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Mar 11, 2016 - Coming to the end!!

We went on a 3 and a half hour tour of Monument Valley with a Navaho guide, whose name was Larry. He was gorgeous, very traditional and full of local information. The tour took us through restricted parts you couldn't usually access. We visited a home and spoke with a Navaho woman who spun mohair and showed us how they make the rugs. We also saw the traditional baby carriers, shoes, brushes and baskets. We drove past rocks with names like "3 sisters", "sleeping dragon", "eternal flame" depending on the angle, sleeping dragon might look like...

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Mar 10, 2016 - Oasis RV Resort (3/7 - 3/9/16)

Las Vegas, we have arrived!! Las Vegas is a must every few years. In addition to all of the wonderful casinos and many other activities, we also have some very good friends that live here. Grace, Mike and their adorable daughter, Rosie who is 5! We always look forward to visiting with them. We stayed in a very nice resort which has about 700 sites. It is located only a couple of miles from the Vegas Strip and only about 3 miles from our friends. It offers all the amenities. The only down side was our site which was right next to the bath...

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Mar 7, 2016 - West Coast Conference Championship in Vegas

3-5 thru 3-7 Las Vegas and the WCC Basketball Championship. The last few days have been a blast. Our group has gone to alumni pep rallies, visited a railroad museum in Boulder City, checked out a few craft beer breweries, gone out to eat…..a lot, and have had wonderful meals in the condo. Seems like everyone (except me) have a specialty dish they prepare so we are well nourished. We spend most of the time just talking and reconnecting. We all met in college over forty years ago. Sometimes many years pass before we get together again, but...

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Mar 6, 2016 - back to Las Vegas

Yesterday when we got up and opened the shades it looked like we were in a Syrian refugee camp. We were surrounded by tents, mostly the tiny two man style where you have to lay down on your sleeping bag to wriggle into your pants. Many of these folks arrived after work on a Friday night and set up in the darkness. It’s hard to put up a tent on a rock hard desert surface; the stakes just don’t go in. We were glad to see a tent identical to the one we first started camping in. Its a design that’s lasted forty years and you can put on your...

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Mar 6, 2016 - Las Vegas Motorspeedway/Loucinda visit

Well it started a day late(lou missed flt in TO) but is here now and away we go. did the requisite visit to the strip to see what was shaking and was strolling about. Always fun and interesting. Off to track on thu for the weekend and introduce Lou to Nascar. lots to see and do. One of the closest finishes on record, visit to garage area and some sovvie shopping. Met with our friends from Utah for reminiscing. weather was ugly for some of Sunday dust storm, showers and wind. would be interesting at 190mph. my generator fuel pump decided...

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Mar 4, 2016 - Grand Junction, CO to Las Vegas, NV

3-4-16 Grand Junction, CO to Las Vegas, NV Good day to travel today. The weather was perfect and the country was very beautiful. Traveled 513 miles in seven and a half hours. The traffic was very light until I reached Las Vegas. NASCAR was in town this weekend with the appropriate crowds. I checked into the "Days Inn Las Vegas Wild West Gambling Hall” by around 3PM local time (had gained an hour). At first I thought the hotel was a bit seedy, surely the queen would never approve of these digs. I then discovered that there was free WiFi that...

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Feb 25, 2016 - las Vegas RV Resort

Hello all our northern friends. Finally we up stakes and pointed the rig for Sin City. We had a nice leisurely ride thru the Joshua Tree forest and the requisite stop at Wikieup for our Chicago hot dog and fries. Set up and started exploring the next day. As we all know about Vegas it is always changing and has it ever since our last walk about on the Strip. Have done a bit of wagering with some luck but not a lo9t. Randi's sister arrives tomorrow for a visit with us and to attend the next 2 races. Should be fun as we have a few surprises...

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Feb 22, 2016 - Las Cruces, NM and Las Vegas, NV

From Big Bend, beside the Mexican border, we traveled 500 miles to Las Cruces, New Mexico and found ourselves 25 miles from the Mexican border. But we were back to civilization in a lovely place where the beer was mostly from Colorado and the mountains were called Oregon. Southern New Mexico has its own charm, though, and lots within easy driving distance. We were fortunate to catch the full moon rising over the Oregon Mountains east of town and what a sight it was. We encounter once-upon-a-time mining in many places in the west and here we...

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Feb 17, 2016 - Red Rock Canyon

Today was a trip out to Red Rock. We tried coming here on Sunday, but the crowds were so big they had closed most of the roads. Today was crowded, but far less then the weekend. Once again, words cannot do justice to Mother Nature's canvas. I didn't try to add captions to the pictures I posted. These pictures are just a very inadequate glimpse of the scenery there. Marley wanted to hike the trails, but we weren't quite up to that. The terrain looks pretty tough for us old folks.

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Feb 14, 2016 - Mob Museum

Would you believe, Las Vegas actually has a museum dedicated to chronicling the influence of The Mob in the development of the city. And what better day than Valentine's Day to host an open house for local residents and special prices for out of town visitors. The highlight of the exhibit is a section of the alley wall, complete with bullet holes, from Chicago where the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place. They traced the history of the crime families from the East Coast out to Nevada. Later on it was over to Fremont St and the Fremont...

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Feb 13, 2016 - Hoover Dam

Out to Bolder City and the engineering marvel that is Hoover Dam. Highway 93 now goes over the new bridge, but traffic can still drive over the dam. There is a security checkpoint and they were searching some cars, but we made it through with just a wave. We took the short tour through the Visitor Center and down inside the dam to the powerhouse. The effects of the West Coast drought was very visible here. The water level in Lake Mead is down something like 80 feet.

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Feb 12, 2016 - Valley Of Fire State Park

After a couple days of looking around, finding our bearings, sampling buffets and day and night drives through the glitz of The Strip, it's time to look around. First is a drive out to Valley of Fire. The was Nevada's first state park. We had to drive out through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. In both the National and State parks, as usual, no words or pictures can do justice to the beauty in every direction. Mother nature has sculpted and painted incredible scenes.

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