October 15, 2012
After we left Albuquerque, NM we drove over to Flagstaff, AZ and met up with John’s sister Pat, his brother-in-law Gib, and friends Ed and Sheila. They stopped by to see our trailer, go to lunch and visit for a while.
October 16, 2010
We are now in Las Vegas, NV and have made the decision to stay for a while since the weather is sooo wonderful. The fam camp here at Nellis Air Fotce Base is really nice with large RV sites, it’s well groomed and we have friendly neighbors. Plus, it’s only six hours from Salt Lake and we can drive home for the holidays.I flew up to SLC to pick up my car and use it while staying in Las Vegas. While there I caught the end of DJ’s football season
Also got to see the grandkids cotumes and enjoy the trick-or-treaters.
November 9, 2012
Nellis had an air show that was really fun to watch. I had never been to one before. It was awesome to watch the Thunderbirds. They are based here at Nellis and practice all the time…… and are really NOISY. They put on quite a show that includes a team of precision airmen doing their thing in unison. I discovered my camera takes videos. However, by the time I figured it out,my battery died.
November 11, 2012
Between Mesquite and Las Vegas is a state park called Valley of Fire. “History: The Valley of Fire derives its name from the red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape. Other important rock form,ations include limestones, shales, and conglomerates. Prehistoric users of the Valley of Fire included the Basket Maker people and later the Anasazi Pueblo farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley. The span of approximate occupation has been dated from 300 B.C.E. to 1150 C.E. Their visits probably involved hunting, food gathering, and religious cremeonies, although scarcity of water would have limited the length of their stay. Fine examples of rock art left by these ancient peloples can be found at several sites within the park.”
Hoover Dam is 30 miles from Las Vegas. The dam still ranks as one of the world’s engineering marvels, 77 years after its dedication. The huge steel and concrete structure sits wedged between the high, sheer cliffs of Black Canyon. It backs up the waters of the Colorado River into Lake mead, one of the world’s largest resevoirs. The dam harnesses the river’s force to supply electrical power to many Western cities. It stores the river’s flow to irrirgate rich agricultural areas and to supply drinking water to millions.
THANKSGIVING — We had Thanksgiving dinner with Janeen and Sean at a small ‘pub’ called Off The Strip. It was the best traditional dinner I’ve had anywhere….even at home. It was awesome.
November 24, 2012
November 30, 2012
I drove back to SLC for Max’s funeral. He was my x-husbands’ dad. He lived 94 wonderful years and was just a genuine good guy.
December 2, 2012
Here is a picture of the Christmas tree I put up in our trailer.
December 15, 2012
We went to a Manheim Steamroller concert at the Palazzio Hotel in LV. We were disappointed to find out it wasn’t a concert put on by the original artists of Manheim Steamroller,buy it was their music performed by a group of young artists. Ruby and Buzz went with us and they enjoyed it…and so did we….but it was not the “real” thing.
Light/water show at Sam’s Town Casino
We are now back in SLC for the Holidays. I was able to attend Kaylee’s school program.
Christmas was fun. We stayed with Brad and his family. Christmas eve is when my family gets together. We have a great turkey and ham dinner and then let the grandkids open their present from each other. On Christmas day we were able to watch Derrick’s family and Brad’s family open their ‘Santa’ presents. In the afternoon we visited with John’s kids, Kelly and Debbie and their families and his brother Norm. Later in the week we were able to visit with his son Paul.
We are packing up, saying goodbye to our new friends and leaving Las Vegas.
We are starting another chapter of our life and going on the road through the southern states where it is warmer. We’re not sure how far we’ll get. All we know if that we have to be back in SLC by the middle of April so we can get ready for our cruise to Germany.
So, happy trails to you……and us. I’ll continue the blog with our travels for 2013.