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Sep 16 - Twin Falls to Carson City Nevada

Base Jumping, Long Drive, Walmart overnight

sunny 23 °C

We've been off-line, in Yosemite National Park for the past 4 days, and this is the first of two updates to the blog.

We got up early, hooked up TaJ and then headed down to the Perrine Bridge to see if anyone was base jumping. Sure enough, there was a fellow there challenging the record for most jumps in 24 hours. The record is 64. Unfortunately we did not get his name, but he was very entertaining. When we got there at 9:30am he had completed 12 jumps since 7:30am, and we watched jumps 13 and 14.

The base jump itself takes just 22 seconds from jump to landing 500 feet below, along the Snake River. He then doffs his parachute, and begins the ascent back up to the bridge. This takes 12 minutes. As soon as he gets back up top, he dons a new chute, hops on a bike and rides out to the centre of the bridge for the next jump. Fascinating. This guy is in shape.

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We had plans to get as far across Nevada as we could for the day, so we took off promptly at 10:00am and with a one hour time gain when we went back into Pacific Daylight Time, we arrived 800 kilometers later at Carson City Nevada. The drive is through basically the same scenery, repeated over and over again. We did climb a significant pass and TaJ paused for a picture at the top.

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I drove three hours, Jenny drove two and I finished with anther 3 hours. We arrived at 7:30pm, took a walk around Walmart to stretch our legs and turned in for night. A busy parking lot, but it really quieted down around 10pm, even though the store was open 24 hours.

We got up on the morning of the 17th, with plans to purchase groceries and then meet up with our travel buddies George and Karmen Reid, in Lee Vining California, the gateway to Yosemite National Park, the highland area.

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Our next entry will cover the time we spent enjoying the Tioga Road region of Yosemite.

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 18:20 Archived in USA Tagged snake_river base_jumping nevada_drive

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Enjoying your writing style and informative blogs. If we put our maps together we would've come so close to connecting. On the 17th we spent the night in Hesperia and had spent the preceding day travelling the 395, passing through Lee Vining. Safe travels. I look forward to future entries.

by BevH

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