Air

The original plan was a bunch of us, (John, Bill, Sherri, Todd, Phil, Ben, Susan, Peter, and Bryan) were to travel to Oregon to backpack around Mount Hood.
But the closing of the Mount Hood forest, wildfires and hazardous air pollution conditions cancelled those plans.

So, I looked at the Fire & Smoke map on the web and found that Nevada had the best air in the western states.

After hearing great things, I decided to visit Great Basin National Park.
Peter, who was driving to Oregon for the backpacking trip, turned around and joined me at park.
Smoky Donner Lake
Smoky Donner Lake
Lake Trail at Tahoe City
Lake Trail at Tahoe City
Smoky Lake Tahoe
Smoky Lake Tahoe
Smoky Sunset at Tahoe City
Smoky Sunset at Tahoe City
Early morning - Crescent Moon and Venus
Early morning - Crescent Moon and Venus
Sunrise in Reno
Sunrise in Reno
Reststop on US 50
Reststop on US 50
Lincoln Highway marker
Lincoln Highway marker
Driving the Loneliest Road In America
Driving the Loneliest Road In America
Shady spot for a nap in Ely
Shady spot for a nap in Ely
Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park
With Peter's Van
With Peter's Van
Blue Skies and clean air
Blue Skies and clean air
Creek by the campsite
Creek by the campsite
Making my bed
Making my bed
Cygnus Loop
Cygnus Loop
Sunrise
Sunrise
hike to the Upper Lehman Creek Campgrounds
hike to the Upper Lehman Creek Campgrounds
Trailhead
Trailhead
On the Lehman Creek Trail
On the Lehman Creek Trail
Hiking along the creek
Hiking along the creek
Colorful Aspens
Colorful Aspens
A Chipmunk
A Chipmunk
Wheeler Peak
Wheeler Peak
A flat spot on the Lehman Creek Trail
A flat spot on the Lehman Creek Trail
Colorful Aspens
Colorful Aspens
More Aspens
More Aspens
Finally at the upper campgrounds
Finally at the upper campgrounds
Peter
Peter
On the trail to the Bristle Cones Grove
On the trail to the Bristle Cones Grove
Empty Teresa Lake
Empty Teresa Lake
Clarks Nutcracker
Clarks Nutcracker
Back down the trail
Back down the trail
Back down the trail
Back down the trail
Back at our campgrounds
Back at our campgrounds
Map route
Map route
A bit hazy in the valley
A bit hazy in the valley
Peter returns
Peter returns
The Milkyway
The Milkyway
Morning skies
Morning skies
At the Mather Overlook
At the Mather Overlook
Wheeler Peak at the Mather Overlook
Wheeler Peak at the Mather Overlook
Hazy sunrise
Hazy sunrise
Wheeler Peak Overlook
Wheeler Peak Overlook
Smoky Sunrise
Smoky Sunrise
Time for me to leave
Time for me to leave
Back on US 50 to Ely
Back on US 50 to Ely
Ruby Mountains on NV 229
Ruby Mountains on NV 229
Ruby Mountains on NV 229
Ruby Mountains on NV 229
Escorted drive on the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway
Escorted drive on the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway
The Ruby Mountains
The Ruby Mountains
Lamoille Creek
Lamoille Creek
Ruby Mountains
Ruby Mountains
Ruby Mountains
Ruby Mountains
Ruby Mountains
Ruby Mountains
Ruby Mountains
Ruby Mountains
Route Map
Route Map
Smoky Elko Sunrise
Smoky Elko Sunrise
The long drive home on Smoky I 80
The long drive home on Smoky I 80
Red Sun
Red Sun
Smoky Sierras in California
Smoky Sierras in California
Home to cleaner air
Home to cleaner air