Tuesday, December 6
Early light over Lake Mead
Reggie and I move south!
The Perfect Tow Vehicle carries us along Lake Mead on Lakeshore Drive. Route 93 takes us through Boulder City where I do a double-take at a scene alongside the highway . . . .
Wow! A herd of bighorn sheep!
There they are right next to the pavement, on a median between the highway and another paved road, grazing like cattle! Buildings are in the background. The sheep don’t look up as we go by.
By the time I realize what I just saw, we’re past them.
A short distance away on the shoulder of the highway a motorist stands next to a police officer who is writing something on a pad of paper. I don’t think they’re sharing recipes.
I’d better not turn around and park for a photo. I wouldn’t want to startle the sheep or that officer . . . . Gosh, what a sight! Oh, well. I like it better when they’re climbing the side of a cliff anyway, like I saw at Poverty Flats . . . .
We turn onto Route 95, due south.
The road stretches ahead of us in a straight line, slicing through the creosote bushes of El Dorado Valley. After several miles Reggie whines. I park the PTV at a pull-out and he does his business.
“That’s a Joshua Tree, Reg.”
At Searchlight, I slow the PTV to 25 mph.
Good thing I do because a police car follows us.
Seems like the last time I drove through this town a police car followed me . . . .
We pass the casino in the center of town. Numerous signs point the way to the slots. Others announce where to buy the best jerky.
We keep going south on Route 95 into California.
Interstate 40 takes us east to Needles. We take the exit to continue on Route 95 south. Reggie wakes up.
“It’s not much further, sweetheart. You’ve been a good boy. Hang on. We’ll be there soon.”
We pass through two rock cliffs opening to a wide, flat plain on the other side.
I remember driving along this stretch of road, searching for possible boondocks. Discovering boondocks is fun. It’s also a nice feeling knowing where our next camp will be. Oh, there’s Turtle Mountain! The road should be along here soon . . . .
I spot the kiosk set back from the road.
This is the place!
I turn onto Turtle Mountain Road and follow it to the same place where we camped in November 2015 (next photo).
As I set up camp, I remember.
Reggie meeting an ocotillo for the first time . . . .
Bridget tiptoeing daintily through a narrow wash . . .
Reggie facing off with the big, bad, barrel cactus . . .
I don’t unhitch or set up an outdoor room.
We may not stay here long. Reggie and I walk up the road toward the Turtle Mountains. He’s thrilled to be exploring again! We walk through the next campsite, a clear and flat area of hard surface with a few fire rings made of rocks. It’s enormous.
You could fit ten big rigs or more in this area.
We come to a large palo verde growing between the road and a wide wash.
This is where I saw the butterflies flying against the wind . . . .
I haven’t driven the road all the way into the mountains.
There probably are good boondocks up that way. I haven’t looked because the road becomes very deep sand (see photo above) and the camps would be cooler, due to increased elevation.
Reggie and I find plenty of evidence of coyotes and rabbits. The light breeze turns into wind and I become cold without a jacket.
“Okay, you’ve had your walk. We need to go home. I’m thinking a cup of hot tea would be perfect right now . . . .”
When the sun sets, the air temperature drops further. We’re cozy in our home.
Wednesday, December 7
Cold and windy! It’s so cold that Reggie doesn’t want to go for a walk. Good thing, because I’m not taking him for one!
Except for necessary potty runs, all day we stay inside. I spend a lot of time online, working on this blog and researching stuff. I even do some housework!
“Reggie, tomorrow we will go where it’s warmer and you won’t be cooped up all day. I promise.”
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