Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lake Mead, Nevada

When we left Laughlin we stopped @ Bolder City Elks. We had full hookups. Spent a few days. Took a drive out to see Lake Mead. We have herd so much about it. I wasn’t really impressed. But Steve could do some fishing there.  The lake is very low. They do come in with graders & grade the road’s out to the lake.There are several roads that go down to the lake that RV’s go down & park on. In the pix you can see the white water level showing how low it is.

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This is one of the boat launches. And there are some flowers out there.

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These are some of the RV’s out there across from the road we took down to the lake. They are boondocking on BLM land.

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Several miles up the road are condos & RV park you can see how far there boat launch goes down. The foot high fence is a Turtle Fence. An area there is a protected area for Turtles & they have this fence to keep the turtles from getting on the road.  

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Lake Mead was ok but don’t really have an interest in spending time on the BLM land. 

Laughlin, Nevada.

Sunday March 8th Headed to Laughlin.Stayed there a couple nights. Steve tried his hand @ Black Jack & did ok. I lost some on the penny machine. Guess I just don’t understand how they work. We ate out @ the buffet. Steve & Mike liked the cheep breakfast.

This is where we parked @ the Tropicana Hotel & Casino. It’s pretty much a parking lot & the generator hrs are from 7am to 7pm. It’s free.

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This is a casino farther down the road that offers parking up on a hill with a great view. You have to pay there but it wasn’t much.



Left Laughlin we headed for Bolder City Elks. We thought about going to Lake mead with the MH but changed our mind after driving out to see it & decided to head for Death Valley instead. Next post will be pix we took @ Lake Mead.

Back on the Road

We have spent just over 2 weeks in Tucson. We got a Tucson Az. Attractions Passport book. It’s a discount book (2for1) to see several attractions in the Tucson area. Left Tucson March 3rd. & drove about 130 miles to Gila Bend Elks. Not far from there is a Shrimp Farm. We drove out there in the morning & watched there video of how they raise the Shrimp. To see more go to there web site Questions or to place an order 623-393-0136.


Then off to Hi Jolly in Quartzsite. It’s a 14 day free area. We stayed there a couple nights & Sandy & I did some shopping @ the bead store. This was our space & of course Mike & Sandy’s cat Stormy keeps ck’ing out the diesel pusher. (Mike drives a gas Air bus) The pix below in Stormy coming out of the Generator space.

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Two nights here & then off to Laughlin, Nevada

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

On Feb. 26th. we went up to Mt Lemmon. It’s a long drive, 30 miles from Tucson & 30 degrees cooler. The road up has a lot of switchbacks & places to stop & take pix of the valley. It has pine, fir, & aspen forests. At 9,154 feet, the sky ride offers a panoramic view of the forest, rocky cliffs, & mountain ranges. There is restaurant @ the top of the drive. But we didn’t stay & eat there. I forgot to wear sox in my sandals & it was cold there so I bought a $10 pair of sox. Good thing I remembered my coat.

Some of the views going up

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Going up the chair lift

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View from top & Mike  & Sandy getting ready to get off @ the top  

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Heading down & Some of the equipment used to groom the slopes when they have Snow.  They we’re skiing up till the Monday before we went up. They we’re expecting another opening before the end of the season. They don’t make snow because of water shortage. 

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It was a beautiful drive & as you can see the wind had been blowing so the distant views were haze (smog).At the top the trees had been burned. Don’t remember how long ago but was just a few yrs. back. That’s it for Mt. Lemmon.

Friday, March 27, 2009

a Little Catching Up

We got a Bug in the computer & have had to re-du the computer. We first put our blog together with a different e-mail. I had too much trouble getting it to work so decided to try & restart from scratch since the original blog was short. To view out travels from January-Feb. 24,2009 you can go to

So now here goes with the new blog address.

Before leaving Tucson Steve & I went to the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It was a private residence & in March 1975 it became a garden open to the public. . The top left pix was a model train village set up in the gardens. There were also areas to sit & relax & enjoy the gardens. & a place to rent for a party.  

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There was a Butterfly exhibit there to see. Below are some of the Butterfly’s. The 2nd pix down on left is a pix of a very big butterfly it must have been as big as 4X5 card. I’ve never seen a butterfly that big.

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That’s all for the gardens. They are beautiful & well kept.

Later Sandy & Steve