Sunday, May 7 (continued)
Reggie does Cathedral Gorge, Nevada! — May 2017
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Taking up from where we left off in the previous post . . .
“Good thing you didn’t come with me into the cave, Reg. I would’ve tripped over you in the dark, small spaces.”
I start up the Perfect Tow Vehicle and move us further along the rocks of Cathedral Gorge State Park. The next caves — Cathedral Caves — have attracted a few cars and people.
We don’t stop.
I don’t want the experience ruined by other people. If we come to this part of Nevada again, that will be something new for me . . . . Something for which to return.
The next stop is Canyon Caves.
“Be a good boy, Reg, while I check this out. I won’t be long. Promise.” I squeeze his face and leave a kiss on his cheek.
Inside the caves I take loads of photos.
Too many to post here!
I like the part when one steps out of the caves into the light. It’s like leaving church after a wonderful worship service.
Next I park the PTV at a picnic/BBQ area and let Reggie out on his tether.
Immediately he takes off!
“What’s that over there, Reg?”
Closer inspection reveals the stone building is a restroom. Well, an outhouse, actually.
“The original picnic facilities built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s are still in use today. The stone water tower and the stone rest room facility . . . , also constructed by the CCC, are no longer in use.” –parks.nv.gov
I also read at the website that the 2,000 acres of the state park were once home to the Fremont, Anasazi, and Southern Piutes.
To read about “the geologic processes occurring over tens of millions of years,” follow this link to the government website page “Natural Resources and Climate of Cathedral Gorge State Park.”
“See the PTV waiting for us? Let’s take a drive over to the campground.”
On the way I stop for this photo, hurrying with my camera to catch the people going into the caves.
An imaginative friend of mine has a name for these rock formations (next photo), also seen in Utah . . .
Reggie and I ride through the campground.
Less than half the sites are occupied. This being a Sunday afternoon, it’s most likely that some campers pulled out this morning. As you can see from the photos, the sites are well maintained. The rocks and caves are close enough to be accessed by following a path from the campground.
That would make a lovely walk at sunset.
Here are details on the campground:
“The campground has 22 sites, each with a table, grill and shade ramada. Electric hookups are also available. Sites cannot be reserved. Water and flush restrooms with showers are open year-around. Facilities adjacent to the campground offer large shade ramadas, grills, picnic tables and water. . . . Camping is limited to 14 days in a 30-day period. . . . Camping: $17 per night + $10 per night for utility hookups.” – http://parks.nv.gov/parks/cathedral-gorge
Reggie and I walk in the shade in the group camping area.
This gives my little dynamo a chance to run around in the thick grass before we board the PTV again and return to Caliente.
Next post — a new camp!
NOTE: Another feature of Cathedral Gorge State Park is the Miller Overlook. One can hike the four miles through the canyon or drive to the overlook directly from Route 93. That would’ve been too much for this visit (sensory overload!). I’d rather do that part of the park another time. — Sue
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