Monday, 31 October 2016

Part 8 of our USA holiday based in Mesquite , Nevada

On the next leg of our USA tour, we were most fortunate to be able to stay with friends who live in Mesquite, and the hospitality they showed us while we were there was absolutely overwhelming. Their carefully considered schedulcovered every possible place in that area we could dream of seeing, in the time we had available. They  escorted us from place to place in their car, clocking up countless miles, making the most efficient use of time, acting as tour guides  and generally providing a 7 star experience which we will never forget! I have already posted about The Valley of Fire  and The Hoover Dam, to which they took us, not to mention the other exciting places which are still to follow.   I thought that, although I did not take a lot of photos of Mesquite itself, that you would like to see the few I did take and also meet our friends and their  family.

Mesquite is 80 miles north-east of Las Vegas, next to the Arizona state line, and was first settled by  Mormon pioneers in 1880. Today it is home to about 18,000 people, several casinos and nine(!) golf courses!

Just to give you a little of the friendship history, Michael and I used to go horse riding together when we were in our teens in Rhodesia.  To say we have known each other for ever is almost true.

On our arrival in Mesquite, we were taken up on the mesa (what I would describe as flat-topped hill, but forgive my poor knowledge of desert landscapes) to see an example of the amazing sunsets which often occur there.  This first night was, so we were told, not up to normal standard, but to us it was still a delight!

The day after we took the trip recounted in my blog 'Part 7', we had a day at home and met up with Michael and Mary's two daughters.  What a delight, two young ladies who obviously adore their parents and enjoy life to the full.  I have not laughed so much for a long time.
Michelle, myself and Marie

Michael, Mary, Diane and Nigel

and one of those laughter moments LOL.

Myself and Michael, reliving so many memories!

A typical view of a  residential area in Mesquite. Palm trees and the hills beyond, with sizzling temperatures day and night when we were there!

Of course no town could do without a Wells Fargo bank, a brand much in the news recently, after a scandal, where more than a few staff opened fake bank accounts to take advantage of productivity bonuses,  led to the resignation of the CEO!

The view of the desert - north, south, east and west all look pretty much the same! The huge scale of the landscape and scenery is hard to comprehend!

Yucca brevifolia, better known as the Joshua tree,  is native to arid southwestern North America, in the states of California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, where it is confined mostly to the Mojave Desert.


Now if you should be a keen golfer, you will love this oasis in the middle of the desert.  To me, as a non-golfer, this looks like one of the most difficult courses I have ever seen; water, water everywhere!!!  

Wolf Creek is quite spectacular, beautifully maintained and with the most amazing views. We didn't have time to see the other 8 courses!

A small green, some bunkers, and a waterfall. Don't stray out of bounds....!

and endless pools of water.

Michael and Mary were also kind enough to host old friends of ours from South Africa, who now live in Las Vegas, Kim and Syd on the right.  Lots more reminiscing.

To finish off this post on Mesquite, another most memorable sunset. 



Also see my daily diary HERE


and My Life Before Charente (updated  25 September 2016)  


33 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great time, Diane! I love this part of our country, so beautiful and very different from our area here in Chicago. Your hosts definitely were the best and showed you a fun time entertaining, informative time! Take care

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    1. Pam you are so right, we had great hosts and they did us proud. There are some really beautiful places in that area and the views are magnificent. Hope all is well with you two Diane

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  2. Thank you for sharing this with me, Diane! I passed it onto my sister. We so enjoyed meeting you and look forward to seeing you again....maybe in France next time! Xoxo
    -Marie

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    1. Thanks so much Marie and for passing it on. Oh I do hope that you can come to France, your folks are talking about 2018 so I hope they make it then. Have a great week and take care Diane xox

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  3. What landscapes...and sunsets! If that wasn't up to standard the standard must be stunning.
    You must have enjoyed picking up the threads again...

