by YONA C. RIEL

Friday, May 21, 2010

Leaving Las Vegas - day four

     The only reason I stayed in Vegas was because Pahrump (which is 'Nevada' for  PO-dunk) had no rooms left.  I arrived late, 8pm and apparently 800 extra men were there learning how to fire weapons.  So Vegas it was...
    I stayed in a huge casino all bright lights, cigarettes and slot machines; both totally the opposite of what I wanted and the opposite of Rhyolite.  In an attempt to make themselves more family friendly there was art everywhere.   Mona Lisa stared back at you as you plugged the machine with quarters.   

     There was a enormous, opulent fish tank...
    I couldn't get a really good shot inside the tank but the next one has a Harley sitting in front which helps with understanding the scale of the thing....
    When I arrived in Vegas it was 9pm and I was hungry so after getting situated in my room I went down to the Sundance Bar and Cafe....
    I was seated next to a (presumably) fake forest.  It was so funny to me I just had to take a picture of it....
     After my quesadilla and beer I headed up to my room and had a great night's sleep.  The next morning I went down to Starbucks (one of the few places in the casino with free wifi) and wrote my blog entry.   (be forwarned everything at Starbucks in Vegas is double the price, unless you are gambling, in which case they offer free coffee).
    After writing the blog I got on the HWY 93 to Hoover Dam.  It was crawling with tourists.  The traffic was so slow I grew frustrated.  Due to the construction I knew the slow traffic would persist for at least long enough to get a drive-by shooting of the dam.   Guerilla tourism I called it...
    Not my cup of tea.  But it had to be done as it was the fastest way to Kingman Arizona.  I made a brief stop there to take a picture of a sign along HWY 66 but I really wanted to get to Jerome, Arizona or at least Prescott so I didn't do a lot of stopping.
     I continued down HWY 93 until I got to HWY 71 which said it would take me to Prescott.

   A storm was coming in and the lighting was very strange so I jumped out of the truck alongside the freeway, took a little hike over a few fences and found this rock outcropping made more magical by the strange contrasting blue-gray sky....
    Once I turned off the main highway there was an abandoned house.  This one was pretty creepy complete with one page of girl on girl porn presumably left for the next squatter ....
    Was somebody buried in that tomb looking thing?  Great place to shoot a horror film.  And it was even for sale....
      I drove on and intersected with HWY 89 and found the most amazing little artists town called Yarnell.  The very first business as you come in to town had this sign.
    I went back to see if they were open but the closed sign was up and the dogs were barking so I meandered slowly threw the town.
    I say meandered because the town was full of strange things to look at even though it was getting late.  (Now that I am home and rewriting this I wish that I had stayed there but I feared no internet.)  This is a town I want to visit again, since it had a lot the artistic looking businesses, yet few tourists...
    Finally about 7 at night I got to Prescott and found a place with free internet.  I had forgotten that Prescott was at such a high elevation.  The whole way up I was remembering the bicycle trip I did on this road when I was 15 years old and the 40 mile downhill stretch of rolling hills and hairpin turns.  I still love going 50 mph down a hill on my bicycle but now I where a helmet.  Again I had a good nights sleep after my long day of driving.  My excitement about Day 5 was two fold.  First the next day (April 13th) was my birthday.  Secondly I would get to be in both Jerome (one of the towns we stayed in on my bike trip) and Arcosanti  (which was my goal for this road trip.)

2 comments:

  1. One of my students is from Kingman. She talks about her "old school" all the time. In fact, she makes me a bit nuts, but she's smart. I'll tell her my friend just visited there and loved it and she'll perhaps be less of a pill for a minute tomorrow.

    I like the shot of the plants and the metal/rock
    "weird things" that look like a prospecting installation.

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  2. someday Jen, you got to get to Yarnell. not as popular as Jerome but I liked it better in many ways...

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