Friday (3/31) we lifted our jacks and rolled out of Kingman Arizona at about 8:30. Our travel day took us north on HWY 93 to Boulder where we switched over to HWY 515 which we took to Las Vegas.
In the middle of Vegas we battled traffic until we jumped on I-15 and drove another 80 miles to Mesquite Nevada and our final destination at the Solstice RV Resort where we planned to hang out for 1 week.
It’s sort of funny that years ago while researching this life style I ran across the website for this RV Park before it ever opened up and just had hand drawn or computer generated pictures of what the park was “planned” to have.
“Planned” is the key word in the last paragraph because it seems that in 2008 smack dab in the middle of its development money dried up and it went into bankruptcy and remained that way for many years and in fact operated under bankruptcy until just last year when it was bought.
The park sits on a tiered hillside on the edge of Mesquite with a great view of the city and surrounding Virgin mountain range but unfortunately at this stage it looks a lot like one of the abandoned started but unfinished subdivisions we see scattered across the US. At least here they have a glimmer of hope at this point I guess.
The upper tier is the only area that is in operation and they only rent out every other site so what it lacks in amenities it makes up for in view’s and size of and space between campsites. We were told however that they are getting bids to complete the lower section (which has gravel & dirt roads in place and utilities stubbed up at each site) where 96 more sites will be added if I remember correctly.
We came here because it’s a route we have not done before and to tour Mesquite and St. George Utah. So after getting set up and eating a little lunch we headed out for our usual first day driving tour with no place particular in mind.
Mesquite sits at an elevation is 1,601 feet in the Virgin River Valley next to the Virgin Mountains in the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert and has a population of just over 18,000.
Mesquite was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1880, who called it Mesquite Flat and started out as a farming community. The community was finally established on the third attempt after having been flooded out from the waters of the Virgin River and eventually the name was later shortened to Mesquite, and the city was incorporated in May 1984.
Now it is obvious that Mesquite is growing leaps and bounds by looking at all of the housing developments and homes being built and has become a popular snowbird town. There must be 5 or 6 what look to be very high quality golf courses in the area, 3 or 4 casino’s, more planned housing communities than we can count and some high end ones to boot that all have houses being built, a number of what look to be pretty good restaurants, its own hospital (but not that large), an airport, a huge complex with soccer and football fields, a couple baseball diamonds, a huge BMX race track, a very nice skeet shooting range and a pistol & rifle range. Oh and a Walmart. I mean once a Walmart goes it HAS to be an ok place right LOL!!! And if you are an off roader or a hiker there are trails galore.
Mesquite certainly has everything a person would need to survive and it’s small enough to not have huge traffic. The kicker is that it’s only 80 miles to Las Vegas and 40 miles to St George Utah if you want to do any major shopping or feel the urge to be in a larger city for the day.
After our driving tour we headed home and spent the evening enjoying our view and kicking back.
Saturday morning (4/1) after a great night’s sleep and breakfast we headed out again. I found on my RC Aircraft Field finder phone app that the Mesquite Desert Fox Flier’s had a RC airfield close by so that was the first stop on my list. The airfield was only 6 miles from our campground so even though not as convenient as what I grew accustomed to in Casa Grande it’s not bad at all.
Once we arrived at the airfield it didn’t take me long to strike up a conversation with a couple other fellow fliers and was invited to break out a plane and fly, guests are welcome to fly at the airfield for 1 week without joining the club. Of course Diane sort of figured this would happen so she had the forethought to bring along a book.
I flew through a few batteries and then we headed out to do some more touring around the area before heading home in time to watch Oregon get beat by North Carolina in the Final 4 games. Oh well they had a damn good run.
Our plan for Sunday (4/2) was for me to head to the RC Airfield early and give Diane time to shower and get ready for a day trip to St. George Utah so I think I will end here and cover that in our next update.