Boulder City, NV
On our final day in Lone Pine, CA we went over to the nearby Mt. Whitney Golf Course to play nine holes. We played this course two years ago with Dave and Sue and enjoyed the course and the great views of the nearby mountains. The course is not in very good shape now, but the views are just as beautiful.
The day after golf we headed south on US 395. Our destination was Boulder City, NV but the drive of over 300 miles is much too long for us. So we booked a site in a small RV park outside of Barstow, CA (halfway to Boulder City) for two nights. There is not much to do or see in Barstow, but just to the north is a nice area operated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). To get there we drove north on Irwin Road for about five miles, then went west on Fossil Bed Road (a fairly smooth dirt road) and followed the signs to Owl Canyon Campground where the Owl Canyon Trailhead is located.
The trail is mostly in a dry wash with decent footing.
After a short distance we went up a side trail on to a mesa overlooking the wash. The mesa gave us a nice view of the surrounding area.
About a half mile up the wash there is an entrance to a cave that goes about 20 yards into an adjacent canyon. You can get through the cave without a light, but it’s pretty dark so we took out a flashlight to help us through.
We went through the cave to the other side and returned back through it to the trail.
After a bit less than a mile we came to three pour-overs, where water drops over a falls from six to ten feet high. The wash was narrow and the rocks on either side provided good hand rails to help us up. About a mile up the trail we came to a clearing, where we turned around. The trail continues further up the wash but we had seen enough for the day.
Near Owl Canyon Campground is Rainbow Basin Natural Area, a short, one-way loop road through a mishmash of shapes, colors, and interesting formations sculptured by water and wind.
The loop begins on a wide dirt road, but it soon narrows as it winds through the rocks. Any car or small truck can navigate the road, but the turns are too tight for a long vehicle or with a trailer.
The next morning we headed north on I-15. We wanted to avoid traffic in Las Vegas so we left the interstate at exit 286 and headed east on Nipton Road. After 13 miles we reached the state line, where the road becomes NV 164 and is called the Joshua Tree Highway. After a few miles we could see where the highway gets its name, as the Joshua Trees were all around us.
The road ends at the junction of US 95 in Searchlight, NV where we turned north and drove the rest of the way to Boulder City.
The main purpose for going to Boulder City was to be near a decent airport. This year instead of driving the motorhome all the way to the east coast we decided to fly back. So we parked the motorhome in Canyon Trails RV Park for a month and the next day headed to McCarran Airport for a flight to Baltimore. We don’t like to leave the motorhome for that length of time but, fortunately, our neighbor in the park is a federal police officer who works in security at the nearby Hoover Dam. Kevin is a nice guy and volunteered to keep an eye on it for us.
As we parked the Jeep in the long term lot at the airport, the view to our west was a bit eerie. The large golden hotel in the photo below is Madalay Bay. The arrow points to the broken window where a shooter fired down into a crowd of people enjoying an outdoor concert across the street. The view was pretty humbling!
So now we are back east to complete some routine medical appointments and visit with family for two weeks.
We are currently in our former home town of York, PA visiting our daughter. Our plan is to drive north to the Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence River to visit Pam’s mother, then return here and fly down to Atlanta to visit our son.
More on that later . . .