We now live in Las Vegas in a 55 (OMG) community. Haven't decided if we'll leave to travel in the winter or summer during the high heat. But travel we will in our 29' Jayco Grayhawk Class C. We tow a Jeep Liberty named Willie. He is 11 years old.
So I will be sharing our daily doings here in Vegas and our adventures while on the road. Hope you enjoy tagging along with us.
Guess I should finish up this post and get it online. Mainly it is pictures of some of the murals out in the middle of no where just outside of Chloride, AZ. Here click here for some interesting information about the painter I'm glad I thought to change from sandals into tennis shoes for this adventure. To get some of the pictures had to go through some rough ground. And all the time I was wondering about snakes. Especially snakes that like to sun on rocks. Didn't see or hear any though. These murals are really big. You can kind of get an idea by checking out the size of them compared to the Jeep.
It was a perfect day to go there and the sun was in just the right place to help me get good pictures. Very interesting subject matters. A mining sight.
The big red snakes was coiling around several different rocks/boulders.
A closer look at the big red snake
I never did get a really good picture of her. Would have to climb a big rock to get to her.
Remember these were originally painted in 1966 and redone in 2006.
A bird's claw
Buildings and sage brush under the claw. This whole rock is painted pink.
This one was way up on top of the hill. His signature I guess.
I'm still sorting out pictures, probably will post some more of them later. Some idiot is posting in the comment section so I'm going to see if I can keep him from posting by monitoring the comments. Please don't let that stop you from comments - I really really enjoy some one besides me reads this! And enjoys seeing where we've been. UGH - we are getting a new AC and furnace...
Friday was going to be a nice day - not too hot and no winds so we decided to go to Chloride to see the murals. About a 30 mile drive from the campground.
Off of the 93 on to the road to Chloride. Chloride was a mining town in the late 1800's. More than 50 mines operated around the small town of Chloride producing gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc. this dusty town was once bustling and 2,000 people once called this tiny town home. Today around 250 residents call Chloride home. The town is considered Arizona's oldest continuously inhabited mining town.
Just before entering the town. A fence made of rusted junk. It was interesting to see.
More of the fence, kind of set the tone of what the town was about.
Old building and sign.
We were here to go see the Murals of Chloride. Done in 1966 by Roy Purcell who was a local prospector with time on his hands. Called "The Journey" they cover over 2,000 square feet of cliffside granite. They are dense in symbolism, featuring a yin yang, a fertility goddess and a big red snake that spans multiple rocks. The Chloride Murals were restored from their 1960's condition in 2006 by the same artist, now widely known for his western etchings and other art which he refined while working as a curator for the Southern Nevada Museum in Henderson, Nevada To get there we had to drive about 3 1/2 miles of dirt road. Glad the Jeep is a high clearance vehicle. And luckily there were signs pointing the direction to follow.
Another branch of the road and another arrow pointing the way.
One of the better parts of the road.
At one point there was a fork in the road with no arrows pointing the way. The yellow square is where the murals are. The town is on the far left of the picture. The green line follows, kind of, the dirt road. The fork that wasn't marked started at the red line. We took the red line for a ways before realizing we shouldn't be on that road even in the Jeep. Luckily There was a wide spot where Bill could turn around. I really have to thank him for all the driving he did on this trip. Just so I could take pictures to share.
So here are a couple of dash cam videos. Each part is about five minutes long. Part 1 is up to the fork. To watch it full screen click here.
Driving to see the Murals in Chloride Part 1 - YouTube
So many flowers were blooming in the desert.
In the previous picture see the thing on the rock on the horizon. This is what it is. Natural or??
Just more plants
And here we are going up the WRONG road until we could turn around. Then back to the right road and finding the murals. Again to see it full screen click here.
Driving to see the Murals in Chloride Part 2 - YouTube
And we were there!
Just a teaser. These rock are huge. Can't imagine how he got them painted.
Next blog will be about the murals. Today the high here in Vegas will only be 66 so I am going to bake some bread. Last night I made corned beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Delicious - and was great to have a "real" meal.
Well the weather won. When today dawned clear and sunny we hit the road for home. Listening to the news from Vegas this morning the weather person mentioned it was snowing on Mt. Charleston but it would clear up for the day and even the winds would be down. BUT tomorrow and until Thursday it would be cold and nasty again. And the weather in Vegas [high of 66!] is about the same as where we were. Not fun. Yesterday in the RV park in Golden Valley. Just plain icky and cold. Home sounded good to us.
Nice weather when we left. We filled up with cheaper Arizona gasoline at $3.25 - it is up over 3.50 in Vegas. Got on the highway about 9:30. We headed west towards Laughlin and the 95 home. Bill says he refuses to drive on the 93 again until it is repaved. Lots of colorful scenery. Please excuse the dirty windshield.
