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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Parker (AZ) to Mesquite (NV) - 265 miles

March 22-26, 2012 - We drove out of Arizona on Thursday to begin our trek home.  It was a beautiful drive through the Lake Mead Recreation Area in Nevada.  We stopped near the lake for a long lunch break.  The 45-mile drive on Northshore Road was gorgeous with its red boulders and rock formations.

When we got to Mesquite (NV), we tried to find a hotel room for Thursday night.  The casino hotel was "sold out" due to a golf event.  Another hotel only had a suite for $179/night!  We ended up at the casino RV park.  We were so disappointed.  We had really wanted a room for the night.  We've been living in 160 square feet of RV space for so long.  This would have been our first night in a hotel since we got to our RV in Tucson at the end of January. 

We stayed with Tom's brother, Paul, for the rest of the weekend.  It was great to visit with him.  We really enjoyed spreading out in his home!  Even the cats loved the open space!  We spent four days eating at great restaurants, hiking along the Virgin River, golfing (Tom and Paul, not me!), star gazing miles outside of town on BLM land, and reading family journals.  The journals were written by Tom's dad when he was drafted into the army in mid-1940, through his cancelled Christmas furlough after Pearl Harbor, and then his army time in 1942 and 1943.  We're not sure if there was a 1944 journal, the year he got married.  Tom's dad died last year.  This was the first time that Tom and his brother knew about the journals, so it was interesting to listen to the journal entries as they each took turns reading them aloud. 

Tom and I are on our way home now.  We're watching the weather reports and road conditions to help us plan our drive through the mountain passes along the way.  We left Mesquite on Tuesday morning, taking advantage of clear roads to go through Utah's mountain passes.  We're hoping to be home by the end of March, but that may change if we have to wait a day or two before going through the Blue Mountains in Oregon.  I'll email to let you know when we get home.  

Winnebago and Subaru on Lake Mead

Tom and Paul at Cedar Pocket along the Virgin River


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