Sunday, December 1, 2019

Green Valley Ranch 10k

Today's 10k was a volksmarch around the Green Valley Ranch/Henderson area.  Even though it was a bit cloudy and overcast, the weather was, of course, perfect for walking!





Saturday, November 23, 2019

Sunset Park 10k

What a great day for a walk!  It's the end of November but still warm and sunny outside--perfect weather for a volksmarch!




Thursday, October 10, 2019

50 Resources for Veterans in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a pretty good place for military veterans to retire.  Besides great weather and unlimited things to do, there are also plenty of resources for vets here including...

  1. A big VA Hospital in North Las Vegas
  2. As well as lots of VA clinics around the valley
  3. There is the Nellis AFB Hospital 
  4. And the huge Nellis Air Force Base with all kinds of amenities 
  5. Nellis AFB also has a Space A Terminal
  6. And there is a USO at McCarran Airport
  7. The Southern Nevada State Veterans Home is located in Boulder City
  8. As is the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
  9. Clark County offers a great tax exemption program for vets
  10. The Nevada Department of Veterans Services is located in North Las Vegas (in the VA hospital campus)
  11. The Henderson Vet Center is another good resource
  12. For vets in need, Veterans Village is a great resource
  13. US Vets is another local non profit which helps out veterans
  14. Honor Flight Southern Nevada offers a wonderful program for vets
  15. And here is a huge list of local businesses that give discounts to vets
  16. Here is a huge list of VA benefits for the vet and their family members
  17. The local Salvation Army offers veterans services
  18. The state of Nevada has a Veterans Jobs Coordinator office
  19. And this is one of many veterans job boards
  20. The SBA has an Office of Veterans Business Development program
  21. UNLV has a Veterans Service Center as does CSN
  22. The Veterans Crisis Line can be found either online or by calling 800-273-8255 (for suicide and other mental health concerns)
  23. Homeless veterans can find services here
  24. And the local 211 line can connect vets in need with services in the community
  25. Emergency assistance for homeless veterans can be found here
  26. Patriot Place is a housing community for low income vets
  27. Stations Casinos offers several discounts for vets through their Military Monday program
  28. Caesars Casinos offers a similar program
  29. And MGM Resorts offers a similar discount program for vets too
  30. Several casino buffets in Las Vegas offer free buffets to vets on Veterans Day and Memorial Day
  31. Legal assistance for vets can be found at the Nellis AFB legal office or through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
  32. The Veterans Transition Resource Centers offers assistance programs for new vets
  33. The Nevada American Legion offers several resources for vets
  34. You can find a local VFW Post here
  35. And here is another long list of veterans services and resources
  36. The Goodwill of Southern Nevada has a Veterans Integration Program
  37. Here is a list of veterans jobs and military job transition programs
  38. The VA Home Loan program is a great benefit available to vets
  39. USAA offers several banking and financial services to vets and military members
  40. Military One Source offers a range of info and resources for vets
  41. Heath and fitness resources for the military community can be found on the government's HHS page
  42. The government's SAMHSA page offers a number of mental health resources for vets 
  43. The Red Cross offers specialized services for military and vets
  44. There are always vet-related community events going on in Las Vegas, from fun runs to parades to appreciation events and more
  45. Military.com is a great resource for both active duty personnel and vets
  46. As is the Department of Defense's resource page
  47. USA.gov has a military assistance page
  48. And this is yet another great list of resources for vets
  49. Ditto this list of veterans resources
  50. Finally, reddit has a good military bulletin board (be sure to check the sidebar for related sub-reddits)

Monday, September 23, 2019

Downtown Vegas 10k

It was a perfect day for a 10k volksmarch in downtown Las Vegas today (well almost perfect, there was still a lot of deconstruction of the Life is Beautiful venue happening which detoured a few parts of the walk)...sunny, breezy, and busy with lots of tourists!







Saturday, September 21, 2019

7 Hills 10k

It was a beautiful day for a 10k walk around the Seven Hills area of Henderson.  The weather was 80 degrees (a big improvement over the last walk which was 101 when we finished) and the trails were great (Henderson has miles and miles of great trails!).





