I'm baaacck! Again, from sunny Las Vegas, and this time with the continuing story of our travels of last week. So, without further ado, let's pick up where we ended ..
As I mentioned in the previous post, we left a little late but we still made it safe and sound to our planned destination in Mountain Home that evening. The weather had been fine, the roads were dry and it was pretty much smooth sailing all the way down from the mountains towards, and just past, Boise.
We enjoyed the fall colors on the higher slopes
forgot to take a picture of our campground, Wagon Wheel RV Park, but I
stole the following one from the Internet and it is pretty much what it
|I actually think that was our site right there!|
The campground's inner roads were a little on the 'tight' side for our big rig, which would acquire a lot of back and forth maneuvering (besides avoiding a large tree) also, we were tired and the side was plenty long, soooo .. we pretty much pulled straight ahead into a large back-in site! Ha! Why not? Easy-peasy. We already ate something on the road at a truck-stop while gassing up, so we quickly connected to the electricity, brought out the slides and had a well-deserved glass of wine/beer. We did it! Out of the mountains before the storm would hit, and no problems what-so-ever. So far so good. We slept pretty good that night!
the roads stayed dry, helped by a strong wind and passing cars blowing
anything that wanted to accumulate to the sides. The clouds were hanging
so low that at times we seemed to drive straight through them, and
because of that it got quite dark
We gassed up at a Pilot somewhere and hoped to score a hot dog or at
least something warm, but of course all warm food was taken from the
displays because of Covid-19, and the Dairy Queen there only served
through the drive-through, which is a little hard to do with an RV in
tow .. oh well, we made do with a sandwich and guess what .. we
We arrived at Beaver, our destination for the day, around 3 pm and were happy to call it a day. Driving in this weather was just no fun. The campground was right of the freeway, and we picked ourselves (we were told to just park and drop off money in an envelop at the office) a nice pull-through site on the edge.
quickly fired up the heaters and before long we were snug and warm.
James watched some golf, I worked on my jig-saw puzzle and Merl' settled
for a nice warm lap and slept it all off ..
In case anybody's wondering how he fares during our days of driving, he has the best seat in the house as you can see ..
soon as we start bringing the slides in before we leave, he runs to the
bedroom and jumps on the bed, and very often when we arrive somewhere
he's still asleep on it. Since the RV has better suspension than the
truck he really has a very smooth drive!
next morning dawned beautifully sunny and bright although a 'tad'
nippy! Our bedroom-slide, which has hydraulic problems when it's that
cold, needed to be brought in manually (with a crank) but other than
that we had no problems.
We made ourselves a nice hot breakfast (grand slam), and went back on the road for what would be our last stretch to Las Vegas.
On the way to the Nevada border the I-15 takes you through the Virgin River Gorge, which is very windy and has some steep hills going up as well as down ..
The scenery is very pretty though ..
And from than on you're in for a long stretch of pretty much endless, boring, nothing-ness!
But finally, there it is, that beckoning oasis in the desert .. Sin City!
campground, the Las Vegas RV Resort, is on the east side of the city and fortunately it
was a very easy drive around town, with little traffic, to get there.
opted for a little larger (deluxe) site since we're going to be here
for a week and liked the idea of not being too crowded.
It has a nice level (asphalted) pad, surrounded by gravel, and for
landscaping they went with various different palm trees. Very nice!
The day we arrived it was still a little on the cool side (that same storm reached all the way down to here!) and rather windy, so we didn't take the awning out. I think we won't either for the rest of our stay, since in the desert wind can come up very quickly and very strongly!
We took our time setting up, this time connecting the water and sewer as well, after which it once again was time for .. you guessed it .. Happy Hour!
Talking about an hour (see how smart I transitioned there!), we 'gained an hour here, since Las Vegas
is in the Pacific Time zone. We still went to bed at our usual time
though because we were pretty tired. I guess 'all' that traveling we did
in the last 3 days caught up with us .. we're getting old!
But, we're determined to make as much of of our stay here as possible,
in a safe way, so the next day we went golfing together at the Eagle
Crest course at Golf Summerlin.
Through Golf-Now James had booked this course, 18 holes for both with a cart, for $12 each. Sweet! The weather was perfect, about 80F, and the course very nice. Since it was rather short it was a great course for me and we really enjoyed playing. We did pretty good too, which always helps of course .. Unfortunately halfway the round it got backed up severely, so we decided to call it quits after 13 holes. Still .. we had fun!
Afterwards we went for Sushi! Yes! We had not had any for about a year (not popular in rural Idaho) so we'd really looked forward to it! The service was a little confusing, they forgot us a couple of times, but the food was excellent!
that was probably about it for the week. James will be golfing for the
next couple of days, and I will be reading and puzzling and just
relaxing so .. life is good! On Saturday James'
cousin Cheri will fly into Las Vegas, and we're going to meet her over
dinner and maybe do a little sight-seeing together on Sunday. I don't know exactly
how we're going to deal with 'keeping our distance' while eating and
I'm a little worried about it, but we'll figure it out. I hope!
the meantime, it's going to be Halloween this Saturday. With a full
moon! Spooky! Here's a few pics of decorations at the
We're probably going to 'the Strip' tomorrow night to see how crazy
everybody will dress up. That is, despite everything, we hope
they still do ...
There's not much going around here at the park but this one looks pretty good!