After the wide open nothingness of Amargosa Valley, the small town of Pahrump, Nevada is mass civilization!
We arrive at Saddle West Casino and RV Park on Thursday after our short 45 minute drive. Check-in is a challenge as there is zero signage, but we finally get set up in the all asphalt park. It's fine for $25/night and everything works well. In fact, the WiFi is really fast.
After refilling our empty coffers, I spend Saturday binge-watching some favorite TV shows with all the blinds closed and the AC on.
I saw that Hans and Lisa (Metamorphosis Road) found a nice drive up to Wheeler Pass when they were here, so Sunday we head out to see how close we can get to the snow. We find Lisa's pink cholla, but none of the pretty snakes they saw on their visit :-(
The dirt road takes us through Joshua Trees, into thick pines, and along rock formations. With the clouds moving in and out, the temps drop into the low 60s. But we don't find the snow here.
|Healthy Joshua Trees spread out in all directions.|
|As the road narrows we're surrounded by pinons and junipers.|
|The pines smell lovely.|
|Bill finds bat caves in the rock formations - no bats in sight.|
|On the way back down the hill. Pahrump is much bigger than we thought!|
We travel through more Joshua Trees and shrubbery before dropping down into the canyon. It's a bumpy trail over lots of rock. In some areas the brush is as tall as the Jeep and tight on both sides. In others we are surrounded by tall rock canyons. Eventually the trail shrinks to a two-track, and I turn around just below the snow. It's a raw and rugged area with nothing but the sound of the wind in the trees.
|I've never seen these pink cholla anywhere else. They look so delicate!|
|We don't see anyone else all day.|
|It's like being between|
|walls of brush on both sides.|
|The pink cholla was expected, but these pink trees are a big surprise!!|
|Close to the snow.|
|Layers of blue|
|We even get a few drops of rain - just these, nothing more.|
|These creepy moth cocoons are in many of the bushes along the trail. Eweeeeeee|
|The bottom of the canyon.|
Just as we're ready to pull out Sunday morning a white car pulls up beside us and a man comes to our door. It's Rick Watkins! He and his wife Carlene graduated from our high school and have lived in Pahrump for over 30 years. Unfortunately we didn't know that before now :-( He saw my posts on Facebook and thought he'd see if he could find us. Thanks Rick!
It's another short drive back to Las Vegas where we pull in to Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort. A huge park between Highway 160 and Interstate 15, we're here for four days unless we decide to stay longer.