As we hit the road toward our hometown, we knew it would not be a regular travel adventure. No exploring. No stopping at roadside attractions. No enjoying local restaurants. Just long drive days on desert roads.
That first day, we hightailed it out of Arizona and stopped just short of Las Vegas for the night. The RV park was full of full-timers and one-nighters. I am sure some were vacationing, but most everyone was either hunkering down or trying to get to a place where they could wait the pandemic out. The Hoover Dam was a mere minutes away, but it wasn’t in the cards for this trip.
The second day we drove straight through Vegas without stopping, but we did need to stop for groceries just north of Vegas. If you’ve ever driven on I95, you know there is a whole lot of nothing on the route. A couple of brothels, gas stations, and tiny towns. So, we made sure to stock up on food for a whole week (which barely fit in our RV).
Then we left.
We drove to Dyer, Nevada. This place is in the middle of nowhere. It is considered a ghost town and the area was settled in the late 1800s to mine borax, according to some quick Google research. There is a restaurant, post office, community center, school, and an all in one gas station-convenience store-RV park. It is probably the smallest town we’ve ever stayed in and it is certainly the most secluded one.
Dyer was never on our radar as a place to visit. It wasn’t chosen because of its beauty or proximity to amazing nature or things to explore. We chose it because it was a full hookup RV park with good reviews for WiFi on our general route back home. That’s it.
Boy were we surprised when we rolled into town. It was gorgeous. The green farm fields and snow topped mountain views made this a very scenic and peaceful place to spend the work week.
There wasn’t much to do with young kids, except explore the cemetery and RV park. So that is how we spent our days. It was somehow magical. A much slower pace to this travel life. We usually spend our mornings exploring a trail, museum, or other local attraction. Instead, this week the kids spent most of their time playing in the dusty dirt and sprinkler puddles. The 5-year-old chased and caught tons of butterflies. We took in the beauty of the mountains each day. We relaxed.
Then it was time to move on. We stopped just outside of Reno at a Walmart for the night and then drove into California and to our hometown.
We’ve been parked in our hometown now for a little over a week. Katie’s allergies are running rampant, but we are taking our stationary time to reorganize our travel plans, watch caterpillars morph into butterflies, meander the local park and trails often, add a traveling garden and pet snail to our travel life, and enjoy being in close proximity to our friends and family.
We plan to travel east at the end of May. So until then, stay healthy, stay safe, and enjoy this pause in the hustle and bustle of life.
Current Adventure Stats:
On the road: 9 1/2 months
Miles towing our home: 5,915
Campgrounds visited: 44
Breweries visited: 31
National/State Parks/Monuments visited: 18