Friday night was a bust, and we woke up the next day to smoke so thick that we couldn't even see across the 1-mile long Convict Lake. Saturday night was my last chance to capture the meteor shower, and I wasn't going to let smoke ruin my chances. I bet that driving high into the White Mountains would get us above the smoke.
The White Mountains are a major mountain range that often goes unnoticed. They're far from any big population centers, and the lack of state and national parks makes it a 600 square mile black hole on travel maps. Most California residents don't even know the range exists, and if they do, they can't point to it on a map.
It's also a dead zone for internet and cell service. There's not a single wifi hotspot or cell tower in the range. That's why I couldn't report live about our that portion of our journey. I'll fill you in now.