Las Vegas

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.P1020254

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.P1020261P1020411I 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 seasonP1020302P1020299

and got to see Alyssa in her first prom dress…along with her friendsP1020317P1020320

Kaylee

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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.P1020347

P1020344P1020345P1020337One of the Thunderbird planesP1020364 P1020365 P1020366P1020403

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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.”P1020388P1020389P1020394 P1020393 P1020392 P1020391 P1020390 P1020387 P1020386 P1020384 P1020383 P1020382 P1020381 P1020380

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.DSC_0054 DSC_0056

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

While in LV we saw Andrea Bocelli perform at the MGM Grand Garden ArenaP1020430P1020433

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.

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Max — What’s a Kindle

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and while I was there got to see DJ’s band Christmas ProgramP1020446

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December 2, 2012

Here is a picture of the Christmas tree I put up in our trailer.

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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.P1020415

Light/water show at Sam’s Town Casino

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We are now back in SLC for the Holidays.  I was able to attend Kaylee’s school program.
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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.

Christmas Eve at Brad's

Great pano view of Christmas eve at Brad’s

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Alan

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Derrick

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Bekka

 

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Alyssa — funky hat !

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Santa Brad

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Christmas morning at the B Rigby home

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Kaylee

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…and of course — Max

Las Vegas friends

John. Gayle, Jim, Ruby, Buzz, Margaret

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.

Margaret

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