Friday, March 27, 2015

BooniePeople - November 3, 2014 to March 16, 2015

These past four postings to our travel blog will catch everyone up on our whereabouts for the last few months. If you read deep into the blog you will find posting about Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Williams and Congress, Arizona. All posted on March 21st but going back to early October, 2014. Sorry for the delay of info but we are rolling now.

On November 4th we moved the 180 miles from Congress, Arizona to the Black Canyon / Willow Creek Campground in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) 20 miles south of Hoover Dam on Highway-93, and about 50 miles south of Las Vegas.

We have stayed at Willow Creek in the past. It is well announced if you are driving on Highway-93 in Arizona about 50 miles south of Las Vegas. It is also known as Black Canyon.
I have seen pictures going back 70 or 80 years and this area has not changed hardly at all. The Colorado River south of Hoover Dam is about 200 yards wide here.

The RV Park and marina are located about four miles from the highway. This sight was renovated about three years ago with new and flat RV sites. The site is serviced by the National Park Administration.

While TV satellite works in the river canyon there is no cell phone or Wi-Fi reception. Very steep terrain!

We laid around for a couple days getting the coach cleaned up and ready for guests. Our youngest daughter, Stefanie, took the 50 mile drive to welcome us back. We had dinner followed by a bonfire. We were out of marshmallows!

On November 7th we moved 60 miles into the greater Las Vegas area by returning to our old standby park at the Clark County Shooting Complex in North Las Vegas. This is an 80 space park stretched across the shotgun facility. It is a half a mile long and all the sites are full hookup (water-electric-sewer). The only drawback is the lack of laundry facility at this park. While the park is built up the mountain on the far north end of Decatur Blvd. it provides a beautiful view of the entire skyline of Las Vegas and the valley.

Thanksgiving dinner, a families tradition, was held at our daughter’s home. They did a wonderful job of getting the dinner served and we enjoyed re-meeting many of their single friends.

We stayed at the Shooting Complex for three weeks and moved on December 1st to our winter RV Park in Pahrump, Nevada, 60 miles west of Las Vegas.  We took up residence at the Wine Ridge RV Resort where we stayed the prior winter. It is a great park located behind the Pahrump Valley Winery and Symphony Restaurant. The park facility and staff in this park are fantastic, and we stayed about two month, until February 3rd.

January saw me go to Reno on the 16th for the annual meeting of the “Same Time Next Year Group” from the Tri-Cities in Washington. NFL football playoff watchers all. Janet moved in with our daughters in Las Vegas for the long weekend.

On February the 3rd we moved our coach into the Pair-A-Dice Escapees Co-Op Park which is about two miles down the road, and somewhat closer to the local golf course. The park has gone through a major renovation during the prior twelve months. We found the owners and members in the park to be true Escapees. Very friendly folks! Thanks to Laura for getting us situated at Pair-A-Dice. We look forward to seeing you in the future.

On February 11th Janet and I drove the Jeep to Nipomo, California to see our oldest friends, Lloyd and Patti. Lloyd, Patti, and I went to the same high school … At the same time!
A long time ago!

We moved on to Newport Beach on Saturday the 14th to stay with Janet’s sister Nancy and husband Mike for two nights. Always a good visit there, but not the happiest of trips because it ended with us all attending the memorial gathering for the passing of Janet’s and Nancy’s brother Steve’s wife Linda.

On Monday, March 16th, we stayed with my old friend and business associate John in Riverside. It was good catching up with John, unfortunately our timing didn’t allow for a longer visit - including some golf.

We were back in Pahrump on the 17th.

Why Pahrump you might ask? The weather is usually clear and calm but a little cooler (5 degrees) than Las Vegas. The local golf course is as good as most in Las Vegas, but easier to get on. They also have a great practice facility and I like to practice. The RV Parks are top notch and the fees are less than Las Vegas. Pahrump has good restaurants that are easy to get into. All the services we need are available, and people are generally very-very friendly in Pahrump. Population in Pahrump is currently around 38,000 so traffic isn’t a stress test getting around.

Christmas was wonderful being around family. That is why we returned to the Las Vegas area during our first two years of full-time RVing, and I’d assume we will return next Christmas also.

We returned to the Clark County Shooting Complex on March 4th for 12 days. During this time we had the annual motorhome maintenance completed at Cummins Engines in North Las Vegas, and new batteries installed at the Camping World facility on Boulder Highway in Henderson. 

We are now ready for our excursion to start in 2015. We left the Las Vegas area heading north on Monday, March 16th.

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