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Jan 5, 2018 - good-by LV

Our motor home has been here since November 16 and we have spent more than two weeks here as well. When we are here I feel a bit like I do when we are on a cruise ship: surrounded by happy people, happy to be here, having fun. I continue to be surprised how much fun we have here considering the fact that we never do what people come here to do - gamble. Although much of the city where normal people live is ticky tacky and lower, lower middle class, on the Strip a holiday is always about to happen. We've been here long enough to see three...

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Jan 3, 2018 - the neon boneyard

In 2013 we visited the Neon Museum during the day. I won't repeat the history of signage in Las Vegas or how the lights function again, since I wrote about it then. This historic collection of neon signs from the 1920's to the present felt like a junkyard. A few of the signs had been restored and placed downtown in the Fremont Street area, but there were so many more than were in need of TLC to return them to their former glory. The combination of delicate glass tubing and electronic wiring needed to illuminate it all, suffered greatly in...

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Jan 2, 2018 - Casa de Shenandoah

When I was a kid my family and I regularly watched the Ed Sullivan show. One evening a featured performer was a young, round-faced boy with a really high singing voice. He looked like a native American or maybe Hispanic, and when he started singing "Danke Schön," my Germanic family was perplexed. Why was this boy singing this song when he couldn't even pronounce danke schön properly? Little did we know that this song would become a hit and gave this young man a lengthy performing career. Wayne Newton is still performing three nights a week...

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Dec 31, 2017 - Happy New Year!

Every night on the Las Vegas strip feels like New Year's Eve. With all the neon lights flashing, it would be easy to miss a few fireworks going off. Usually we avoid traditional new year's activities like the plague. Dinner and dancing events are overpriced and drinking is dangerous when you have to drive yourself home. But we're here in the FUN capital of the universe and it felt like we should take advantage of it and do something special. As we researched the topic, it soon became apparent that being on the strip itself wouldn't be all...

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Dec 29, 2017 - walking 10,000 steps and then some

When we first arrived here in November, the sadness and trauma of the largest mass casualty shooting in the US here October 1 felt very tangible. We moved around the city easily and always found great places to park. Restaurants offered immediate seating and store clerks were anxious for our business. Now that we are in the middle of the holiday season, people in a celebratory mood have arrived in droves. We have no idea how the crowds we are confronting compare to the crowds in past years, but it is more than crowded enough for us. The...

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Dec 27, 2017 - escape to the warm

We really enjoyed the last few weeks at home. We were there long enough to catch up with many old friends, some of whom wander around the world as much as we do; our paths sometimes do not intersect for months. But the holidays bring us all home and we had the opportunity to see everyone on our list. We also saw lots of theatre including the one show we did not mean to see. We purchased Movie Pass; for $8/month we can see any movie we want anytime we want in 1,600 movie theaters across the US. The end of the year is the time when many of...

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Nov 22, 2017 - Aaaah back in sinful Vegas, love this town!

We decided to start our trip in one of our favorite places...Las Vegas! We booked a month here because it is the cheapest way to go and we love this park and this town. Spending our days enjoying the sun every day and riding our bikes around the park and getting in a few rounds of golf. Life is good it’s so nice not to have to worry about when we have to be home or going back to work. I think I’m going to like this 1 endless vacation.

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Nov 19, 2017 - Day 3

Quiet day. Wendy not feeling well. Grandkids have cheerleading practice so we're on our own. Spend a couple of hours at the Natural History Museum in North Vegas. Nice little museum. Most impressive part was a complete replication of King Tut's tomb with all the artifacts. Amazingly real. Cost over $3 million. Apparently one of the casinos (maybe the Luxor?) funded it with the intention of putting it in the casino but donated it to the museum instead. Things you may not know about King Tut. Like all pharaohs, married family member (in his...

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Nov 17, 2017 - Day 2

Wind still howling. Supposed to be windy all day. Got takeout breakfast at the RV park restaurant. Decent bacon and eggs for $5. Welcome to Vegas baby. After breakfast I start reading the 10,000 pages of manuals that came with the new RV. I find the part that describes where to install the ice maker filter cartridge. We found the cartridge in a drawer. Apparently the prep crew forgot to install it. So I install it in the fitting under the sink and go back to reading the manuals. About 10 minutes later I notice the dog lapping up some water...

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Nov 16, 2017 - in the big city

We spent the last few days enjoying the great views, spacious camp site, and bright orange sand in Sand Hollow State Park. We had a few more campfires since from here on, it's likely that they won't be permitted where we'll be. We spent this morning driving south, changing elevation about 800', driving through the Arizona Strip to Las Vegas. We've heard people talking about the Arizona Strip, but didn't know what it was. This term refers to the strip of land in Arizona north of the Colorado River. Four-wheelers love to drive the dirt routes...

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Nov 16, 2017 - Day 1 - Oasis RV Park

Drive to Vegas uneventful. New rig handled well. Can't tell if it gets better gas mileage than the old rig. Towing a trailer through the mountains annihilates gas mileage. Used a full tank (at least 70 gallons) to make the trip. Howling winds and brutal traffic in Vegas didn't help either. Got to the RV park about 1800. Really nice park just south of the strip. Huge place. Got settled in right away. Dropped off the kids with their parents and crashed for the night.

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Nov 11, 2017 - World's Toughest Mudder at Las Vegas

We came to Las Vegas to meet up with the kids. Jesse and Ryan and their friend Allie were in town for the World’s Toughest Mudder. We got there a couple of days early. One fun thing was being able to meet up with one of my quilting buddies from New Jersey. They were in town for a couple of nights. We had a short but nice visit. When we were walking around the shops in the Luxor where she was staying we even saw Pete Rose. He was in a window of a store where he was signing autogrpahs. He was between autographs though and apparently hungry. I...

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