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Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

March 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

Visiting Vegas and looking for more to do than the usual Vegas hot spots?  Want to experience some spectacular desert sunsets outside the city? Hop off the Las Vegas strip for a respite from the crowds, lights, and craziness, for some fun outdoor adventure in this immaculate desert landscape. An hour outside of Las Vegas and only six miles from the beautiful Lake Mead, The Valley of Fire State Park is the very oldest and largest state park in Nevada.  With 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs, ancient trees, and petrified wood, the Valley of Fire is a great place for photography, picnics, hiking, camping, and more.  The red sandstone formations that make up the present landscape are what remain from a time when dinosaurs roamed the region.  The scenic great sand dunes have shifted, followed by the uplifting and faulting, and then extensive erosion, over the centuries.   There really is no other place quite like it and it draws those people seeking refuge from the glam and glitter of... [Read more...]

While in Las Vegas– Don’t Forget Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and More!

March 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

While in Las Vegas– Don’t Forget Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and More!

Not big on gambling, but want to go to an exciting and lively place with lots to do?  Brought the kids or grand kids along with you?  Not to worry, there is much to do that doesn’t include stepping a foot inside a casino in Vegas. Taking the kids with you and still want to make the most of your time in Vegas?  No problem–Head over to the 5-acre, indoor Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus.  Offering 25 exhilarating rides and attractions, this is just one of the many places along the strip that is kid-friendly.  There is also the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, housing North America’s largest and only predator-based aquarium. Enjoy  some world class golf in one of the many championship golf courses nearby.   Just over a half hour away from the strip, Lake Mead National Recreational Area also offers recreational opportunities year-round to boaters, fishermen, swimmers, water skiers, and more. On land, try out some hiking and biking trails or take the family... [Read more...]

Eye Candy in Dawson City

March 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Eye Candy in Dawson City

Driving and sightseeing near Dawson City is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. Pack up and get ready for a bit more history and lots more eye candy! For a truly picturesque drive, take Dempster Highway to the “Patagonia of the Northern Hemisphere,” where a wide range of flora and fauna are known to grow like no other place in North America. This new phenomenal park, formerly called Tombstone Territorial Park, protects 2,000 square kilometers of subarctic wilderness in the southern part of the Ogilvie Mountains. Many come from all around the world, including sight-seers, bird-watchers, hikers, photographers, wildlife viewers and anyone else who enjoys being surrounded by a stunningly natural setting filled with wondrous landforms, stellar views, and mountainous peaks. A great thing to know about this unique park is that it can be viewed and appreciated right from the luxury of your car/RV; all you have to do to witness its beauty is to literally drive... [Read more...]

More on Dawson City

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

More on Dawson City

Dawson City–a historic time capsule from days gone by when countless folks caught a bad case of gold fever and impetuously set out to strike it rich quick.  Learn all about them and their lifestyle during a quick trip north of the border, in nostalgic Dawson City. While Jack London didn’t strike gold here, the adventures from his time in the legendary Klondike gained him unbelievable fame and incredible wealth.  His adventures were uniquely portrayed in his exciting short stories and books, which quickly made him famous.  A replica of his cabin was built out of the logs from his original cabin, where he transcribed many of his books.  The replicated cabin (shown above) is now conveniently located at an interpretive site right in Dawson City.  Take a walk through time, in the nearby Jack London Museum, where you’ll glean some amazing facts about the author’s fascinating life and the stories surrounding the eventual discovery of his cabin. While you are in town, you won’t... [Read more...]

Mobile, Alabama – 3 Incredible Destinations in one block…

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile is an incredible children’s science museum – but it isn’t just for kids!  We went on a week day in January; there were a few small school groups when we arrived, but they soon left, and after that we shared it with just a few families, and multiple adult couples of varying ages (who were enjoying it just as much as our tribe was!).  I would totally go here on a date with my hubby! LOL! The museum has it’s own IMax Dome museum (one of only 50 in the world); you sit in steep theater seating, and the screen wraps around you, from down to the floor in front, up and around both sides, and curves over the ceiling above you. We watched Flight of the Butterflies, but of course films rotate out; you can see what’s playing via their website (link at end)! While we were there, one of the staff, Bree, did some experiments for us; she was great!  For her first demo, she had 3 empty plastic cups (not see through), and she poured... [Read more...]

