Saturday, October 12, 2019

Uralista Meet, Redstone Park and Lotdocking at the Western Aviation Warbirds Museum

Yesterday, Oct 12, it was my please to have coffee in the town of Henderson, NV with fellow Uralista Val H. and her husband Wayne. 

Val showed up in her Baikal Limited Edition Patrol and Wayne rode a BMW 1200 GS.

We had a good time chatting, getting to know each other and sharing stories.  For instance, Val had just had her rig's engine rebuilt (a three month process) due to a crankshaft failure!  Sound familiar.  We looked over each other's rigs, compared notes and such.

Soon though it was time for Val and Wayne to leave, as she was flying out to Steamboat Springs to visit family.

Val and Wayne

Afterwards, I went back to the campsite at the Dry Lake Bed and inspired by an umbrella stand bolted onto Val's rig, I figured out a way to mount (temporarily) the small umbrella that comes with my folding camp chair:

The Machidas then came by and took me back to their RV in the Thousand Trails RV Park in Las Vegas and fed me dinner while we waited for Martha, my loving wife, to fly in from Denver for the week.

It's Fall Break for the school system Martha works for, so I get to have her company all week!

Today, we broke camp soon after breakfast and we took a drive through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  The only place we stopped at was Redstone where there are cool red rock formations and a picnic area.

After being UDF'ed for a bit by two motorcycle riders in the parking lot, we took a short walk amongst the several rock formation easily accessible.  I concentrated on getting shots of the light within the wind-hollowed holes in these massive rock formations.

Who needs Antelope Canyon right?  OK, OK, perhaps it is "mo better", we'll find out later this coming week.

After leaving the Lake Mead area, we went and found our first Harvest Host site, the Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum is located on the grounds of the airport in Saint George, Utah.  We got a spot in their parking lot, hence the lotdocking in the post's title.

Part of the premise of using a Harvest Host site is that your expected to make a purchase of their offerings or tour their museum, etc.  In this case, a $10 donation, got us a nice tour of several warbirds, mostly of the Soviet Era:

All the info on the planes:  LINK

Photo of the Mig Trainer version in flight over Utah

After the tour, I unloaded Scarlett and we went into Washington City to the Costco to fight the zombie crowds for some groceries.

That nightmare over with, we returned to the museum's parking lot to find it closed up for the day.

As I type this, one RV shares the parking lot with us, it's tow vehicle is out somewhere, seeing the sights I guess.

The warbird museum is the building behind the US Flag

Good 4G signal, secure parking area, pretty quiet for an airport as its mainly small engined aircraft and such flying in and out of here and not much of that today.  Plus, it's free!  My thanks for the Machidas for getting me into the Harvest Host program.  I hope to use it much more on the eastern half of the country as there is no BLM last on that half of the country.


SonjaM said...

Meeting the Machidas was bound to happen ;-)

Love the rock formations.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks SonjaM, and yes, it's preordained!

Spat said...

It's always good to meet up with fellow uralista when you are or they are out and about. The air museum is pretty cool and you captured the redstone nicely. least you forget I had a small articulation arm attached to front of my luggage rack to use an umbrella for my furry mutt monkey

RichardM said...

The museum looks pretty cool. Next time we are in the area...

redlegsrides said...

I had forgotten John, findingmore and more things forgotten these days.