MailroomI have a PO Box with JB Mailroom, and they by chance happen to be located in Pahrump, NV. This was, and is, my primary reason for stopping in this sleepy little community. While it's the primary reason found out that there is a lot more to do within spitting distance.
This is the information for JB Mailroom, their website. Had a box, book, and couple other packets to pick up so we arranged to meet and she gave me quite a few places to check out. The ones I have done now are listed here.
I arrived at this piece of heaven in the dark so couldn't see the vines containing grapes, but was informed that they are indeed there. Will have to go back to this place as they have EXCELLENT food, but always at a price.
Had a wonderful gentleman as a waiter and even got him to crack a genuine laugh. I settled in with my water and a glass of iced tea, then perused the menu.
|Filet Au Poivre|
Gallavanting in Death Valley
I was informed to check out Scotty's Castle, and found a couple other items on the way, though the day passed by too quick to check out everything wanted to. Will just have to make another go of it in the nearish future. This is the detailed map of the route.
|Map of route|
The temperature was high of mid 80's. When entering the valley, coming down the mountain side, could actually feel the temperature change. The temp gauge on the bike jumped five degrees at a certain point going down the hill. Another thing to note is that when the sun sets, the temperature dwindles very fast. Not a problem if was in a car, but on a bike something to be wary of.
Toodling by on the road, not a care in the world, saw this place too late to make the turn so quickly did a u-turn and headed back. All did was park, walk up the little hill, and marvel in mother nature. Granted, not much lives here but it was very interesting seeing all the curves mother nature creates with erosion and the rain which this area seldom gets. The pictures don't do this place justice.
Saw a young lady start gearing up on a mountain bike. Struck up a quick conversation with her and come to find out she is from Europe as she had an accent. Believe it was a german accent but didn't ask. I passed her going down the hill (she joked that's the best, and easiest part).
Call me naive (yes, in more ways than I care to admit), but really thought that this campground had at least a spring in it, maybe not from Texas, but a spring nonetheless. However, none was apparent, nor didn't see any signage indicating a trail going to one. Took a quick ride through here and it seems like a very nice campground, for the desert. Space between each site so not sardine land, and some of the tent sites had a bush or tree to provide some type of shade. Not much else to say about this other than wouldn't want to stay here during the summer, without AC that is. Saw a sign saying generator use was not allowed. Have a feeling that the generator itself would even overheat during summer.
|1 mil gal swimming pool, and view|
|Closeup of water|
|Reeds along stream|
The Castle is managed by the National Park Service, which is good and bad to some extent. The bad is government is involved (with the builder didn't want it to be from the get go due to a multi-year court battle), and anytime involve government things just don't happen. The good is that any fees paid for tours stay in hands of the Castle and cannot be touched by our wonderful Congress.
|Pathway connecting two buildings|
|Kitchen Sink, Italian tile|
|500 Yr Old Chest, belonged to King/Queen|
|Crest in Organ Room|