Our next landing spot was to be a month stay at the Boulder Beach Campground on Lake Mead, a five hour drive from Camp Verde, so a couple of stops were necessary along the way.
Having just watched a documentary on the creation of Pixar, followed by the film Cars, we decided to stop in Seligman, along I-40 aka Radiator City from the film. Population 440 and declining, Seligman experienced its heyday after WWII when motorists hit the road and made the southwest a popular tourist destination.
We chose to stay the night at a small campground behind the general store and next to the Roadkill cafe, “you kill it, we grill it”
Next to the Roadkill Cafe are several structures, hotel, gun shop, bank, dentist and jail. all have been built by the locals and are just facades aimed at attracting tourists like us. But it was fun to see.
Next night we stayed at a Harvest Host property. Hosts such as farms, wineries , breweries and museums open their parking lots to RVers and for a small yearly fee you can arrange to stay at any of the properties in the consortium. This was our 3rd host and was a whiskey distillery in Kingman.
The train car on the side of the distillery was a restaurant where we enjoyed a delicious lunch, outside of course.
The owners, John and Bev were very hospitable to the 4 families taking advantage of a “free” stay. John gave us a tour of the distillery and of course we were asked to sample, so Chris took one for the team and sampled a couple of shots.
The distillation system was impressive
The fermenting vats
End product aging
Finally arrived at Lake Mead, on a Saturday no less, this is such a popular campground that we had a plan B in our pocket. We were really lucky and just waltzed into a large pull-through. We not only come here for the doctor, but for the neighboring city of Henderson, which has excellent shopping and our favorite food shopping (Trader Joes, Sprouts), plus a multitude of ethnic restaurants.
Next day while driving around we found another pull-through site with water and better sun exposure for the solar as there was no electricity and we wanted to minimize our generator usage (unlike some of our neighbors that were running construction generators for hours), so we moved right in. At $10 a night, it was a good deal. We were staying for a month, so having a water hook-up was a real bonus.
One area we hadn’t been to before was south Las Vegas and Fremont St. Usually a busy area, not while we were there. This was the first paved street in Las Vegas built in 1925 and issued the first gambling licenses in Nevada. It’s located in the heart of the downtown corridor and houses the casinos such as the Golden Nugget and Four Queens. In 1994 construction began on the Fremont Street Experience featuring neon lights galore, artisans, music, dancing, even a zip line.
This guy was whipping out Roger Dean-esque paintings
This building caught our eye. It’s the Lou Revolution Center for Brain Health, a classic example of de-constructivism, designed by Frank Gerry.
Couldn’t leave the area without finding a wedding chapel.
Boulder City has several outdoor dining options, this one is always surrounded by birds who jump on the table as soon as it’s empty.
The weather was perfect for a round of golf at the Boulder City Golf Club.
Never seen golf scooters before, but the clubs are placed in the center and you hoist your leg over the top
We’ve seen the doctor and got a clean bill of health. Steve hasn’t had such good results for years, and Chris is still drug free, so with smiles on our faces, a full freezer and bellies we moved on.