Sunday, March 1, 2015


October 28, 2014

We leave Torey, Utah and descend the mountains toward Las Vegas.  As the altitude drops, John's breathing as well as our attitudes improve remarkably. It is amazing what altitude and oxygen levels do to our bodies.  

Late in the afternoon, we enter Las Vegas and find ourselves in a forty foot Tiffin Allegro Bus towing at sixteen foot trailer with our Miata aboard rolling down THE STRIP!   John did just fine, as usual.  
Finally, we pull into the Silverton Casino lot for our dry docking experience.  We are close to McCarran International Airport and it's landing and take off runways. 

Take offs are quiet, but landings are annoying.  Would we stay there again?  No Way!  Free overnights are one thing, but noisy, aggravating overnights are just not worth it.

                                                                                        After a great breakfast, we headed into the city.  We meet the "boys" from Toy Story.  My, they seem to be very tall, or am I really, really short?                                                                                                         
  I am modeling the terrible haircut that I got in Moab, UT. It has been said that the difference between a bad haircut and a good one is two weeks.  It is going to take more than two MONTHS for this cut to grow to my desired length.  I have found that good haircuts are hard to find when traveling.


We visited many of the high end boutiques and marveled at the prices some pay for clothing and accessories.  

                                                We worked up an appetite for a non-vegetarian, burger and wanted to find Bobby Flay's restaurant, Bobby's Burger Palace.                                                                     The Bobby Blue was calling our names.

                                                                                                      The colors were warm and inviting, reminding us of the atmosphere of a '50's diner.  
                                                                                         How did we begin our meal of blue cheese burgers?  We shared a chocolate milk shake!                                                                             Then we indulged in the Bobby Blue, onion rings, and fries for John.
                                                With shrinking wastes of our pants, we headed out to see the night sights.  Thank goodness we had the opportunity to walk off a few of the calories.

                                                                                                                                                Evening approached before we could see everything we wanted. It is going to take another day.  But, Las Vegas at night is beautiful.                                                                          We will need to see more of Las Vegas at a later time.  

Our arrival time at Borrego Springs, California was rapidly approaching.   

We begin the short trip to California and our daughter Jojo's home to collect our mail and lemons from her tree. 

You know you are in southern California when you see dust storms on the horizon.    

Soon, we are on the road to Borrego Springs and our favorite camping area at Clark Dry Lake, BLM land just south of the Springs.

Ahhhh, our home in the southwest.  No more travel for a while.  It is time to enjoy the mountains and the quiet desert! 

Today, this blog ends and begins with photos of the Anza Borrego desert, our favorite place!                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for visiting our blog today.  It has been a long time since I posted.  The rest has been good, but now, it is time to share some of our activities.  More to come.  

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God bless.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


  1. Are you still hanging out at Anza-Borrego? Rained all day just west of Joshua Tree.

  2. That looks like a fun trip to Las Vegas. And I'm glad to hear you are both feeling better and breathing better at the lower altitude.

  3. Been to Vegas a couple times years ago & enjoyed seeing all the big hotels on the strip & downtown. Vegas is definitely worth a visit just for the experience of being there. And it's true beauty is at night with all the lights. Borrego Springs has always been a favorite area of ours as well. Desert wildflowers will be happening there now & with these rains going on flowers will really be a-poppin..............

  4. Vegas is an interesting place to walkabout and see the sights, all the glitter and fancy places to see. But Borrego Springs is more our style too. Enjoy.

  5. We're glad to see you back and posting. Take care.

  6. So happy to see your post pop up. Miss you when you aren't posting once in awhile.

  7. Boy do you two get around. I had no idea you were in Utah, Nevada and now California.

    We love Borrego Springs too. What a gorgeous place and so much wonderful hiking. Glad you are slowing down and enjoying the desert beauty.

  8. There you are :-) Was glad to see your face pop up in pics of the Blogfest in Q a few weeks back, although seeing your comments from time to time I know you guys are living the dream. I cracked up at the haircut - although I keep mine longer, finding a decent trim out there is one of my only concerns :-))))) Looks like you had a good time in Las Vegas (good to know the free parking at that spot is no Bueno). Safe travels.

  9. I haven't boondocked yet at Borrego Springs, but maybe next year. It looks beautiful. Glad you came down from the high altitudes. I've found a difference too - I just have more energy at lower levels. I really felt for you hearing about your haircut, that's happened to me, but I clicked on the photo to see it up close, and I like your haircut. It looks really cute on you. :)

  10. It has been a long time since you posted. Glad to see you again. Getting a decent haircut on the road really is such a problem. My hair is down to my shoulders and driving me crazy because I'm afraid to take a chance on a haircut but I can't deal with it in the heat. Glad you are both feeling better. Looks like you really enjoyed that milkshake, burger and fries. The Anza Borrego desert seems to be a favorite place for a lot of folks. Glad you are back in a place you love.

  11. I know exactly what you're talking about regarding haircuts. We've both had some pretty bad ones. When you travel, you just wing it.

    I think the answer to your Toy Story boys is that you are short AND they are tall. You have the same issue I would have! Neither of us are tall. :)

  12. I'm so sorry our only meeting was the wave and a yell out the window as you drove away in Anza Borrego! We were so close...but yet so far:) One day!!!

  13. Always good to see a post from you. Exciting times - I, too, wonder who pays those outlandish prices and WHY!

  14. John is my hero driving down the Vegas strip in your rig towing a trailer! I had enough just driving a 30 foot RV with no trailer down the strip once. :c)

  15. Hmmm what did I miss? This has sunday's date posting but it's from a trip last October???

    KarenInTheWoods and Steveio
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

  16. Hi, it's been a while...glad to catch up on your goings on. I think that hair cut is cute!!!


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