Lake Tahoe

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We left our RV parked near Crowley Lake and made the drive to Lake Tahoe to visit with our friends Steve, Wende and Brady.  It’s always fun to spend time with them but summer in Tahoe at their nice home is special.

Lake Tahoe is a truly beautiful place at any time but summer is especially nice with a pleasant climate, clean mountain air, the blue lake and the variety of colors in the snow topped mountains.  We enjoyed lots of hiking, biking and took a ride up the Heavenly gondola and did a little hiking around the ski runs.

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Lee Vining, CA

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Lee Vining put us close to Mono Lake and the June Lakes Scenic Loop.  Located just north of Mammoth Lakes, June Lakes is another collection of beautiful mountain lakes.  June Mountain is a small ski area (7 lifts) which is affilated with the much larger Mammoth Mountain ski area.

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Mono Lake is a very interesting lake, ecologically and socially.  Since it has no outlet the water in Mono Lake is very salty, 2 to 3 times higher concentration of salt than the ocean.  As a result there are no fish in Mono Lake but that doesn’t mean that it is lifeless.  The lake has a massive population of tiny brine shrimp as well as alkaline flies.  The combination of the shrimp and flies attracts a wide variety of birds here.  Notably, the majority of California seagulls are hatched in Mono Lake.  There are also some migratory birds that stop here during their trip from Canada to South America.  Notably the Eared Grebe spends a few weeks here to molt and fuel up for their non-stop flight from Mono Lake to Ecuador and Columbia.  Interestingly, this bird is very efficient in the water but cannot walk on land.  It has to land and take off from water.  If it finds itself on land it will die there unless a human finds it and takes it to water.

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Newland, NC

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Secluded Valley Campground

Continuing our drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we stopped off in Newland, NC, at the lovely Secluded Valley RV Park.  It is indeed located in a little valley with a stream along one side and small lake in the middle.  It is an appealing campground that was very quiet during our stay.  We would like to take the weather we experienced here with us everywhere we go:  low to mid-70s during the day and mid-50’s at night. Continue reading

Akron, OH

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Pro Football Hall of Fame

On our drive from Hocking Hills to Akron, we stopped in Canton in order to check out the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Like me, you may ask, why is the Pro Football Hall of Fame located in Canton, OH?  The primary reason is that the American Professional Football Association, which later became the National Football League, was founded in Canton in 1920.  In addition, the Canton Bulldogs were an early pro-football power team.  If you’re a fan of professional football, it’s worth taking the time to visit.

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Gadsden, AL

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The town of Gadsden is in northeast Alabama on the Coosa River at a point where it broadens out into Lake Gadsden.  We parked at the River Country Campground where our RV site was right on the lake.

Noccalula Falls Park

We were attracted to Gadsden for Noccalula Falls.  This 90-foot waterfall is on Black Creek, a tributary to the Coosa River, just north of downtown Gadsden.  The waterfall is named for an Indian maiden who is said to have jumped to her death here rather than be forced by her father to marry a man she did not love.  The Noccalula Falls Park includes a gorge trail, sightseeing train, a petting zoo and historical buildings.

Gadsden is the southern end of the Lookout Mountain Parkway, a scenic 93 mile drive across three states between Gadsden and Chattanooga, TN.  This provides a good reason for a return visit.

Next stop:  Woodville, AL