Monday, September 16, 2019

Las Vegas Community Safety Forums


The monthly Community Safety Forums offered at the Mob Museum are a great way to both learn some new and useful information as well as get a free entry to the Mob Museum after the event (that's a $17 savings per person for locals!).  You can reserve a spot by clicking on the Mob Museum events page for the forum you want to attend.

Friday, September 13, 2019

100 Things to Do in Laughlin NV



Laughlin, Nevada, is a fabulous little town on the Colorado River.  Here are 100 things to do in and around the Laughlin area:
  1. Take a walk along the Laughlin Riverwalk path.
  2. Take a meditative stroll through the Laughlin Labyrinths. 
  3. Walk the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Trail to Davis Dam.
  4. Take a trip to the Wild West town of Oatman.
  5. Visit Don Laughlin's Classic Car Museum at the Riverside.
  6. Go shopping at the Laughlin Outlet Center.
  7. Play bingo!
  8. Swim at the Laughlin Aquatic Center or at the Bullhead City pool.
  9. Visit the Big Bend of the Colorado State Park.
  10. Go to a concert at the Laughlin Event Center.
  11. Check out the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City.
  12. Go fishing!
  13. Check out the Grapevine Canyon Petroglyphs. 
  14. Go on a dinner cruise.
  15. Casino hop via the River Passage Water Taxi.
  16. Go jet skiing.
  17. Visit Lake Mohave.
  18. Have a picnic at the Bullhead City Community Park.
  19. Take a day trip to Kingman, AZ, a western town on the old Route 66.
  20. Attend a community event in Laughlin.
  21. Play golf.
  22. Visit the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge in nearby Needles.
  23. Gamble at one of the many casinos in Laughlin.
  24. Take the Christmas Tree Pass Scenic Drive.
  25. Check out the Arizona Veteran's Memorial Park.
  26. Go bowling.
  27. Decorate a creosote bush on the road to Oatman in early December.
  28. Visit the Colorado River Museum.
  29. Go camping at Davis Camp Park.
  30. Check out the Laughlin International Film Festival.
  31. Visit the Colorado River Nature Center.
  32. Participate in the annual Laughlin Half Marathon.
  33. Check out the Spirit Mountain Activity Center.
  34. Participate in an event at the Laughlin Library or at the Bullhead City library.
  35. Participate in the annual Bullhead City Turkey Trot.
  36. Eat at a buffet.
  37. Check out the annual Laughlin River Run Motorcycle Rally.
  38. Visit the beautiful Topock Gorge.
  39. Attend the annual Fort Mojave Indian Days event.
  40. Participate in the (official or unofficial) Laughlin River Regatta.
  41. Check out the nightlife around Laughlin.
  42. Go to the movies (here, here, or here).
  43. Go hiking in the Dead Mountains Wilderness.
  44. Take the family to Scooter's Family Fun Center for mini golf, go karts, etc.
  45. Watch a rodeo event at Mojave Crossing.
  46. Watch the annual Boat Parade of Lights.
  47. Check out the Bullhead City Farmer's Market.
  48. Attend a Bullhead City Community Event.
  49. Attend an event at Mohave Community College.
  50. Go shooting at a nearby shooting range.
  51. Go boating--or take a boat tour--on the Colorado River.
  52. Go to church.
  53. Grab a late-night snack at one of the many restaurants in the Laughlin area.
  54. Take a trip to the Chloride Ghost Town.
  55. Visit the tiny town of Searchlight and do the Eldorado Canyon Goldmine Tour.
  56. Watch a Laughlin High School football game.
  57. Eat at In N Out Burger in downtown Laughlin.
  58. Check out Laughlin Buzz for the latest Laughlin news (website, Facebook, blog).
  59. Take a photo with the Don Laughlin statue.
  60. Attend the annual Laughlin Fall Festival.
  61. Watch the annual Rockets Over the River 4th of July show.
  62. Attend the annual Mohave County Fair.
  63. Attend a River Valley Artist Guild event.
  64. Sing karaoke!
  65. Learn how to knit.
  66. Volunteer at a local non-profit or community organization.
  67. Visit Pints Brewery, the only microbrewery in Laughlin.
  68. Attend the Bullhead City Oktoberfest event.
  69. Take a USS Riverside tour.
  70. Play disc golf or horseshoes at Rotary Park.
  71. Rent an ATV or motorcycle and go off-roading.
  72. Attend the annual Chef's Food Fest.
  73. Do a spa day.
  74. Check out one of the many car shows held in Laughlin (examples here and here).
  75. Join a hobby/interest club or organization.
  76. Join a meet-up group in the Laughlin/Bullhead City area.
  77. Take a tour of the city via public transit (Laughlin, Bullhead City).
  78. Eat at a Fine Dining restaurant in Laughlin.
  79. Drive the Historic Route 66 from California into Arizona.
  80. Get married!
  81. Participate in the annual Connie Davis 5k Walk and Roll.
  82. Participate in the Laughlin Weekend Spartan Race.
  83. Take a day trip to the Mitchell Caverns.
  84. Play tennis or basketball at Mountain View Park.
  85. Attend the annual Freedom of Expression charity event.
  86. Check out the historic Hardyville Cemetery.
  87. Adopt a pet.
  88. Visit a dispensary (legal for recreational purposes in Laughlin but not Bullhead City).
  89. Explore Katherine Landing.
  90. Check the Mohave Daily News for the most up-to-date listings of entertainment and other community happenings.
  91. Hike the trails around the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park.
  92. Follow the Colorado River Boating Trail from Davis Dam to Parker Dam.
  93. Go bird watching.
  94. Visit a local winery.
  95. Check out the Elk's Annual Rummage Sale.
  96. Go to a gun show.
  97. Check out annual craft shows in Laughlin and Bullhead City.
  98. Visit Laughlin via the Riverside Flight Program.
  99. Take a CERT class in either Laughlin or Bullhead City.
  100. Go horseback riding.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Walking in the News

