Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another week in Vegas it is

Week 2 was over this morning, but I walked over yesterday and extended for yet another week.  Jeff was in less pain yesterday and could move around better, but still stayed off of it as much as possible.

Despite the looks of this... the swelling is down alot! and it doesnt hurt so much to put a little pressure on it... so we are leaving the house today and venturing out to see more of the Vegas area.
We are thinking a drive to Lake Mead would be nice... with a stop at Costco maybe?  We will see what all the day brings.  The wind is suppose to move in this afternoon, with gusts over the next day or two up to 63mph!  Looks like this wind is suppose to hit all of the areas around us (Palm Springs, Lake Havasu...)

Just so glad that Jeff's ankle is healing quickly and without a trip to a doctor!

Praise be to God... our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pedaling accident may cause delay in LV departure!

I told him bicycling in the city at night was a bad idea!  But he convinced me we would be fine.  Actually, my concern had been drivers not seeing us.  I hadn't thought about the fact that it's dark, and we may not see things clearly.  I was riding on the sidewalk and Jeff was in the bicycle lane, but the bicycle lane was ending, so Jeff veered over to the sidewalk, but he came at it at an angle and there wasnt a smooth transition from road to sidewalk... so it threw him down.  I've never heard him holler like that... I wasn't sure what was hurt.  It turned out to be his ankle. 

We don't have medical insurance, so we dont make trips to see a doctor unless there is nothing we can do on our own.  We have internet, so we did some self-diagnosis.  The fact that he was able to make it home, although in excruciating pain, told us it was not broken.  The fact that it is so extremely painful and very very swollen tells us it is a severe sprain.
So I am caring for my hubby with ice treatments, elevating his leg, wrapping his ankle, and ibuprofen. 

We are scheduled to leave here Wednesday morning, but if his ankle does not improve significantly today and tomorrow, we will most likely need to extend our stay again.

We received a call offering us a job selling Christmas trees in Tucson, AZ.  We were considering it, but I had to call him this morning and decline.  They need us now... and we cant leave now.  That's okay.  We will have to accept work or hosting jobs late next year, but for now we will stick with our plan for an extended vacation to see areas we havent been... including the East Coast next Spring/Summer.

We had a great Thanksgiving here at the park.  There was a wonderful variety of dishes brought by other "campers" and the park provided both turkey and ham. 

They arranged the food tables in the library/game room...

and tables were set up in the TV gathering room, for eating...

Tables were set up outside as well... so this is where we wanted to be!
These pictures were taken early... the place filled up soon after.

The day before Thanksgiving, we visited one of Vegas' Harley shops.  We didnt find anything we needed or could afford to buy... but it was enjoyable.  They had old bikes and old cars displayed.

Well, that's all I've got to say for now... Hopefully we will be out of Vegas on our way to the Palm Springs area soon.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

We're Staying another Week!

Tuesday, November 22

Las Vegas RV Resort is a nice enough place to stay for another week we think.  We initially paid through tonight, but we went in to the office today and extended it one week.
We have been enjoying the Hot Tub nearly every night, and Jeff is taking advantage of their fitness center.  The park and the surrounding city is great for walking or riding the bikes (that is bicycles).

Saturday and Sunday we stayed at home... but yesterday (Monday) we made another trip to the Las Vegas Strip.

We parked in the Flamingo parking garage, and walked through their "wildlife habitat".

Austrailian Black Swan

Besides their wildlife habitat, the other theme of the Flamingo Casino Hotel is Margaritaville. 

Having made our way through the Flamingo Casino, we exited out to Las Vegas Blvd,
and walked several blocks South to the Harley Davidson Cafe.

The sites along the Strip were interesting, to say the least...
City life can take its toll on everyone, I suppose

Finally we arrived at the Harley Davidson Cafe.

The atmosphere was entertaining...  but we can't say alot for the food.

Back to The Strip to see what else we can find to see...

The Bellagio has a fountain show every 1/2 hour

So we made our way up and across the street to the Bellagio...

... to the Bellagio, where we waited for the fountains...

... and here it comes

They were spectacular!  like water fireworks!

We made our way back to our truck and headed home... that was the Monday adventure.

Tuesday we got together with a friend from home (land home). 
We found out they were in Vegas, via good ol' facebook. 

Dan's wife was busy with family, so I had to find something to occupy my time, while they chatted.  So I sat beside them and played some blackjack, on the bar machine.  I played for 30 minutes with the $5 I deposited.  But they were still chatting.  So I inserted another dollar and switched to playing Keno.  I played 6 spot, using our birthday dates, and got all 6 numbers!
I won $125!  Whoo Hoo!

