Harrah’s

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We started our day going to the outlet mall. We didn’t get here last year so we had to do it this year for sure. The stores were on the second level and the shops were placed in a circle on the floor. Lot of empty stores too. We found a great sale at Carters for Kids and bought Lucy some winter clothes. It is so much fun shopping for little girls! I did find some great bargains for Christmas presents.

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Lucy getting brave in her 9 months!

 

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We were getting hungry so thought it was time to eat something. We had decided we were going to go to Harrah’s “Fresh Market Square Buffet” for Thanksgiving so we thought it would be good to go have lunch there to make sure the food was good.

We stopped at the desk and got our “Players Card” to get $$ off our meal. Well, they don’t do a lunch buffet past 1:30 so we had to eat in the Beach Cafe. It was delicious so we thought we would be safe to have Thanksgiving there.

We stopped to play the slot machines. Dale lost his money and I came home with all my money plus three extra dollars. Ha! Big winnings. We were really trying to get points to get a free buffet but the guy who talked to me didn’t say you need 25 levels! That would be $100 put in a machine and we aren’t the best gamblers to spend that kind of money. It was hard using $10!

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We saw a big banner on a building outside the main doors to Harrah’s saying that Guy Fieri was putting in a new restaurant. He is one of our favorite “Food Network” people. It would be fun to see him in person if he comes for the opening but we won’t be here then.

I did get an appointment for a Pedi and a Mani (birthday present from Dale) at the spa for next Tuesday. We got to walk by the pool and we took a small walk on the beach.

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Harrah’s is the happening place!

PS. We did have Thanksgiving dinner here. As we stood in line with a hundred other people, Anita told us that her neighbor said this was the only good buffet in Laughlin. And it was delicious. All of it. We had turkey and all the trimmings down to the pumpkin pie. We also had a choice of pizza, sushi, many seafood dishes, ham, prime rib, scalloped potatoes, veggies of many varieties, and a dessert station that could be a meal in itself. A very delicious meal with food that was top grade. We do have to come back for dinner or breakfast. It was worth the $17 we paid. A very happy day and thankful day with friends.

Did I ever mention that life is good and I’m trying to live in each moment!

One Hike

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We finally decided to hike on the trail made from Davis Dam to Laughlin. Don Laughlin donated the money needed to put in this 5 mile “walk.” to the dam. The road above the dam is closed to traffic so one can walk across the dam.

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Walkway across Hwy 95 to Las Vegas

We parked Miss Scarlet above the dam and walked across the dam and down the hill to the park. The path was all pavement so we were disappointed as we like to walk in dirt! We hiked a mile and a half before we realized we couldn’t make the complete 5 miles before dark. So we turned around and got in a good 3.5 mile hike.

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We got a late start so we couldn’t go all the way to the walkway and back before dark. It was a great hike along the Colorado River.

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Davis Dam

 

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Riverside Casino boat that goes from the casino to the dam. The tour includes a narrative of the history along the river.

Oh, just a side mention. This was my birthday. Yup, 66 years young. It was a great birthday!

That evening we had a birthday dinner with Anita and Bud at Chili’s. We decided on their special – 2 for $20 and it was delicious. And so much the better with friends.

Again, seizing the moments in life and being very thankful and blessed for life and this crazy RV lifestyle.

 

Having Too Much Fun!

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We have been here 10 days already and we are having a blast.

We have been hiking, shopping, eating and gambling. Not to mention enjoying the blue sky and sun and warm weather. Every second of the day is incredible.

One event we took in was the Country Superstars. There are about 8 or so people who can look and sing like real starts. Our show included Merle Haggard, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. We had seats right on the stage.

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s you can see, drinks were delivered to the table which was kind of nice.

 

Tim McGraw was out first and sang us some of his popular songs. Merle was out next and really didn’t do a thing for us. Then came Dolly and she was the cutest thing. Willy, for me, was the best. He looked like Willie and sang like Willy and made us all laugh. He even sang to Dale and me! We had a great time singing along and clapping with the beat. It was hard to stay seated, but couldn’t move if we wanted too. The band was great too.

 

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Dolly with Anita and myself.
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Anita was swooning!

