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The mountains are calling and I must go...Got the t shirt in Georgia one year and this is our calling! We'll see y'all down the road!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A little trip talk.. and a change of plans for the next few days..

We had a great trip and now we're home.  We were expecting our Brother in law Shawn, his son in law Aaron and his daughter Angelina.  Yesterday it was mutually decided to put off the visit until this fall.  Shawn enjoys shooting and we have the gun range near here but with it being Labor Day weekend and in the low 100's would pretty much take the fun away.  If they come in the fall they can take the quads out to the BLM land just down the road and shoot to his hearts content.  Sis in law Diane called last night and said that she and Jesse couldn't make it.  I kinda figured that one already.  So, what to do? 

Kept track of our trip this last week.  1185 miles were travelled.  $286.00 in gas and $60.00 in camp fees.  Not bad for camping especially since we spent 3 nights at full hook  up parks.  Ken's Nevada Senior Pass really helps in camping fees.  

I was looking at our NV State Parks brochure.  Nevada has 22 State Parks as of right now. 1 more to built near here in the near future.  Out of the 22 parks we've been to 18.  

There's Beaver Dam State Park near the area we just were, but it's 24 miles of gravel road to get to it and you have to come the same way out.  So we probably won't be visiting that one.  

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park are just parks with no camping and they're near Las Vegas, so not on our bucket list. haha

Elgin School House we might get too or not..just a park no camping.  

Most of the ones we've visited we would go back to except Dayton State Park and Fort Churchill State Park..too overgrown and dry.  Wildhorse, I'm glad we checked out, but don't have a desire to go back.  

Tuesday morning we slept in until about 0700.  We slept in the guest room as air conditioning was needed all night.  It was warm and overcast when we got up.  Had about 10 raindrops (haha) on the tin roof that I heard.  

We did our visiting with blogging friends, checking emails etc and eventually pulled ourselves out of bed.  Ken went to the treadmill, I just couldn't get myself there yet. Did some indoor exercises and enjoyed Trishas Southern Kitchen at the same time. Had our breakfast and on with the day. 

Ken attempted to get the quads paperwork done for the fourth time.  He ran to the place in town, where only 1 guy is state qualified to sign off the paperwork needed.  Well, for the fourth time he was not there. He was out to lunch at 1430.  Needless to say he's pretty frustrated.  So we'll find someplace else.  The state now wants the atvs registered but the way it has to be done is ridiculous.  Feeling like Don in TN when your'e trying to get something done!  

I ran to Scolari's for a few groceries and mailed a couple of letters.  

Quit everything outside around 1500 just too darn hot!  

Simple fare for dinner, veggie burger and veggies for me and two Salmon Burgers with cheese for Ken and some homemade coleslaw.

So we sat around talking and decided we need to go to Reno for some things soon.  180 mile roundtrip so I got online and made reservations for KOA at Boomtown for Thursday and Friday night.  We would stay at WAshoe State Park, but no hookups and we know we'll need air conditioning.  We'll leave tomorrow morning and come back on Saturday.  The Rib Cook Off is going on and there will be tons of people in Reno, but figuring most will be there on Saturday and Sunday.  We'll probably take a walk through on Friday morning.  We don't eat the bar b q stuff anyway, but it's fun to look at the different booths.  Or not....

Our Sunset last night..

It was soo pink!

Always loved Paul Harvey..so couldn't resist this ..

This I loved and finally found..so had to order
Reminds me of all the old hymns we used to sing in
church in Arkansas when we were kids.  The Old Rugged
Cross still makes me cry every time I hear it..

Our morning view
You all have a wonderful day!  

Monday, August 28, 2017

Thought we were going to Rachel, NV but changed our minds..

August 27th....We left Echo Canyon about 1130 heading for Rachel, NV and the Alien RV Park. We've stayed several times, but there is no television, and no wifi..it was hot and it was still early.  So we decided to head for Tonopah and the Tonopah Station RV Park. 
Love the Joshua Trees!

Highway 93 NV

LITTLE ALEINN..Love this tow truck with a flying

Their truck..

