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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

FWIW this is the weekend for the big flea market in Packwood, WA.
At the Fern Township cemetery in Hubbard county Minnesota every Memorial Day they have a service & read the names of the dead veterans resting the cemetery out loud.
We are in Nevada, not even close to Washington state or Minnesota!

We had been camped just anywhere flat with a good view that we could get to without getting stuck!
Coming up on the big summer opener, we decided to go civilized at the Callville Bay campground In Lake Mead National Recreation Area.. With the old fart pass (1/2 off) it's $5 a night for a level spot, flush toilets, a picnic table & running water 20 feet from the van.
We set up the tent and spread out inside it with the full sized air mattress! Nice warm & dry weather means we can leave the rain fly off & see the stars.

Even with the lake down low there is still a lot of lake to play in & I'd expect this campground to get some traffic this weekend. On the other hand we walked down to the marina and watched people load up boats with camping gear and head out... maybe all the action will be on lake side beaches?

The campground office has not been open, I saw a ranger for the first time (it was Friday) and they are just now using a chain saw on the growth in front of the ranger station. As of Sunday the station was still not open.

The store at the marina has beer & ice, bathing suits & towels, canned foods & frozen bread. Plus boating, fishing & camping supplies.
Prices are about what you'd expect for someplace 20 miles from the grocery store, the frozen bread is $4 as is a 10# bag of ice.

A good number of people here but not full, lot's of folks on boats heading out. I don't 'think' boat.

A thunderstorm came thru last night, sounded wet! The wind blew the tent up against the bedding so we'll have to dry that out today.

Almost empty campground

Oatmeal in a cup


I was thinking this morning of many things. How few friends I lost in the Coast Guard during my time ('76-'97) to personally remember this Memorial Day. My time was before the endless wars started, that's a good thing.
The other thought was the reminder from the OldfatMan, (


Sometimes I need to be reminded, thank you.


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