Here's lots of news articles about walking...


North Strip 12k

Our first volksmarch of the season was last Saturday.  It was a great 12k walk along the North Strip but it was so HOT at 101 degrees when we finished!  We did manage to catch the Fall of Atlantis show when we went through Caesars Forum Shops which was pretty cool :)




Tuesday, March 19, 2019

100 Things to Do In Downtown Las Vegas



There are so many things to do in downtown Las Vegas that you could spend your entire vacation in Vegas and never leave downtown!
  1. Shop at the North Premium Outlet Mall.
  2. Take your kids to the Discovery Children's Museum.
  3. Visit the famous Mob Museum.
  4. Take a ride on the free Downtown Loop.
  5. Watch a show at the Smith Center.
  6. Check out Symphony Park.
  7. Visit the LV Community Healing Garden.
  8. Visit the World's Largest Working Fire Hydrant.
  9. Find your roots at the Las Vegas Family Search Genealogy Library.
  10. Check out the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop.
  11. Visit the Downtown Container Park.
  12. Go ziplining on the Slotzilla Zip Line.
  13. Have a drink at the ultra secret Laundry Room.
  14. Check out the Poker Hall of Fame at Binions.
  15. Transit around downtown on a RTC Bike Share bike.
  16. Check out the world's second largest golden nugget at the Golden Nugget.
  17. Take a photo with a million dollars at Binion's.
  18. Attend a free community safety forum at the Mob Museum (entrance to the museum is free if you attend this monthly event).
  19. Watch the Viva Vision Light Show.
  20. Tour the Shark Tank at the Golden Nugget.
  21. Visit the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Park.
  22. Go swimming at the City of Las Vegas Municipal Pool.
  23. Attend the First Friday Monthly Art Festival.
  24. Visit the amazing Neon Museum.
  25. Attend a Downtown Rocks Free Concert.
  26. Check out the old Las Vegas High School, one of the best examples of Art Deco in Las Vegas.
  27. Throw axes at Axhole.
  28. Visit the El Cortez Casino and Hotel it's the oldest continually operating casino in Las Vegas.
  29. Play bingo at The Plaza.
  30. Attend the annual Life is Beautiful Art and Music Festival.
  31. Wander around the 18b Arts District.
  32. Stay at the unique Hostel Cat.
  33. Do the Fremont Street Bar Crawl.
  34. Attend the Las Vegas Book Festival.
  35. See a chunk of the Blarney Stone at The D.
  36. Watch the Helldorado Parade.
  37. Attend an event at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
  38. Check out the Historical Fifth Street School which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  39. Visit the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
  40. Have a drink at some of the many unique and interesting bars in downtown Las Vegas.
  41. Visit the Gambler's General Store, the world's largest gaming supply store.
  42. Check out the art exhibits in the Clark County Government Center's Rotunda.
  43. Watch the buskers and other live entertainers featured daily under the Fremont canopy.
  44. See a piece of the famous Berlin Wall.
  45. Check out the summer pool scene in downtown Las Vegas.
  46. Get married at Denny's.
  47. Visit St Joan of Ark, the oldest Catholic Church in Las Vegas.
  48. Participate in The Color Run, an annual downtown running event.
  49. Watch the annual Pride Parade.
  50. Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Fremont.
