- Day 36
- Start: Gull Lake National Forest Campground near June Lake, CA
- Finish: Fallen Leaf Campground in South Lake Tahoe, CA
- Today's Miles: 165.3
- Trip Time: 06:49:35
- Moving Average: 38.7 mph
- Speed Max: 65.0 mph
- Time Moving: 04:29:17
- Odometer: 2062.5
If the weather promised to stay nice over the next week, we could have seen ourselves staying in this area for a few more days. But alas, it’s time to start heading home. We drove the rest of the so-called June Lake Loop past Silver and Grant Lakes (and several waterfalls) and back on to Highway 395. We were aiming to get as far as the Lake Tahoe area. But first we made a side trip to the ghost town/state park of Bodie, CA. At one time a booming gold mining town with its own Chinatown and red light districts, Bodie fell on hard times and was abandoned. Now it is maintained as a state park in “arrested decay” meaning there is no renovation of the structures but they are maintained by the state park system. Pretty interesting place.
After reading RV Park Reviews, we set course for Fallen Leaf Campground in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Situated on the north shore of Fallen Leaf Lake and near the south shore of Lake Tahoe, the campground is a great base camp for exploring the recreational opportunities in the area. When we arrived it was nearly empty having just opened for the season. The campground is beautiful and well-maintained by one of the concessionaires contracted by the NFS. Our site #25 was adjacent to Taylor Creek. Mr. Spock loves a good creek; however, the creek was too swollen and rapid for his little paddle legs. The four of us took a nice stroll along the creek until T'Chat got spooked by the loud, rushing water and ran back to the teardrop. It’s amazing that her little internal GPS knows exactly where “home” is.
There’s a lot of road construction in the area with long delays that worsen the already terrible traffic in the area.