Even if you are a fan of the more structured and serviced RV parks, when you are just stopping for the evening there’s noting like a convenient off the highway boondocking spot. We found Miller’s Rest Area just north of Tonopah, and decided to make it our home for one night. We set up so early we had time for a drive, and it was just great. First we happened upon the only Lithium Mine in North America. Yes the same lithium used in batteries! It was pretty cool. Then I FINALLY saw fields of wild burros. The signs have been everywhere, but not the furry creatures.
Then we drove around the old mining town of Tonopah, and checked out the buildings and equipment. Keep in mind in those photos that they are still operating.
The day was finished off with dinner and beers at the Tonopah Brewing Company. We have this little rule of thumb when trying to decide where to eat – if there are a lot of vehicles it should be good. This parking lot wasn’t that full, but when we walked in and had to look for a table, we knew it would be good. And it was! Now I understand the fascination with BBQ.