It was the 14th day at Silver Lake Campground. We love this campsite and want to stick around for another several days. We talked to the camp host yesterday about staying and she gave us the green light if we moved to another site. So this morning we kept our eyes open and prepared to move or leave. We had looked around the campground yesterday and knew that some campers might leave today. But they can always change their minds. I rode my bike around the campground and found a site by the entrance was open. After getting a nod from the camp host, we took our lounge chairs over there and claimed the spot. Yeah! The new site has a great view of the waterfall from the mountain and Carson Peak. Although it is by the road, it has light traffic. The sound of waterfall is nice.
We haven’t dumped the trailer for 14 days, because we have been practicing extreme water management, and using showers and toilets at the campground. On the 14th day, both the grey tank and black tank were 2/3 full. We have been off the grid for 14 days, thanks to the solar panel on the roof of the trailer and the portable solar panel Stephen added on.
We hooked up the trailer and drove to the nearby Fern Creek Lodge to dump. It said if you spend $10 at its general store the dump will cost only $5, otherwise it will be $10. So we went into the store, and grabbed a loaf of sandwich bread and a bottle of pasta sauce. Each item was $4.99. The boss only charged us $10 for the dump and the grocery. What a great deal! Stephen said, “If we went to Oh! Ridge to dump, we wouldn’t have gotten a dump with souvenir.”
We drove to Gull Lake marina after dinner. There were some nice crafts and carved wooden outdoor furniture on display. Some rainbow trout were kept in a tiny pond. The store had the satellite radio broadcasting music around the marina. We sat on the bench in the warm setting sun, watching a group of coots diving, bathing, eating, and flying. It was a nice place to hang out in the evening.
Back to our campground, I sat in the lounge chair enjoying the waterfall and the surrounding scenery. The campground is in the valley with Sierra Nevada mountains on three sides. The north side is open. We noticed that it usually became cloudy and windy in the afternoon and then shower or rain in the valley. It has been a calm day so far, but the wind started to pick up in the evening. At 7 p.m., it was getting cloudy and dark above the campground. The western sky had a shade of amazing blue I have never seen, and large groups of clouds glowed with hues of gold and yellow. Groups of interesting dark clouds flowing from the eastern sky and covered the sky above. The northern sky was dark with striking lighting. The camp host came to us and said multi rainbows were seen over Mono Lake. She is from San Diego and works here for 6 months as a volunteer. This is her second year as a camp host. She gets a full hook-up as a camp host. This campground is popular and busy most of the time. So there are two lady camp hosts here.
A big white cloud with lots of volume rose above the nearby Sierras on the west. The setting sun painted the previous dark clouds with rosy color. The dramatic clouds looked like an oil painting. Although the sky looked ominous, it didn’t rain. Stars came out later. The big dipper shone like diamonds in the evening sky above the Sierras. The northern star faithfully stood in the northern sky. It was another nice day at Silver Lake Campground.