Monday, December 5 (continued)
Las Vegas Bay Campground, Lake Mead
This is the third time I’ve camped with my crew at Las Vegas Bay Campground.
Each of those times I’ve been curious about the boondocking area located on the north side of Las Vegas Bay (which is no longer a bay, but never mind that now).
“In you go, Reg. Today is a good day to check out Government Wash!”
Whether Reggie and I will stay in the Las Vegas area much longer, I’m not sure. I don’t want to continue paying $10 a night for a campsite. Government Wash may be an alternative!
The Perfect Tow Vehicle turns toward Overton.
A few miles past the turn for Lake Mead Drive that goes to North Vegas, we arrive at the paved road that takes one to Government Point. At the end of this road is a large parking lot, empty and without purpose, due to the boat ramp extending into dirt. Well, there is a rest room building and a few trash bins. No one is around.
Off to the right is a dirt road.
The sign says “4×4 recommended.” I look ahead at the road winding up and over low hills.
Huh? I wish they wouldn’t put up signs like that unless a 4-wheel drive is required. This road is fine . . . .
We keep going.
At the fork in the road, the PTV goes to the right. Pull-through parking spaces have been scraped along the sides of the road.
It’s nice that they did this . . . Sites are serviceable but not aesthetically pleasing.
You can see one these “campsites” in the foreground of the next photo (The road is on the right of the little pile of dirt).
We backtrack in order to follow the left fork of the road which, at one time, led to a beach. A sliver of Lake Mead water is visible. The lake is no longer easily accessed from Government Wash.
I drive by two tents — their owners not around at the moment — and, in another spot, a Lazy Daze Class C motor home. The covers on the wheels suggest they are here for longer than a day or two.
This camping is free, of course, and subject to a 14-day limit. Usually I’m enthusiastic about such a deal. A barren landscape doesn’t automatically turn me away from a boondock!
Scarcity of neighbors usually is a big attraction for me. However, I’m not interested in camping here. At least not now.
I can’t blame the washboard-y road for my lukewarm reaction.
Lord knows I’ve camped with my crew along some pretty horrible roads and been perfectly happy with our camp. I’ve also discovered that a potential camp location may not seem to have much going for it and then, after giving it a try, it turns out to be a camp we enjoy.
Well, maybe another time, a different season . . . . I’ll take this to mean I’m ready to move us further south . . . .
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We return to camp and eat lunch.
Reggie plays on the blue mat with his new toy, Duck L’Orange.
Curious about the tree in our campsite, I rummage around in a cabinet inside the Best Little Trailer until I find my copy of A Field Guide to Western Trees: Western United States and Canada.
I pick a leaf off the tree and sit in the sunshine at the picnic table comparing the leaf to the illustrations in the guide. I flip through the pages searching for a tree with a white trunk and branches.
Hmm . . . . I wonder if it could be a eucalyptus? It reminds me of the trees we saw at the arboretum in Arizona . . . . Oh, Bridge, I do miss you, honey . . . .
I crush a leaf and hold it to my nose.
Vicks Vapo-rub! Eucalyptus it is!
Several mature specimens grow throughout the campground.
They do add grace and charm to a campsite!
While walking the Reggie Man, I decide we will move camp tomorrow.
Just then, about fifteen Gambel quail scurry across the lane in front of us, making a variety of excited yips, chirps, and squawks as they go. They move so fast I can’t keep them in the camera frame. How delightful they are!
Further along . . . .
Oh my! A road runner! I hold up my camera. I’m not going to miss this!
Later I edit one of the photos to enlarge his face. What a fascinating creature!
I thought that was a roadrunner I heard outside our bedroom window last night . . . .
Another activity of the day is watching the numerous jets on their way to Vegas Airport.
While strolling with Reggie in anticipation of the sunset, I zoom in on one of the jets as it passes high above us.
“We had a good day today, didn’t we, Reg. There’s goes another jet! Let me see if I can catch it in the sunset . . . .”
In the next post:
Reggie and I move south to California!
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