Shabbos was really windy. I was wondering why more people don’t disperse camp here and now I know why. Visibility was down to five feet at times. At least it was nice and warm.
Today we had more wind, but not as bad as on Shabbos. Tuan showed up and briefly flew his PPG trike, but he said it was bumpy so I didn’t go up. Later in the day, I reorganized the basement, and the kids did homeschool.
For all the wind and dust, I’d still rather be here than New York:
Tonight Trish and the kids drove into town. I rode my bike in, and we all went to dinner with my parents:
This morning we drove out to Jean Dry Lake, 15 miles south of Las Vegas, to set up camp for a while. Last night only got down to about 50 degrees, and the rest of the week is supposed to be sunny with highs around 70, which is just perfect. M and I inflated his motorcycle tires and oiled his chain. We also installed a front axle that came in the mail to replace the one that was missing from the original crate. So far we’ve been using a bolt from True Value Hardware, which worked surprisingly well:
We’re all alone our here:
I had the pleasure of going out for a shortish ride, seeing where the pavement ends on the roads around the lake:
We love the desert sunsets:
We’re looking forward to spending a couple weeks out here!
With overnight lows in the mid-20s, we are very ready to get back to the land of warm winters. We decided we would drive the entire 400 miles to Las Vegas today.
We stopped in Hawthorne to use a casino dump station and top off on diesel. The town is almost completely surrounded by Hawthorne Army Depot, the largest ammunition depot in the world, covering 147,000 acres with 600,000 square feet of storage in 2,427 bunkers and above-ground buildings:
We continued south to Las Vegas, spent some time at my parents house, then drove over to overnight at the Camping World on the outskirts of town. See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.