Moving on – to Pahrump, NV

5/20/15 Wednesday in Pahrump, NV (Preferred RV Resort-ROD)

On our way by 9, but not without an adventure right off the bat. I’d finished going through my pre trip routine getting our car ready for towing. As I stood on the street to watch John try to move Miss Journey forward I saw things were locking up and realized I had left the car in Park. I’m supposed to let it run in Neutral for 3 minutes, but this time I was thinking I could keep my foot off the brake if I put it in Park. Our brake system went crazy and wouldn’t let the car brake loose for a while, but then it released. I then got the car back into Neutral, then got in the coach. As we were approaching the highway I mentioned that I’d left it in Park those 3 minutes and did it need to be in Neutral for the transmission fluid to be appropriately distributed. John spotted a pull out and stopped so I could let it run for 3 minutes in Neutral. That was a close one! As I got out of the car I saw a Road Runner watching us from a little bank just 3 yards away. Sweet. It was an omen, because the rest of the trip was smooth.

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 Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Nevada has great roads, from what we’ve seen! We took Hwy 163, US 95/I-515, I-215W, I-15S, Hwy 163 (Blue Memorial Hwy) to Pahrump. Thick traffic while on the edge of Las Vegas (the Interstates), but still very nice roads and signage. Hwy 163 was a good climb and Hwy 160 was even harder, we were in 3rd gear traveling in the 40’s. At least they have passing lanes.

Preferred RV Resort (ROD) is great. I love how you just turn right off Hwy 160 onto Hwy 372 and it’s right there, with a long wide space at the side of the road to park for registration. We got coupons towards the slots, food, a t-shirt, bingo, and bowling at the nearby casinos. They assign your site, which are all level, most are pull through, with some trees. We have great TV reception, cell phone (they offer free WiFi), FHU with free 50 amps. Good electricity. It was heaven to just roll onto a great site, set up, and eat lunch all within an hour. Later in the day a gentleman knocked at our door. He was the host for the campground, there to give us info on things to see and do, even places to eat. We talked for some time with him about Death Valley ideas and others that he recommended. He said if we had any questions, just look him up at his campsite. THAT was priceless!! Making one feel welcome and giving personal information. The bathrooms are pristine. They have a beautiful, large, warm pool and several water features. There’s a hot tub inside somewhere that we haven’t found yet. The weather is so much more pleasant here than at Bullhead City. The highs for today there were predicted at 91 degrees. Here it got to 79 degrees. Little wind. You can walk to the casinos and grocery store (Smith’s).

We took a walk around in the afternoon, then another in the evening. We walked to the nearest casino, catching sight of a beautiful sunset. Lovely end to a great travel day.

sunset

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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