Hitting the Jackpot (Nevada) With Friends

Boulder City, NV

We left Ketchum and headed south through Twin Falls, ID to Jackpot, NV.  There is nothing in Jackpot but Cactus Jack’s Casino, so we probably would not normally stay here.  But we found that good friends Steve and Mona Liza (Lowes Travels) would be here for a couple nights on their way north.  We haven’t seen them in a long time so we altered our route to fix that.

The state line just north of the casino

As we pulled into the RV park located behind the casino we saw Steve waving from behind their motorhome.  Seems they had just arrived and had just finished setting up.  Steve had checked in the office and found we were assigned to the site next to them, so we were able to quickly get settled.

After a couple of hours catching up during a happy hour at their site, we headed over to the casino hotel to find a good restaurant.  We quickly settled on 36 Steak and Seafood, a small, upscale eatery.

A great meal with great friends

To top off a delicious meal Mona Liza twisted arms to get us to agree to share a Creme Brulee.   A surprise addition to that was when our server showed up with a complimentary serving of four huge strawberries dipped in chocolate!  Two of the strawberries disappeared so quickly they didn’t make the photo below.

The next morning we were up and about early, as we had a long drive ahead of us.  Steve and Mona Liza were staying one more night so we said our good-byes to them and headed out.  By the way, if you ever stay in this park be careful as it is only 30 amps (which is not a problem).   In the morning both motorhomes experienced dangerously low voltage (which is a problem).  Steve later informed us that the power was so bad the day we left that they unplugged and ran their generator.  He couldn’t even report that to the office as it was closed that day and the next!

See you in the Fall!

We had over 500 miles to drive to get home to Boulder City from Jackpot, so we decided to divide it into two days.  We made the first day a long drive (330 miles) to a park in the little town of Caliente, NV, which made the second day a drive of  only 170 miles.  The highway (U.S. 93) is a smooth, two lane road without much traffic and the snow covered mountain ranges along the way made for some great vistas.  Please pardon the bugs on the windshield in the photos below.  It seems that when you clean the bugs off, more magically appear!

Wildlife crossing

At Ely, NV our route (US 93) joins with US 50 heading east for a few miles.  As we crossed a high pass Wheeler Peak (13,065) came into view in front of us.

Wheeler Peak, the second highest peak in Nevada, is part of Great Basin National Park.  During a visit to the park a few years ago we hiked almost to the summit before being stopped by ice on the trail (and exhaustion).

The arrow points to where we think we were when we hiked Wheeler Peak

Wheeler Peak in the background

After a good night’s sleep in Caliente we continued our journey, passing through some scenic cliffs just south of the town.

Once through the cliffs and over a high pass we descended into a wide plain where the highway stretched straight in front of us for miles and miles.

After zipping around Las Vegas on the interstate we arrived back home safe and sound.  After some time unpacking we settled in to enjoy the backyard before heading down to nearby Hemenway Park to check out the Big Horn Sheep, who enjoy feasting on the grass there.

Big Horn buffet with Lake Meade in the background

We plan to stay put in Boulder City for most of the summer so blogs will be few and far between for a while.  But as the weather changes and the kids head back to school we plan to head into central Colorado in September.

More on that later . . .

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28 Responses to Hitting the Jackpot (Nevada) With Friends

  1. exploRVistas says:

    Wow…too bad about the low voltage at the casino, as the sites look decent. Always great to see MonaLiza and Steve!

  2. Nancy says:

    Low voltage! Yikes! But those mountains are phenomenal!

    And there’s no place like home … your backyard is gorgeous!

  3. Sue says:

    Glad you got to see MonaLiza and Steve and enjoy a nice dinner. Dessert for the table with plenty of viewing spoons is definitely the way to go! I love those wide open spaces as you headed back home. I see the sheep were waiting for you, a nice welcome back!

  4. Steve & Dianne Colibaba says:

    Such beautiful scenery along your route. Love the backyard photo too!

  5. Wohoo! We hit the jackpot with you! We feel loved for rerouting so we can get together no matter how short it is. Eight months is just tooo long not to see each other! Lots of updates and catching up to do.
    Wow, the southbound scenery on highway 93 is not bad either.
    We would like to feel what you felt coming home one day. Home sweet home!

    • placestheygo says:

      It was a jackpot meet up in Jackpot!! We were so glad our routes crossed so we could connect after so long. We had a wonderful time. Looking forward to seeing you this fall.

  6. Joe Taylor says:

    Great vacation! And what an awesome ending…meeting up with MonaLiza and Steve!

  7. Laurel says:

    You have the best of both worlds, fun traveling adventures followed by returning to your beautiful home! How great that you rerouted to meet up with Steve and MonaLiza. It makes me smile to see four of our favorite friends together. :-))
    Enjoy being at home!! oxox

  8. What good timing that you were able to meet up with Steve and Mona Liza.
    Doesn’t it feel good to know you don’t have to be out there fighting the summer crowds? September will be here before you know it!

    • placestheygo says:

      It was great timing to catch Steve and ML. We had a great visit. It is nice to have a place to spend the summer while everyone else is out enjoying their vacation time.

  9. Jeff Pierce says:

    Welcome Home! It’s certainly nice meeting up with friends along the way.

  10. The last time we spent the night in Jackpot it was so dang cold! Fun that you could catch up with friends on your way back to Boulder City.

  11. pmbweaver says:

    Love the header photo! I know y’all had a super time. I love the scenery on your drive home. Enjoy that pool!

  12. We just spent a month dealing with sub 30 amp service. Not cool… thanks for the heads up, since it otherwise appears to be a good place to stop.

    You guys had a terrific trip and I agree – you really do have the best of both worlds – the ability to travel long term and catch up with friends AND a gorgeous, quiet spot to call home. #goals

  13. Jodee Gravel says:

    Love being able to make those reroutes to catch up with good friends!! Wonderful travel day pics – especially the mountains resting on the wildlife bridge – great catch. Enjoy your summer in the pool!

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, we’ve always enjoyed being able to change plans to meet someone near by. Makes life on the road extra special. We had beautiful travel days this entire trip.

  14. Jim and Barb says:

    Good to see you met up with Steve and Mona Liza. Hope the A.C. is ready for your hot summer, that pool sure looks inviting!

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