Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Searching for Aliens

 Middle of Nevada and it's just plain HOT!!

Driving up Highway 93 I stopped in Alamo to get fuel and also picked up some Church's Fried Chicken. It smelled so good I could not say no. Got to a junction in the road and turned left to go on the Extraterrestrial Highway (Nevada 375). 

I'm sure most of you are well aware of Area 51, a secret government operation, that is supposedly where aliens found in the desert were taken for further analysis. Not sure what really does go on there and it is well guarded. Years ago Jim and I pulled up to a gate at Groom Lake and saw several soldiers with large guns. We didn't stay long.

I stopped at the ET road sign and pulled into some shade. Sat in the car to enjoy my chicken and it was some of the best I've ever had. But it got hot really quickly even in the shade.

I do not understand why people have to destroy things with graffiti. There has got to be a better way to say "I've Been Here". 

 Now the quest is on. I head down the highway and shortly reached the Alien Research Center. I am really excited to see what kind of research they are doing. The parking lot is empty which didn't surprise me, since there was very little traffic on the highway.

Pulled up to the door and was met with a sign stating they were closed due to the heat. Oh no. Bummer.  I took a couple of pictures and headed on down the road.


9-20-19 - Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us! Started out as a joke on FB and then took off. Thousands of people said they would be attending but only about 150 people actually showed up. And no, they did  not storm Area 51.

Traveled about 25 miles looking for the Black Mail Box.  But I gave up mostly because of the heat and turned around. My next stop will be in Caliente.


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Camp Bouse

 Panaca, NV   High 1-5  Low 70 (wonderful)

Left home at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday with Las Vegas as my destination. I was very happy that there wasn't an accident on I-10 this year. Last year I spent three hours slowly inching along. 

The old Mercantile in Bouse, AZ.

I wanted to stop at Camp Bouse last year but because of the delay I just kept going. This year I had time to check it out. Camp Bouse was established in August of 1942 as a top secret post for developing and testing "Gizmo". 

Gizmo is a tank with modified turrets, carrying a 13 million-candlepower searchlight, that passed through a narrow slot using shutters that opened and closed six times per second. The tanks were designed to light up the battlefields at night and confuse the enemy with the flashing lights. The tanks were never deployed to the war.

 The actual camp itself is quite far out in the desert and I just stopped at the monument in Bouse. About 10,000 troops served under the command of General George Patton. This camp was so secret that it was not listed on the army's record of training camps. 

Sandy is a M60 Patton Tank. She is named Sandy because the people who donated her to the memorial are George and Sandra Nault

After leaving Bouse, I stopped for fuel in Parker and headed for Las Vegas. It was too early for me to check into my hotel, so I decided to just wander. Well, I wandered right onto The Strip. Had no idea where I was so I just kept driving til I figured out I was going south and away from the airport where my hotel was. I finally got a chance to turn around (traffic was horrible) and I finally got my GPS to work and it took me where I needed to be. My air conditioner in Daisy doesn't work well or at all in stop and go traffic. She likes the open road. It's 117 degrees with no air and I am feeling every degree of that heat. I was so grateful to be able to check in early and get into air conditioning. This is the only picture I took of the city. 

I was absolutely exhausted from the heat and the drive. Did not even go out to get any dinner. I finally gave in and went to bed at 8:00 p.m. Of course, that meant I was up at 4:00 a.m. 

Had breakfast at the hotel and then got brave enough to try and get through traffic and on the Interstate. Almost made it, but I ended up in the wrong lane and had to take an exit that took me right in the middle of downtown. GPS to the rescue and got me out of there. Heading north on Highway 93 in Nevada. More tomorrow.



Wednesday, July 10, 2024

On The Road Eventually

Las Vegas NV.  High 117 Low 95. It's hot everywhere unless it happens to be raining somewhere.  Then it's hot and humid.

There was a fire close to Lost Dutchman State Park and Goldfield Ghost Town.  The fire fighters quickly got it under control so it burned about 88 acres.

I was going to write a post about getting ready to leave for my trip north. Didn't happen. But I have a couple of pictures to share. When I have the energy I'll try and catch you up to date.

We've had some beautiful sunrises and sunsets since the monsoon season has arrived. But no rain.



 Had a pizza party at the clubhouse.

This lady is really a special person. Tina came into my office for help back in 2008. We got to talking and she mentioned they lived in a fifth wheel and traveled. I went home and told Jim that when we retired, we were going to live in a fifth wheel. And so we did for many years.

Thank you Tina for some of the best years ever. She found Todd at work and sent me this picture. 

It will be August before I reach my final goal. Todd, Michaela and, of course, Elias. I also think Michaela's mom, Mary Beth, will be there and I can hardly wait to spend time with all the family.

So here is my handsome son

 And Todd's little mini me

Look Grandma - lots of sunscreen

I'm leaving Las Vegas this morning. Maybe I'll see some aliens.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Friends, Memories and Journeys

Happy Dachshund Day. Today is the summer solstice and longest day of the year. 91 degrees when I got up at 4:45 am. We need to be very grateful for Willis Carrier, the Father of Air Conditioning.  

