Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Day 114, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Calico Ghost Town, CA

School House, Calico Ghost Town
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Calico Ghost Town, CA, 121.9 Miles, 4,444.1 Miles For the Trip

While there were empty sites during yesterday's walk around the campground, by 4:00, everything was full. Someone in a van pulled into an occupied site across from me, but evidently they got along with the site owners when they arrived at 7:00 since they stayed the night.

There was an interesting camping system on the roof of the Jeep across from me. Since it looked to be a clear and warmer night, I took a few photos of the stars over the campsite, including one where I used a flashlight to illuminate the truck & trailer. Too early for good Milky Way photos, but the stars looked great!

I skipped my walk this morning & hit the road by 8:30AM. I thought about driving directly to Death Valley, but decided I would get there too late to be sure to get a site. I stopped at the Calico Ghost Town Campground, a place I stayed in 2014. Lots of the same photos. It looks like they had lots of rain - sandbags in front of many stores. Many more photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

I'm in site 8A, a full hookup site that I think will cost $43.00 ($35.00 plus an eight dollar reservation fee). I think, because so far I haven't been able to get them to take my money. The office is in the ghost town, about 3/4 of a mile from the campsite. The first time I tried, I could hear someone in the back of the office chatting on the phone with a friend. He stuck his head out the door after a 5 minute wait & said I'd have to come back in 45 minutes when the person who knew how to run the credit card machine would be back. I wandered around the ghost town taking a few photos, then stopped back 45 minutes later. The person was there, but informed me that she was eating her lunch & I would have to come back later. So, since the chicken fried steak I got in 2014 was one of the better one's I've eaten, I plan to hit the restaurant for dinner. I'll try to pay for my site then. Right now I'm heading for a shower, the first since leaving Anza Borrego.

I'm not sure you will see this posting today. While sitting here at the campground, after posting yesterday's page & pictures, Verizon went from 3 bars of 4G LTE service to 1 bar of 1X. I dug out the amplifier & exterior antenna & got the 1X up to 4 bars, but 1X doesn't do data. I'll try again later.

It's later, and I restarted the Jetpack and got back on 4G, so the posting went through. By the way, the showers are combined bathrooms & showers. The first two I tried would not take quarters for the shower. I ended up in the disabled bathroom. The good - a standard showerhead, the bad, feeling guilty for taking the disabled room.

Dinner was excellent, with the exception of the vegetable - two quarter ears of old, frozen corn on the cob.  And I did get to pay for my site - $35.00 with a $5.00 senior discount.

Until Tomorrow -

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