Visiting friends in Boulder City, Nevada

From California we crossed southwest into Boulder City, our only stop in Nevada this Fall.  Our dear friends John and Pam had put down stakes in a beautiful house here over a year ago.  They may have a “real” home now ,but they’re still far from hanging up the RV keys.  In fact, we last met up with them in Jackpot, Nevada in June where they reiterated their invitation to come and visit them on our southward trek.

Thankfully our route this Fall led us in their direction.  Steve appreciated instructions from “the locals” to get fuel in the area while avoiding the insane Las Vegas traffic.  Just before crossing into Nevada we made a right turn onto Nipton Road, to I95N, to Boulder City.   It was a new route for us as we passed through dense Joshua tree forests while driving across the Mojave Desert.

Many miles of Joshua trees out here

Heading down I95 to our campground at Lake Mead RV Village, the recreational lake that we had enjoyed on our previous visit came into view.  If Hoover Dam is in your future, here’s a peek at our adventures at this man-made marvel.  We also zipped and floated around this beautiful place on the same visit.

A re-visit to Lake Mead – yay!

After hooking up and freshening up, we were excited to get over to John and Pam’s place for dinner!

Site #21 facing the lake – loved it!

We toured their beautiful home and loved the back yard with its freshly-refurbished pool and awesome lighting.  We also approved of their choice of our favorite colors for the pool – green and blue!  It was a great evening, catching up over Pam’s delicious Paella.  We were so engrossed in conversation that I forgot to take a single picture – practically unheard of for me 🙂

I had a minute to pose before starting our hike with John and Pam the next day

The following morning we met up to hike one of their favorite nearby trails, the Liberty Bell Arch Trail.  Ever since we all first met in July 2013, and whenever our paths have crossed  –  whether it be in Colorado, Arizona, Utah, California or now in Nevada – we’ve always enjoyed our common interest of hiking together.  In short, we think these are some really cool folks!

Another fun hike with John and Pam

The rolling terrain we followed up to the arch was moderately strenuous and accounted for most of the elevation change in excess of 1000′.  We passed an old manganese mine and then paused to view the arch as we continued on to the Colorado plateau at the highest point of our hike.  The arch is so named for its resemblance to the Liberty Bell, which is now on display at Independence National Historic Park in Pennsylvania – John and Pam’s original home state.

Viewed from the north, the arch is way out there, but the bell resemblance can only be seen from the east or west
The guys were trying to figure out how the ore was transported from the mine

Hiking around the area of the mine shafts became an adventure of its own!

For the love of God, get down here Steve!
We kind of blazed our own trail in some places

Back on track, we continued:

To see the arch, we walked past it and then looked back…
…there it is!

We continued to the top of the plateau for our lunch, with a view from 700′ above the Colorado River:

The river is WAY down there
Lunch break at the end of trail, with views of the plateau and the bridge at Hoover Dam

After the hike, they took us to a park where dozens of Bighorn Sheep graze with no concern for the people taking pictures of them:

Not something most folks see in their local park
He found the one, isn’t she lovely?
This studly guy was in the mood.  I didn’t know they have gray/black tongues!

Our three-day visit flew by, and these gracious locals showed us a good time.  We’re so happy they’ve found their little piece of heaven here in Boulder City!

Enjoying our final evening with a beautiful sunset at Lake Mead




  1. What a great post, ML!! So glad you were able to come and visit, and we could get in a nice hike. It’s always a fun time when we get the chance to meet up, and we do so enjoy your company. I love that photo of the bighorn with his tongue out. We are looking forward to a quick meet up before you head out on the seas. See you in Tucson.

  2. What a picturesque site you had overlooking the lake, but I can see why you were eager to meet up with friends — their place sounds wonderful. That hike had some great views, too. This time of year, the Liberty Bell Arch reminds me more of a bell-shaped Christmas cookie! Those sheep certainly live up to their name, don’t they? That boy tasting the air is a fantastic pic. I didn’t know their tongues were that color, either!

    • Should your route take you here, stay for a while so much to do and hiking trails are numerous! You have a cookie on your mind, and I bet you make good cookies too 🙂

  3. Sounds like a fabulous visit with great people! Your site at Lake Mead was pretty much RV-perfection, the hiking looked challenging and fun, the bighorn sheep neighborhood kids look entertaining, and Paella? Oh man… Paella!!! Yum!! Glad you all had a great visit!

  4. Oh, how fun to see four of our favorite friends together!! I’m so glad you were able to visit Pam and John ‘at home.’ It looks like you guys had a great time—of course!. Your hike looks great (love the bell-shaped arch) and so does your happy hour overlooking the lake at your beautiful site. And Pam’s paella sounds fabulous! Now I want paella. 🙂

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