It's that time. We've booked an RV park in Vegas for two days and we have to check in today. So it's goodbye to our desert home and hello to the unknowns that lay ahead. Everything gets packed up and ready to move by 1030. Shirley is all hooked up and ready to take a break from the desert beating. That means Roo has to pick up the slack and drag the extra weight across southwestern California and over the Nevada state line. Unbeknownst to me was that fact that we were going from around 900' all the way up to 4,200'. The ominous road signs said to turn off the A/C to keep from overheating and for trucks to pull over and use a lower gear. The climb was a steady 6% for the next 10 miles. As the miles piled up our speed slowed. The elevation plays havoc on Roo's ability to stay cool. At 3,000' she was downshifted into 3rd gear and held a steady 37 mph for the rest of the climb. After the summit we ran into the Ivanpah Solar Power plant.
It turns out to not be your typical solar plant. There are 4,000 acres of mirrors that are all pointed towards 3 central towers. Those glowing sticks you see are receiving the deflected sunlight and creating super-heated steam. Steam drives a generator and VOILA! Kinda solar power. This plant is currently producing 492 Megawatts of energy which is roughly half of what it was designed for. Somebody made a calculation error and probably feels pretty stupid about it. Regardless it still received a few awards for it's innovation and green concepts.
Stacked painted rocks are just down the road. Why? No clue. It's supposed to be an art project. They are just painted rocks. I'm sorry, but not that exciting.
Las Vegas is on the horizon and we are glad to see it. Having hook-ups for the RV is a relief after being on the road for 6 days. You really learn to appreciate having unlimited water and the ability to do laundry. We booked the Las Vegas Rv Resort for the next two days. This parking lot on the East side of Vegas is a steal for visiting the area. Our back in site was only $29 a night for full hookups. Sure this section of the park is just a parking lot but it's all we need. Security checks us in and escorts us to our site. This is a nice feature to have when you don't the know the park layout.
After getting settled in I go about getting Shirley ready for her day on the strip. We'll most likely end up in a parking garage and she won't fit with the kayak rack. I pulled the bars off and even treated her to a $3 car wash when we filled up with gas. Lucky Girl. We're ready for tomorrow, when we will hit the streets of Vegas for the first time.