Got a text from a friend that I haven't seen for about three plus years. Key was going to be in AJ for a night so we got to go to dinner. He was headed to Las Vegas to deal some poker. Really good to see him again. 


The brain is really amazing. Just a quick glimpse of something can make memories come pouring back. I was watching NCIS and the camera panned the Mall in Washington D.C. very quickly. In that brief moment my brain brought back so many memories. 

 I worked on the 7th floor of this building.

Jim was born in Washington D.C. (That caused us a lot of grief when filling out legal documents because they all wanted the state you were born in.) I actually worked right on the Mall on Constitution Avenue at the Internal Revenue Service. Both Jim and I were living in Northern Virginia when he asked me to dance

4th of July celebrations on the Mall, concerts and plays at the Kennedy Center, lighting of the Christmas Tree, watching the Senate in session (not near as tense as it is now), touring the White House, watching Ronald Reagan's inauguration, the Redskins (now known as the Commanders) parade down Pennsylvania Avenue after winning the Super Bowl. 

It was so much fun sitting here watching those memories roll through my head. I hope all of you have a chance to sit back and let the memories roll. 

Daisy passed all her tests (she's my car) and has got the okay for another trip to Montana. The guys at the shop I take her too are such great guys. Totally honest. And they are amazed at what good shape my 16 year old car is in.  

Got my new glasses. Amazing how much clearer the world is. Now if my eye will just stabilize so I don't need new glasses in six months again.

I'm into route planning mode for my journey north this year. I love the journey part of the trip. Seeing people at the destinations is wonderful and my whole purpose for the journey, but being able to just stop and visit and explore what you want is amazing. Of course, exploring could possibly be hampered by the weather.

Monsoon season has arrived but that does not mean we will be having much rain. It does mean, however, that our humidity is on the rise. Nothing like so many of you experience but for us desert dwellers, it's stifling. Thanks to New Mexico we have had one haboob go through. The wind got it started in NM and just kept blowing that dirt and dust right on over to us. The sky was so hazy I could barely see the Superstitions. A day to stay inside.

So how about that first haircut.

And a reward afterwards.

Stay safe everyone.

Friday, June 7, 2024

A Solution (hopefully) and an Update


My last post I was in a quandary about what to do since Blog2Print was closing down and would no longer be available to turn my blog into a book. That was really hard for me because I have turned my blog into a book every year since I started blogging.

I received an e-mail from them letting me know that they are referring all their customers to I went to their website and it appears to be very compatible with the way I made my books. I won't be using them until the end of the year, but I will give you a review at that time.

It's way too early for these temperatures. July and August will probably be really beastly. I know I'm not alone in suffering through this heat. The heat dome stretches over most of the western US. I'm hopefully going to be on my way to Montana by the middle of July. 

Haven't been doing much. Staying inside and trying to stay cool. I definitely don't want to see my power bill this summer. 

They (weather folks) are saying we may have a dryer monsoon this year. I sure hope we get rain. We can do without the storms but we need rain. Lots of fires showing up all over the state which means we will probably have a really bad fire season. 

We don't often have beautiful sunrises or sunsets during the summer because we have no clouds. But we have had a couple of really nice ones and I was lucky enough to see them before they quickly disappeared.



We had one last potluck with about 20 people in attendance. Per usual, we had enough food to feed about triple that number but we sure had a good time. 

Those of us left get together on Tuesday mornings for a homemade treat and a chance to check in with everybody.

I've been having some issues with my right eye. Things look blurry through that eye even with glasses. I had a laser treatment on it a couple of days ago and have an appointment with the doctor next Tuesday. Hopefully that will make the difference and he can find a prescription that will work for me.

June is a wonderful month for my family. We have birthdays - Michaela, my brother-in-law Don, Sons Steve, David, and Todd.

We also have wedding anniversaries - Jimmy and Jenetta, Steve and Jen, Todd and Michaela. 

I am really looking forward to getting to Montana to see my sister and her hubby and hopefully other family members and lots of friends. I will also be glad to see Todd and Michaela, but this cutie has my heart.

Just a few more pictures. 😍

At the Renaissance Fair


Stay safe if you're under the heat dome.


Friday, May 3, 2024

What Do I Do Now?

 AJ, AZ  - Highs in the 90s and lows in the lower 60s

I received an e-mail that Blog2Print is going out of business. This is the service that I have used since 2008 to make a paper book of my blog every year. I know the blog is online but there may come a time when I am not able to use a computer but I can still hold a book in my hands and look at the pictures. So this e-mail made me very sad.

There are several alternatives to Blog2Print but that means I have to learn a whole new program and I am dreading that. I guess that means I'm getting old and my brain is wearing out. So if any of you out there who may still be reading my blog (there's not many of you left), have used a different program I sure would appreciate knowing which one you chose and if you like it.

Or maybe it is time for me to retire my blog as many blogging friends have done. I'm just not sure what route I'm going to take.

In other news, my hot water tank is being replaced as I write.  

I will be ordering one more blog book before time runs out the middle of this month so I am including several pictures of Elias and Michaela and her family. Mom and Elias were in Washington State for a Celebration of Life for her sister, Annie.