October Travels – our friends and views really “rock”!

  We left Yosemite Lakes RV park and headed down the mountain towards Hwy 295. We had 4 days until we had reservations in Las Vegas so we figured we would do a little boondocking in the Alabama Hills BLM area just outside of Lone Pine. What a beautiful place, such awesome rock formations.

Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills

Rock climber in our camp site

Rock climber in our camp site

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My Treasure at the rainbows end

My Treasure at the rainbows end

Mobius Arch

Mobius Arch

Mobius Arch

Mobius Arch

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Morning snow

Morning snow

It is easy to see why Hollywood would use the area as the backdrop for over 400 movies! We followed the Lat/Long from where the Wynns stayed (GonewiththeWynns.com) When we got there we found it occupied, but once you are in the area there are a lot of easy access spots. We found a great spot next to some fantastic rock formations.

36.36.30N-118.8.2W

36.36.30N-118.8.2W

We had people coming out almost everyday to entertain us with their rock climbing. We also had the good fortune to have a great couple (Paul and Hope) set up camp next to us for one night. We really found them so interesting as Paul was one of only three still photographers at NBC. He had so many great stories as well as giving us so many tips to hopefully, up our game with respect to picture quality and composition. These guys were just another example of all the fantastic people we have run across throughout our travels.

Paul and Hope

Paul and Hope

We stayed here for just a few days spending a lot of time hiking and exploring the area. We then left and headed for Las Vegas. We have never spent more than a long weekend in Vegas in the past but were now going to be there for 3 weeks…Yikes! Luckily we had good friends Shana and Brian who live there with their two cuties Ivan and Ro to keep us entertained.  We were even lucky enough to get the two boys for a movie marathon sleep over as well as see Ro in his full Soccer action!

Shana super Coach

Shana super Coach

Ro with his full press on!

Ro with his full press on!

We additionally had our good friends (Scott and Kathy) fly in to spend 4 days with us as well as Beverly who came in town one weekend for work and we were able to get some of her time to visit.

Dressed to the Nines at the Cosmopolitan...well as dressed up as we get being retired :)

Dressed to the Nines at the Cosmopolitan…well as dressed up as we get being retired 🙂

Good friends in front of the Chandelier lounge

Good friends in front of the Chandelier lounge

For sure, if not for the family and friends visiting we would have made it a much shorter visit. Kathy helped to make sure we were not bored in Las Vegas.  We had a great Breakfast at the Peppermill,

Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill

Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill

Tried a Verbena drink at the Cosmopolitan,

Verbena Drink

Verbena Drink

Eating the flower in the Verbena drink...Yuck

Eating the flower in the Verbena drink…Yuck

enjoyed a great concert show at the Orleans,

Awesome show at the Orleans. Raiding the Rock vault!

Awesome show at the Orleans. Raiding the Rock vault!

 Spent the wee hours at the top of the Stratosphere…

View from the Stratosphere

View from the Stratosphere

Thanks Kathy!

Las Vegas is not a very relaxing place for us. We aren’t big gamblers, but we did find some time to hike the Red rocks and the Valley of fire.

Red rock cave

Red rock cave

Ancient writings

Ancient writings

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock

Bruce enjoying the red rocks

Bruce enjoying the red rocks

Red Rocks

Red Rocks

Our time away from the park with friends and family made it a very nice 3 weeks, although a few less buffets wouldn’t of hurt :).
After leaving Vegas we headed for 4 days on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. We had never been here before but like everyone had seen many, many pictures. Well, just like the pictures we took, they do not do it any justice. It is truly breathtaking!IMG_4782 IMG_4788 IMG_4792 IMG_4797 IMG_4799 IMG_4840 IMG_4866 IMG_3703 IMG_3705 IMG_4820 IMG_4863 Bruce even had a close encounter with a small herd of deer. He really couldn’t quite make any sense of them.

Those some big dogs!

Those some big dogs!

The park is very nice and pretty dog friendly as long as you stay on the Rim trail. They also have a nice free bus system within the park to take you from view point to view point.  Well that completed another full month on the road.  Looking forward to slowing down a bit over the next couple months hanging with family in Tucson, then we will be ready to hit the road for more adventure!  Until next Month…

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