Dave Nelson


Dave Nelson

I am retired and living in St George, Utah. Now I just hike, Golf and travel with my wife Joanne.

North America » United States » Utah » Saint George May 14th 2022

OK. Only 2 days before we leave. I am testing to make sure this blog is going to everyone. Let me know if you get this and want to receive this blog... read more

North America » United States » Utah » Saint George May 12th 2022

Only 4 days left before Dave and the girls plus Darrin depart to invade Paris and Italy. This trip has been in the planning stage for the past two years now we are finally going. I will try to keep the blog updated each day with pictures. No guarantees after a day with the girls, but I will try. Get ready for another adventure. Back to you in a few.... read more

North America » Mexico » Sonora » Puerto Peñasco February 11th 2022

Yesterday was our last full day in Puerto Penasco and another service project and at the end of course was another dinner party. Our goal was to survey and fix up the water treatment plant the Red Rock club installed back in 2015. The purpose was to supply water to schools in the area. Tap water here is not suitable to be consumed by humans. The plant is set up to take the local water, filter and treat it to a consumable level and then deliver to the schools by truck. Water tanks were installed at the schools on the roof to use gravity for water pressure. In addition water was was made available to local residents at a small cost to help pay for operations. The operational portion of the plant is in perfect condition ... read more

North America » Mexico » Sonora » Puerto Peñasco February 10th 2022

It has been a whirlwind week so far. I’m not sure what it is right now, but I will give you an update so far. Our first service projects was a beach clean up at one of the local beaches. The main trash was cigarette butts, but we We cleaned them up. After lunch we went to a dialysis’ clinic that had been shut down during Covid. It needed a lot of cleaning and paint inside and out. It took us about 3 hours to finish. The clinic was put in by Rotarians to help save lives. Before the clinic people had to go 2 to 3 hours to get dialysis and many died in the process. Now with Covid the clinic has been shut down and nobody knows why. All the equipment is there ready ... read more

North America » Mexico » Sonora » Puerto Peñasco February 7th 2022

Yesterday we went and visited the Biosphere Crater, which not exactly the crater. It is the volcanic area resulting from the crater activity which is actually 1 1/2 hours away. The area is much like the Entrada area in St George. Most the same vegas ion and wildlife. We some hiking in the area on several interpretive trails, but all the signage is in Spanish with little or no English. I guess I expected the area to cater more to us Americans. Some of my prejudices coming through. We did have a catered lunch at the site from Jose’s friend. Always excellent food. Our evening adventure was scheduled to be a tour of a local farm with dinner. That was cancelled due to a few not feeling well and the rest basically just tired. The long ... read more

North America » Mexico » Sonora » Puerto Peñasco February 6th 2022

Well you probably thought we were lost somewhere, but we are here in Puerto Penasco. After a long drive from St George to Phoenix and then a drive from Phoenix to here we arrived the Friday evening. We had four vans with I think are 38 people. Not sure. If you have ever been on a SunRiver hike you know the counting is the hardest part of the hike. We made it through the border with no problems. I think we looked like one of those church groups we always try to stay away from. So far we have been on the move since we got here. First night dinner at one of Jose’ s friends who owns and runs a Restuarant in town and several members of the local Rotary club. Great food and even ... read more

North America » Mexico » Sonora » Puerto Peñasco February 2nd 2022

Well today is the day to pack everything you won’t need on the trip. Joanne tries to pack for everything that might happen or go wrong. I just pack. I have to admit this trip is a little more challenging. We drive through cold weather to get to Phoenix and the the weather turns warm from Phoenix to Mexico. A very perplexing problem when only packing one small suitcase. Another problem is dressing for a rotary meeting, some still consider this a business attire occasion. Next packing work cloths for working parties, then finally dressing for the relaxation time. For me that’s shorts, t-shirt and sandals, which could qualify for all the events in my world. So the panic day continues. What ever is in the suit case tomorrow morning at 8 will have to be ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 17th 2019

Will our adventure is nearing the end. Yesterday we did a short hike to Alberta falls in the Bear Lake area of Rocky. I think everybody was ready for an easy day. The hike was only 2 miles with moderate elevation gain. The Falls were fantastic. The only down side was the Saturday crowds. Since we take the shuttle from the Estes Park visitor center to the park. No waiting in the mile long line at the gate. The trail was a little crowded, but it is amazing how friendly people get when you get them on a trail with beautiful scenery. One real high point was the Bull Elk sighting with a great picture opportunity. They were both resting in the trees so a picture was tough, but I managed a couple anyway. We also ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 17th 2019

Another late night for the Nelsons and Walkers. Last night we joined a night tour of the Stanley Hotel. The hotel was built in the early 1900s by the person who invented the Stanley Steamer. He and his twin brother developed early meat holds for taking photographs and speedier ways of developing photos. Their company was eventually bought out and became Kodak. They then built the Stanley Hotel so they could house all their guests from back east. A 40 room guest house. It real fame came in the 70s when Steven King stayed at the hotel and came up with the idea to write the Shinning. None of the movie was filmed there. A really elegant place. Today we did a 5 mile hike to Cub Lake. Lots of small ponds, meadows and hills. The ... read more
Trail to Cub Lake

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 15th 2019

Today was a wonderful hiking day in the Bear Lake area of Rocky. We started at the Bear Lake trail head and hiked to Emerald lake. Intermediate stops were nymph lake and Dream Lake. We also did a loop hike around Bear Lake. The hike to Emerald lake was 4 miles round trip with about 1,000 ft of elevation gain. The elevation at Emerald was a little over see10,000 ft. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous. Pictures are good ,but don’t show full impact of the area. Tonight we are going into town for pizza and beer and then a tour of the Stanley Hotel. Tomorrow we are hiking to Cub Lake. See you tomorrow.... read more
Hiking around Bear Lake.
The Babe at Bear Lake
Chris at Bear Lake.

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