Monday, May 1
With the Best Little Trailer hitched to the Perfect Tow Vehicle, Reggie and I leave our lakeside camp at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge.
Ranch at Alamo, Nevada (95 miles north of Las Vegas)
We’re on our way to Caliente, Nevada!
Photo taken where Route 93 turns eastward near Crystal Springs, Nevada
The death of my 400-watt DC to AC inverter, immediately followed by the failure of my new back-up inverter, hastens our departure for a new camp.
I feel great this bright and sunny morning!
The high probability of finding a solution to a problem lightens my mood and setting out for a new camp revives my love of the road.
I’m glad this is a short move because I have a lot to accomplish today.
For you map-followers . . .
Route 93 cuts through the Hiko Mountains, crosses Six Mile Flat to Pahroc Summit Pass (4961 ft.). Also known as the Great Basin Highway, the road slices through desert in straight precision with Delamar Valley to the south and Dry Lake Valley (OHV playground) to the north.
Another climb takes us to the Oak Springs Summit (6237 ft.) in the Delamar Mountains. The air is noticeably cooler. On both sides of the highway dirt roads weave through junipers.
I bet there are really nice boondocks on those roads . . . . Too cold right now.
Through the dramatic cliffs of Newman Canyon and we approach Caliente!
Okay, here’s the plan for today.
- Check out Young’s RV Park as we approach town.
- Go into town and see if the grocery/Napa store has an inverter.
- Backtrack to check out Kershaw-Ryan State Park Campground at the edge of town.
- Make a decision where to camp.
Young’s RV Park is a lovely, quiet park.
The building houses laundry, restrooms, showers
The office is closed at the moment. I talk to a guy waiting for his laundry to finish. He loves it here. He recently started a new job in Caliente and plans to be a long-term resident at the park (only $287 plus electric a month). He gives me lots of details, both on the park and the town, all positive.
Next we roll through Caliente.
Oh, I like the looks of this! What a charming and peaceful town . . . .
The dry goods/NAPA/etc. store doesn’t have an inverter.
Okay, there are other options.
Next door I purchase a few items at the grocery and then scoot back across town to Kershaw-Ryan State Park.
Mark, the campground host, is friendly and informative.
We talk at the entrance booth for about 15 minutes. Not only do I learn about the campground and park, I also receive another positive report on the town. Mark loves living in Caliente.
I drive through the campground and check internet signal on the jetpack. 3G with 2 bars. Mark says internet comes and goes.
Beautiful setting for a campground!
Well, since I don’t have an inverter and there isn’t electric at this campground, the most appealing option is to register for a week at the RV park. That way I can plug into electric, use the free WiFi, go online, set up my new computer with Picasa and what-have-you, and have Amazon ship an inverter to the RV park.
I don’t want to go running to other towns searching for a converter. The RV park will make a great base for enjoying Caliente and the surrounding area. After a week, we could move over to the state park with the new inverter . . . hike, see the gardens, take photos. Fun!
(More about Young’s RV Park and Kershaw-Ryan State Park in upcoming posts.)
Here’s the site I choose at Young’s RV Park:
Reggie loves the thick grass!
We eat lunch outside at the picnic table.
After some relaxation, we do laundry and I take a shower. The weekly rate at Young’s RV is $126 plus $12.60 tax for a total of $138.60. That includes electric and WiFi.
This frugal person doesn’t mind paying to camp after the tremendous support of RVSue shoppers this past month, as well as the fact our total camp fees for April were zero!
Lots to tell you, but this is long already.
More photos and details in the next post!
THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AMAZON FROM MY BLOG!
(The popular list of links to recent Amazon purchases by RVSue shoppers will appear soon. Still a few technical “kinks” to work out!)