Well we have been on the road for a week now and it feels great!
As expected we left home at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday. As I had noted before, the roads and weather south weren’t behaving and we were anxious to get through and see what was up. We had a long wait at the border. There was only a few vehicles in the line up but they were all taking a lot of time. However, our turn was painlessly easy, hardly and questions and we were off in a couple of minutes. We are pretty easy customers now as we don’t take any food, Don doesn’t even smoke cigars anymore, etc.
Our goal for the day was Idaho Falls and we did make it. Overall it was uneventful but we certainly were surprised at the blowing snow and amount of snow north of Butte. It was very clear where Ken and Brenda had their stopover. We did face a few miles of blowing icy snow on the highway that caused a few white knuckles, but once through that all was well.
Our usual spot at Walmart was open, and we opened up the trailer, put on the heat, and visited Famous Dave’s for dinner. (And that’s how we ended up addicted to Famous Dave’s pickles)
The second day was uneventful, short and sunny. We landed at Sand Hollow State Park where we hooked up to services, flushed all the tanks and got ready for serious RV action.
A trip to AT&T for Don’s phone, a stop at Costco and Walmart for groceries, and we were ready to officially start the holiday. It is always a decision – to stay one night and feel a bit rushed, or two and feel anxious to leave. We paid for two nights so we wouldn’t rush out too fast. It was a good choice, as we didn’t do a great job of inventorying our food needs, and made a couple more visits to the retails. And also we had some phone plan issues and revisited AT&T. As always we still struggle with the perfect phone plans, balancing between sufficient data to support our online browsing as well as work requirements, and not paying through the nose. Telus has a pretty good roaming price – for $7 a day you can use your number and keep the same plan. It maxes out at $100, but still when added to the cost of the plan you already have that is $200. Of course it is nice to have the same number, but that is quite a high expense. This year I decided to use Roam Mobility and put my Telus number on vacation disconnect. Roam is unlimited calling and texting to and from Canada 4G data for $159 Canadian for 3 months. The vacation disconnect is $30 monthly. So my total cost for 2 months is $219. Don is using AT&T. As he has no contract his vacation disconnect is only $10 a month, AT&T is $60 US a month for the same phone usage as mine, but 8G of data. His total cost will be approx. $180 for 2 months. Of course all plans have to have a snag at one time or another. It turns out that the AT&T plan does not allow to hotspot on a Windows or Android device. ARGH So we switched SIM cards, Don is with Roam and I am with AT&T.
And that brings us to where we are today. Stewarts Point near Overton, NV. Always a favorite place, it allows easy trips into Las Vegas, beautiful scenery, access to Overton McDonalds for WIFI, etc. It has been very windy, actually wind warnings, but that hasn’t lessened the enjoyment of this amazing place.
We checked out the hot springs near, visited Las Vegas, and took a long walk around Lake Mead which for some reason we had not done before. Tonight we are going back into Vegas for the infamous Freemont Street seafood buffet, and the light show. We can’t miss that traditional opportunity.
Tomorrow we are headed to. Nope not going to tell!