We were just a few miles from Justin's house when we realized we really didn't have adequate bedding. 2 Thermarest 1" mattresses and one fleece blanket. Do we turn around and hunt up some more stuff? Heck no, we declared. "We don't need no stinking blankets." This would turn out to be a mistake.
We traveled on non-freeway roads eastward until we turned onto Highway 50 in Placerville.
Lake Tahoe is in the background.
Our first campground was Dayton State Park in western Nevada. Dry and dusty, we're at 4400'. It got quite cool after the sun went down.