Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

All loaded up ready to go!

We're here, heading for the house...

It's bigger than it looks here, 7 bedrooms/six baths...

Entering the front door, the livingroom is to our left...

Dining room and kitchen further left...

Love the copper, wish it wasn't so darn hard to clean!

I liked this framed stitch pic...

Moving on to Vera Krupps bedroom...

And her personal vanity table...

The hall to her secret room...

Exiting from the hall and back into her bedroom, we had to...

Moving on to a sitting room/bar area...

Howard Hughes had this room done to suit himself...

A bit of info on the diamond heist...

Time to move on...

Grandma's turn to help...

Time for a break and a spin!

A few of the out buildings along our path...

The property is beautiful...

There are a number of folks around enjoying this beautiful day...

Moving on to see beautiful Red Rock area...

It was getting late in the afternoon so a # of hikers...

And making their way down the face of the rocks...check him out...

A closer look, whoah, not me for sure!

The colors changed a bit as we moved along...

Large, white 'ribbons', like this one...

And the wild burros, always in the area looking for handouts, cute...


Monday Larry, Tawnia and Jasmine joined Larry & I for a visit to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, located about 15 miles from the Vegas strip within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Nestled at the base of the Spring Mountain Range, Spring Mountain Ranch property has hosted everything from raiding mountain men and Ute Indians to the famed Krupp diamond. It's a unique combination of Hollywood glamour and Western charm. In its early history the ranch was home to cattlemen. In 1929 the ranch became the property of Willard George, a prominent Hollywood furrier who raised chinchillas in addition to cattle. In 1944, the ranch was leased to Chet Lauck, famed for his character as Lum on the "Lum and Abner" radio show. In 1955 Lauck sold the ranch to Vera Krupp, wife of German munitions industrialist Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach. The ranch was renamed Spring Mountain Ranch and was Vera Krupp's residence until 1967. Her bedroom and a secret passageway are just as they were when she owned the ranch. We got an opportunity today to duck through the short entrance door and travel to a lovely room at the other end. Pretty cool!

While visiting with the docent on duty, we learned that in April 1959, three men robbed Spring Mountain Ranch resident Vera Krupp of the famous Krupp diamond ring that had come to bear her name. At the time it was valued at $275,000, according to the FBI. Several weeks later, a grocer in New Jersey was nailed after trying to sell it. Two small diamonds that accompanied the ring were found in St. Louis. Krupp restored the 33-carat ring, which was bought after her death by Richard Burton for his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor for $305,000. Taylor reportedly still owns the diamond.

We spent about an hour exploring this interesting ranch house before moving on to check out a few other areas. Lake Harriet is located on the property and we decided to take the walk around it's shore. It wasn't as full as it normally is because they are trying to cut some of the tall grasses growing near the shoreline.

Moving on we checked out a couple of other historical sites at the park which include the Wilson cemetery, sandstone cabin, blacksmith's shop, hay and horse barn/corral, two-hole outhouse, and a chinchilla shed. We forgot the stroller today and Miss Jasmine was determined to walk along a reasonable, but sometimes rocky dirt road. She fell down a few times, but picked herself up, dusted off and sprinted forward again! She was a real trooper.

Time got away from us and all too soon it was time to travel about 10 miles further to the Red Rock Loop entrance. We haven't taken the loop in many years and I was surprised at how short it is in comparison to other 'red rock' areas we've visited in the past 4 years. You know how you have this mental picture of this 'huge' house you lived in as a child? And then you visit it years later, only to realize that it was 900 square feet and the living room isn't nearly as large as you remembered? Well, that was my impression today.

Not that it isn't quite beautiful. The brochure handed out when we paid our $5 entrance fee was quite informative. We learned that the strata of exposed rocks reveals more than 500 million years of geological history. And that the canyon is a bed of an ancient deep sea, where over time sediments washed in and the water evaporated. The boulders and pinnacles ranged in color from deep red to white. The red color is the result of weathered iron composites. There were a number of hikers and rock climbers. We enjoyed watching them, both coming and going before moving on. The weather was a perfect 70 degrees with plenty of sunshine. Unfortunately, there weren't any of the beautiful white, puffy clouds that I love and think make terrific pics. Ah well, another time!

It was a nice way to spend the day and we certainly enjoyed the company. Two weeks to go before we hit the road again. We've got a full schedule until then. Today the two Larry's installed my new kitchen sink and faucet. I love it. Much deeper than my old one and I really like the brushed nickel finish faucet we chose. It was nearly dinner time when they finished so all of the 'stuff' is still out of the cabinets until tomorrow. I want to get rid of as much of it as possible. I think there are a few items under there that we haven't used at all since 2006! Time to pare down again...Thanks for checking in!



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