This post begins with RVSue and the crew camped on Sand Mine Road Mesa, Overton, Nevada. It includes photos taken one evening during a full moon. The photos don’t match the text.
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For twenty days the crew and I happily reside on the mesa.
Our first night a powerful wind sweeps up from the badlands and slams into our home. All night long the wind jolts and jounces the Best Little Trailer. This is the most violent wind I’ve experienced in over six years of living full-time in the BLT.
Quite a thrill to be a part of this tremendous force of nature!
I don’t sleep at all. This is not a problem when retired.
I’ll sleep after the wind passes . . . .
By morning calm returns.
Reggie, Roger and I wander around outside.
Good thing I keep a neat camp. Stuff would be all over the place . . . . The mesa is clean and fresh from last night’s wind blasting.
We take naps throughout the day.
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Twenty days later, Friday, November 3
I’d like to stay at least another twenty days . . . The weather is perfect. We have the mesa all to ourselves. Only three vehicles in over two weeks . . . . It’s beautiful here, especially at sunrise and sunset.
I flush the toilet.
I get the message: “Oh, RVSue? It’s time to dump the waste tank.”
(The BLT’s toilet talks!)
If I’m going to hitch up to dump tanks, I might as well move camp.
Last time we camped on the mesa, I took the BLT to Valley of Fire State Park and used the dump station there ($10 fee). I could go to the RV park in town but I heard the management prefers one spend the night to use their facility. These and other choices don’t appeal to me.
“Guess what, boys. We’re on the road today!”
I fly into action.
In town I load up on supplies and gas up the Perfect Tow Vehicle. I don’t bother to fill up water jugs at the park because I know we’ll have access to water at the next camp.
Back on the mesa I secure the inside of the BLT, take up the blue mats, ladder, chairs, table, etc. and put them in their places inside the PTV,
I hitch up, remove the wheel chocks, and away we go!
Hey, wait a minute! What about the waste tank?
Well, the new camp has a dump station!
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Las Vegas Bay Campground, Lake Mead Recreation Area
Only sixty miles or so to Las Vegas Bay from the mesa at Overton.
Upon entering the campground I stop at the pay station and pick up a pay envelope. The camping fee is $20 regular/$10 with senior discount.
I drive to the No Generator Section and choose a site.
I fill out the stub of the pay envelope and hang it from the campsite post. For good measure I set out a camp chair.
Then we return to the pay station and I deposit the envelope with cash inside (no checks allowed here). Next I park the PTV and BLT at the dump station and take care of that task.
“Now we can set up our home!”
Our site is one of the best at this campground.
I’ve used this campsite before. See post: “Return to Las Vegas Bay” — December 2016.
From our door we can see Lake Mead, or maybe more accurately, Pond Mead. (Las Vegas Bay doesn’t exist any more.)
I feel like relaxing but I know better than to try.
Reggie and Roger want to explore!
As we walk around the campground, I keep a tight rein on the crew.
Oleander bushes line the roads through the campground and also the perimeters of campsites, including our own. Oleander is poisonous to dogs. The danger is increased by the automatic sprinkler system that leaves puddles at the base of the bushes. This water can be toxic to dogs also.
Not a problem for Reggie because he won’t drink it.
He has to be very thirsty to drink water from a source other than his water dish. Roger, however, likes to sample water any time and wherever he finds it — streams, lakes, drainage ditches, dripping faucets, puddles, whatever.
For this reason we stay at Las Vegas Bay Campground for only one night.
NOTE: Read more about oleander at “Oleander” — Pet Poison Helpline.
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Oleander bush and eucalyptus tree. Oleander is in the fifth and sixth photos, too.
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