After being on the road for a couple of months, it actually felt kind of good to get to our Winter destination. I am so glad we took our time getting here though because we got to see some magnificent views along the way. After stopping in Colorado and Utah, we continued on to Nevada. During most of our travels, we boondocked a lot -staying in very remote areas. Jim and I did very well adjusting to not having a lot of the commodities that we became so used to while at our last volunteer site; all in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our time boondocking. The only down side was that once in a while we had to travel through some rough terrain. The RV does not like that, and the FIAT cannot stand it. So, after being out on our own and being very frugal with our water and power -it was a real treat to stay at the Valley of Fire Campground. It almost felt like we were in a resort.
We have stayed at several campgrounds in our travels; but this one was one of the prettiest by far. No, it did not have a pool – but other than that; it was wonderful. The red fiery mounds or mountains did light up beautifully with the sunlight. We could be looking at the same thing, but depending on the time of day -it looked completely different. I wish I could describe it more eloquently so you can get a better idea of what I am talking about.
I also got to see a pink sky, which was so, so calming. I had never seen that except in a painting that I had a long, long time ago while living in California. I did not think a pink sky was real, but yes -I saw it.
While we were at the Valley of Fire campground, Jim and I went on a several hikes (Mouse Tank, Rainbow Vista and White Domes), but one in particular (Fire Wave) I will never forget.
It almost felt like we were on a different planet. It was so beautiful! It was an easy one too, no steep drop-offs or strenuous up-hill trails, but still -it was very rewarding. It was also fun to be there because we discovered that one of our (mainly mine) favorite movies (Fools Rush In) was filmed there, so that was kind of neat.
We did not get to do the “Wave” in Arizona as we had intended, but I am hoping I will be telling you all about it one day in the near future.
Before we came here to the complex, we had planned on staying at the campground only for a few days to treat ourselves to nice long hot showers and unlimited power. But, while we were at the Campground -Jim discovered that the toilet needed repair. Oh no! We’ve been dreading that for a while. We hear so many horror stories when it comes to those kinds of repairs. Jim called a few mobile repair techs, but none of them even wanted to take on the challenge. One of them, did say –“only if you absolutely cannot find anyone, then I guess I can come -but I really don’t want to”. Well, Jim decided to tackle the repair and ordered the part. I am very happy to report that Jim did fix the toilet with very little help from me. Hip, hip, hooray! So anyway, for that reason, we ended up staying at the campground longer; and I am so glad we did -because it was so beautiful!
Now, we are sitting in a huge County Shooting Complex. Our first week here, we got our county volunteer badges, physicals, site assignment, keys to the mail box and to the free laundry facilities. We both volunteered our hours already this week, but I am thinking that soon Jim will be “working” most of the hours, so that I can go get a fun job outside of the complex. I love kids, I love crafting, I love oils, I enjoy people – I am sure I can find something. (May be crafting with children) Now, that would be awesome – or just crafting period. We’ll see!
Since we’ve been here, we have had a lot of free time; so I have been “mastering” my yoga routine and my crafting skills. I am also playing more with my facebook public page “misslittlelaura” I already have over 100 likes on it, yeyy!! My goal is 700 before my next birthday. I hope I meet that goal since, I have yet to realize the one I set myself for the last one. (I had said I wanted to do 50 pushups, then when I realized it was too ambitious I changed it to 37) – and I am still stuck on 27.
Anyway, (as I have mentioned before) Jim and I have a lot of free time, so we’ve been enjoying some of the events here at the range and we also did get out to the Las Vegas Stip. It is pretty, but there is so much traffic; even in the middle of the day! So, I will probably not be going there much. It’s was actually kind of strange seeing so many people. We were getting used to being out in the middle of nowhere with no one around, but it’s ok – I think we will really enjoy this place.
This week, we got word that our daughter has some free time, so we took a day and made the drive to go see her for an afternoon. We were incredibly happy to see her!
Well, that’s it for now -Hugs and Hasta Luego!
Ps. I still have not made time to practice my guitar, I been looking for some apps but no luck. Hey, maybe I can find someone to practice with around here. I will keep you posted.