Return to Las Vegas Bay

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“That’s Lake Mead, Reggie.  You saw it once before, but you probably don’t remember.”

Friday, December 2

A fierce, cold wind blows as I hitch up the Best Little Trailer to the Perfect Tow Vehicle.  Using my claw hammer, I pull up the stakes around the blue mat.  Immediately the wind grabs it.  I don’t attempt to fold it, just gather it up and stuff it into the back of the PTV.

Soon we’re rumbling across the mesa, leaving Poverty Flats.

Wow . . . We camped here for an entire month.  The time went fast . . . .

Our new camp!

Cautiously I drive Northshore Drive (Route 169) south, keeping our speed around 45 m.p.h. due to the frequent wind gusts.  Fortunately our journey to a new camp is a short one.

I usually postpone travel when a day shows up with wind.  That isn’t an option today because the waste tank must be dumped.  Yes, it’s true.  Some folks plan their days by the stars.  Me?  I live according to the dictates of the waste tank.

Our late start puts us at Las Vegas Bay Campground at 3 o’clock.

I think this is our third time at Las Vegas Bay.  The last time we were here was March 2015,  when Bridget and I brought Reggie home from the Adopt-a-Pet day at PetSmart in Vegas.

p1150234The camping fee at Las Vegas Bay Campground has doubled. 

It’s now $20 regular/$10 with senior discount (Golden Age Pass).  There are no hook-ups.  Amenities include trash pick-up, water spigots, and I think the restrooms have flush toilets. (I haven’t looked.)  A camp host is in residence.

After inserting the pay envelope in the iron ranger, I dump the tanks.

I choose a pleasant site in the “No Generators” section.

Shortly after we’re set up, a covey of quail scurries across the edge of our campsite, softly yip-yip-yipping as they go by.

Well, thanks for the welcome!  Come back soon!

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Very few campers are here.  Only four or five and it’s Friday.  Probably the cold and wind keeps people away, along with the price jump for camping.

Saturday, December 3

Reggie is super excited about his new home!   While wandering together through the nearby, empty campsites, I notice a path going toward the river far below the campground.

“Let’s hike down there, Reg.  It’ll be great exercise.”

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Reggie happily leads the way.

We end up at the edge of a steep drop.  I don’t see any easy way to go down to the river.

 I don’t need a sprained ankle or a fall. . . .

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“Looks like this is as far as we go, Reggie.”

I take a photo and we head back.

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We walk around the campground instead.

This delights the dickens out of Reggie.  All these smells!  A summer’s and fall’s accumulation of dog markings on every tree and bush!  Reggie stops to sniff every one he can and leaves his reply . . . .

This pavement is nice for his paws . . . .  Much better than The Zombie Road.

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I intended to go to the laundry today.

That plan fizzled.  I always feel like hanging around camp on the first day.  Reggie and I do take an afternoon drive along the lake.

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We go to Boulder Campground, further up the road toward Hoover Dam.  I’m all set to visit the shower house there, but a sign at the pay booth says “No Showers.”  Darn!

Lake Mead is very low, even lower than when we were here in 2015.

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The water is still the brilliant blue I remember from before.

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I don’t know how long Reggie and I will camp at Las Vegas Bay Campground.

At first I thought we would stay long enough for an appointment for the refrigerator and heater.  I’m thinking now I don’t want to stay that long.

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Get the laundry done, hit Wal-Mart to stock up, return the DVDs (I’ll watch the last one tonight) to one of the libraries in Vegas, and resume travel southward.

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Of course, I might change my mind!  It happens!

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p1030120Reggie on the day I met him, March 2015

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