South thru Nevada and a week of rest in Las Vegas

No more forest as we enter Nevada and the temperature gets a lot warmer and drier.

Yes there is water in the desert…. this is part of the water system that parodies refreshing H2O to Las Vegas.

And I loved these sand dunes – straight out of central casting….

Joshua Trees like the ones we saw in Joshua Tree National Park Near Palm Springs.

And they weren’t kidding about the wild – free range – Burros

I could not resist these burro pics. We watched him walk from across the street into this parking lot and up to the blue car – and then decide to walk back. The folks in blue car did not see him right away. We had a great view from the Taj.

From the desert to the Sandbox…….

The famous Flamingo

Caesars Palace

My favorite spot – watching the Bellagio Fountains – dancing to Beatles music …

Paris Paris – where had a lovely meal in the Bistro away from the gamblers.

Our gorgeous site in Las Vegas Luxury Motor Coach Resort complete with outdoor kitchen and five swimming pools to choose from. This place was the “perfect recovery place from our thousands of miles of travel.”

Love this view of the Vegas adult playground. The people watching here was wonderful and a bit of a challenge after being around more animals than people for three months. Uniquely American it is a fun place to visit – our second trip here but we had best RV site by far this time. It was a bit pricey but closer to downtown – cheaper Uber fare and an adult atmosphere we loved. Plus a cute diner at the resort for breakfast and dinner.

We grilled out several times because of the outdoor kitchen and ate outside a lot. No bugs in Vegas – too hot for mosquitoes!

From here we head to Phoenix area to see old friends from Cape Cod and then east on Interstate 10 towards Florida. We have some other folks to see in Baton Rouge and Bainbridge GA but will be at Riverbend by mid October.

The long road home from Alaska

Last stop in Hyder, Alaska and the Tongans National Forest to see more salmon runs and hopefully bears feasting. It was rainy and cold and the bears declined our invitation. But it was a beautiful spot to take pictures.

As we proceeded south into British Columbia we saw the impact of the huge forest fires and witnessed the efforts and gratitude for fire fighters. Smoke was everywhere and we hurried south to bypass the places where blazes continued.

Burns Lake and Williams Lake

The Bonaparte Plateau in Thompson Nicola Provincial Forest lands of British Columbia.

Gold country in BC -they actively advertise eco-tours in the area where the gold rush ruled a century ago.

A beautiful clear BC day above with a slope of renewed growth. Fires are part of the ecosystem here but it’s still hard to see.

A lovely yellow wildflower defying the odds.

Yarrow – a ubiquitous wildflower and ancient herb

Back in the USA we travel east in Washington and Oregon to avoid more fire danger but see gorgeous pine forests and rolling hills of green. Tiny cherry trees planted in expectation of a harvest in years to come.

Willamette National Forest and Descartes National Forest in Oregon

Blue River area from the highway. Green pine trees that go on forever.

A roadside view of Crescent Lake

A picture of the new pine tree growth in a part of the forest previously damaged by fire.

Next stop northern Las Vegas as we head to a week long rest in “Sin City”

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