On the road again...

We pulled over about 1330 and had salad for lunch which was awesome as it was so hot outside. The drive from Echo Canyon to Tonopah was so beautiful and hardly any traffic which we really like!  Wide open spaces! 

I snapped pictures as we drove, even though we've been this way before I just can't help myself.  

Love the roads out here!

An oasis in the desert..yuky looking but I don't think it'll
bother the cows..Highway 6

Cattle crossing..

Well, they made it..glad it wasn't nighttime and someone
going 75 mph..thinking it would be a hard stop..free range

I just liked them

At the junction of Higway 6 and 375 we saw a girl pulled over with her hood up. It was her and her mom, they were just returning from Zion NP when the truck quit.  No cell service out there so we called NHP when we had service and a little later actually saw Highway Patrol coming down the road.  Ken slowed and pulled over, she turned around and knew what we were going to say.  She said we were the third person to let her know about the women.  Said it was nice that so many people cared about them.  Later we saw a tow truck headed that way :)

We pulled into Tonopah Station just about 1700. Got one of the last two pull throughs! They have some back in sites which by the end of the evening were totally full too! Amazing, we saw rigs that had to head down the road somewhere because there were no spots here.  A lot of baby boomers out and about, nice to see! Ken offered to take me to dinner here, but I've opted for breakfast.  It's only about 2 1/2 hours home which makes for a nice day.  

Tonopah Station RV 

A view from our spot at Tonopah

Tonopah Station Hotel and Casino..and yummy restaurant

Sunset from our spot..
Had dinner in the trailer and basically called it a night.  I had internet but no TV oh well.  This morning the 28th we were up about 0630 and had our coffees and visiting with blogging friends. We went over to the casino restaurant and had a delicious breakfast, one that will hold us through the day.  

Great drive home, except it was really smoky not sure where that's coming from. We got home right before 1300 and it's so HOT!  Unloaded the trailer and frig and now just relaxing.  Tomorrow morning when it's cooler we'll finish unloading and get the laundry done.  
The Mizpah Hotel..haunted..

Love this place..

The famous Clown Motel..also haunted and for sale!

Roadwork going on..

Coming into Mina, NV

Kit Kat Ranch..not sure if still in operation  but that Limo
is always there..hmm

Mina Club..probably still in operation on Fri and Sat nights

Luning, NV very depressed community

One of the little fixer uppers

Old piece of equipement

Metal building..love that tin!

Walker Lake outside Hawthorne, NV

Looking on the boat ramp that's so far away from the water

Smoke in the distance changes the whole look of the lake

Down the hill to our turnoff :)
Good to be home, but looking forward to the next trip.  We did 1185 in the last 7 days, doesn't seem like it but we made a big circle. 

Saw on FB today that Eric went on a quad ride Saturday..Ken and I have done the same ride, near Soda Springs, CA..It was before we retired and I was a lot braver then.  Loved seeing the pics Eric took, so gonna share with you. 
View from the top..looking at I 80

The stone lookout..Railroad people would be there with
lanterns..the color of the lantern would let the conductors
know if it was safe to travel on..

Isn't this gorgeous..from the top of the trail

Russell posted that he went fishing by himself, as the boys wanted to sleep in. 
Russell and one of his 10 fish..catch and release..

Aaron played several championship basketball games this weekend. Their 7th grade team played 9th grade teams and WON!  Go Team..Champs one more time!!
Grandson Aaron and team..Aaron is 3 from the left near coach..

Grandson Seth was at the Grizzly game on Friday night.  He just started playing last Tuesday so this Friday he'll be suited up..conditioning first! 
Grandson Seth number 82..No one takes a knee on this team! :)

Today is my Sister Linda and her hubby Bobby's 35th wedding Anniversary! Happy Anniversary you two! Love you both! 
35 years ago today..Linda and Bobby

The wedding party..That's me in the middle..Our son Russell was
the ring bearer and stole the show, when he was trying to look
up the priest's robe..haha

Bobby and Linda ready to embark on their honeymoon

The Cuda was waiting..