To say this week has flown by will make it sound like we were up and at it every day, going places and seeing things. But no – we did get up every day, and we did meander a bit, but otherwise when you are in an extended break away from home, things go a bit slower. It takes time to find the rhythm of slowing down and enjoying what’s around you.
So that is what we did this week. Along the way we enjoyed some spectacular sights and a few hikes, walks and stops for an ice cream or beer.
It was a relatively short jaunt from Saint Georg’s to Stewart's Point, on Lake Mead. It is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. If you are looking for us on a map, you need to locate Overton, NV. Tuesday was spent catching up on news with Ivan, the winter traveller. This is a gorgeous spot to camp in, and Don and I are quite good at dry camping, or boon docking as it is called here. Although we don’t have elaborate charging devices as we typically don’t do this a lot, we are able to sustain our battery and water supply for a week. After some initial struggles with batteries last year, the new ones are at top performance, and our water supply has never been an issue. Showers, dish washing, etc. has never ran us dry. I always say it is because when I was growing up I had to carry water from the well. Trust me – that teaches conservation!
Wednesday it was time to do some exploring, and we drove off to see what trails we could find within the park. We stopped at Redstone picnic area, and explored the trails there. We also drove to see Echo Beach, another marina area in the park. Every day has been around 30 above, so that limits us Canadians as to how much time we spend outdoors walking in the sun versus sitting in the shade practicing beverage tasting.
Thursday as we were getting our thoughts together for the day, someone said Vegas. I am one to jump at that word and embrace it. Visions of the outlet mall immediately formed in my head, and this story is called Driving Miss Donna! Vegas is about an hour from our area, so off we went. The outlet mall didn’t have a lot going on, although it was busy. A few quick stops at my favourite stores, a new Fossil watch (haven’t worn a watch in years, but this one is so cute) and off to Costco we headed. Can never pass up a chance to shop at Costco, cheap liquor and all. The samples were also above average this visit, as was the price of wine.
Friday I was in withdrawal from fast internet, so we headed to Overton MacDonald's to catch up, and maybe have some ice cream. Alas, their internet was not working, so we had to visit the official ice cream store, which advertised internet. At a 15 minute limit and slow feeds, it was rather bleak. Oh well.
Our last official day at Stewart’s Point, we decided to drive some of the roads around the area, and see if there were any other choice boon docking sites. Along the way we stopped at a “unique” rock garden that someone built somewhere at some time. Ha ha. There are a few photos below and all I can say is bizarre, but in it’s own way cute… We also drove in to check out Callville Bay Resort and Marina. The view was great, and the beer and wings in the lounge even better!
So today we leave Stewart's Point for another year, and head to another favourite destination – Laughlin. We will be there for a week, and I shall report back on our activities as the week nears an end. As a teaser I will tell you we are going to a concert in Las Vegas on Saturday night!
Just a note for anyone who blogs, uses Live Writer, etc. - This year I printed our blog into a hardcover book for Don, and any Windows Live Photo albums printed as a shuffle, not showing the full photo. So I blog in Live Writer as we travel, then add the photos in blogger. I would appreciate any other ways bring identified.
Also - it appears the reason my photos have trouble loading is the fine pixation of them, so after saving them to a more froendly web version all went well. I assume that is caused by having a Nikon professioal camera?
In order of the photos - a rock garden, a rock arch, cactus, and more rock - there's a theme happening!