Follow me on my trip in a Cessna 152 above the wonders of the American West.

LEG 4/10
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San Francisco 
Sierra Nevada 
Mammoth Lake
Death Valley
Sky Ranch Estates
Boulder City 
Las Vegas 
Grand Canyon
Colorado River 
Mojave Desert
Big Bear City 
Los Angeles
Santa Catalina Island
Santa Ynez 
Back to San Carlos

From Sky Ranch to Temple Bar
and an unsuccessful stop in Boulder City

A nice view of lake Mead - deep blue water  with an infinite landscape of dunes - not a man-made  construction in sight!
Lake Mead, an artificial lake between Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

I made a direct approach to the next airport, which was in Boulder City, a suburb of Las Vegas. There was no way I could put up my tent on this busy concrete-covered airport with all its commercial traffic going to the Grand Canyon, so after a pilot helped me find some food, I left again, this time in a hurry. The sun was beginning to set, leaving me one last chance to find a decent place to spend the night.

I took off again and climbed high enough to avoid the small hills east of Vegas, discovering Lake Mead as I did so. Lake Mead is an artificial lake which was formed as the result of a deluge which flooded the valley. The color of deep blue water contrasting with the light sand is so beautiful that you could circle the lake for hours. However, it was going to be dark soon so I flew on reaching Temple Bar a few minutes later.

On the Airport Directory, in "Airport Remarks" they have this to say: Unattended. Use extreme care, wild livestock on and in vicinity of airport. Watch for livestock. Bush runway.
Landing on the rough runway, I understood immediately what they meant. I made it to the tie-down area where a fuel truck was there, refueling an helicopter. Rolling on the dirt, my front wheel got struck in the sand, and I couldn't move the airplane any further, even with 1500 RPM. The helicopter pilot gently helped me, and with his expert advice we soon managed to get the plane rolling on safe, hard ground again. He explained to me that he was building a cellular antenna on the anvil-shaped rock on the other side of the lake. With my backpack, I climbed on the fuel truck and we descended towards the resort area.

This beautiful resort is actually very close to Vegas, but it takes a few hours to reach by car which was good news because that meant the resort was not overcrowded. I found an excellent camping ground for my second night where I spent the evening chatting with the retired couple who run it and some people who live there in a trailer one half of the year while for the other half, they live in Mississippi.

Picture of a giant anvil which dominates the lake - well worth to download
The anvil-shaped rock on the other side of the lake

In the morning, I climbed up the road to the airport and took off toward Grand Canyon.

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