You can see a long ways from parts of this highway 68.
Way in the distance is Laughlin.
Glad we aren't going that way. A heavy rain storm out in the desert.
Crossing the Colorado river from Arizona to Nevada.
What the heck what is this? The sun is shining and it is raining. Didn't last long, just enough to really dirty up the windshield.
Another storm out in the desert. Again east of where we were going. Thank goodness.
On the 95 almost to Vegas. Surprising how green and clear everything is. Really pretty.
We got home about 11:45 and by 1:00 the RV was back in storage. We didn't take much with us this time. We will be planning another short trip soon. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us next time. Really enjoyed out two excursions though. Here is part of Route 66 heading to Oatman. If you click on this link you can watch it full screen. But be careful, watching it almost made me car sick.
Route 66 from KIngman to Oatman, AZ - YouTube
Just wanted to get this done so everyone would know we were home. Tomorrow I'll work on the pictures from Chloride. What a fun day that was. And an even more adventurous road trip.
I've got some great video footage of Route 66 on the way to Oatman. But don't have a good enough Internet connection to upload them. Our Verizon MiFi is working fine but we don't have unlimited data so don't want to gobble it up. Post them when we get home. Our carefully planned short vacation is changing daily. I figured that if we took this trip the last couple of weeks of May the weather would be perfect - not too hot yet. Well I got that part right. It is down in the high 40's at night here in Golden Valley, the wind has been blowing non stop and it started raining last night. With rain on and off until Wednesday. We at least got in our ride to Oatman and visit to Chloride to see the murals. But I wanted to take Route 66 from Kingman to Seligman and stay there overnight.
Then on to Williams AZ and then down to just south of Sedona. For the next few days rain! Williams is going down to 29 at night with rain/snow in the forecast. Highs in the lo 50's. So I managed to get our reservation at 1000 Trails by Camp Verde changed to a few days later when it is warming up some. But that leaves us with a couple of days between now and then that we're not sure what we will do. Another storm is heading this way on Wednesday! Going home is sounding better and better. Pretty much made up or minds, heading home tomorrow. But back to Oatman- On one of the restaurants there.
Just a shot of a building and the mountains and sky
Some info about Oatman's burros
And look who we finally found. There are four of them eating some hay behind one of the buildings.
And this guy trying to eat an old pair of pants.
And these guys were heading up the road towards town. Causing a traffic jam.
You could go into this "mine" Don't know what was in there as being underground isn't my thing.
Now this is me.
They finally made their way up the road and into town.
Just wandering around ignoring everything and every one.
We left Oatman and drove home a different way. West towards the river and up through Bullhead City and back east over the 68
Heading out of Oatman. Guess the burro was wondering what was going on.
Just taking a stroll. Not in a hurry to get out of the way.
Us pulling over to say HI
Checking to see if we had anything good in the car.
Almost to the campground. This road over the mountains was wide and easy to drive. It was a fun day.
We did have another nice day and we went to Chloride to see the murals. Will post about the murals and the town next. Interesting little place. Tomorrow will be posting from home.
Friday was a great day. Had nothing to do with Oatman. Weather was perfect, low 70's and best of all NO WIND! So we went to Chloride and saw the murals out in the middle of no where and Bill got some wood for his hobbies But back to our Oatman trip. We have cleared the summet and are starting down the mountain. Notice the curb at the edge of the drop.
Talk about You can see forever."
we aren't done with the sharp curves yet. I enjoyed going up more then the going down.
Now the other way.
Only 2.2 miles to town. But still more curves to make.
A few more curves to go around. And views to enjoy.
And here we are in Oatman. We got there kind of early so not many people walking around.
Lots of old looking buildings. Lots of stuff for sale.
And a lot of references to the burros who hang around the town.
We were told there are 23 who come to town all the time, they all have names. But 2 of them haven't been seen the last couple of months. We hadn't seen any yet.
The famous Oatman Hotel. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were married in KIngman and then spent their wedding night in this hotel. More on that later.
The restaurant attached to the hotel. Looking in through the windows. Yes those are all dollar bills - real ones. Cute sign - Interesting choice of name.
Another old looking building. Wooden sidewalks.
Lots of tourist stuff for sale.
A candy store
PJ's with burros on them for sale. Looked comfortable.
One person's opinion.
An empty coffin. Just waiting for someone to get in it.
So back to the Oatman Hotel.
Some information about it.
The stairs leading to the rooms on the second floor. Yes that is real money.
THEIR ROOM - Kind of wonder why when they could have stayed anywhere. Had to take the picture through a glass window.
