Archive for October, 2011

Trip report: Reno to Flagstaff to Zion and back on the extraterrestrial highway

The Baxter’s report on roads and conditions on their southwest tour in six segments:

1 – Reno to Beatty NV – Used Highway 95, good whole way, with some construction and short delays. Stayed at Beatty RV Park, small (30 +/-) spots, exceptional restroom / showers.

2 – Beatty to Boulder City – Used Highways 95 & 93, roadways good except in/near Las Vegas, lots of construction and detour. Stayed at CanyonTrails RV park. Nice facility, large, nice level sites and clean restroom/showers. No trees, lots of sun…

3 – Boulder City to Flagstaff AZ – Used Highway 93, then Highway 40, good road conditions, #40 four lane and thus easy driving. Slow gradual climbs about 35 miles outside of Boulder City all the way to Flagstaff. Stayed at J&H RV Park. Small (35 +/-) sites. Well maintained and quiet. Billed as a “senior & adult ” park.

4 – Flagstaff to Zion National Park – Used Highway 89, then Alt 89 thru Hurricane and Virgin to enter Park from West
had been informed that the East entrance via 89 was lots of turns at end and also trucks, RVs, trailers needed special permit and traffic control to pass thru tunnel. Highway 89 and Alt 89 is two lane, good road surface and a few climbs,
nothing difficult at all. Stayed in WATCHMAN campground within Park. Had electricity at each site, no water. Campground full, wanted to extend stay could not due to no sites available. Recommend reservations pretty far in advance. This campground most convenient, can walk to Park shuttle, and thus all hiking trails were available to us.

5 – Zion National Park to Caliente NV Used I 15 to Cedar City, then Utah Highway51, then NV highway 6, then NV highway 93 south to Caliente. Road surface good, a few climbs, but nothing steep. Few fuel stops available, long stretches without town or many cars. Stayed in Youngs RV park. relatively small, mostly long term people here. We we put in a site with lawn/trees. Some other “itinerant” RV’ers showed up and were put in a large graveled area, no trees, no lawn, pretty barren. All sites had full hookups with WIFI. An ok place for a one night stand,

6 – Caliente NV to Hawthorne NV Used highway 93, then extraterrestrial highway, then highway 6, then highway 95. All road surfaces in excellent condition, Long slow gradual climb (4%,5% grade for 7 miles) out of Caliente NV. Not an extreme climb just long. 190 miles from Caliente to Tonopah…No fuel available!! No ATT cell phone service available for most of the run. Must have seen 8 or 9 cars on the extraterrestrial highway.

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SNU October newsletter online

SNU Folks,

The October 2011 Newsletter has been posted. Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there, too.

Topics in the October newsletter

SNU Anniversary Rally -|- October Rally at Scout Camp -|-  Notes from the Prez -|-Best Classic Aircraft -|- October Elections -|- Thanks to the Grossmann’s

October Rally at Scout Camp

The SNU October rally will be at Scout Camp on the Carson river. The dates are Thursday October 20 – Sunday October 23, 2011. It is located just off Alt 95 just over the bridge from Buckland Station. It is right on the Carson River.  Be sure and bring firewood for campfires.

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SNU: 35 years. History and the birthday party at SLT

The challenge at the South Lake Tahoe campground was getting around the trees. That was the spot for the SNU’s 35th anniversary rally. Things were rather strange although camping in the trees without fully defined parking areas was as usual. The ground was flat and very little leveling effort was needed. There was electricity and water available. There were also event’s! Everybody formed a mob Saturday morning to walk over to the museum and then in the afternoon for the bus ride to the MS Dixie II mooring pier.

See the index page for the SNU 35th Anniversary Rally & Dinner Cruise and check out the links to the photo galleries, history quiz, and other stuff. To get into the SNU history, check out the history index page.

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