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Nellis Air Force Base

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    • Day 3

      Nellis Air Force Base

      April 3, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      We had a good day of traveling. As I fueled up, I asked about restaurants nearby. The only place in town to get an American breakfast in Ely is at Denny's in Hotel Nevada. Breakfast was typical Denny's, edible but nothing fantastic. We were on the road by 11 and arrived at Nellis AFB around 3 pm. The drive with decent, with only a couple of road construction delays. No problems with the coach. Set up is always easy with Mighty Mo, We unhooked the 4runner and drove over to visit with Eric, Dawn, Kylie and Kegan. It is always good to see the family. Looking forward to spending a lot more time with them this week. Loving retirement. Life is good.Read more

    • Day 17

      Nellis Air Force Base

      September 17, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

      It feels so much better to be at lower elevation and have sufficient oxygen again. Both of us today feel like we have magically returned to the land of the living.

      We drove back through Zion on the way out, from the east entrance and exiting the south entrance of the Park. The South Campground inside of Zion looks really nice and Springdale, Utah, the town just south of the park entrance looks like a lot of fun. Definitely plan to come back.

      We left Zion area one day early, despite campground reservations, because of the elevation challenges. The elevation with a head cold just wasn't working for either of us. The disorientation was crazy. I won't tell you some of the crazy conversations and thought processes that we had; they were close to delirious. The Arkansas license plate was one of them. There was an special weekend event going on at the campground this weekend for the Glampers. They had a live band playing until 11 pm. Normally we would be out there partying with the rest of them, but the music was hurting our heads. Earlier when we felt a slight inclination to take a turn about at sunset, we didn't ... only because we didn't want to see or talk to people... forget spreading germs; socializing takes too much energy.

      Let me tell you a little about the disorientation... first of all, we can barely hear because our ears are plugged and the constant elevation changes when driving challenges this even more. My eyesight has changed on this trip. My readers were no longer working at all; I couldn't see my phone to read at all with the readers that I had. So I bought a stronger level of readers at the dollar store. I lost my sunglasses that were bifocals the night of the Red Rocks concert, so driving and reading my map screen at the same time is impossible. We can't smell because we're all stuffed up. Taste is limited as well. I don't think we have covid, but who knows and I really don't care. We feel dizzy. We feel short of breath. We can't remember anything; the recent days are all jumbled together. The lack of oxygen to the brain and the general inability to read the world through our normal senses creates a complete disorientation.

      For example, yesterday when I went into the visitor center at Zion, I went to stamp my National Park Passport book. When I opened the book, I saw that I didn't have a stamp for Bryce Canyon. I had a moment of panic. I thought we went to Bryce Canyon. I even titled a post in my blog "Bryce Canyon". Why didn't I get the stamp in my passport? This sent my brain spiraling in complete confusion for the next hour. I looked through my picture gallery and the dates. I looked at my calendar. I looked at the tracker on the app of exactly where we have traveled. I wasn't able to solve the puzzle. My mind was reeling. If we didn't go to Bryce, why not? Did we forget to go? Did we go and don't remember? Did we consciously decide not to go and don't remember the decision making process? I had no clue. All I could do is drive, stop and climb a few rocks while Doug was passed out in the van, and then drive some more until it didn't matter. In the end, we think that after the night of very little sleep, when Doug was having hallucinations of robbing pharmacies, we decided to not go.

      I drove and Doug slept on the sofa, moaning occasionally about his ears being clogged, blowing his nose or hacking up phlegm. We have to repeat everything we say three times because we can't hear. The windows of the van are down as we drive in an attempt to keep us cool. We've gone through about 4 rolls of toilet paper for our noses alone, and bought Vaseline to soothe our crusty lips and noses.

      We're in the desert now. As we drive I-15 and turn off our exit to the military base, there's a fog-like look to the air all around us, clouding the Vegas skyline ahead. It's not humidity; it's dust. We're on Las Vegas Boulevard. We pass a dirt riding area with side by side ATVs and then a couple hundred dirt bike riders with flags on their bikes. We pass the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the big sign announcing NASCAR coming October 14-16.

      We arrived at the Nellis Air Force base at about 1300. Doug is a Veteran and with his military ID has full access to any military base, commissary and military campground in the US. It's $27 a night to stay here in the upgraded camping spot. We checked in and found our campsite.

      Another purpose of coming to Las Vegas for a day was to see if I wanted to upgrade the van to a larger camper. We went to an RV dealership and looked at a couple of B+ RVs including a used Airstream Atlas. It was very nice, but wasn't a long term match for me. Also the final price tag would not be a wise purchase. $1500 a month for 20 years! I'd rather invest that money in real estate/land once the prices drop a bit. So for now, I will keep the van. I'm trying to treat her a little kinder and be grateful for what I have. Doug on the other hand, at 6 foot 3 inches tall, is tired of hitting his head on cabinets. I get to hear the expletives about 10 times a day. He does have a small cut on the top of his head, and I have a 5 inch long wound on my leg from running into a drawer. It's super tight quarters.

      Heading back to the campsite, I realized I've not named my van yet. "Little Miss" came to mind. Doug says, "Little Miss the target".

      We went to the shop on base to get some wine. Yes, we ARE feeling better... tomorrow we will check out the commissary. At the campsite, we enjoyed our wine and cooked dinner together... chicken and pasta with a garlic cream sauce, spinach and sautéed carrots. And we talked about the future...

      Thank you, Little Miss, for accompanying us on this adventure.
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    • Day 20

      US Air Force Thunderbirds

      September 20, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 93 °F

      Nellis AFB is home to the Thunderbird fighter jets. While looking for the carwash, we happened to stumble acrostic the Thunderbird Museum and went inside. The fighter jets are taking off and landing throughout the day and evening, and the sound they produce is loud like a continuous sonic boom. We learned that the jets can travel at more than 1500 mph. The Thunderbird pilots have their own designated parking spaces.

      We arrived to the campground on base just before closing, checked in, and went straight to the showers. After getting hooked up at our campsite, we sat outside in our lounge chairs and had a beer while watching the fighter jets and Blackhawks fly over us.

      6 o'clock pm rolls around on a military base, the Retreat is sounded. Over an intercom can be heard for a 1 mile radius, a trumpet playing, followed by an organ version of the Star Spangled Banner. Wherever you are on base, the protocol is to stand and salute or place your hand over your heart while the Retreat sounds. We stood and Doug held his salute stance for the next two minutes throughout the Retreat.

      I cooked chicken Curry for dinner and we opened the wine. At 9 pm as we were falling asleep, we heard a trumpet playing Taps.

      Day is done, gone the sun,
      From the hills, from the lake, from the skies.
      All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

      Go to sleep, peaceful sleep, may the soldier
      or sailor, God keep. On the land or the deep, Safe in sleep.

      Love, good night, must thou go,
      when the day, and the night need thee so?
      All is well. Speedeth all To their rest.

      Fades the light;
      And afar Goeth day,
      And the stars Shineth bright,
      Fare thee well;
      Day has gone, night is on.

      Thanks and praise, for our days,
      'Neath the sun, Neath the stars, 'Neath the sky,
      As we go, this we know, God is nigh.
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    • Day 3

      My Birthday Day. What a great Day.

      April 3, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

      After some long travels we were able to spend the day here in Vegas. i was blessed to be able to have lunch with my Granddaughter, Kegan. That was followed by spending time with my Daughter, Dawn, and an evening out with my Son and Grandson. Eric and Logan.
      Life begins at 70 and Life is Good.
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