Then we decided to eat in the restaurant. It is an amazing place. And the food and service was good. Yes those are all real dollar bills with some bills from other countries here and there.
The waitress told us guys stand on each others shoulders to staple the bills to the ceiling.
So I'm going to stop here again and finish this tomorrow.
Our plans have changed so we will be spending a couple more days in Golden Valley. The weather in northern Arizona is going to be terrible for a few days. Down to 29 degrees at night a possibility of snow, for sure rain. Don't want to be on the road in that.
Weather remains cold at night and cooler than usual during the day. But that is fine with me. Today there are no clouds and so far this morning no wind. So we will be out and about again. Yesterday was overcast and windy but we took a road trip anyway. We are at the red dot on the map. I had read about the drive on Route 66 to Oatman from Kingman and it sounded neat. So that is what we did. I am glad we did it in the Jeep. 66 was a very narrow highway. Very scenic drive to Oatman. Leaving Oatman we came back through Bullhead City. Whole trip was about 75 miles. Took 295 pictures and have some great Dash Cam videos of the road. But they will have to wait until I good a good Internet connection - probably when we get home.
We took a couple of back roads from the RV park to the actual Route 66. Just getting on it here. The logo says 66 but couldn't get a good pic of it over the hood of the moving car.
Oatman 22 miles
The wind continues to blow hard.
We will eventually go over and through those mountains. The interesting part of the road.
Cool Springs Service Station was built in the 1920s and eventually had a cafe, a bar, and cabins. But Route 66 was bypassed in 1953, and the station was abandoned in 1964. Cool Springs may look like a gas station, but it only sells snacks and Route 66 souvenirs. Cool Springs Service Station had been a ruin -- nothing more than a blackened pile of rocks -- until 2001. That's when Ned Leuchtner, a real estate agent from Chicago, bought it and began its careful restoration, based on vintage photographs. The work was completed at the end of 2004.
Starting up into the mountains. Feels like the highway got narrower from here on.
A "kind of" guard rail. Mostly there wasn't even this.
I'm glad there wasn't much traffic on this road. We only saw a few other cars.
The scenery was amazing. Especially this year with everything so green and so many flowers blooming.
Many different colors in the rocks.
A look at our GPS. Where it says Oatman it just is identifying the highway. See the almost figure 8 turn by the arrow.
Many many years [sometime in the 50's] ago my aunt and uncle and their five kids and a dog drove this highway to Los Angeles from Jamestown, NY. They had the old burlap bag of water on the front of the car. I remember them talking about what a hard trip it was. Just came around anther "U-turn".
And still more, going up and over.
The road goes over the drainage pipe.
Can you imagine doing this trip in the summer heat in a vehicle with no AC? They were better people then me.
I was taking these pictures out of my side window. Bill's side was mostly straight up.
We reached the summit.
What a view!
And there goes the road.
Just a really short video I took with my camera.
We are getting ready to go to Chloride so will finish trip later - it probably will take a couple more posts.
We are spending a couple of days just north of Kingman, AZ.
Why? Well mainly because I want to go to Oatman and Chloride and explore the old Route 66 in Kingman. This is part of a mural inside of Calico's Restaurant.
Kingman is in the middle of the longest stretch of Route 66 - a total of 157 miles. This part through town has a lot of interesting buildings and murals. And museums. This is on the side of the Mohave Museum of History and Arts.
Along Andy Devine Ave - Route 66
Lots of interesting old buildings.
Historic downtown Kingman has more than 40 sights and buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Catholic Church and Bakery. As you can see it was an overcast day which doesn't make for the best pictures. Also the wind continued to blow.
On a building on a side street. Reminds me of our car.
An old garage.
This is/was a restaurant. The whole building was a mural. An old gasoline pump next to it.
This motel had a bunch of small murals. Didn't get all of them.
Still at the motel.
Nothing to do with 66 but I liked it.
Lots of patriotic murals along the road.
A history of the area. In 1857 Lt. Beale surveyed and built the first Federally funded wagon road across northern Arizona. The survey incorporated an experiment using 25 camels. Route 66 mostly follows this wagon trail. In 1926 the highway paralleling the railroad through Kingman was officially certified US Highway 66 Kingman is the Turquoise Capitol of the World, one of the largest suppliers of turquoise is sourced out of a mountain just northwest of town. The wind is still blowing but this morning we took old 66 across the desert and mountains to Oatman,
We are rocking and rolling. Hope I don't get sea sick!. Wouldn't you know I'd pick a windy and probably a wet weekend to take the RV out. I'm hoping the rain is not bad so we can get out and do what we'd planned on doing.
