Location / Name: Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach, 268 Lakeshore Road, Boulder City, Nevada 89005 http://www.lakemeadrvvillage.com/boulder-beach (702) 293-2540
Date: 10/09 – 10/10/2016 (2 nights)
Lake Mead was not our initial destination after leaving Lee Vining, CA for our Yosemite visit. I had planned on staying west of Las Vegas at Fletcher View Campground, a USFS campground which has some electric sites. However, I didn’t get around to making reservations soon enough, and there was no room when I tried to reserve a site. I looked around for other places near Las Vegas, which was an appropriate travel distance distance for the day, and where my wife needed to pick up a prescription at CVS Pharmacy. I checked out a few commercial campgrounds in Vegas online, and didn’t really like anything I saw. When I expanded my search to east of Las Vegas, Lake Mead National Recreation Area showed up. It looked good, and although it made our day from California longer, it shortened the trip to Grand Canyon – a good thing since I needed to make sure we got to the walk-up-only campground on the Grand Canyon South Rim early. I called for reservations, and our destination was set. My reservation timing error for Fletcher View turned out to be a good thing. There was a CVS and an Albertson’s just a few miles from the RV park at Lake Mead, the park was nice, and the views from the site were awesome.
Lake Mead from Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach
Arctic Gentian, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/18/2016.) Scientific name is Gentiana algida. Photo below was taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer County, CO on Aug 26, 2016. Go to the Arctic Gentian detail page for more information and photos.
Arctic Gentian – Gentiana algida
Location / Name: Mono Vista RV Park, Lee Vining, CA
Date: 10/06-08/2016 (3 nights)
Yosemite National Park was one of the few items on my bucket list, especially after a few of my grandchildren visited it this past summer. Campsites within Yosemite are notoriously difficult to get. I had tried for some reservations earlier this year for when my grandchildren were going to be there, and all reservable sites within Yosemite Valley were gone within seconds of them opening up on the reservation system. Amazing. I was coming in from the northeast, so the Tioga Pass entrance was the logical choice, and Mono Vista RV Park was the only game at that end of the park which had electric. So Lee Vining, California became our destination for the three nights we had available to spend in the Yosemite vicinity.
California State Line – start of California State Route 182
Location / Name: Winnemucca RV Park, 5255 E Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV 89445 775-623-4458 or 877-787-2755
Date: 10/05/2016 (1 night)
Winnemucca is a town in Nevada that just happened to be on the route from Boise to Yosemite National Park, and the right distance from Boise for an overnight stop.
Pull thru sites at Winnemucca RV Park
Red-osier Dogwood – Native Plant of the Day 11/11/2017
Photo from 05/06/2012. Location: Kleinschmidt Grade, Adams County, ID.
More photos / info at the Cornus sericea detail page.
Red-osier Dogwood, Western Dogwood, American Dogwood – Cornus sericea
Tulip Poplar – Native Plant of the Day 11/10/2016
Photo from 5/13/2008. Location: The Pocket, Walker County, GA.
More photos / info at the Liriodendron tulipifera detail page.
Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar, Tuliptree, Tulip Magnolia – Liriodendron tulipifera
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/08/2016.) Scientific name is Peritoma serrulata. Photo below was taken in Grand County, CO on Aug 27, 2016. Go to the Rocky Mountain Bee Plant detail page for more information and photos.
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant – Peritoma serrulata
Wyoming Paintbrush, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/05/2016.) Scientific name is Castilleja linariifolia. Photo below was taken in Arches National Park in Grand County, UT on Aug 29, 2016. Go to the Wyoming Paintbrush detail page for more information and photos.
Wyoming Paintbrush – Castilleja linariifolia
In the previous post, my second trip report, I covered the territory from Stillwater, Colorado outside the Rocky Mountain National Park to Moab, Utah, where we visited Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. This third report covers the three days we spent getting on into Boise to visit the family. We’d enjoyed Utah so far, and were interested to see what else it presented to us before we crossed into southern Idaho, on the homestretch to Boise.
As we traveled US191 through the middle of Utah, it was very much a desert scene.