Monday, December 31, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Reservations cannot be made for campsites and the recently created but few RV sites, so we will hopefully beat the mad Veteran's Day weekend rush and snag a site. For the past week, we have been gathering necessities for the trip. Just a few last minute preparations tomorrow morning and we'll be off.
Just a few factoids on the Valley of Fire:
1. It is the oldest state park in Nevada.
2. The park's name is derived from it's unique red sandstone formations which appear to be ablaze in the reflective sunlight.
3. It is located about 50 miles northeast of the Las Vegas valley.
4. Other special features of the park include the presence of petrified wood and petroglyphs created by the native Anasazi.
5. There have been a few movies shot in various areas of the park....one of interest to us is Star Trek Generations. (Yes, we are also Trekkies.) The park, in the movie, sets the stage as the planet Viridian 3. Bad guy Soran is attempting to get to relocate back to Nexxus by any dangerous means necessary. Captain Piccard and Captain Kirk save the day but at the expense of Captain Kirk's fall to death. These scenes apparently take place in and around the Silicia Dome. Maybe we'll be able to see this.
Hikes, exploring, good food, and good company, chilly weather.....we have a lot to look forward to! Can't wait!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Day Two: 8/11/2012
Levi and a scuba buddy met in the AM to dive around Boulder Beach. They needed to complete a mapping assignment for their DiveMaster course and this weekend was open for both of them.
I stayed in the RV and completed some errands online with our awesome WiFi signal. Brewy and I walked through the park and into the campground. We were about to continue our hike down to the beach but it was already 105 outside.
Levi and John (dive partner) returned back to the RV site just a few hours after they left, assignment complete.
We all drove to Las Vegas Boat Harbor for lunch, just a 5 minute drive from the park). No dogs are allowed in the restaurant, so we ordered rounds of ice cold drinks and sat outside on the deck.
Back at the park, we waved farwell to John and attempted to cool down from the blistering heat. We spent the better half of the day napping and watching shows online.
The evening brought a much appreciated rain shower and lightening show while we bbqed chicken for tacos! Yummy! Levi tried getting shots of the lightening but wasn't too lucky with the timing.
Day 3: 8/12/2012
Today is check-out day, blah! I never like this part, neither does Levi. The end of trips in the Little Nomad just makes us want to start up our full time RV lifestyle even sooner!
We decided to have breakfast at Lake Mead Marina (right next to Las Vegas Boat Harbor) before completely packing up and checking out.
Doesn't look like we will have much time in the next coming months to take the Little Nomad out, but you never know...till next time...
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Just a bit of history: Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake in the U.S., connecting to the Colorado River and home to the Hoover Dam. It is ranked 16th largest in the world. Africa capitalizes on the largest man made reservoirs.
Day One: 8/10/2012
As usual, Levi and I started preparing for our trip in the Little Nomad a few days before taking off. It was easier to prepare this time around since we simply packet the trailer at its storage spot, our friend's residence, and took off from there. It was already above 100 when we took off around noon.
We arrived at Lake Mead's only RV park, RV Village (situated right next to Lake Mead Campground), and registered. We recently became Good Sam Club members so we got a nice little discount for our stay. Valerie was working the front desk and she was very helpful with all of our questions.
We have stayed at this RV park in the past. Once was last December for the Parade of Lights and another was just a few months ago when we made the mistake of boon docking in the summer with little gas for the generator to run the A/C. We retreated to the RV park with their electric hook-ups for one night then.
Our site this weekend was #828, a back-up site furthest from the lake scene but closest distance to the office and Wi-Fi signal! There was only one other RV parked in the immediate area...guess we aren't the only insane people out in this heat!
It took a grueling, sweltering 30 minutes to level and position the trailer. The A/C was working it's magic and quickly cooled the inside down! Brewy, I'm sure was grateful for this!
First on our agenda: drive down to Boulder Beach (only a 3 minute drive from the park) and into the water to cool down! Always prepared and ready-me forgot my bathing suit. Levi let me wear a pair of his trunks and I pulled a tank top out. This was my Fashionista creation...
