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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Las Vegas, NV. (Jan 19th - March 7th), 2011

On our drive to Las Vegas, of course Mike had to take the most scenic route which took us very close to the Mexican border (Jacumba) and we were stopped twice by the U.S. border patrol as we proceeded east. We camped overnight in Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA (our old stomping grounds near Palm Springs, CA.).  Ate dinner and gambled a little bit since we were staying free in their RV parking lot.  Then we drove through Joshua Tree National Park.  We checked out a couple of campgrounds there and said we would be back to camp there because of their beautiful settings    We proceeded on to Las Vegas and stayed at another one of our membership campground ( Thousand Trails on Boulder Hwy.). Met up with my brother Gary and this friend out here on business from Michigan for a few days.  We visited Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Red Spring which was very scenic, informative, just an great place for hiking and rock climbing with of course it's many red rock formations.  They also have one of the most beautiful and amazing Interpretive/ Visitor Centers we have ever seen. We met up with Darlene's cousin, Cindy and her husband Randy who has lived outside of Las Vegas (Logandale) for the past 17 years. We went on an very scenic drive though Valley of Fire State Park near their home. There you could find various shapes like an elephant and an beehives made of more red rock.
This was an very nice park and we really enjoyed it. February brings in the Lee's  (Brian and Lori, Darlene's sister)  from the old COLD Michigan. Jason continued on his job searching on the strip and Mike found a couple of Habitat homes to work on. Did 7 days off and on while we were here in Vegas.  Toured Ethel's Chocolate shop where they even gave you a free piece of chocolate.  They had an amazing cactus garden  from around the world-- well worth the cost of entrance which was zero.  Did "life" things like physicals, tire rotations. taxes etc. I gave Jason a break from job hunting one day and we went up to Ski Las Vegas on Mt. Charleston just north of the city. That was a blast, we didn't over dress for that occasion. We happened to see the world's largest gold nugget, naturally at the Gold Nugget Casino and Hotel.  Beside the Thousand Trail Campground we also stay a few times at Sam's Town RV park on Boulder Hwy. Which is of course right next to Sam's Town Casino and Hotel. Very nice, clean and well maintained park. Just too many emergency sirens going by for us at all times of the day and night. Sam's Town also had an bowling ally and movie theater inside. Which made for a couple of days of entertainment close bye.  Found a business and a nice big bark park for Buddy. The business was called "Soggy Dog" where you wash and blow dry your own dog.  We all loved it so well, We went twice!!  Went to all the Major Casinos and some that are not so big. We are not big on gambling, so we didn't lose a lot.  I could not leave Vegas and not check out all the shopping malls. They do have a few here.  Darlene and I keep up on whats new, our likes and dislike in RV world and attended an RV show at Southpoint Casino. Couldn't pass up a free show. We extended our stay here for interviews Jason had and  also because
\Cindy and Randy got some extra free tickets to the Only Nascar Race of the year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. What an way to end our stay here in VEGAS!!!

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