Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring is Here

According to the calendar, spring is here.  That means winter is officially over so maybe it's time to start heading home.  Having said that, that is exactly what we did.

We had just spent a very enjoyable week at Pahrump - even if it involved some work.  Everything is nice and clean so we even took a drive out into Death Valley in search of wild flowers.  It had been fairly cold throughout the winter so I think that maybe we were a bit on the early side.  We did see some Yucca plants flowering - it is truly amazing how a plant that looks like it is on the verge of drying up can produce such large, showy flowers.   While Death Valley is home to a real variety of landscapes and terrain, we did see a large dust devil go across some flats - much larger than we usually see at home. 
It was time to head out to spend a couple of days at a favourite spot - Virgin River Canyon campground.  This campground is about halfway between St. George, UT and Mesquite, NV and is incredibly beautiful.  It also gave us a chance to go into St. George to visit some friends which included a wonderful supper - thanks Rick and Sandi.

As we watch the weather reports, we have to decide when is the best day to hit the road.  We really like about three days of good weather but there didn't seem to be any of those in the near future.  Off we go, hoping to get ahead of the first wave of storms but that wasn't about to happen.  About an hour after we hit the road, we hit the storm.  Throughout most of Utah we had rain, snow, or a combination of both.  Fortunately, the temperatures were warm enough that it wasn't freezing on the road, but there were places where the slush was starting to build.  Once we got through Utah, it was smooth sailing.  Even with that, day one was 530 miles, and day two was 670 miles.  That brought us to within a 150 miles from home - a walk in the park.

The weather at home was great - +15C and no snow so unpacking was a real breeze.  In fact, we are still wondering what we forgot as the unpacking process was so quick and easy.

That ends our winter trip which was fun and busy and a whole lot of miles (besides a trip to Hawaii).  We saw a lot, did a lot, and look forward to more adventures.

While this concludes my weekly blog, there may be sporadic ones throughout the summer, depending on whether or not we decide to deviate from the ordinary day-to-day activities.  I do have some ideas on blogs throughout the summer where I can recap many more photos of our winter travels, but that remains to be seen whether or not it really happens.

Thanks for following along with our winter travels.  We hope we were able to pass along some of our enjoyment as we shared our adventures.  Have a great summer and hope you will be back next fall.