Connected to the Silverton Casino is the Bass Pro Shop. Besides selling all kinds of outdoor gear (and having a nice indoor shooting range) they have lots of interesting displays including a waterfall and a few huge fish tanks (unfortunately the fish tanks were pretty reflective so it kind of killed my photographs of the fish in the tank!).
Friday, February 23, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Weird news is a thing here. Every week you will hear or see something on the news that makes you wonder what sort of Twilight Zone we have going on here. The weird things that happen in other places over the course of years can all happen within a week here in Las Vegas!
- Casino robberies happen quite often here, not often does the robber look like someone's grandmother.
- There was a huge fire that could be seen all over Vegas today in the Wetlands. Which obviously weren't very wet.
- Our most recent serial killer was caught today.
- An entire mailbox was stolen (one box usually serves an entire neighborhood).
- At our famous 'Las Vegas Sign' some guy drove over his girlfriend and killed her (domestic violence is a huge problem here).
- Squatters are also a big problem.
Monday, February 19, 2018
I'm trying to decide if this lemon bar desert was a fail or not. I found the recipe online and it came with lots of rave reviews. After following the recipe and baking it up as the recipe said, I took it out of the oven and for some reason it had a thick brown crust on it (it came out like a baked meringue layer) but under the crust was just air! So I took off the crust and put it back in the oven because it still looked a bit under cooked. After baking it for a while longer it still came out weird. Definitely too sweet and some reviewers said and the bottom crust seems to have melted into the lemon filling part (!). I have definitely tried better lemon bar recipes so back to the drawing board!
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Saturday, February 17, 2018
In no particular order...
- How the flu attacks your body.
- The meaning of tamade in Chinese (you aren't supposed to swear on the poker table but apparently no one told the group of Chinese guys that today).
- That our society has devolved to having violent brawls on cruise ships (I've never seen such a thing on the many cruises we have taken).
- That we are getting crushed in the Olympics.
- That they have earthquakes in the UK. I never knew that!
Friday, February 16, 2018
If you are planning your upcoming vacations, you should check out this list of "Places to Visit Before They Disappear". The list, created by Men's Health, features places that may disappear completely in the future, mostly due to climate change. The Dead Sea, for example, may be gone within 50 years due to overuse of the Jordan River, its sole source of water. Many places along the east coast of the US are in danger of ending up under water due to rising sea levels, and entire countries like Kirabati and the Maldives, may simply disappear underwater as the oceans rise. The above photo is of Fanning Island in Kiribati and it is really that flat, barely two meters (about six feet) above sea level at its highest point!
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Las Vegas is known for entertainment. You literally can't walk ten feet down the Strip without someone offering you tickets to a show, a guided tour, or other sorts of entertainment. Here are five ways to save money on entertainment in the city:
- Here's a list of 90 free and 10 inexpensive things to do for fun in Las Vegas. In addition to the stuff on this list, there are always random things happening around the city that are both entertaining and often free (like a parade that popped up a couple of days ago at the Linq or a free concert on the Fremont featuring famous singers and bands).
- It's a great idea to buy an Entertainment Book before you hit the city. It features hundreds of coupons for buy-one-get-one-free deals at restaurants and entertainment venues around the city.
- Tix4Tonight kiosks can be found all over the city. This is where you can buy same-day tickets for up to half off--it's usually a great deal on top shows!
- Locals can sign up for FillASeat and/or HouseSeats which for a flat annual rate (around $50 to $80 a year) gives you two free tickets to a range of shows each night. We've seen everything from no-name, pretty lame shows to top of the line shows that just needed a few more bodies to ensure that the audience was completely full.
- Volunteer! Many of the big events in Las Vegas (like the Electric Daily Carnival or Life is Beautiful) will trade a day's worth of volunteering for free passes to the rest of the event. I volunteered when the National Genealogy Society Conference came through town and got to sit in on many session that others paid hundreds of dollars to attend.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
I love to see other people's bucket lists. People have so many cool things they want to do! Lists like this one, this one, and this one are just a few examples. There was even a recent New York Times article on the benefits of having a bucket list. Since I always like having lists of things to do, my bucket list (of 8500 items!) reads something like this:
- Visit all of the 3142 counties/county-equivalents in the US (3142 counties)
- Visit all 875 Most Traveled People places (875)
- Visit all 417 National Park Units in the US (417)
- Visit these 1000 places in Las Vegas (1000)
- Visit these 1000 places in Washington State (1000)
- Do these 1000 hikes (1000)
- Visit 1000 of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (1000)
- Visit all 26 Nevada Parks (26)
- Do these 40 personal goals (40)
- Learn to knit
- Learn to play piano
- Make pickles from scratch
- Make jam from scratch
- Do the AVA Centurion challenge
- Do the Washington State Counties AVA challenge
- Do the A-Z Cities AVA challenge
- Do the 50 States AVA card
- Do the 51 Capitals AVA card
- Be in a TV show audience
- Arrange a family reunion cruise
- Earn a black belt in karate
- Write a book for NaNoWriMo
- Earn an advanced degree
- Do a McDougall 10 Day Retreat
- Find our forever house
- Do a movie marathon
- Be 100% vegan for one year
- Visit Unity Village
- Visit Edgar Cayce's ARE Center
- Find relatives in the UK
- Do an around the world cruise
- Develop a new social network
- Proactively work towards universal healthcare in the US
- Watch the Olympics in person
- Rack up $1 million in grants and donations for my favorite charities
- Write a best seller
- Find a "mascot" for this bucket list project
- Be a member of the Traveler's Century Club
- Attend a TED Talk in person
- Be conversationally fluent in: Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog
- Achieve excellent health metrics: weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc
- Attend an RWA Convention
- Attend an NGS Convention
- Learn to play chess
- Make a quilt
- Put together a 2000 piece puzzle
- Meet someone famous
- Attend a Historical Romance Retreat (with costume!)
- Do High Tea
Monday, February 12, 2018
I've put together a new list, this time it is all about Las Vegas! After a bunch of research--and a challenge by the hubby saying there was no way I could find a thousand things to do in this city--the list is finished. You can find '1000 Things to Do, See, and Experience in Las Vegas' here.