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I was a little camera crazy today and ended up documenting the steps we took to complete a ramp. The supplies were pretty simple to figure out. We fortunately had the tools to use, so no equipment purchases were made in this project. The following were supplies we picked up from Lowe's:
|1X2X8 Pine strips|
|3/8" Vinyl tubing|
|3/16" Nylon Rope|
Step 1: Measure and mark 16-inch long strips of wood. Cut along this line with your hand saw. Continue until you have 28 strips (each measuring 16 inches...or close to that...LOL.)
Step 2: Turn the strips so that 1" side is facing up. From each end, measure 4 inches inward (the measuring tape should be extending toward the center) and mark with a dot, making sure to keep the dot centered in between the edges of the 1" side. There will be two dots for each strip of wood, one for each end. Use your electric drill with 1/4 " drill bit to drill the two holes in each strip. You will be stringing the wood strips and vinyl tubing together here.
Step 3: Sand down all sides, ends, and edges of each strip. The sanding process should be quick.The purpose is to LIGHTLY smooth down any jagged areas.
Step 4: Measure and mark 2 inch segments on your vinyl tubing. We used a permanent marker. Use heavy duty scissors to cut through the tubing.
Step 5: Levi tried a number of different ways to begin stringing the rope through the strips of wood and vinyl tubing segments. The best method was to burn the end of the rope before threading and cinching a twisty through the rope just below the burnt area. The rope used was approximately 17 feet. Start out by lacing the rope through a hole of a strip of wood; then lace a vinyl tube. (Make sure you keep about 5-6 inches of slack at the ends of the rope so they can be tied at the end.) Continue this pattern of wood, tube, wood, tube, etc. until you come across your 28th or last strip. In a U-turn fashion, after lacing through the final hole of your 28th strip, loop over to the strip's second hole, lace the rope through the hole, and continue the pattern back up the strips (tubing, wood, tubing, wood, etc.).
Step 6: You should end up back at your first wood strip with ample rope hanging out of each hole. First pull and tighten both rope ends to get rid of any excess slack. Tie knots at each rope end, making sure that they are larger than each hole. Use a lighter to burn each knot and secure its position.
Step 7: Admire your handy work!
This project took about two hours to complete and it costs a little over $10 to make. The process was time consuming but we really enjoyed working together...it was relaxing! Levi and I now understand why woodworking was such a big past time for both of our fathers! We have extra supplies and think we might make more ramps....a possible items to sell (discretely, of course) at future campsites...
Levi and I have been going back and forth deciding upon a suitable RV for not only us but our traveling companions: our pooch and cats... 4 cats. ( I know! We are insane, but there are many people that travel with their pets, however few or many. So, essentially, that makes them insane too. It is possible to function in a sanitary manner provided you are consistent and frequent with cleaning routines.) Our intention was not to purchase a new RV ( which we didn't, surprisingly), just find traits about models that would be beneficial for us.
The admission was free! There were rows upon rows of travel trailers, fifth wheels, Class As, Bs, and Cs. We stayed away from the Class As as they were way out if our price range and didn't pay too much attention to the Class Bs ( or oversized vans) since they were too tiny for our feline family.
The fifth wheels on display were a bit overdone. I know they appealed to several spectators there, but we felt like they were too over the top. The fifth wheels were exceptionally nice with giant living rooms, gourmet kitchens, and walk in closets. They felt like your typical suburban house...a feeling we want to get away from when we start this full timing lifestyle. We were pretty surprised with our reaction. Fifth wheels have typically been our top choice in discussions. Maybe this expo just had models we weren't happy with.
|Inside the Heartland Pioneer|
|Inside the Keystone Vintage|
|Inside the Freedom Elite|
We decided to talk about our thoughts over dinner and reviewed the models we liked: travel trailer and Class C. We came to the conclusion that the Pioneer was closer to our preferences. It wasn't too long (27 feet) and was lite weight. The layout was to our liking, especially with the slide out.
Levi and I felt this trip was very beneficial. We learned that we are particle to travel trailers and have chosen specific aspects we want from it! I encourage other RVers and wanna-bes to attend an expo close to their home town AND to visit their local RV dealerships. You don't know what you want until you see and try it out!