Las Vegas, Nevada
Thursday is errand day, including Tessa's nearly least favorite (the vet being the very least) which is grooming. While I never tackled learning to clip her myself, when it's just a bath she needs I try to find a self-wash where we can get in and out quickly.
Nothing is close to the RV park, but I find the Soggy Dog in nearby Henderson that has clean facilities with everything we need. Regardless of the amenities, she fails to be impressed.
Bill reaches out to some high school pals who we know aren't going to be at next week's reunion, and Friday we're off to meet them!
First we see Renee who graduated with me and has a part-time home in the area. I think I've only seen her once since graduation and there is a lot of catching up over breakfast at the Bagel Cafe. Which, if you're ever in Summerlin, I highly recommend (lots more than bagels). She's off to Houston the next day so we're especially glad we had the chance to see her.
|Bill and Renee|
I know it must be spectacular at night, but after several blocks I bail and head for the highway - whew!
Every high school friend we meet on the road is a special experience. Friday afternoon we meet up with two sisters who are not only high school friends, but were my college roommates. I haven't seen them for years, and Bill has only seen Phyllis once, Judy not at all. What a treat to spend time with these two who were such a huge part of my life for eight years. We will definitely stay in touch, and make plans to see each other again soon.
|Judy, Jodee and Phyllis|
For three years Lisa and I have read and commented on each other's blogs. Many of the places we've stayed have been based on her helpful reviews. We just missed seeing her and hubby Hans in Tucson, so I'm beyond excited when Hans reaches out on Facebook that they will also be in the area for a few days!!
Plans are made and Sunday afternoon we head to Boulder City for happy hour at their spot. Not surprising it's like meeting old friends - because really, they are :-)) We find a lot in common besides just our love for this traveling life and the time flies by. Too soon we're saying our goodbyes-for-now.
|It's getting dark, but I did remember a photo!! Hans, Lisa and Bill.|
A lot of folks have had bad experiences with CW, but we've been fortunate that ours have all been positive. Until today :-( Bill clearly explained what the issue was over the phone, and reiterates all the information at the counter when we drop it off at 8 AM. The tech isn't in yet so we head for breakfast, expecting to kill time for several hours.
Instead I get a call after 45 minutes. The technician explains that they don't have anyone certified to work on residential refrigerators at their facility. What? Then why make the appointment, write up the work order, and send us on our happy way??
Aaaaanyway, we finish our very delicious breakfast of ham and cheese crepes, pick up our un-fixed home and return to our site. We refuse to let it ruin our day, life will continue without cold, filtered water from the front of our frig. Not the perfect life we've gotten used to.....but life nonetheless. We'll get it fixed down the road.
|A small place with a big menu|
|Fabulous crepes, wish I could eat it all!|
Corn Creek Road, off I-95 takes us to the largest wildlife refuge outside of Alaska - the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.
The visitors' center at Corn Creek is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but the trails and restrooms are open. It is a beautiful riparian preserve filled with old growth trees, tall grasses, running water, and an interesting building of endangered fish. We spend over an hour meandering the various trails and enjoying all the birdsong and interesting interpretive signs. There's even a small historic cabin!
|The signage is beautiful and informative throughout the site.|
|And the views even more so.|
|Giant trees provide homes for many different birds.|
|The grass is over eight feet tall and sways gently in the breeze.|
|At 75 degrees, it is a perfect sunny day to be outside.|
|The trails are well marked.|
|Difficult to see through the green windows, but we do spot a few of the little fish.|
|This old cabin was built with railroad ties - recycling at it's best, over 100 years ago.|
|The roof has been rebuilt, but the walls are original - almost no mortar is used between the large ties.|
|The lovely sound of Corn Creek keeps us company throughout our walk.|
|Mulberries are a big surprise.|
|I love this Medicine Wheel in the walkway near the VC.|
|This covered courtyard is a wonderful spot to take a break and includes large, clean restrooms and fresh drinking water.|
Washboard and lots of sharp rocks, clearance is not as much an issue as good tires and suspension :-))
Making numerous stops to explore the surrounding desert and to capture the multiple blooms, we spend hours enjoying this magnificent place. After turning off the pavement we only see one other person all day. Perfect.
|Just us and a day of Wow!|
|The views continue to expand as we climb in elevation.|
|We find dozens of unique rocks in our explorations.|
|Large bouquets of daisies glow in the sun.|
|Not surprising given the color of our vehicle, the orange Desert Mallow is a favorite.|
|New to us are these clusters of barrel cactus - they're everywhere on this route.|
|They all have these "blooms" which up close look like fungus.|
|At the top of the pass is a large Joshua Tree forest. The trees aren't large, but there are thousands of them.|
|This massive uplift is spectacular - the multi-colored layers tell a story millions of years old.|
|Lining the camera up with the ridge, uses the vegetation to show the steep angle of the lift.|
|Layers of color and terrain.|
|It is so quiet up here......|
|Dark clouds wash the color from the mountains.|
|Obligatory pink blooms.....they're just so pretty!|
Wednesday we're off for our annual reunion in Laughlin where we're expecting the biggest turnout since 2002!