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It's 2005, why restrict yourself to four year old software anyway?
We towed from Norcal and learned a few things:
It gets hot (112) in Baker. That can make pulling up the grade towards Vegas interesting for some folks.
The Indian Smoke shop between Vegas and Mesquite has some incredible fireworks for sale. Not that we would have bought any because they're illegal at Powell. That's too bad because the sky morter things would have looked great against the canyon walls.
The Casablanca in Mesquite has good, secure parking but they are not pet-friendly. Special thanks to their craps table that coughed up $370 in 30 minutes. I just wish I could have stayed up longer.
If one of the families has a trailer with four year old Carlisle tires, have them replace them before leaving, rather than in Mesquite, after two have blown.
ON the way back we found that the Marriott Residence Inn in Vegas is pet friendly with very secure parking but no craps tables. However, special thanks to the Wynn which is right next store for the $300 in 20 minutes. Once again, I was too tired to stay up and lose it.
We rented from Forever Resorts out of Antelope Point. 70' of practically brand new houseboat.
After much scouting in my boat, we headed up to the end of Dry Rock Creek and claimed our spot.
We had one set of neighbors around the bend and that was it. We spent our time in Dry Rock Creek and the nearby fingers. Fantastic water and very little boat traffic. No main channel rollers.
We were able to get many kids up over the week.
First time. What a crappy wake on that X Star. It's practically flat.
Oh, there's the wake.
Bad water, crappy scenery.
Every now and then we would ruin the butter for all of the other boats...
Side trips to Cathedral Canyon and Rainbow Bridge:
Some of the locals are really homely.
Our last morning, with an early pull out for the houseboat, meant...5:15 start.
20 minutes later.
(disclaimer: the following pics were taken while I was also driving)
The long tow back.
There's a reason why you run a stern watch...it took these guys five minutes to figure out that they had lost two boats, even with us sounding the big ole air horn on the houseboat and trying to flag down passing boats to relay a message (not a single boat stopped to help). By the time they got to their boats they were bobbing and banging.
Special shoutout to the guy with the micro package on the "Southern Knights":
That shaved thing made the kids laugh but it kind of detracted from the natural beauty of the lake. Please, at least buy a speedo next time.
On our way back I detached and pulled some kids in the rollers so they could appreciate the butter that we had been in all week.
Then we stopped in Vegas for a few nights to recover before heading home. It was a great trip.