Boulder City, NV
It’s been a while since our last post, but we’ve been busy settling in to our new home in Boulder City. The photo below shows one of our favorite activities here.
Both of our children have flown out from the east coast to visit and check out our new place. Kevin was first, flying in from Atlanta for a couple of days. During his visit we drove down to see Boulder Dam from the O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge.
We also spend some quality time hanging around the pool.
After Kevin headed back to Atlanta we spent a couple of mornings hiking in the nearby River Mountains. While hiking near Railroad Pass we finally spotted our first Desert Tortoise.
Later in the week we hiked up to nearby Black Mountain, which has a great view from its peak.
At the top of Black Mountain you can see Las Vegas to the west, Boulder City below you to the south, and Lake Mead to the east.
On the hike up to the top we saw some Bighorns grazing on the hillside. On the way down the herd was feeding on both sides of the trail. They seemed content with us passing them, but they are still wild animals so we proceeded with caution.
As we passed by we spotted two little ones romping around near their mother just above us.
One of the neat things about the west is the ability to find hot temperatures and cool temperatures within a relatively short distance. One day temperatures in the Las Vegas valley were predicted to be in the 100s, while just a few miles to the northwest temps on Charleston Peak were to be in the 70s. There are many hiking trails up there, so one morning we headed out to enjoy a hike and some cool temps.
Charleston Peak is commonly called Mt. Charleston. At 11,916 feet of elevation it is the highest mountain in both the Spring Mountains and Clark County and is the eighth-highest mountain in the Nevada. The village of Mount Charleston lies at its base to the east. We opted to hike the Cathedral Rock Trail, which starts in a parking area on the south side of the village.
The trail is a 2.7 mile out and back hike with an elevation gain of almost a thousand feet.
The hike is a steady climb from the moment you leave the trailhead on a very rocky trail, but there are strategically placed benches along the way with some great views.
Once at the peak we enjoyed great views of the mountains all around us and Kyle Canyon a thousand feet below.
After enjoying a cool (literally) lunch at the peak, we made our way down and drove back into the heat of the desert. Below are two photos of the dash thermometer in the Jeep. It was 75 at Mt. Charleston. Forty miles later we were driving through Las Vegas where the temperature was 103!
We were recently treated to a visit by our daughter, Jessica, who flew in from Pennsylvania to check out the new house.
As a little girl she loved to swim in a pool so we finally got one for her, albeit a little late. Nevertheless, she enjoyed it as an escape from the 100+ temperatures we had during her brief stay.
One morning she was up early and off for a 10 mile run (part of a training plan for an upcoming race). She decided that her reward for the long effort would be to jump in the pool with her running clothes on.
A few days after Jessica’s departure we drove about 70 miles north to Valley of Fire State Park. We had not seen our friends Howard and Linda (RV Dreams Journal) in a few year as we have mainly been in the west and they have mainly been in the east. They’re now here in the west and so when they invited us up to one of our favorite parks for a hike, we headed north on a beautiful Sunday morning.
We’ve stayed in this park two times in the past and hiked most of the set trails. But it is more interesting here to just park and head out among the rocks to explore. The previous day Howard and Linda had done just that. We were so impressed with the photos they posted we asked if they would lead us through the same route.
After meeting them in the campground and getting a tour of their beautiful new Winnebago Aspect 27K, we jumped into the Jeep and headed deeper into the park for our hike.
No matter how many times we visit here we still find the views stunning. Howard lead us through the rocks as we soaked in the colors.
As we passed through a narrow wash a hummingbird seemed particularly anxious about our presence.
Linda’s sharp eyes spotted the cause of the bird’s anxiety in a nearby bush, a small nest with two tiny eggs. After a quick look we moved on, allowing the mother some relief.
For the most part, the “trail” was pretty tame, but there were a few challenging spots.
We’ve really enjoyed our two month stay here in Boulder City. But the temperature is on the rise and we’re getting the urge to get back on the road for a bit. So our plan is to leave here the first of June and head east. Our first objective is Atlanta for a visit with Kevin. We’ll then head north into South Carolina with a stop at the Freightliner Service Center in Gaffney to have the coach serviced. Then we’ll continue north to York, PA for a couple of weeks to visit Jessica and her husband Dan, and step-daughter Ella and complete some yearly medical visits. We also want to empty a small storage shed rented in York and bring the contents to Boulder City. We have emptied almost everything out of the motorhome storage bays to make room for everything.
Once all that is completed we’ll head up to New York State for a visit with Dave, Sue, and Lewis (Beluga’s Excellent Adventure) at their beautiful spot along one of the Finger Lakes. We’ll leave the motorhome there while we drive up to Clayton, NY for a visit with Pam’s mother.
More on all that later . . .