I landed in Cal Nev Ari, between Vegas and Laughlin. It snowed all day New Year’s Eve, but sunny and melting on New Year’s day. Didn’t want to boondock at the lake or in a casino parking lot in a below freezing snow storm. It’s nice here, Toto gets to run!
First time this has happened! He nevers likes it when I leave him alone, but he never freaked out before. He has barking and scratching at the windows. Maybe it was because we had just arrived there, and he was still acclimating, but I had to go into the casino to check in without him.
I’m using the Thousand Trails Zone Camping Pass I got over the summer in Tahoe. This is a very nice park, super nice staff, secure and pleasant, neighbors OK. I guess compared to some cities, Vegas is nice, but it does have a pretty wide grunge zone, and I would prefer to be out in the boonies, or a nice small town.
I stayed at an RV park, but this Walmart on the east side of Boulder Highway, across from Sam’s Town, seems OK for overnight parking. I wouldn’t stay for more than a night. FYI, the Walmart on the downtown stretch of Boulder Highway is potentially dangerous. The far east and far west sides of Las Vegas are the safest areas.
Doing a few video clips of inside the caves at Cathedral Gorge, Nevada State Park, as well as some video of the dramatic hills. Trying to use a tripod and motorized pan head inside those narrow caves was pretty much not work, resorted to hand panning.
I must have missed the email saying Millenicom was cancelling all the accounts because Verizon did not want to work with 3rd parties. It worked out, Verizon was having a sale on GBs, so I have 30 GBs for $40 more. Echo Canyon is beautiful, you could do some exploring here! Spring Valley campground is also about 10 miles away, but has no cell or wifi at all.
We checked out Spring Valley State Park, but stayed in Pioche, the RV park there is actually cheaper, and it has full hook ups and wifi. No Wifi or cell service at all up here, but the RV spaces are nice, as well as the landscape. Nevada state parks are generally $17 for nonresidents, $15 for residents, and a little more if there are hook ups. Toto needs to burn off some energy, and he is making himself a difficult dog on this trip!
I went on the cave tour for $10. A prospector named Lehman settled in the area; he decided it was more profitable to start a ranch, and sell food to the other miners. There are still some fruit trees planted by Mr. Lehman at the visitor center, and you’re free to pick any fruit. Anyways, Lehman one day stumbled upon the entrance to this cave, and being a miner, he was definitely equipped to explore it. He charged $1 to go down with a candle, and if you didn’t re-emerge after 24 hours, …
There are 3-4 campgrounds at Great Basin National Park, but I think only 3 spaces in the whole place are big enough for more than a van or truck camper. Most of the campsites are narrow, sheer drop offs on the sides, and some, they put posts around, to make it that much harder to back in. No wonder everyone is down at the RV Park in Baker! They are currently doing some remodeling and road work, but I don’t foresee the forest service making the campsites more RV friendly. The park is …
Some locals tell me, this town used to be more booming before they created Great Basin National Park in 1986. When they created the park, they blocked off a lot of roads, so now you have to hike in like 20 miles to get to the cool spots. The hunting and fishing also died off. Not much left except scenery. Need to drive to Ely for any real groceries.
I broke my own rules, and didn’t pre-scout the location! Strawberry Creek is only appropriate for vans and truck campers, maybe a 20′ Class C, but not for any average motorhome. Mine is 26′, which is considered on the small side, and I almost thought I was going to get stuck! NO room to turn around.
Let’s drive around and take a look at Ely, NV. At the crossroads of US 50 and 93, and near Great Basin National Park, and several Nevada state parks. This is the last place to buy groceries and stuff for at least 100 miles.