Monday, June 5, 2017

Day 13- June 5- Golden Spike

After our long hike yesterday, the Gifford House was out of cinnamon rolls.  Those of you that know me well, know how much I love some sweets, so we headed back over there this morning to get some for breakfast.  It was only 265 feet from the campground, so we were able to make it without any problem :)
We hooked up and headed out.  We loved this campground and wish we had more time there.
We contemplated doing the Cohab Canyon hike, but the boys were not feeling it, so we headed out.  Today was mostly a driving day while stopping to get some groceries and other necessities.  We also stopped at the Golden Spike National Historic Site.
My boys like trains and this one was a steam engine that used wood as it's fuel source.  They had to stop every 30 miles, yes 30, to refill fuel and water.  
In the picture above, you can see the commemorative rail tie.  This was where the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads came together to finish the transcontinental railway.  When it was completed, there was a golden spike driving into it- hence the name.

They did the final demonstration of the day and sent the locomotive to bed for the night.  We had to stop and get gas for $3.25 a gallon (ouch) and the gas station had the two things shown below:

From there, we headed to City of Rocks and were planning to stay at Castle Rocks State park because they had electricity and we were worried about the slide outs working properly.  On our way, we had incorrect directions from google maps, then lost signal (because so many places out here do not have coverage), then couldn't find signs.  It was quite the adventure.  I ended up stopping by a "lodge" which ended up being a rented house.  I walked right in as the family stared at me because I assumed "lodge" meant people worked there and could give us directions.  We did finally get the right directions and were able to find the campsite after seeing the following:

We drove around because everything had a reserved sign on it and then we realized that some of those were not for a few days, so we drove back around the loop and found a site.  There was not enough juice from the battery to put out the slides.  We are still trying to find a solution for that.  There is never a dull moment.  I am so grateful for these memories even if some of them are laughable.

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