The wind started up just about the time we got to Lake Mead, just south/east of Vegas. One of the overpasses on the new Boulder bypass.
Said on the news the other day that the lake is up 15 feet from a couple of years ago. And this years snow pack hasn't melted yet. So it should go up more.
We were not going to argue with this sign. Not the way we were getting blown around. This is going over the bridge by Boulder Dam going into Arizona.
And it blew all the way here. Here being just north of Kingman on the road to Bullhead City. I thought it would be a central location. Want to go spend some time in Coloride and Oatman. But if it rains... And thought it would be fun for Bill's drones. Well not with this wind it won't. We put some gasoline in the RV [at $3.40 a gallon] and were on the road by 9:00, 102 miles later at 11:30 we got to the Tradewinds RV in Golden Valley. Passport America for three nights about $18 a night. Will keep my thoughts about the park to myself until tomorrow. Nice big pull throughs and pretty level. All utilities.
There are several RV parks in this area BUT no restaurants. Closest is in Kingman! Or Bullhead. And we left most of the food at home. Did bring bread though. Here is our new toaster/toaster oven. All in one. Took us a while to figure out how to use it. Of course the instructions got thrown out with the box. You can see the oven part - the toaster part is on the top. Works pretty good. And it is maroon and matches the coffee pot and the color scheme in the RV, La de da! [the blue spot is a reflection.]
On the Internet Bill discovered that there is a place here that sells exotic wood. So that is another reason we are here. We took the Jeep and went to check out the wood seller - only open Fri-Sat-Sun. Good thing we will still be here. Then we headed into Kingman to eat and sight see Route 66.
Good meal in Calico's - Bill had salad with grilled chicken and I had liver and onions. Very good. Then we drove down old 66. Took lots of pictures, will sort them later. It is now 6:00 p.m. and the wind has let up a little. Hoping we can get a start tomorrow a.m. before the rain. I am still coughing and sneezing from that damn flu.
Sign of the times. Saw this billboard when we were out the other day. Guess you can get anything online now days.
Bill gets bored when he doesn't have anything to do. So I mentioned his carving tools. Why don't you start using your carving things again? So he brought this set up into the house. And got it all ready to use. We even had some wood plaques that we got a long time ago. So he was working on a carving of Monument Valley. Hum there was sawdust all over.
I didn't think we had quite so many. I'm pretty sure some of them are new.
So, of course, needed a vacuum to sweep it up. Amazon is amazing. Next day delivery!
And each day something new showed up. The first thing was this saw so he could cut out part of the wood.
And then this.
Looks like something else came.
Now there were three.
And what is this? A router.
Of course it needs a stand. So he is building one. Check out the smile.
On its stand. Now he has a complete wood shop so he can do whatever he wants - hobby wise.
In Indiana he had the whole garage set up as a wood shop - but with professional grade tools.
A place for everything.
The only problem is everything is in the garage where it gets very hot during the summer. We are planning on a short trip to see some things in Arizona. Hoping it doesn't get too hot. So next time I write it will be from Arizona.
Amazing, we are both finally feeling normal. Both getting back our get up and something. This morning Bill cleaned the whole garage. And I actually did some cleaning inside. Spring here in Vegas is a great time of year. We have had winds, rain, with more on the way, heat - up to mid 90's and tomorrow it will be in the low 70's. The rain has leaned the dust off all the plants and they love it. The sun has encouraged them to grow and flower. The Palo Verde, who bloomed beautifully, is losing its flowers due to the strong winds we've been having. Makes the ground beneath it look like it is glowing.
The Oleander Bill rescued from someone trash took root, made it through the winter and is growing and blooming like crazy.
Can tell Bill is feeling better. He got some bird houses to paint and put them up out back. Don't know if they will ever get used as there aren't many birds in our area. Except the humming birds and pigeons.
Maybe the hummingbirds will make them home.
Another larger one on the shed.
He also took one of his drones out for a while. Right above the house, but what a view. Did a 360 at 400 feet. Can see the whole valley. Up into the air then shifting to the south and then east. Over The Wetlands. And looking towards the mountains between us and Lake Mead. Then on around north again over the homes. Way in the background you can see downtown and the strip. Going up to 400 feet. That is as high as it is legal to fly them. And the program lets you know how high you are. Back around over The Wetlands.
Arial view of Las Vegas East - YouTube
To watch it larger click here. At noon today is an important soccer game. And then at 4:00 I have a doctor's appointment. This is the doctor who is 20 miles away on the other side of town! Sure hope they can figure out how to get rid of this infection. After that we will be staying on the far side of town going out to dinner so hopefully the traffic won't be so bad on our way home.