Yes, it has been an incredibly busy month of October and promises to continue to be such for us. We can’t start this entry without thanking everyone for the positive response to our videos. We had no idea they would be such a hit! Look for a video update from us each Sunday and Wednesday. We will do our best to stick to a post each of those days and already have enough to keep us going for a few weeks. Please subscribe to our channel on YouTube to stay up to date on the videos. Sherry and Sean’s YouTube Channel We will try to answer questions that have come our way, especially about cooking and life in general in the RV. Now, on to the blog:
We left Mesquite, Nevada and drove a few hours to get to a camp sight on Lake Mead. The drive was pleasantly uneventful other than some rough roads and traffic through Las Vegas. Yes, there were some shorter routes for us to take, but we decided to stick to interstates and keep it simple.
When we arrived at our spot on Lake Mead, we quickly set up, walked the pups and took off for Hoover Dam. Sean had last visited the area with his grandparents back in the 70’s. He commented several times how amazed he was at the low water level. We knew how tough the drought conditions were, but the sight of the water line marks on the lakes edge and the actual water line were stunning.
Since we only had a day, we tried to make the most of our time. We started off by heading to the dam and, after passing through a security checkpoint, we stopped at an area were we could take a foot tour up to the new Tillman Bridge and across the bridge to get a bird’s eye view of the dam. The bridge and dam are both amazing feats of engineering. Sean remembered taking a tour of the inside of the dam and learning that so much concrete was poured in such a short time that cooling pipes had to be run through the dam to aid in the curing of the cement. Otherwise, it would have taken decades to finally set.
We did drive down to the dam and park so we could walk across. A note here. Don’t bring your spare tanks of gas with you when visiting the dam. You can’t park anywhere but the open sites due to security. We didn’t think of that when we left as we were rushing to get on with the site seeing. OH, another note – Sean made too many dam jokes as we took our walking tour.. pun intended.
The day after our visit to the dam we crossed the Tillman Bridge with our home in tow and our next destination of Williams, AZ where we would stay at Railside RV. Our original plan had us here only a few days but we upped that to a week so we could see all we wanted to see. Sherry also had her heart set on riding the train into Grand Canyon National Park… Well, that will be the subject of a new blog AND a video! : ).
The day after we arrived in Williams, we drove into Sedona. This was a beautiful drive, winding down the mountains on a road that reminded us of the Going to the Sun Road, only a little wider. We dropped several thousand feet and gained a few degrees. It is probably worth mentioning that we went from 90 degree temps to 60 degree temps going from Lake Mead to Williams. Brrrr. There are several parks along HWY 89A worth stopping at. One of them, Slide Rock State Park is the home of one of the top ten swimming holes in the country.. or so we heard.
Sedona was amazing, and we enjoyed wandering the small town and visiting many shops. Sean even found a coffee mug like one used by his favorite ex-late night talk show host Craig Ferguson.
After Sedona, we holed up in the RV for a little R&R… Well, cleaning and laundry. The weather had really turned on us and was wet and cold. Perfect to catch up on chores and edit some videos. The next day was marginally better so we decided to drive into Flagstaff to see the Lowell Observatory. This was a religious experience for Sean. Please don’t ask him why Pluto should still be considered a planet. We toured the old observatory and heard about the conditions the astronomers faced when it was in use like climbing onto the roof to shovel snow and standing around at night in sub zero temps getting frostbite while waiting for a photographic plate to gather an image of the heavens. Amazing. We also had our first (but not last) Tarantula sighting along one of the trails at the observatory. YIKES!!
In our next several blogs we will cover our trips into the Grand Canyon and a few videos on cooking and baking. One of the upcoming blogs will cover some of the amazing people we have met through blogging and travel since we started this journey.
Our next entry will be a video blog about cooking. Sherry made a delicious Butternut squash soup. Yes, we will share the recipe. : )
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Signing off for now!
Click the link below to see more photos of Sedona, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.