Regardless of whether you’re looking for day trip near Las Vegas, into seeing great sights or overnight camping, be sure to put Valley of Fire on your “bucket list.” After finally having the opportunity to spend several days within Nevada’s first state park, In this video are our TOP 8 things to see and do during your visit.
Serendipity Rides Again Before leaving the house on our Valentine’s get-a-way I grabbed the latest issue of Rails-to-Trails magazine. I thought perhaps we would dig in somewhere for a few days and I would actually have time to read it. Now I think that perhaps it was fate mixed with a little serendipity that led us here. As we vegged and relaxed in Valley of Fire (next video) I read about the River Mountain Trail near Las Vegas and directly on our route home. We had to go!
As always, we love to start off the new year going to Arizona and having a FUN-TASTIC time with “800 of our BEST friends” in Arizona at the XScapersBash2020 convergence!!!” This year we rendezvous in Lake Havasu coincident with their awesome annual Hot Air Balloon Festival with spectacular weather fitting for all snowbirds. Of course when the XScapers subgroup within the Escapees clan get together with hundreds of RVers, having rules are important and our number one motto is: WE ARE INCLUSIVE – EVERYONE IS OUR FRIEND!
On Part 3 of our sojourn with the Escapees Xscapers 2018 Bash convergence, we left the boondocks for the day to head into nearby Quartzsite Arizona. Grace loves to get craft beads at huge discount prices in the huge Gem World store while I refresh our rig – dumping and refilling tanks. We had a blast taking a spin with our neighbor Brad and Carolyn RadPower electric bikes (gotta’ buy two!) In the evening, we enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner with other Xscapers, followed by awesome 1970s type music by the Status Crows duet. Afterwards, we went out for a nighttime photography session, doing foreground cactus light painting with the Milky Way stars in the background. Turns out the only thing in short supply are the hours of the day and night – so much to do, so little time…
As we continue our Quartzsite Xscapers Bash 2018 convergence, we are treated to another hot air balloon setup and takeoff before heading out to the famous Desert Bar (4 mile, 30 minute) slow off road ride that’s worth every minute of the trip! Local bands like the “Most Wanted” made it a particularly enjoyable day.
Arriving at Quartzsite Arizona for the Escapees Xscapers Bash 2018 convergence rally, Travis and Melanie Travis gave a warm introductory welcome to 200+ RVers, along with Xscapers Convergence Director JP Smith, Social Media guru Georgianne Austin, Marketing Strategist David Goldstein
Michael – Wow, on our 3rd day drone shooting the wildflower super-bloom, we headed south all the way down past the Salton Sea to Anza Borrego State Park. Compared to Lancaster and Palmdale, you definitely realize this *is* the desert (millions of migrating caterpillars/SPHINX MOTHS) but in March the temperatures were fair enough. With little time to do it all, unfortunately we missed the desert museum until the blue hour – maybe next trip.
Michael – Seeing the wildflower pop in the Spring is one thing – hunting a spectacular SUPER-BLOOM is something else! Traveling to southern California paid huge dividends to capture mega-awesome photos, videos and drone footage at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve!
California Travel Videos gives Grace two thumbs way up on our getaway to Joshua Tree National Park! Everywhere you look are beautiful views and photograph opportunities. It’s also offers excellent challenges for the aspiring mountain climber and Kaliki gives a few of the mondogranite boulders a try (staying within the 100 foot required range of the roadway).