We Rambling Rodericks left the charming town of Boulder City, NV, February 12th, where we had stayed since mid-November. I felt excited to be moving on, but had that sense of sadness of “leaving home behind” once again. That happens to me when we stay in one place long enough to become very familiar and comfortable with the area. So, the beginning of the drive out of the Boulder City basin was at first bittersweet.
The drive to Pahrump was a little over 70 miles and took a little over an hour and a half. We arrived around 12:30. The people at this Escapee Co-Op park, called Pair-a-Dice, are very friendly. This is our third Escapee (SKP) park to visit: In September we were at Co-Ho Evergreen on the Olympic Peninsula in northern Washington, surrounded by tall pines with damp, misty skies. Late October found us stopping at Timber Valley in Sutherlin, Oregon (about a third of the way north of the CA border on Hwy 5). At Timber Valley turkey and deer have the run of the place! Here, in Pahrump, we are surrounded by jagged mountains and have beautiful sunsets and sunrises.
For location reference, Pahrump is northwest of Las Vegas, but the Spring Mountain Range is between the two cities. Pahrump is from two Indian words - pah meaning water and rump (a word close to that spelling) meaning bush. Pahrump is on an artesian aquafer, but the huge population increase is beginning to deplete that water source.
Pahrump is not far from the California border, as the crow flies. It’s only about 30 miles to Shoshone, which is a town south of Death Valley in California. We will explore Shoshone and nearby Tecopa, named after an Indian chief of this area, where there is a date ranch. Until next report......