  51. Check out the Burlesque Hall of Fame.
  52. Visit the Woodlawn Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Las Vegas.
  53. Go gambling at one of the many casinos on Fremont.
  54. Watch the trains from the downtown pedestrian bridge.
  55. Check out the Wee Kirk O' the Heather Wedding Chapel, the oldest wedding chapel in Las Vegas.
  56. Visit the Cannabiton Cannabis Museum.
  57. Take photos of the (very) unique Lou Ruvo Center.
  58. Check out the antiques collection at the Main Street Station Casino.
  59. Find the 18 bronze medallions embedded in Fremont Street which tell about the history of Las Vegas.
  60. Have a classic steak dinner at a downtown Las Vegas steakhouse.
  61. View the World's Largest Pint Glass at Hennessey's.
  62. Watch a movie at The Dome.
  63. Take a tour at Banger Brewing.
  64. Attend an event at the Las Vegas Library.
  65. Take a free tour of the Smith Center.
  66. Do a free slot pull.
  67. Take a photo of flames shooting from the Praying Mantis in front of the Container Park.
  68. Weight yourself, then eat, at the Heart Attack Grill (or vice versa).
  69. Take a Big Bus Tour of downtown Las Vegas.
  70. Watch a Las Vegas Lights soccer game.
  71. Take a ride on the Driverless Shuttle.
  72. Get a massage at Happy Feet.
  73. Take a photo of the five million square foot World Market Center.
  74. Check out Pawn Plaza which is next to the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop.
  75. Take a tour of Zappos.
  76. Check out Tony Hsieh's Llamapolis.
  77. Go to the Fear the Walking Dead Survival Attraction.
  78. Check out the World's Largest Keno Board at The D.
  79. Take a photo of Vegas Vic, the world's largest mechanical cowboy sign.
  80. Wander around Neonopolis.
  81. "Lock your love" on the Love Lock heart in front of the Container Park.
  82. Visit the Golden Gate Casino and Hotel, the oldest casino in Las Vegas.
  83. Eat at one of the many pizza restaurants in downtown Las Vegas.
  84. Take a photo in front of the 'Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas' sign at the base of Slotzilla.
  85. Visit Zak Bagan's Haunted Museum.
  86. Rub the Lucky Buddha at the California Hotel and Casino.
  87. Take a walking tour of downtown Las Vegas.
  88. Collect pressed pennies from various locations around downtown Las Vegas.
  89. Take a food tour of downtown Las Vegas.
  90. Visit Atomic Liquors, Las Vegas's oldest freestanding bar.
  91. Watch a movie at the Eclipse Theater.
  92. Play the last remaining Sigma Derby Machine at The D.
  93. Watch a federal, state, county, township, or city court trial.
  94. Go antiquing.
  95. Have a picnic at Heritage Park or across the street at Lions Memorial Park.
  96. Attend an event at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.
  97. Visit the Downtown 3rd Farmer's Market.
  98. Attend the annual Punk Rock Bowling Music Festival.
  99. Take a free gaming lesson at the Golden Nugget.
  100. Play eSports at the Downtown Grand.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Walking the South Las Vegas Strip

Our volksmarching club had a great 11k walk this morning along the South Las Vegas Strip!









Thursday, February 21, 2019

Snow!


It snowed in Las Vegas today!  This week has seen the first significant snowfall in more than a decade so it made the local news (several times) as well as the national news.