Friday, October 26, 2018

A Visit to Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

Although I arrived 2 hours later than I should have I consider my first trip to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve to be a success, and I will return often. What surprised me the most about the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve in Henderson, Nevada was the location. On the east side of the Las Vegas Valley this preserve is located smack in the middle of a very industrialized area, within a mile of a major water park (Cowabunga Bay Water Park) attraction, near the UNLV (Sam Boyd) football stadium, a stones throw from Clark County Wetlands Park, and not far from Boulder Highway.

Some simple directions: From I-515 you will travel east on E. Galleria Drive to Moser Drive, turn left and follow this road to the preserve entrance. On your first visit to HBVP you will need to visit the office and sign in. The office is located at 350 E. Galleria Dr. (at Moser Drive) at the edge of the parking lot as you arrive at the preserve. There is a gift shop in this building where you can get memorabilia and information.are circled by walking paths, both paved and non-paved. Park benches and observation blinds are located throughout the park, as are information posts.

The Office
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From there you are directed through a door into the preserve. Each of 9 ponds are circled by walking paths, both paved and non-paved and easy walking. Or, there are mobile tours available. Park benches and observation blinds are located throughout the park, as are information posts.


There are 9 ponds of varying sizes on the preserve. These are evaporating ponds at the city’s Wastewater Reclamation Facility. The treated water from the ponds is used to irrigate golf courses and other city facilities and eventually ends up in the Las Vegas Wash and Lake Mead.


Sunrise Mountain: a prominent landmark from all over the park, and all over Las Vegas Valley

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Better World Media is where you will find my photo gallery for the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve.

Currently, there is a lot of road construction in the area. So, drive slowly and watch for a 2.5 x 2.5 white sign with black letters that will direct you to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve.

Interesting links:
Clark County Wetlands Park:
Cowabunga Bay Water Park:
History of HBVP:



Thursday, October 25, 2018

North to Alaska

It seems logical to me that when I start my van life and when the first Spring arrives wherever I am I should point my van north to the one state where I have never been. My route will start at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, CA. From there I will follow the Pacific Coast Highway North, making a side trip to the USS HORNET museum in Alameda, CA., and back to PCH. Then, I will visit the Oregon and Washington coasts before heading North to ALASKA.



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