Discover the Outer Banks– North Carolina

March 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Discover the Outer Banks– North Carolina

Rest and Relaxation await you at the gorgeous Outer Banks in exquisite North Carolina…pack up the RV, its time for a vacay like no other! Just off the Coast of North Carolina, lies a 200-mile stretch of picturesque barrier islands.  With its rich history and extraordinary lay out, the Outer Banks offer unique experiences for the adventurous and the relaxed, alike.   Set up camp at one of the award-winning RV resorts or stay over at a cozy bed and breakfast.  You will no doubt go from frolicking in the warm surf at pristine beaches to experiencing interesting museums and historic lighthouses.  The Outer Banks will take your breath away with its pristine beauty.  Like a small child in a candy store, you just won’t be able to get enough of each place you stop and see along the majestically scenic Outer Banks of North Carolina. From the First Flight and the Lost Colony, to the exquisite Elizabethan Gardens, there is much to discover, experience, and appreciate, including the “Graveyard... [Read more...]

Pan for Gold in Dawson City!

March 19, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Pan for Gold in Dawson City!

Looking for a fun destination for a road trip this summer?  Want to experience a pristine environment plum full of fascinating history and natural beauty? The exquisite beauty of the Yukon wilderness is strikingly prominent in Dawson City, the heart of the famed 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.  With the Gold Rush, came a huge influx of newcomers, also known as “Cheechakos,” into Dawson City.  Gorgeous stately homes that were built in town at the turn of the twentieth century boasted the latest modern amenities, including electricity, running water, and telephones.  Henceforth, Dawson City became quite the refined city seemingly overnight, which is where the name “Queen City of the North” comes from. Newcomers will want to experience the thrilling, yet tedious task of panning for gold in this gorgeously rugged wilderness where so many have dug before you.  Venture out to the famous goldfields of Dawson City, where you can learn how to pan for your own gold.  Claim # 33 is located... [Read more...]

Springtime in Vegas!

March 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Springtime in Vegas!

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day at the spa, a fun family vacation or some exciting nightlife, Vegas is the place for you!  Stay in one of the campgrounds located near the Strip, especially convenient if you plan to try your hand at gambling. Or if you prefer a non-smoking, non-gaming resort, there are quite a few of those to choose from as well. Either way, you will love this “Sin City,” with its many shimmering lights, entertaining shows and extravagant attractions. There is so much to do in this city. You really do have to choose between some amazingly exciting attractions.  Take a bus, walk, or drive down the 4.2-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, known as The Las Vegas Strip, where you’ll find the majority of the top-rated luxurious casinos, resorts and shows. With all of their unique offerings, from fountain shows to marine aquariums, you will run out of time before you run out of things to do here.  Some free attractions along the Strip include the Mirage... [Read more...]

Luling: Texas Black Gold

March 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Luling: Texas Black Gold

Barbecue sauce isn’t the only valuable liquid flowing in Luling. The town is dotted with oil pumps that still move the Texas black gold from the ground. The Central Texas Oil Patch Museum pays tribute to the area’s oil industry. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Once known as “the toughest town in Texas”, Luling was established in 1874 as the far western stop of the Sunset Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The developing importance of the town as a cattle-raising center, combined with the importance of the railroad as a shipping point, allowed the town to grow and prosper. Being the northern terminus of a freight road to Chihuahua, Mexico added to its stature. As the cattle drives to the railroad head decreased, Luling survived by turning to its rich soil and hardy folk. Luling came to be known throughout the region as an agriculture center with cotton, corn, and turkeys as its principal products. Cotton ruled the local economy until the momentous year of 1922. On... [Read more...]

A Return to Chama

March 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A Return to Chama

You may recall a post I published last winter about a wonderful winter weekend in Chama, NM. For the past 40 years, the small town of Chama has been hosting a delightful weekend-long series of events catering to the outdoors lover. The events include both diagonal and freestyle cross country ski races of several lengths for participants of all abilities. There are also snowshoe races and a variety of family events. In addition, clinics are provided to improve skiing technique, educate participants about proper wax selection and applications. And workshops are offered, such as Yoga for Skiers, throughout the weekend. Terry, before the race An entire community event, restaurants and hotels run specials to attract visitors. There is a chili competition at a local community center and the High Country Saloon offers free Green Chile Stew and chips and salsa to all visitors. Further, live entertainment is provided Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday, after all races are... [Read more...]

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