We travelled south on “quiet” Hwy 93 in eastern Nevada where the landscape is mostly barren except for sporadic shrub land and the occasional grouping of windmills. We drove approximately 345 miles in just under 7 hours. We missed the entrance for The RV Park at Circus Circus and had to drive around the block. Check out the old sign.
Although we were parked in a parking lot, it was a full hookup. We also had access to the outdoor pool, which was just for the RV Park guests. It was perfect for doing laps, and most of the time we had the pool to ourselves. We also had access to the Casino, which we did walk through to get on the strip. We had no interest in gambling, but I did want to see the inside anyway. Once was enough because it was too dark and stunk of cigarette smoke. How can that possibly be legal?
I chose Las Vegas to celebrate my birthday. I wanted to enjoy some more summer-like weather, and I had never been to Las Vegas before. Well, I was in for a big surprise – triple digit weather numbers! This was not quite what I was hoping for. Yet, we made the most of it. We took a daytime drive down the strip to familiarize ourselves with the area. For you football fans out there, the Raiders moved from LA to Las Vegas, and their debut at their new home, Allegiate Stadium, was tonight’s Monday Night Football game. We saw a flyover of seven fighter jets just before game time.
The following morning we took at drive to the Hoover Dam and learned that it was completely closed to all visitors until further notice. So, we took the Lake Mead Parkway (Hwy 564) entrance into Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
“Lake Mead is a man-made lake that lies on the Colorado River, about 24 mi from the Las Vegas Strip, southeast of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona. It is the largest reservoir in the United States in terms of water capacity.” (Wikipedia)
There are several campgrounds (with and without hook ups), picnic areas (some with drinking water, but almost all with restrooms), and some easy and moderate hikes to enjoy. We drove to the Marina and then to Boulder Beach, which is on the western end of the lake. This is where we will launch our kayaks on Thursday.
We drove back to the strip and had lunch in France at Mon Ami Gabi. It sits opposite of The Bellagio Hotel, which is famous for its magnificent fountains. We parked on the rooftop of the Bellagio, and had to walk through the casino to get to the street. Bellagio was much cleaner than Circus Circus. Below is a picture taken on the ground floor near the lobby.
In case I never get to Paris, France, this picture of me standing in front of the Eiffel Tower will have to do. The fountains were not running, and we learned that they don’t go on until 3 p.m. We plan to drive by the night of my birthday. I must see them!
The next day the temperature hit 104 degrees! Even though they have low humidity, it was way too hot. Both Scott and I were taking daily swims in the pool as the water was very cool and refreshing. I am not quite sure how they do that, but I’m am glad they did. Besides swimming, it was a day to stay inside enjoying the A/C. I am happy to say that it works very well in our fifth wheel.
Thursday, September 24: My birthday!! My special day began with a drive to Boulder Beach at Lake Mead, kayak and paddle board in tow.
Scott parked at the water’s edge and set up a tarp to block out some sun.
The air temperature was already at three digits, but the water was delightfully refreshing. The views were great, too.
It took us just over two hours to get to the dam. We took turns alternating kayak and paddle board. Scott was on the board when we finally made it to the dam. You can see how low the water level is by looking at the white section on the surrounding rocks.
I was able to get my wish to see the Hoover Dam. Hopefully, we can come back here again some day and take the tour. I hear it is pretty amazing. It took us another two-plus hours of rowing and paddling to get back to the truck. The air temperature was over 100. We took a swim, rested for a bit, and then headed to I AM THAI CUISINE for lunch. Before my birthday, I had reached out on FaceBook asking for restaurant recommendations. There were quite a few, so we had to do some choosing. Because we had a dinner reservation in a few hours, we ordered some appetizers on line to hold us over since we had skipped lunch. When we arrived at the restaurant, our order wasn’t quite ready. Therefore, I was forced to enjoy a cold glass of white wine while we waited. Later, we enjoyed the best spaghetti “Agio E Olio” and meatballs on the planet at Ferraro’s.
After dinner, Scott drove down the strip again. It was already dark outside, but the lights of the city were everywhere. I took nine small video clips while narrating the sights. I couldn’t possibly bore any of you by posting them. Let’s just say that I was truly enjoying myself, singing “New York, New York” as we passed by. You can only imagine. Below are two nighttime photos of Circus Circus. Cute.
For those of you wondering what the fountain lights at The Bellagio Hotel look like, here is a photo from the internet. Bummer that we missed this in person.
Next stop, Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah.