Las Vegas continued
|showing my route circling around and back to Tuscon|
this leg of the journey: (Las Vegas to Laughlin)
Campground: Riverside Rv Resort, Laughlin NV. A casino campground, $99 weekly rate. This was a special spring deal. Full hookups. Cable TV included though I’m having trouble connecting.
Love, The Beatles, Cirque de Soleil
|Entrance to the Beatles "Love" show|
It’s Easter Sunday and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the day than to attend the Beatle’s show, LOVE. I drove into town around 4:30 in the afternoon giving me plenty of time to walk the famous Las Vegas strip and tour the Venetian Hotel and Casino before heading across the street to the Mirage. The Venetian was built to resemble Florence Italy and the grand canal. It’s one very large shopping mall to my way of thinking with gondola’s slowly being navigated along the mostly interior canals surrounding by multiple restaurants and high end shops. I toured the photography art work of Ilk, famous for his large photos of outdoor scenes. Ranging in price from the $7,000 on upward range. He’s noted for selling one photo taken in Antelope Canyon for six million dollars. The highest price ever paid for a single photograph.
Back at the Mirage I wandered through the casino area before going into the show, put one dollar in a slot machine and after a few turns of the wheel, I’d won $5. The excitement continued to build waiting for the doors of the theatre to open. My seat would be up a grand staircase and then down the isle putting me about 2/3’s of the way up from the stage. A perfect location for a Cirque de Soleil performance.
|a tour of the Venetian before the Beatles show|
|looking back at the Mirage|
|and down the street the Wynn|
|Inside the Venetian|
|no photos of the presentation of course|
The Beatles show "LOVE"
|the Mirage Hotel/Casino|
I’m very pleased with the location of the campground I’m staying at, Duck Creek Rv Park. Right out the back door is a county park with lots of grass and trees bordering the park. Even better, only about a mile and a half away is the Clark County Wetlands Park. It has 5 trailheads along the water shed. What a great place to get my walking in. As you may know, I’ve been diagnosed with per-diabetes and I’m working hard to get my diet under control and walking each day. Today I did the Duck Creek trailhead. A wonderful paved path around the wetlands as well as numerous well packed sand paths to explore throughout the park. So unusual to see ponds and creek with lots of water rushing through it and all those wetland grasses and shrubs. Just something one doesn’t usually see out in a desert environment.
|Las Vegas (meaning meadow) once had numerous springs|
|both paved and dirt paths available|
|most of the water is run-off and waster water being recycled|
|the wetland interpretative center|
RV Tip: Every Rv-er who has an occasion to use the onboard water pump while accessing the water in their holding tank, knows how noisy that pump is. The main culprit is often the water pipes leading up to the shower faucet. I took sections of the insulation foam used to wrap your hoses and water pipes during a freeze and used it as a sound insulation inside the camper. It was easy to get access to the shower pipes as well as a few others from the basement access panel in my camper. The water pump still makes noise, but it’s not that loud rattling sound caused by the pipes banging against the shower walls.
|the Mob Museum|
|a wall full of Mobsters|
|early gambling in Vegas|
|the first person to get a gambling license was a woman|
|the good guys fight crime|
a popular theme for comics and kids toys
|from the steps of the Mob Museum looking south|
Another major museum in town is the National Atomic Testing Museum. An interesting fact is that folks living in Las Vegas would often view the above ground nuclear explosions at the Nevada Testing Site. (1951-1963) I understand they also have an exhibit on area 51 but most people thinks in garbage.
Distance Traveled: 97 miles
|view from top tier of Riverside RV Park|
An easy morning drive to Laughlin Nevada. I checked in early at the Riverside Casino Rv park with well over 500 campsites. I was able to get a 50amp full hookup site on the second level and along with a great rate of $99 for 7 days, I also received buffet coupons for two free Breakfast buffets and two free lunch or dinner buffets. When I signed up for their players club card I was given a couple for half off a buffet. So the meals alone are saving me around $45.
|views from the Riverside Casino where I'm having "free"|
Breakfast and Lunches... what a view of the Colorado River
Lazy days spent along the Colorado River in the towns of Bullhead City Arizona and Laughlin Nevada, across the river from each other. Bullhead is where most of the people live and shop. The Laughlin side is where all the casinos and shows are located. I’ll probably do a boat ride, drive over to the ghost town of Oatman and maybe drive on a rugged part of the old route 66 to Kingman.
This leg of my journey will be just to relax and have some downtime. Read a book, walk along the river walk, take a nap when I feel like it. Yes, life is good.
Additional photos on PICASA