Some places are built for the "been there, done that" bucket list. Visit once and that’s enough. Then there are places like the Inyo Mountains. Once isn’t enough.
Just over a year ago, we had the chance to check out what the Inyos had in store. Between Cerro Gordo ghost town, the Saline Valley Salt Tram, and the Swansea-Cerro Gordo road that snakes along the Inyos’ backbone, we were drawn back in.
Things were a little different this time around. Our previous foray was a solo trip, as well as our first venture into then-unfamiliar territory. This time we were in tandem with Shane Casad and his well-built ’90 Ford Bronco. Since we’d already been to Cerro Gordo and the Salt Tram, we knew what to expect and were able to plan our itinerary more accurately.
Just because a place deserves a second look doesn’t mean every trip has to be a re-hash of last time. It turns out that there’s no shortage of dirt routes and artifacts in the Inyo neighborhood. We covered plenty of extra ground and found adventure around every turn. Instead of shrinking the bucket list, we ended up adding to it. Now we have to go back yet again! Does this ever happen to you?