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Nov 4, 2014 - Moved North

We left Las Vegas and moved to a campground on Echo Bay on Lake Mead. But before we left we were treated by a mini-air show while waiting in the Walmart Parking lot for Sue's prescriptions. It's right next to Nellis Air Force Base, the largest in the US and the home of the Thunderbirds. While waiting we saw the Thunderbirds fly over in a diamond formation trailing smoke and the split apart to make a landing approach. F-16's, F-15's, and some F-22's flew over to land at the air base. After getting one of the prescriptions, we left the...

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2014 Cross Country 2

Mar 22, 2014 - DAM!

The west is an amazing and diverse place. We left Big Bear Lake and drove 230 miles to Lake Mead, located in the high desert of Nevada (just east of Las Vegas). A dramatic and incredible landscape change. Gone are the pine trees and green vistas – replaced by desert scrub, stunning red rocks formations and a humungous dam. This was our first trip to Lake Mead, a National Recreation Area. We stayed at an RV Park inside the NRA (which required our Federal Lands Pass), just outside of Boulder City and a short drive to Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam is...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Oh! Oh! and The Outlet Mall

Outside temperature got down to 80 F last night. Trailer down to 70 F. Comfortable for sleeping. I headed in to Henderson Chevrolet and was there by 7:15 AM. Huge place. Very organized. Larry Carter, service consultant, met me before I got out of the truck. Took all my info and before I left the building the truck was in the shop. They don't do loaners except for warranty work and then only through Enteprise Rentals. I decided to rent so they arranged for the Enterprise shuttle to pick me up. There I met Kyle Agius, who was originally from...

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Jun 2, 2013 - Lake Mead

Marilyn is sad. Time to leave The Grand Canyon. It has been a wonderful 7 days in this magical place. I sound like a travel brochure but it has been something we would have not wanted to miss. Back to Route 66. Drove to Williams and gassed up and then headed west on I-40. Easy driving on the interstate. Turned north at Kingman, Arizona. Temperature has been climbing since we left The Grand Canyon. Now in the 90's. Did you know that Kingman was the home town of Andy Devine (think Wild Bill Hickok side kick- “Jingles”)? Landscape is beginning...

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May 3, 2013 - Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Wednesday, we decided to camp at Boulder Campground in Lake Mead National Park. Our choice was between a concessionaire campground where the RVs were lined up like a big parking lot but they had electric and water hooks and the National Park campground where it was a dry camp but there were beautiful oleanders surrounding each campsite. Wasn't a difficult choice to make since we could run the generator when we absolutely had to have air conditioning and in the mornings to make coffee. We spent one night there and then drove back to see...

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Apr 4, 2013 - Two Strange Days

No journal was written yesterday so I'll just list our memories of two very strange days and let you have your chuckles. Yesterday began with a drug run to WalMart. For a guy who is both clean and sober, how could I spend $700.00 on drugs? Why are Linda's free? Back to campground to wait for the mobile RV repairman at eleven. Well eleven turned into three and he got right to work. Unfortunately, after his work was semi complete, he discovered a crack in one of the tanks that he had overlooked before, and he has no idea how to fix it....

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The Gypsy Whaylands

Apr 2, 2013 - To the Beach We Went

Today's most strenuous activity was washing the truck, before taking a stroll down memory lane. We visited an A & W Root Beer stand and reminisced about visits to A & W drive ins with our parents on western vacation trips. Those were the days, but now we have AC. If only we can find some Burma Shave signs the trip will be complete. Next we took a picnic lunch to Boulder beach which is next to our campground and totally different than the beaches we know and love. Rocks instead of sand, no boardwalk mess or waiting line to get on the beach...

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The Gypsy Whaylands

Apr 1, 2013 - Wasted Day

Nothing to report. Med Center for two hours and ER for three with a minor COPD exacerbation. All better now! Waiting since 3:00 for a lying RV repair man to show up. It is now 6:55 and my trusting wife who never worked with sub contractors is telling me to be patient, he will be here. Okay, she was right! He showed up at 7:30 and now he knows what parts he needs. We're sure hoping noon tomorrow is more truthful than three today was. If you're wondering what the trailer issue is, a minor driver error broke a sewer line. A few Lake Mead Pics...

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The Gypsy Whaylands

Mar 31, 2013 - A Beautiful Lake

Today was a short ride from Williams, Arizona to Lake Mead National Recreation Center near Boulder City Nevada. The drive took us through some beautiful mountain vistas and across Hoover Dam to a beautiful lake created by the dam. This piece of beauty is man made and will be so difficult to wake up to. Perhaps some sunrise pics tomorrow.? Tonight's pics speak for themselves.

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The Gypsy Whaylands

Mar 22, 2013 - Lake Mead National Rec Area

Now a little something about Nothing....no it's not from the Monty Python show. Halfway between Wickenburg and Kingman on 93 north was a very tall beat up sign on posts that said,NOTHING. Done a little digging to find something about Nothing. Turns out 4 men decided to start Nothing from nothing to create something called Nothing. Dont give up on me yet ,I couldnt dream this up by myself!!! This is what the plaque says.. Jump to full entry

Mar 18, 2013 - Lake Mead and Hoover Dam & Power Plant

We left Parker and traveled to Lake Mead RV Park. This is in the state park, but is ran privately. There are a couple of state park sites here with out hook ups, but have sere dumps. We walked around and on the new bridge but we could not bring Joe, so we took turns looking after him. Drew Took a tour the next day, in the bowels of the dam and power plant. Stayed here for a few days. It is a quick drive to Boulder City or Henderson. It has a pretty landscape.

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Mar 10, 2013 - Hoover Dam

Four years ago we took our German friend Hartmut on a grand tour of the west. When we brought him to Hoover Dam, we were very surprised by what we saw. A huge bridge was being constructed over the Colorado River Basin and soon the road everyone took over Hoover Dam would be replaced by a four lane divided highway. We had no idea this was in the works. Today we headed back to see the completed road. When you drive over the bridge you have no idea how deep the river valley is below. But a pedestrian sidewalk on the edge provides a...

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