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I am planning on going to Temple Bar campground next weekend. April 10-11 I will be doing a test run and attempting the Fortification Hill hike with Bruce. This trip will also help me inventory my equipment and see what I am missing or don’t need. Space in the Passat is at a premium.
Hope y’all are getting ready for the summer vacation/camping season!
For the last 8 months I have been working for a helicopter tour company in Las Vegas, NV. We mostly fly people to the western end of the Grand Canyon by helicopter, but we also have airplanes.
Our fleet of 3 Beechcraft 1900D’s take tourist to Tusayan, AZ where they then get onto a trolley/bus and head into the Grand Canyon National Park. The flight to Tusayan is just under an hour, compared to almost 5 by car or bus. Customers have the choice of two different tours while at the canyon, two stops by trolley or one stop and a helicopter flight over the canyon.
I am the reserve driver for the Grand Canyon tour. So, when three planes get booked I get on one and fly out to drive the second trolley/bus.(Not a bad commute to work!) Once we land in Tusayan I quickly pre-trip the trolley, load up the customers and the tour begins.
Tule Springs is a new National Monument and has no amenities. Parking is along the road and you have to find an entry point in the fencing. There’s also no designated trails, as of this writing, so explore at your own risk.
Bruce and I explored for about an hour, we found only fossilized mountain bike tracks. With more time and a trained eye I’m sure you could find some cool evidence of the prehistoric time. We enjoyed some time outdoors, blue skies, lizard chasing, and a flyby of three military helicopters.
As Spring is rapidly approaching, I plan on making short trips to my local National Parks and National Recreation Areas to get a feel for how the big trip will go. I will try and post dates before I go, maybe we could have a beer and share stories!
In an effort to learn how to run this blog, I took a drive out to Lake Mead on Monday. Living in Las Vegas, NV I am so close to many amazing National Parks and National Recreation Areas. Some are close enough to do a day trip and others will require an overnight stay. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is home to many points of interest, not just the Hoover Dam. St. Thomas is one of those POI. Located in the norther part of the Recreation Area along the Overton arm of the lake.
St. Thomas was settled by the Mormons in 1865. The area was prime farm land due to two rivers, the Muddy and Virgin, that flowed nearby on the way to meet with the Colorado River. At its prime St. Thomas was home to around 500 people. After about 5 years the state of Nevada came to collect the overdue property taxes. The Mormons refused to pay and returned to Salt Lake City. On the way out they burned the homes and businesses to the ground. Some did stay and other resettled the town.
In 1928 the building of Boulder (Hoover) Dam was approved by Washington, DC. This dam would create Lake Mead. As the water levels rose it would eventually submerge the town. Knowing this the government reimbursed the residents for their property and they had to relocate. At the lakes highest level the town was 60ft under water. As the Southwest has been in a drought for many years, the water has receded considerably. The town is now above water and you too can go visit.