Forgive the grainy photos please,yesterday was a busy day and by the time I got the camera out,it was getting dark.The photo above was taken just as it was getting dark,but with a little help from Picasa,was able to put some light and color to them.The next three photos were completely black before I worked them through the photo program.
Yesterday I had a 1 o'clock appointment at Camping World in Henderson,so gave myself 2 hours to travel the approximately 75 miles of windy twisty roads from the Lake Mead area here,down the I-15 for most of the distance,then into Vegas past the Nellis AF Base,and along Nellis Boulevard,then back up the Boulder Highway to Camping World.Pheuuuuuu! I hit most of the greens on Nellis,but Boulder highway’s lights got me into trouble.I now know just how good my Tundra’s brakes are,as I was distracted for a second and didn’t see the red light that I was approaching at a good clip.I don't know if it was just the hot pavement,but the screech was deafening as all 8 wheels ground to a halt just in front of the walk line.
I made it just 2 minutes under the wire to my appointed time,not that it mattered because they were running late.By 1:30 I drove the trailer into one of the large bays, and they had the awning off in minutes and on the floor,making the exchange to the new fabric.Two young Mexican Americans,who seemed to know what they were doing,had it all completed and reinstalled by 2:00.The total cost including renewing my membership for 2 years,was $330.A far cry from the $1500.this past June for the whole assembly. installed.I really expected to pay a lot more to get this mess resolved.So at least I got my awning back.Hoooray!
The drive back took only 1hour and 15 minutes as I took the Boulder Parkway,but I had to buy a $5.00 entry sticker for the park in order to go home that way.Its good for 5 days,so will use it today when I go back into town to get the Tundra serviced at the Toyota dealership.It was sure good to finally get back to camp yesterday and shed myself of the trailer,as it hasn’t been unhooked from the truck since leaving home.
Yesterday morning my next door neighbor,parked about 300 yards away,stopped by to say hello and fill me in on where to go for water and where to dump and get rid of the garbage.All things that are important to know when boondocking a strange area.You know,I’m getting to like this place,and I might stay awhile,at least until the temperatures here on the high desert start to cool down.I think Yuma would be just a little too hot right now.And I’m slowly recouping the awning cost because my camping fee’s so far and into the near future is 0.And like Al of The Bayfield Bunch says,I’m not an RV park kinda person.Boondocking the dusty desert isn't everybody’s cup of tea,but its mine.
One last point,take a look at friend kathy’s blog featuring my home area and all the eagles that are now arriving. http://birdingbyshantz.blogspot.com/ I’m getting homesick already.