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August 25, 2006

Returning to normal

Filed under: Travel in the U.S. — Heligypsy @ 4:36 pm

The cliches that come to mind with this first entry of our new blog are endless…and I refuse to use any of them! Our plan has long been to replace those mass emails of our travels with a blog – hallelujah, it looks like we’re getting there!

Keith returned 10 days ago from Ensenada, Mexico – where he spent the last 2.5 months on a fire contract. Though it will be out of chronological order, we are working on retrieving some of his stories to publish here, they are great adventures. I missed him terribly, it’s uncommon for us not to travel together, but, I stayed in California to help take care of my terminally ill father. He passed away at the end of July. Keith lost his father a week before Christmas – the two of us have been great support to one another during the really strange acceptance of such losses.

So, together again and back on the road, our gypsy ways creep back to life. We headed out of Bishop last Sunday – destination Boulder City, Nevada home of the Hoover Dam. This is not our first time living in the Las Vegas area. It is, however, the first time we’ve settled in during this time of year. I am constantly astonished to note the temperatures at any given time of day. Example, last night at 7:30 p.m. the temp was 100 degrees. This morning at 7 a.m. – already it was 90 degrees. Amazing how quickly a person’s body adapts to it’s environment – late in the evening when the sun is no longer blazing down, I actually find the 90 degree temps quite pleasant, ha ha. We treated ourselves to a trip to Camping World, with the hopes they would have an air conditioning unit in stock, our single A/C in the living room has no hope in hell of keeping up with the rising temps – no matter what tricks we try. We were in luck, there was a unit in stock, we bought in on the spot – Keith says he will install it in the evening as it cools down, I smirk at his sarcasm.

Things in Vegas are as we expected – zero lot line housing is spreading like a disease with seemingly very little concern for the water issues. Lake Mead is probably down a good 80 ft since we first stayed in the area 5 years ago. We have been taking Zoey for a swim every morning – the shoreline is disqusting littered with trash and debris – thankfully the dog doesn’t care, it’s the only excercise she’s getting in these temps, all I know is I will save the swimming for the pool here at the RV Park.

Until next time………



  1. Hey Paula. Glad to see you are finally getting this blog going and can’t wait to hear of your travels.

    Enjoy yourselves, you both deserve it!

    Comment by Arika — August 25, 2006 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  2. Paula and Keith,
    Welcome back to your gypsy life. ‘Hope you enjoy living it as much as I enjoy reading about it.

    Comment by Kathryn — August 25, 2006 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  3. Having lived in Death Valley, anything over 115 degrees is hot, dry heat or not 🙂 Looking forward to keeping up on your quasi-gypsy lives!

    And thanks for listing my blog 🙂

    Comment by JennH — August 25, 2006 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  4. Hey ! this really looks good !

    Comment by Uncle Bob — August 25, 2006 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

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