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    1. Thanks Fly, Mary has some amazing photos of sunsets. It was amazing going back to stories in our teens and even more amazing that we always kept in touch over the years. Hope all is well Diane

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  4. Hi Diane - it looks like the most amazing time ... and as you mention they did you proud. What glorious memories to have ... incredible landscape ... the heat - I'm not so sure about! Thanks for the photos and introductions ... they are great to see ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary everything is adapted to the heat so it really was not that bad. Fans are slowly turning everywhere inside and we only went outside mainly evening or early morning. A stunning landscape which ever way one turns. Keep well Diane

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  5. Thanks for the welcome back Diane, I have just enjoyed catching up here, not sure how often I am going to find time to post but will try and do so on a regular basis. :)

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    1. Thanks Linda and it is good to have you back. Even if you post occasionally it is good to hear from you. Enjoy you week Diane

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  6. I love that you had so much fun with your dear friend and his family. Great photos!

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    1. It was tremendous Pam and they planned our time with them so well. Perfect. Hope you are well. Diane

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  7. How wonderful Diane, your friends were wonderful. That would have made your trip so much more meaningful. The landscape is very familiar to me, I have two blog pals who live in Arizona, so I'm guessing the landscape in Mesquite would be fairly similar!

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    1. It is amazing how many Rhodesian friends have kept in touch, we all have something very special to talk about :-) Yes I think Nevada and Arizona are similar landscapes. Hope you are well Diane

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  8. Bonsoir Diane, Great photographs of your american holiday.
    A world apart from Charente !!
    A bientôt
    Béatrice

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    1. Thanks Béatrice, yes as you say a world apart from the Charente, so so different!!! Hope you are well Diane

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  9. Πολύ ενδιαφέρον ταξίδι!!!
    Οι φωτογραφίες σου υπέροχες! Είναι σπουδαίο να βρίσκεσαι με παλιούς φίλους. Να περνάτε υπέροχα!
    Πολλά φιλιά

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    1. Thanks Magda, you are right it is great catching up with 'old' friends and we loved every minute of it. Thanks for the comment stay well Diane

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  10. The desert is an astonishing place, and it can be really awe inspiring, even a little frightening when you get out of town and off the highways. It is so wonderful that you were able to connect with a lifelong friend and meet his wonderful family. I'm sure that was one of the greatest highlights of your trip.

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    1. Marjie I found the desert in Nevada quite beautiful so very different to the sandy Sahara where we drove on tracks and had to notify the next town we were on our way. Things may have changed since we drove there, but so much sand and wind hides the roads much of the time. The highlights were certainly meeting up with friends in various places and also meeting with long time blogger Gaelyn at the North Rim, That story has still to follow but so many photos to go through still!!! Keep well Diane

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  11. So glad we got to meet Michael and Mary during your wonderful visit. A big thanks to them for driving you to the North Rim and back. Friends really are forever.

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    1. We were delighted that you managed to meet Mary and Michael, without them I am not sure how we would have got to the North Rim. They were amazing taking us all over. So right, good friends are forever. Keep well Diane

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  12. The sunsets are awesome. It must have been so much fun to meet up with old friends. I found all my American relatives were so generous and hospitable. Driving miles for sight seeing just as you have described. It is great to have such wonderful friends and tour guides when you are travelling. I bet you found it hot there.

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    1. Diane the friends we stayed with are ex Rhodesians, both in Dallas and Mesquite, we all have a special sort of friendship that we have had in no other country. It was hot, but only unbearable if outside for too long in the middle of the day. Mornings and evenings were very pleasant. Keep well t'other Diane

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  13. It's sure nice to have friends who can bring you around. What a wonderful friend. Only locals will know where the good food is and nice places instead of all the touristy place

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    1. I could not agree more the locals certainly know the best places to go to. Thanks for the visit and have a good day. Diane

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  14. I must say that you two certainly did make the most of your trip. It was nice that you could spend time with your friends.

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    1. Ha, Karen still so much more to come but getting through all the photos is taking so much time!!!! Keep well Diane

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  15. Diane sounds like you had a lovely time with your friends.
    Lovely pictures too !!

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    1. Thanks Gloria for your visit and comment much appreciated. We had a magical time with wonderful friends. Have a good day Diane

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  16. I have so many posts to look back at -- looks like you had such a great time!

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    1. Good to have you back and thanks for the comment. Have a great week Diane

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  17. Nice blog, thanks, good to see Africans can also settle happily here...I am on the verge of buying a place in Poullignac ...and making a go of country living ...but yes all new to me ..with hope of getting the earth to do its magic with my enthusiasm and hard work

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