Hello from Las Vegas, NV

Hello from Las Vegas, NV

Drafted:  Saturday afternoon  – November 16, 2019   (Third post of this travelogue)

Posted:  Sunday evening 11/17/19

We are at the Bally’s in Las Vegas  (link to Google Map)

Bally’s is headquarters for Pat’s Stampin’ Up! event.  Obviously this is the “justification” for the trip.  We have a great room and the facility is very nice even though it is a fairly old facility. 

It used to be that Las Vegas was a fairly economical place to visit (a LONG time ago).  Now, it is quite expensive.  The rooms rates are well over $150 on the weekends, the parking costs $15 per day and there is no provision for morning coffee except at restaurants and coffee shops ($8 this morning).  There is a food court here where things like hamburgers are available – but at inflated prices.  Most of the restaurants are very expensive.

Our stay in Pahrump brought back lots of memories.  On Monday we toured Shoshone (does not take long {grin}).  It has not changed much since our last visit.  The campground is still there and still a bit primitive, but appears to be well kept.  Still no cell phone signal anywhere in the area.

Shoshone Camp Ground

Shoshone Campground

We then drove to China Ranch.  This “ranch” is right in the middle of a Mojave Desert and yet it is an amazing oasis (link to website).  At one time it was a ranch with chickens (and one source said a few pigs and cows) that supplied the Borax miners in the Death Valley area.  Since 1920 it has been a date farm with perhaps 100 date palms of many different varieties.  Indeed, they sell palms for landscaping to contractors.  Of course we had to have the traditional date shakes.

 

 

Arial View of China Ranch

Arial View of China Ranch

Date Delivery Truck

Date Delivery Truck

 

The weather continues to be fantastic.  Some days we could see and smell the smoke from the California fires.  Here in Las Vegas it is clear and low 80s during the day.  I took a quick peak at the weather for our trip home and it looks like we could see a little bit of snow.

For this trip we rented a Mazda CX5 AWD car.  It has been fun to drive and gets good mileage (around 30 MPG).  It has a little four cylinder engine, but the turbo makes it perform very well.

Tuesday we spent touring Death Valley.  That will be the subject of the next post.

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