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VALLEY OF FIRE, NEVADA

For our last full day (Saturday) at Lake Mead we thought it would be fitting to drive into Vegas (Baby!) and see the sights. We had it all planned: we would wait until about 7PM and have a cup of coffee (to keep us from falling asleep on the sidewalk in front of the Bellagio) and then drive the 30 miles to the Strip where we would people watch and maybe duck into a few casinos. Well, come 7PM we were sitting in our LaFumas under the the trailer awning at the campground. We looked at each other and said, simultaneously “Do you feel like going to Vegas, Baby?”

“Not really” was our simultaneous response.

You see, we have developed such a comfortable routine where we eat our supper, do our crosswords, sit out under the stars for a while and then go back inside and watch the next installment of Mad Men or Downton Abbey or Rome (currently) on DVD. It works so well we didn’t want to make an exception – even for Vegas.

Sunday morning we made it all of 50 miles north to Valley of Fire State Park and found a great camp site amongst the sandstone grottos (above.) We planned to stay a few days but a horrendous wind storm came up in the night. It was so bad that all the other campers had packed up in the night and skeedaddled. We were the only ones left at dawn! Then the rain started and we said what are we staying here for? so we left.

I was digging it for the first fifty miles because we had a modest tailwind which = about 15 mpg but then the wind shifted to a headwind which = about 6 mpg which = about $1/mile which really bummed me out. Mary often derides my obsession with fuel milage but looking at the mpg display today even she felt the pain so when we passed this nice little lake, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, she was all for stopping. So that’s where we are.

I’m seriously thinking about fabricating an aerodynamic rear end for this trailer in hopes that I can improve mpg. The next big thing from Carlsen Laboratories?

We took a walk around the lake and I was able to identify a kingfisher, western grebe, coot, cliff swallow and red-tailed hawk.

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