 

 

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Oh, yes, he could make anyone swoon. I told him I was supposed to pat him on the butt (per Dolly) and he said, “You wouldn’t be the first.”

 

 

Willie gave me his red handkerchief while on stage and told me to put it on.
Willie gave me his red handkerchief while on stage and told me to put it on for the photo.

We had a lot of fun this night and were glad we went even if they were fake. They gave us some good entertainment.

Life is very good!

 

 

Finally Made It To Arizona!

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The wind followed us all the way to Bullhead City, AZ. At first we had a tail wind which was good. Then heading east out of Barstow we had a cross wind and that isn’t good. But we made the 300 miles to Katherine’s Landing Campground. This is a Forest Service Campground and $5 a day. Water and a dump are available. The sites are quite nice and big. Al, the host is very congenial and keeps everyone in line! The campground also has washers and dryers on site so don’t have to run into town to find a laundromat.

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Plenty of sun to keep us powered up!

Morgan and I took a hike the other day and took these photo’s.

klThis is Katherine’s Landing. It is on the Colorado River – Mohave Lake. There is a marina, motel, store, restaurant, Boat Repair and a mobile home that looks like summer homes for boaters and fishermen. There are many house boats, some very big and they all look like fun. We saw only one sailboat but sure there are more in the summer. Dale wants to rent a speedboat, so we may have a trip up the river in our near future.

colorado-riverGoing up river from the marina and Davis Dam.

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A very co-operative lizard that stood still for a photo shoot!

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Our campground is at the base of the mountains. Only one loop is open and the campground across the street is closed also. This is a popular campground this year. Nearly full every night.

We are about 7 miles from Bullhead City. It is nice being out of all that traffic and busy days for others. One problem we have faced is the time change. Arizona is in Mountain time and Nevada is in Pacific time zone. Nevada is just across the bridge and river into Laughlin!!! We adjust.

Life is good in the sun and warmth. We feel very blessed by our Lord.

 

Lone Pine, California

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We were planning how we would get to Bullhead City, AZ from Reno, NV. We had two choices – go through Vegas or go down 395. No contest. 395 is one of our favorite roads to travel. The scenery, lakes, and mountains win out over big cities. We decided to go to Lone Pine and boondock in the Alabama Hills, which is BLM land. One can stay there for 14 days and get to pick the spot where you want to park.

We chose to stay just off Movie Road.

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Lone Pine Peak is the big mountain in the photo of the Sierras. Mt Whitney is off to the right with the pointed mountain.

Our days, as you can see, were full of clear, blue skies and in the 60’s. It did get cool in the evenings and early mornings. Morgan and Annie loved being outside and free.

We stayed 5 days in excellent weather. The wind did start-up our last evening. Some at 40 mph that rocked the trailer pretty good.

We hiked around the trail to the arches.

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The China Naval Basin was near by and so we got to hear jet noise. Greatest sound.

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The views here are incredible.

We drove up the Whitney Portal Road to where the trailhead for Mt. Whitney begins.  The trail is 11 miles up to the top of the mountain. The increase in elevation is like 6000 feet. It was quite chilly up there at 8000 feet.

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Waterfall coming off the mountain.

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Morgan on the bridge crossing the creek.

The next day, Dale took off early to hike up the trail. I sat in 60 degree weather at the trailer watching a storm come through the mountain. Dale did say it snowed on him. He kept to his 8 mile hike but would like to come back and do the whole trail. I took the day to sew and enjoy the suns warmth.

We took in the Lone Pine Film History Museum while here. The theme of the museum comes about because of all the “B” westerns that have been filmed in the Alabama Hills. We were quite pleased at the content of the museum. Wasn’t cheesy at all.

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Remember these good guys!

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The museum had a display for the movie “Tremors.” I had a good laugh remembering when I first saw this movie with Kevin Bacon.

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We bought a movie when we were finished walking through all the displays. “Seven Men From Now” with Randolph Scott. It was fun seeing where we were camped on film.

The museum also sold  a book with maps to the sites from the old movies. So we trekked off in the hills to find each and every place where the chosen films were made.

