Saturday, February 7, 2015

Las Vegas R V Resort

We arrived here on Jan. 29 for 3 nights.  We stayed here last year and it is a nice park.  I would guess that 75% of this park is full time residents which is not a problem as the park was kept very clean.  We had a level cement pad with full hookups and 50 amp electric.  They have two small fenced dog runs which are well used as there is virtually no grass in this park except a little patch near the clubhouse.  Buddy did not even want to enter the dog area as the smell was probably too strong for him.  I think they need to water the stones down really good in there.  The park is a short drive to the Las Vegas strip and all the casino's.  We paid $29 per night.  I rate this park P****.
We took a day trip to Lake Mead which is very low because of the drought.  We could not find a place deep enough for Buddy to go for a swim.  We also visited Barbara and Bill, fellow postal retiree's who now live in the Vegas area.  We also snapped a few photo's inside the Encore casino lobby.  It seems like they have a rose parade of their own as these decorations are covered with flowers.

Lost Dutchman State Park

We stayed here January 25, 2015 for 4 nights.  We had a long 100 foot pull through paved asphalt site with 50 amp electric and water.  There is a dump station in the park, and there are also dry camping spots.  My only gripe is they placed the electrical and water on the wrong side and I had to run my water and electrical cords under the motorhome in order to have door facing picnic table and fire pit.  Other than that, this is a wonderful park with natural desert landscaping throughout the park.  A beautiful view of Superstition Mountain with trails leading to the mountain.  We paid $30 per night plus $5 reservation fee and you can also dry camp for $20 per night.  The campground was full every night so reservations are recommended.  We had a huge coyote prance 50 feet behind our site at dusk one night and he was as big as Buddy.  I rate this park F****.
We stay here to visit our relatives Stan, Jo, Kathleen, Arlie, & Greg.  This campground is located on Apache Trail and just across the street a Gold Mine attraction with tours of the old gold mine on a train along with a bar, restaurants and several shops.  There was a country singer Paula Williams who was very good and did a great job of yodeling.  Aggie purchased one of her CD's.  We also took Buddy for a ride to Canyon Lake where he was able to go for a much need bath in the lake after 10 days in the desert.  I was able to snag a new cowboy hat, Yeehaaaaa.

Quartzsite 2015

This is our 4th year meeting up with the IRV2 Monaco group.  We stayed 6 days as that is as long as our holding tanks last when dry camping.  It has been in the same location for the last 4 years and I have posts here from past years.  Nothing much to write about here except a GREAT group of people who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences with their motorhomes.  Here are a few pics of the group at Silly Al's Pizza.

Blythe Bluegrass Festival

We arrived here in Blythe, California on January 15 for a Bluegrass Festival which starts on the 16 for 3 nights.  We have never been to one of these venues in the past, so I thought it would be interesting.  Blythe borders the Colorado river which serves as the dividing line between California and Arizona.  It also separates time zones from pacific to mountain time zone.  As it turns out, I was not too excited with the music which seemed very repetitious to me and after two sets, I had enough. The average age at this venue was 65 so the music started 10AM and ended around 4PM.  Many campers would congregate around their campsites singing and playing their music into the wee hours.  There were about 12 different bands playing and most played two sets as they had two stages located at this fairground location which also serves as a race track.
We arrived around 4PM and noticed that our refrigerator was not working.  It turned out to be the Norcold recalled overtemp sensor was defective again for the second time.  Fortunately, there was a RV service center close by who actually had the recalled part in stock.  We ended up putting 20 pounds of block ice in the fridge until the service tech came out to bypass the defective unit.  They could not replace without permission of Norcold on Monday.  It was covered under warranty.
We camped in the overflow area which was a little farther from the venue than the other campers, but worked well for us as we had all kinds of room to ourselves.  The other campers were packed in like sardines.  I don't think we will be returning since it is not my cup of tea, but we had to do it once and the cost was very reasonable at $140 for 4 nights dry camping and 3 days of music for 2 people.