Sparks to Las Vegas, NV: Reservoirs, lakes, streams, canals...who would have thought there was so much water in the desert? I didn't. For eight hours, we drove from Sparks, NV to Henderson, NV, and saw Carson Lake, Walker Lake, a reservoir, and a couple of rivers. Seeing the blue water after miles upon miles of brown sagebrush was a welcome sight.
At the south end of Walker Lake, I saw odd structures in the distance. As we drove closer, we could see row after row of large buildings, and mounded dirt structures. Turns out it was the Hawthorne Army Depot: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/hawthorne.htm. On our way back, we plan to stop at the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum to see ammunition from the past.
At Tonopah, we stopped at a Mexican restaurant for a very good lunch. We started seeing yucca trees south of Tonopah and saw a large sand dune area called "Big Dune."
We arrived in Henderson around 5:00 p.m. Bob's mom and sister had spaghetti dinner cooking. Bob's brother, Aaron; niece, Emily, and brother's girlfriend, Christy were visiting from Kentucky and joined us for dinner. It was a very good dinner.
Around 9:30 pm our evening wound down. Bob and I stayed in the guest bedroom in a double-sized air bed. When we went to sleep everything was fine, air bed was firm. By morning, I was falling into Bob as the air bed had lost air overnight. It was very hard to roll over. I ended up rolling out of the air bed onto the floor to get out of bed.