Days of Nights

in search of dark skies

Month: December 2017

Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Clark County NV.

Lee Canyon. Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.

Back into the pinyon forest. This time at 7300 ft./ 2220 m. Lee Canyon Road in the northern part of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The first night the temperature fell to 16 F./ -9 C. High temperatures in the 40’s/ 7 C. Two thing to do here. Check out Mary Jane Falls by Mt. Charleston and to see if the Desert Wildlife Refuge on the other side of Hwy 95 has suitable sites for truck and trailer. It’s all good. Aspen and Ponderosa pine on the other side of the mountain. No trees on the desert floor. The area to the west of the NWR is the Nevada Test Site where atomic bombs were tested from 1952 to 1964.

Three Rules

  1. Put Stuff Away. It will be there when you need it next time.
  2. Put Stuff Away. There is a limited amount of space here. There is a lot of shuffling going on anyway. Stuff has to be put away so you can do other stuff.
  3. (This is for me) Follow Through. When I am doing something, complete the procedure. Being distracted in mid-process results in something being forgotten and possibly lost. Nothing serious so far, but yesterday I ALMOST lost my wallet.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Lovell Canyon

Less than hour east of Pahrump is Lovell Canyon in the Spring Mountains Recreation Area in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Camping in the canyon is dispersed only so it’s up to you to find a good spot. I did. The Lovell Canyon Road is paved. Nice. The campsite is on a side road.  I had to take the truck and trailer down and up the creek crossing. Fairly rough dirt road a mile or so in, but a relatively clean site with a decent amount of vegetation throughout. Pinyon, juniper, sage, manzanita, and some plants I have never seen before. Time to get educated. The campsite across the road had very little left growing and much broken glass and shotgun shells. Humans are really messy creatures. Thanksgiving Day getting acquainted with my immediate surroundings and a pre-prepared dinner. Star gazing is seriously compromised by the light pollution from Las Vegas. It’s like the first light of dawn all night long. Friday what was to be a light hike up the northern end of the canyon turned into a 6-mile hike. Easy well-maintained trail. I love the pinyon forests. They are peaceful places with a lot of biological diversity. Saturday a bit of housekeeping. Sunday a leisurely day as I decided to stay a night longer than I had planned. Too nice to leave. Monday morning came in really windy with storm clouds racing above. It cleared up by 1000 am and I set to work packing up the trailer and hitching up. No phone signal for 5 whole days. Saturday was the only day there was any traffic on the road. A shooter up the road off and on all day long. Even though it is prohibited and there are signs posted all around. All in all I had an enjoyable stay here.

Pahrump Farewell

Having taken care of all the business I needed to, or as I have said, “I have done enough damage here for the time being,” I bid a fond Pahrump farewell. It’s been an interesting month. A trailer park I feel totally comfortable in, and full of plenty of social observation. I have no idea what most of the people of Pahrump do, let alone where they came from or why they came here. Everyone has a story….

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