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The grave site in “Rawhide.” Filmed in 1939.

Next stop was this cliff where wagons fell into the canyon in “How the West Was Won.”

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There are way too many movies made here to list. Roy Rogers started is film life here. Get a list here. Some of “Iron Man” was filmed here and had the suit Robert Downey, Jr. wore in the first scene. A great place to visit.

After having lunch at the Lone Pine Cafe and Bakery (great, great food) we decided to do some Geocaching. I think we found 5 or 6 caches in the hills. It was fun to find them but also do some rock climbing and see other parts of the hills. lp15
The Face.

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An old mine. Saw several of these in the hills.

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Found it!

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The museum has a “Western Film Festival” during Columbus Day weekend in October. I think we will plan to attend on our way south next year.

As always, our stay here was another adventure that made us happy and content. This RV life – is good!

Family Time

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My son still lives in the Boise area, so we headed across Idaho to go visit him and the grandchildren. We didn’t stay at our usual park because they went KOA. We stayed in Garden City at the RV park between the ballpark and the fairgrounds. Nice park with a clean laundry room.

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Our Jacob is growing up fast! We were laughing so hard in this photo. Love my family.

We took Melanie, Jacob and Char (kids mom) to dinner one night to give out presents and enjoy their company. Mel chose Red Robin for dinner. It was delicious!

David took us to this new mall, The Village, in Meridian, ID. It is an outdoor mall with lots of restaurants and outside seating with heaters. There is a fountain and an ice rink. The fountain has a music program every hour with lights. Fun to watch.

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The mall also had a unique movie theater, Village Cinema.

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So we had to go. Tickets were $7 for the matinee. We made reservations and got to pick the seat we wanted – online of course. The neat thing about this place was that they served you lunch and dinner at your seat. As you can see, the seats are big.

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So we had lunch – me a french dip that was delicious and Dale had a pasta dish. Waiters at the movies! Who would have thought.

After a week in Boise, we headed to Reno to visit Dale’s family and grandkids. First stop – Lucy Harper.

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Grandpa Dale got her a nice push truck she can take apart and put back together. She loves it. She has grown so much. She is crawling, smiling, and chewing on everything. Mindy and Scott had us to dinner for homemade pea soup. Delicious.

We also went shopping at our favorite store, Whole Foods.

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While visiting Chloe and Noah, we got to go to their soccer lessons.

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Chloe is 4th from the left and Noah is just under the guy’s elbow.

Great Grandma came for a visit so we got the family together for a nice lunch cooked by Ben and Scott and a birthday cake made by Mindy.

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Reno has changed so much since my mom and dad came down here to vacation. But the sign has survived all the change.

On our last day in Reno, we had to go to one of our favorite burger joints. We found this when we were back in the south. Steak and Shake.

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So we got our fix and due to a miscommunication with the waiter, I got my lunch for free. Dale got his milkshake!

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We had a great time with family and as always miss the grandkids so much when we leave. Chloe told her teacher that she sees us every morning. So, we have to get her a photo of us because we don’t know what she is seeing!

Life is good and family is awesome. God and His promises are wonderful.

Headed for the Tetons

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After leaving our camp at Madison Creek, we had to go all the way around the park due to a road closure below Old Faithful. Therefore, we were able to get a good look at Yellowstone Lake!

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As we were driving around this lake, I got to thinking, “We haven’t seen a “herd” of buffalo at all.” Literally, around the bend and bam….

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Our travel time to the Tetons was not a long one after leaving Yellowstone. Probably aout 28 miles. It seemed like the two parks were connected!

Our friends, the Kings, clued us in to a boondocking spot from “Days End” and we found it near the little town of Moran along the Buffalo Forks River.

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This campsite was about 30 miles from Jackson Hole, so not real convenient to “going to town for a loaf of bread.” We did spend a day there, getting gas, groceries, doing laundry and having lunch.

As you can see, the mountains are beautiful. We stopped at a pull out and got a great picture of the mountains and the Snake River.

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Woke up to this one morning.

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This is a beautiful place and I am so glad you took the time to enjoy God’s creation so far from Oregon!

Life is great! God gives us blessings we don’t even realize!

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