April 18, 2015

If You See A Tree...Chances You Are Not In Nevada

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with
Time In A Bottle-Jim Croce 1973

Leaving Oregon's Farewell Bend State Park, we began a non-eventful drive (boring, to the driver who was ready for a break) of almost 300 miles. There is a god though...for it mercifully ended with our arrival for the night at Winnemucca's New Frontier RV Park. Actually, the drive was fairly interesting to the co-pilot and she questioned my description of Winnemucca as heavenly. We both agreed that the stop for respite after many miles was indeed heavenly. As this park is relatively new, it was still immaculate...including the laundry, showers and community center. Super long pull throughs worked perfect for our early departure the next morning. But the best feature of this park is that right next door is Winger's Roadhouse Grill. The specialty at Winger's are CHICKEN WINGS...reputed to be awarded The Best Wings in America. We highly recommend the hand battered wings with the Sweet Red Chili Pepper Sauce. Soooooo Gooooood and huge! For those of you that are in the BlaNicS circle know that one of us is addicted to those tiny poultry appendages, heavenly and an eatery that would make any rv park great.

We have been looking forward to our next destination since we began this long trip. Many of our fellow bloggers have mentioned staying at Sportman's Beach at Walker Lake Recreational Area and most have been very positive. Campground offers great views, quiet and a mere $6.00 for the night. Well, those reviews were all true...Walker Lake is the beautiful turquoise jewel in the Great Basin of Western Nevada. Miles of remote desert landscape surround the lake with very limited flora...sand is what you see...sand is what you get. Only one other camper was at the lake, so our grade for isolation was high. Campsites are pretty nice...pull through, standing shelter, picnic table, fire pit and a vault toilet a short distance away. Great place to relax, veg, walk and shut down the mental hard drive. Our Weber Grill lost it's virginity this day...results were delicious!

The next day was CELEBRATION DAY. We were heading to Pahrump, Nevada to connect with our dear friends Dick and Melinda and Woody and Carol. They have been eagerly waiting for us to show up...what better entertainment in the middle of the day, than to watch us attempt a back in maneuver into a rv site. The park they chose for our reunion was Lakeside Casino and RV Park. We had some well needed time to catch up, wine taste, share adventures and enjoy some tasty "Woody" meals, 

And...we had some rest time. For after driving every day for a week, we welcomed a multi-day stay at this oasis in the desert to soak up some rays, roll in the grass and strengthen our 12 oz. bottle grip.

Our next stop..."dispersed camping" for a few days in the Mojave National Preserve at Kelso Dunes.

At Waypoint 36.132537°-115.958563°
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