|Today we visited the Pahranaghat Wildlife Refuge. We have passed this refuge many times over the years, but we're always in a hurry, or towing, and so we've never taken the time to stop & check things out. And we've wondered if it would be worth dry camping at this location. If we'd known prior to yesterday we might have camped here last night & tonight. Instead we chose the safer choice just a few miles way in Alamo. Anyway, more on that in a minute.
Pahranaghat National Wildlife Refuge is a gorgeous, green oasis in the middle of south-central Nevada. Located right off Hwy 93 it’s just 90 miles north of Vegas and has 15 lovely, free campsites (11 of which can fit big-rigs) located right along Upper Pahranagat Lake. We didn't know until today that Pahranagat's water originates from large springs to the north of the refuge and is managed to obtain the most value for wildlife. The refuge has four main water impoundments: North Marsh, Upper and Lower Pahranaghat Lakes, and the Middle Marsh.
This refuge is is a fabulous spot for nature. It’s a natural oasis covering 5,380 acres of lakes, marshes, wet meadows and desert uplands creating a home for over 264 species of birds and other wildlife. There is a lovely 3-mile hiking/biking trail around the like as well as lots of trees and pretty views of the distant mountains.
The only slight ding? It's close to Hwy 93, so while camping you will most likely hear some highway noise at your site. It's a two lane road so we're not talking major noise here although it is a well traveled truck route.
I'm sure you've gathered by now that our visit in Ely has come to an end. Wow, that five weeks flew by so quickly. Mom had plenty of things for us to work on & we had a good time 'fixing' things and just catching up in general. We were pleasantly surprised at how well she is doing, both mentally & physically. She seems stronger & had less heart 'episodes' then when we were here in June. VERY happy about that. She still spends several hours a day on her computer & enjoys reading her Nook. Keeps her mentally sharp, which is great. She hasn't made a definite decision on where she's wintering this year but has decided to stay home for the next few weeks. We'll see what happens after the first big snow storm, lol.
We were very blessed with good weather our entire visit, although it was cold every night. We're talking the teens many nights. Thank goodness for the arctic package on our 5'er, it does a great job protecting our water lines etc during these extreme temps. Last year we traveled a different route, coming in from Arizona for the winter, so we left the rig in Las Vegas & traveled to Ely in the truck. But coming home down the Oregon coast this year brought us into this area first so we decided to go ahead and stop & hope for warm temps & little snow. We got half of our wish, lol! No snow :)
We headed out about 11:30 am yesterday (Tuesday) under cloudy skies with rain & possible snow predicted for later in the day. We encountered rain for a good part of our drive although it was very light. We ultimately decided to camp in Alamo for two nights & Larry set up camp during a light sprinkle. There's not much here but we have full hookups & it's very quiet. We plan to head into Vegas in the morning, stopping to get the 5'er washed at the big rig truckwash on I-15 before settling in for the winter. They do a great job for a fair price. And the best part is, we don't have to do it!!!! We're looking forward to seeing all of our Vegas family & a few friends too of course...
And finally, Larry & I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary on Monday, December 1st. We enjoyed dinner at the Prospector in Ely but we also plan to have another celebration at Gaetano's Italian Ristorante one evening next week. I am so blessed to have this wonderful man to share life with & look forward to many more years together. Hopefully traveling down the road a majority of the time :)