Nevada [Highway 50 The Loneliest Highway]

Nothing much more to say than the title.

(but you know I will…)

Highway 50 across Nevada is a very lonely road.  Starting in Fallon, NV on the west side of the state:

Sand Mountain, Nevada: There is an old stone structure (well, barely a “structure”) about a mile from the base of the mountain, it was a Pony Express Station in 1860.  A short life of about 19 months, the pony express soon got a rest from the new invention of the transcontinental telegraph in 1861.

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Middlegate Station, Nevada.

I’m not sure when the population changed to 17, but it looks like it was well documented.

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The infamous Shoe Tree east of Middlegate Station.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to laugh or vomit in my mouth when I noticed the hoof.

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It gets a bit lonelier after the shoe tree…  Lots of Big Sky out there.

Endless, really.

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A couple hours later, Eureka, Nevada.

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Don’t try this at home kids…

Really, there was no one out there.

But still, standing in the middle of a highway with your camera at your feet is really unnerving despite fully knowing that you quadruple checked for cars and you know you have 20/20 eye sight and you have great hearing and you even looked a 5th time before you went out into the middle of the road to take this photo…

…it still makes you nervous.

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And then you cruise into Ely, Nevada:

Who would have known you can get free wi-fi on highway 50?


The next on is a cell phone picture.  I love the Wood Camera app. It lets you slap birds onto any picture.

It’s a great shout out to the tv show Portlandia that pokes fun of the hipster culture in Portland, Oregon.

Put a bird on it“… and call it art.  Hilarious.

I love Portland though, despite their fashion.



Pull the lever and win a free tetanus shot, yay!

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All men in Nevada look like Grizzly Adams.

Just an FYI.

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Great Basin National Park.

Unfortunately I got there toward dusk so I didn’t get to spend much time there.


I feel like I need to explain why I didn’t stop for longer, because Great basin is supposed to be amazingly beautiful…

I was traveling alone.  A girl.  Traveling alone.

So I promised my parents I wouldn’t camp alone. (They like to worry, and on a completely unrelated note, they like to watch a lot of cable news shows).

So I had to keep driving a few more hours to my next location: The thriving metropolis of Selina, Utah.

This next picture is for you, Mom, a documentation of what I kept on my nightstand at the nicest hotel I could find in Selina.

Flashlight, mace & a knife.


Keep it classy Selina.


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