Today we went with Gloria and Jim to Mt Charleston. A beautiful day for a drive. We stopped at the Springs Mountain Visitor Center and Cold War Memorial before driving to Old Town Mt Charleston and the turn around. Also stopped at several view areas and the Lodge for photos. It was a fun day. On the way back we stopped at Spring Mountain Viewing area for view of desert and the Atomic area underground test site.
|With Gloria and Jim on Way to Mt Charleston|
|Snow Capped Mt Charleston|
|Homes in the Mountains|
|More Mountain Homes|
|Desert View Overlook|
|Gloria and the Bear|
|Jim in Beautiful Carved Chair|
|The Two of Us|
|Couldn't Resist Duck Photo|
Mount Charleston is said to be the 8th largest peak in Nevada at 11,916 ft in the Spring Mountains range. It has a number of hiking trails, several campgrounds and a modest ski area. A great place to bring kids in the winter for fun in the snow.
The visitor center includes an educational and research area, two amphitheaters, picnic sites and 40 miles of trails. In the Visitor Center is a mural along the upper window that when viewed with a special device you can see the different colors and seasons. Have never seen anything like this and do not understand.
Adjacent is the new Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial, the only one dedicated to the Cold War Era. Also on display is the propeller from the USAF Military Air Transport crash on Mt Charleston 17 November 1955 containing CIA personnel, scientists, engineers that took off from Burbank, CA bound for Area 51.
The Visitor Center is also home to the Seven Stones Plaza celebrating the seven Southern Paiute tribes that inhabited the Spring Mountains. Cold War Memorial.
On Tuesday we are going to Valley of the Fire for another scenic day. It is nice to have friends with whom we can tour and enjoy. Fate brought us together when we met at McChord RV park over year ago. Looking forward to our next encounter along the journey path.