Tuesday (4/5/16) was our last full day in Laughlin and we didn’t have any big plans. We might mention that we have been to Laughlin a couple times years ago on motorcycle rides and spent a week here when we hit the road fulltime in late 2012 so we didn’t feel the need to do a bunch of sightseeing.
After a leisurely start to our morning we jumped in the Jeep and took a drive through town for giggles and stopped in at a small shopping mall in town to check it out, once again we walked out empty handed. Then we headed across the river to the Arizona side to drive around a bit and fill the Jeep up with gas, it’s cheaper over there.
After our drive we headed home and chilled until about 4 when we decided it was time to strap on the feedbag and take advantage of our free Buffet dinner!! MMMMMMMM well maybe more like mmmm. After my first walk by the line to grab what looked good my plate didn’t have much on it, so I decided I better lower my expectations and walk through again but didn’t really add that much to it. Diane was about the same but hey, it was “free” after-all. It was good enough that we were still able to fill our bellies but not good enough that we felt we wanted to gorge ourselves until we were uncomfortable.
After dinner we headed out to the River Walk and took a stroll stopping into casino’s as we went to have a peak. We killed a couple hours doing that and at one point we erased the gambling deficit we created the night before and went ahead by a pretty good chunk BUT by the time we worked our way back to the other end we ended up being $20 down for our 3 days in Laughlin, not that we gambled that much, probably 8 hours total. $20 for 2 people in 3 days for a little fun is pretty cheap even in our book.
After our wild night we found our way home and was nestled in front of the TV by 9pm. We are a couple of wild and craaaaazy people!!! Rewind 10 years and we would have been lucky to get 8 hours of sleep during a 3 day visit to a town like Laughlin, Reno or Vegas. Where have the years gone? Of course the cash flow was a little different during the working days.
After a good night’s sleep we woke (4/6/16) to a pretty windy morning with a bunch of clouds in the sky but it was warm, perfect it’s travel day.
Once again we did our normal mourning travel day routine and the wheels were rolling at 9am. You would think we have done this a time or two. Oh, I did lay down a view boards like I mentioned in our last update to make sure we didn’t have any mishaps as we pulled out of our site and it took away the pucker level as we went through the dip.
We rolled out of Laughlin on HWY 163 until we hit HWY 95 and took it to HWY 515. We drove only a few miles on 515 until we jumped on I-215 west until we hopped off on NV-160 West and took it all the way to Pahrump.
Once in Pahrump we stopped in and filled up the motorhome before heading to our campground which is about 6 miles west of town.
We decided to take advantage of another coupon special that we picked up while at the Quartzsite Tent Event that gave us a 50% discount for a site at the Nevada Treasure RV Resort.
The plan at this point is to spend just 2 nights and make another move but there is a weather front coming through bringing some rain so if we can hang around an extra day to wait for it to pass we will but right now it looks like 3 days of rain and if that’s the case we will tough it out and continue on. See that darn schedule thing is already coming into play, normally we would just hang tight.
We have stayed in Pahrump 3 times before but never at this campground. #1 it’s a few miles outside of town so not as convenient if you plan to do things in town, but because we have experienced Pahrump before we don’t really feel the need to do that again, and #2 it seemed a bit high for what it offers and it’s quality and it’s more than we normally like to spend but with the 50% discount it all of a sudden falls in line so we figured what the heck, let’s try it out.
Once we were all set up and after dinner we took a bike ride around the park “which didn’t take long” and went for a walk to check out the pool, weight room, lounge and bowling alley. Yes we said bowling alley!!! This is the first RV ark we have stayed at with its own bowling alley.
After kicking back by the pool for a while we wandered back home and fiddled around the rest of the evening. I think we will give our new Instant Pot a trial run tomorrow.
Thursday (4/7/16) was a pretty uneventful day by design. We woke to a pretty nice day, had breakfast, tossed a load of cloths in the wash and headed to the gym for a workout.
They have a very nice weight room with plenty of cardio machines, free weights and more cable type machines than we have seen at any other campground gym. Some we had to read the instructions to even figure out how they could be used and we of course did that out of curiosity.
It’s nice hitting different gyms because going to the same one all the time it’s easy to fall too much into a routine and get bored. Hitting new gyms make you try new things and work areas of your body with different machines. Well that’s what I think anyway.
After our workout we headed home for showers and lunch before driving into town to pick up a roast so we could test out our new Instant Pot!!! Once back home we took a bike ride and loaded them on the Jeep in preparation for travel day on Friday. Normally not a big deal but because we are supposed to hit rain we took extra time to wrap the handlebars and seats in bags and tape them up.
And yup, we decided to go ahead and leave Friday. The weather forecast shows rain over the next 5 days and we are not going to sit that long waiting for it to pass.
Now let us report on our first experience with our Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. And don’t get us wrong because even though not what we expected it was pretty darn good and tomorrow is a travel day and we have leftovers for our boondocking tomorrow night.
First we put a couple tablespoons of oil in the pot and pushed the sauté button. After getting hot in just a couple minutes we browned all sides of the roast and then set it aside. Then tossed in the carrots & onions along with a small about of beef broth and deglazed the pot.
After browning the meat and sautéing the carrots & onions we put the meat back in along with 1 ½ cups of beef broth and pushed the “meat” button and set the cook time to 50 minutes. It actually turned out to be 60 because after about 10 minutes I screwed up my messing around and pushed the “warm” button which of course I NOW know turned the unit off so I started it again and set the timer to 50 minutes once again because we watched one video that said cook for 50 minutes and one video said cook for 70 minutes so we figured 60 overall would be ok.
At the end of the cook time we let the pressure release naturally for about 18 minutes as we finished up our mashed potatoes and then released the remaining pressure. The carrots to me were perfect but the roast was not as moist and fall apart tender as I hoped. I would almost call it overdone. We would normally use a Chuck Roast but could only find a Rump Roast that was 2 ½ lbs.
Not complaining about our first experience but it wouldn’t be one that I would be able to brag about if we had company over LOL!! We are just reporting our first experience.
That’s it for now. Tomorrow (Friday 4/8/16) we plan to lift our jacks and hit the road. We don’t have any reservations for a spot tomorrow night but we hope to make it to a boondocking spot outside of Hawthorne Nevada but that will be a 270 mile day on 2 lane roads. That will be a long day compared to how we normally like to travel especially if we hit the rain they are forecasting. But from there we can have short days until we reach Oregon.