2014 Travels travel blog

Carpe back in civilization and plugged in

We love these desert scenes
This one is from I 40 west of...

Another desert scene

Approaching Vegas on US 93

Hoover Dam as seen from the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

Our sis & bro-in-law were enthusiastic visitors

Visiting Hoover Dam

Bro-in-laws Shel & Bob with bridge

Sat, 01 Feb: Rolling wheels again...

After two weeks of desert boondocking it felt good to start the engine and roll Carpe's wheels. We really enjoyed our desert interlude, but folks kept leaving so we were getting lonesome.

We got things ready and got going at eight sharp. Bob eased us along the rocky desert to Plomosa Road and thence to Arizona State 95 north toward Parker. We made good time till we reached Parker where we encountered a closed road. A local desert race was in progress and 93 was closed to thru traffic. We were detoured south of town, which added some ten minutes to our trip.

The balance of the run was uneventful except for the wind, which buffeted us mostly right on our snout. That's better than broadside, but it sure killed our fuel economy, which was a poor 6.9 mpg for the day.

We picked up I 40 north of Lake Havasu City, and Bob pointed us east toward Kingman. We switched drivers at a rest stop and Sandi continued to Kingman where we headed north on US 93 toward Hoover Dam and the new Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. After crossing the bridge, where the signs urged "high profile vehicles" (that's us!) to move to the center lane due to the winds, we headed the final thirty some miles into Las Vegas via I 215. We pulled into the Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort at 1145 Pacific time.

We got a reasonably nice (it had better be nice for the $$$s they charge) site with full hookups. We plugged Carpe into 50 amp service, the first time she's been plugged into the mains since Friday, 17 Jan. A new boondocking record for us made possible thanks to our solar panels. We ran the generator a total of 9½ hours during the fifteen days.

We worked around the coach most of the afternoon, mostly trying to get the desert sand out of the coach. Following dinner we picked up Sandi's sister Nancy and hubby Shel at the airport. They flew in from Jersey to spend some time in Vegas (Nancy is attending a conference while Shel is dodging the Jersey weather). They were exhausted so we drove them to their hotel and left them to rest.

Sun, 02 Feb Time to frolic!!!

Today was a wonderful day of frolicing with Nancy and Shel. We picked them up at their hotel at eight and brought them back to the coach to drop off their luggage. From there we drove east to the Hoover Dam where we played tourist. They haven't visited the dam for many years, especially since the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge was completed and dedicated in 2010.

First we drove across the bridge, and then walked the bridge. The pedestrian walkway affords spectacular views of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead that were heretofore unavailable unless you had a helicopter.

After walking the bridge we drove across the dam to the parking areas and then walked the dam. Hoover Dam is 79 years old this year and is as amazing as ever. It was awarded the Engineering Achievement of the Millennium by the Academy of Civil Engineers. It justly earns that distinction.

Following our "dam morning" we headed into town for lunch, and then back to the coach to visit and watch the beginning of the football game. Dinner at the Black Bear restaurant and then to their hotel for check in.

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