Thursday, November 24

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL!! (even you Canadian family and friends)

The park here is having a Thanksgiving dinner at 3:00, so we are going to that.  Our contribution is Stuffing.

Hope you ALL have a wonderful day, wherever you are, whatever you do.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Beautiful Las Vegas!

Beauty comes in all forms.  This is definitely a different sort of beauty, than say... Jasper Point in Central Oregon, where we sat in peace amongst the juniper trees, overlooking the lake.  Blue skys, palm trees, elaborate architecture and city lights.... that is the beauty this week. 
The sounds are certainly different, as well.  We don't hear the crickets or the birds... we hear motors and sirens and jets.  But it is yet another experience... and we like it here!

We drove all over Las Vegas the past couple days.  It is a city... but it is a good feeling city.  At least that has been our experience.

Wednesday we visited the center of "The Strip".  We visited 3 casinos, road the monorail, and just walked around. 

We spotted several more places we want to go on our next trip to The Strip, like the Harley Davidson Cafe, and New York New York.  And we want to see the lights at night.  For that, we will plan to walk to Sams Town around the corner and take their free shuttle to and from the strip.

One of the shows we watch is "Pawn Stars".  It is a pawn shop in Las Vegas... so we wanted to visit it while we were here.   Yesterday, we did just that.

Its more like a tourist trap now, than a pawn shop. 
The place was crowded with people who were there, like us, just to see "the place" of the show. 

And the center of the store is just full of kiosks crammed full of souveniers.
like... Chumlee Christmas ornaments, The Old Man bobblehead, Pawn Stars mugs, keychains, shotglasses, hats, shirts, stickers, posters, mouse pads... even chapstick!

We can now watch the show and say "We've been there!"

On a street nearby the pawn shop, we found a place to get married, if you're in a big hurry.

I am not one for weddings that take a year to plan and organize. 
Jeff and I were married in Reno... but at least we had an appointment!

We did a little shopping at Costco, and found a good paint craft store so I could get the remaining supplies I needed to do another oil painting.

Then, we visited the Stratosphere.  It was a short visit, but we plan to return to take the "ride" to the top.  I think we will pass on the 108 floor free fall, though.

Today we are staying home...
 kicking back, posting to the blog, doing some laundry,
and walking to a Redbox to rent a movie or two.

We're happy with our home for the week... very nice. 
Its clean... has a fitness room, pool and hot tub, big laundry room with new machines,
strong and fast wi-fi, and even an ice machine!

 To view all the photos we have taken while in Vegas, and on the way here from Oregon... click here:

Wheel Life Photos - Las Vegas

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Arrived Las Vegas

I have some catching up to  do on this blog! 

We left Southern Oregon last Saturday, after staying 11 days at Valley of the Rogue State Park.
We accomplished all that we needed to do before leaving again, and spent good time with family and friends.
Our Site at Valley of the Rogue State Park

Good home cooking... prepared by Sheryl's Mom and Sister.

We're all having fun... really.
Dad reads us a story he wrote years ago

Sisters sharing another piece of Moms good pie!

Visiting Jon and Brooke at their new place in Medford.

One last night get-together at our camp site.

Sheryl's Parents came for a visit
(and by the way... Happy 66th Anniversary today, Mom and Dad!)

After leaving Southern Oregon,
Our first night's stay along Hwy 89 near Old Station, CA
We stayed here before and enjoyed it,
 so we were happy that the spot was empty and waiting for us again!

Some interesting cloud formations along our way...

The plan for our second night was to stay in Fallon, NV at the Bonanza Inn RV Park.
It was just a parking lot with full hook-ups, but for $15 it was a deal.

We slept well, and we were comfortable, so we even stayed a second night.
We walked to the Post Office, walked down Historic Main Street, and just kicked it.
We put up the antenna and got about 12 channels.  It was a fun change from our Direct TV.  It was almost like going back in time... lots of old shows.

We weren't sure where we would stay our next night, after leaving Fallon,
but we were glad we passed up some RV Park possibilities, because we found another great pull-off where we could comfortably stay the night. 
It was about 2 miles past Goldfield, NV with just desert all around.

The view out the back window

Out the front door

Level and Spacious and Free!

We had reserved a site for a week here in Las Vegas, at Las Vegas RV Resort. 
We arrived at 3:00 and we are impressed with the park... very nice.
I will get better pictures tomorrow, but our site is spacious.

Tomorrow we will venture out to see Las Vegas! 
and Im sure I will have lots more to show and tell. 

Take Care... all of you fellow travelers, family and friends.