On Tuesday we left California and went to Las Vegas and 110 degree
temperature. Why I don't really know. On Thursday July 3 and our
56th wedding anniversary we visited Debby’s cousin and her husband
to meet for the first time and talk genealogy. This cousin is the
daughter of the cousin we visited in Thousand Oaks earlier in our
trip. Then we went to dinner at what has become one of our favorite
restaurants Lotus Siam. The have moved to a new nicer location but
have the same great food. Upon moving Yelp started their
reviews from scratch but they are back up to 4 1/2 with 1100
reviews. They take some reservations and then walk ins and there is
usually a line up at the door,. We called to late for a reservation
but went early so we had no wait. By the time we left the entrance
was already crowded and the line was building.
On the Fourth of July we just hung around as we did on the 5th.
Hanging around in Las Vegas when the temperature outside is 110
degrees means sitting indoors with air conditioning and in the pool.
We still try and get our four mile walk in daily so early in the
morning we drive over to the Clark County Wetlands and
Preserve. Notice the contrast but it is an enjoyable walk and
occasionally we have seen wildlife.
On the evening of the 5th we drove to Menchie’s for frozen yogurt.
While there Richard called and asked if we had felt the earthquake
from the same spot in California as on the fourth. On the
fourth while sitting in the trailer it began to shake. I thought it
was wind but upon going out side it was hot, windless and muggy.
Shortly thereafter Richard called form Topanga and asked if we had
felt the earthquake from Ridgecrest. We responded in the affirmative
and I realized maybe thtat's why we had come to Vegas and 110
degrees. Before deciding on Vegas I considered Calico. a ghost town
campground in Barstow which is awful close to Ridgecrest. We felt
the first on the fourth but must have been driving this time and
didn’t feel a thing unless we did but couldn’t distinguish it from
the normal bouncing of the truck.
On Saturday night the 6th we went to Casa Di Amore a local Italian
Restaurant that I think the ticket writer at the car dealership had
told me about the last time we were in Vegas. Nice but noisy
atmosphere with pictures of Vegas’s early days hotels, billboards
and some stars. Two bands of two people each playing one at the
outside bar and the other in the restaurant. Nice meal with stuffed
with cheese garlic bread. I would have order a second but Debby
didn’t want it and I didn’t want to have it alone.
On Sunday we packed up and drove to the Escapee Co-op in Congress,
AZ. It was hot but not as hot as Las Vegas. Congress is actually
high desert not that it maters when the sun is beating down. We went
for gas and got a real low price in a new station trying to
establish itself and then we walked in the park. The next morning we
drove the car over to the weighing team followed by the a
return in a few minutes with the truck and trailer.We then returned
to our spot to eat breakfast before driving on. Our weight was down
considerably since last time as expected because of our change of
status (full to part time) but our height according to them was
13’9” an increase of 3”. This concerned us and I believed it was
related to the new air conditioner. When we got to Spacecraft in
Missouri we had it measured again . I don't understand the
discrepancy but I'll trust the people at Spacecraft. That is
until I take the air conditioner off in a 13' 6" tunnel. After
breakfast we drove to Tucson actually Oro Vally and Catalina to
visit our late daughter in laws father. We had a wonderful visit
with him as well as her aunt and uncle. Her mother had passed away
since our last visit in 2016 followed by her mother who was 104 at
the time. It was hotter in Tucson then Las Vegas but we were able to
walk in the morning.
We left the Wishing Well RV Park on and drove to Deming, New Mexico
stopping for the night in Dream Catcher RV Park an Escappee park. It
was too hot to walk so we went for gas and grocery shopping. Even
though we have a functioning Refrigerator we shop often for produce.
The next morning we drove to Alamogordo, NM stopping at the White
Sands Nationals Monument to check it out. From there we went to the
KOA in Alamogordo set up ate an early dinner and returned to the
Monument to watch the introductory movie and go on the guided
evening walk. When the walk ended we spent some time talking to
other people and never finished the 8 mile drive until the next day.
The next day we got up and walked to the small
Alamogordo Zoo upon our return we drove to the Space Museum and
then back to the Monument to finish the 8 mile drive.
Ham the first Chimp to go up in the American Space program is
buried here. One person left a rock while others leave bananas.
The next morning we hooked up and continued our trip east. We were
planning to stop in Tucomcarrie, NM on old RT66 but while driving I
saw an add or sign for Logan, NM’s Ute Lake State Park. I had had a
vague idea it wasn’t to much further and turned out to be 25 miles
past Tucomecarrie so we called ahead to check on spot availability.
There was one so we went. It was a really nice park with lake
access. That evening when it cooled a little we went for a walk and
saw a deer.