Monday, October 29, 2012

Beautiful desolation

Jim’s cold came back, so yesterday all we did was walk around the RV park at Nellis Air Force Base and make a trip to the Base Exchange to buy a drugstore full of NyQuil, DayQuil, Vicks and Halls lozenges.  Today Jim felt better, so we did a hundred-mile round trip to Valley of Fire State Park, northeast of Las Vegas.

[Side note: As we started to leave in the tow car this morning, we saw a cable we connect between tow car and rig sitting on the tow car hood.  Apparently, we had disconnected the cable, left it on the hood, and then drove the several miles from our campsite to the Exchange and back without it falling off.]

Anyway, to get Valley of Fire, we drove through part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Lake Mead is the 112-mile long reservoir created on the Colorado River when Hoover Dam was completed in 1936.  We saw glimpses of Lake Mead along the way, plus rocks formations in every color of brown and gray, plus apricot, white, and yellow.

Valley of Fire features red sandstone formations resembling the backs of stegosaurus (stegosauri? stegosaurs?), huge loaves of pull-apart bread, and mushrooms dropped into a gray/brown lunar landscape. 

Valley of Fire Sate Park, about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.
This Valley of Fire formation is called Elephant Rock.
Red rocks in the middle of the lunar-looking landscape.
Jim and Cooper near the top of a short hike we took.
Reminder to self:  You already know that your "hiking" sandals are a poor choice in rocky areas because small stones get stuck under your feet.  So don't wear them on desert trails.


  1. Back on the road again! Looks like you picked the right time to cut loose from the house. Between the cable and the sandals it sounds like you are going to have to re-educate yourself on your RVing protocols.

    (Note, last year, I would have done several paragraphs a piece on the cable and sandals. And who knows how long I would have gone on about the house, especially with the SIL tie-in, always a favorite topic. All part of my self improvement plan.)

    PS. Pix were beautiful

  2. Carl! So good to hear from you. Taking off in the RV again did require a refresher course on the do's and don'ts; obviously we did not get a passing grade. We have yet to "dump" and will see how that goes. Give our love to Sandy (your wife, not the hurricane. Hope she hasn't been taking too bad a hit on the name thing.)