Thursday, April 26, 2018

50 Things Everyone Should Do In Las Vegas Before They Die

I came across an article today about '49 Things Everyone Should Do In New Orleans Before They Die' and figured I could do them one better with a 50 Things Las Vegas list...

  1. Walk the Las Vegas Strip at night.  
  2. Spend an evening enjoying the Fremont Experience.
  3. Drive through Red Rock Canyon.
  4. Walk across the Hoover Dam.
  5. Eat at a fabulous buffet.
  6. Hit up a popular nightclub.
  7. Stay in a suite at a center-Strip hotel/casino.
  8. Go gambling.
  9. Take a ride on the Linq High Roller.
  10. Go to First Friday.
  11. Watch a rodeo event at the Southpoint.
  12. Participate in an organized run (marathon, half marathon, 5k, fun run, etc).
  13. Watch a concert by a major entertainer.
  14. Go shopping (high end stores, malls, outlets, Goodwill, etc).
  15. Take a day trip to the Valley of Fire.
  16. Visit the Clark County Historical Museum.
  17. Take a guided tour (on horseback, ATVs, scooters, etc).
  18. Check out the Bellagio Conservatory.
  19. Watch a local sports team in action (UNLV basketball, 51s baseball, Golden Knights hockey).
  20. Catch a Cirque du Soleil show.
  21. Visit one of our many great museums (Neon Museum, Mob Museum, Atomic Testing Museum, Pinball Hall of Fame, etc).
  22. Check out the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.
  23. Watch a famous Las Vegas show (Penn & Teller, Terry Fator, etc).
  24. Attend an annual Las Vegas event (National Finals Rodeo, World Series of Poker, Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon, etc).
  25. Have a fabulous dinner at a famous Las Vegas restaurant.
  26. Hang out at a day club at one of the many pools on the Strip.
  27. Get married!
  28. Shoot machine guns.
  29. Take a thrill ride on top of the Stratosphere.
  30. Play golf at one of the many golf courses in Las Vegas.
  31. Watch a show at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
  32. Visit the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden.
  33. Attend a community festival (Pure Aloha, Scottish Highland Games, Renaissance Faire, etc).
  34. Visit one of our amazing parks (Sunset Park, Floyd Lamb Park, Spring Mountain State Park, etc).
  35. Attend mass at the Guardian Angel Cathedral.
  36. Go skiing or snowboarding at Mt Charleston.
  37. Check out the bird habitat behind the Flamingo hotel and casino.
  38. Take the driverless shuttle around downtown Las Vegas.
  39. Eat dim sum in Chinatown.
  40. Watch one of the many parades held each year in Las Vegas.
  41. Attend an event at a popular gathering spot (Container Park, Downtown Summerlin, District at Green Valley, the Linq, etc).
  42. Check out a Las Vegas marijuana dispensary.
  43. Visit the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings.
  44. Enjoy live music at one of the many musical venues in Las Vegas (Brooklyn Bowl, Bunkhouse Saloon, House of Blues, etc).
  45. Visit a popular Las Vegas strip club.
  46. Take the kids to a popular children's place (Springs Preserve, Discovery Children's Museum, Sky Zone, etc).
  47. Attend a popular music festival in Las Vegas (Life is Beautiful, Electric Daisy Carnival, I Heart Radio, etc).
  48. Look at the sky at the CSN Planetarium or at a Las Vegas Astronomical event.
  49. Eat lunch at the popular Road Kill Grill.
  50. Find cool souvenirs at the Bonanza Gift Shop, the world's largest gift store.
For more amazing/fun/interesting things to do, check out this list.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

More Spring Flowers

It's spring in Las Vegas and there are flowers everywhere...

Also grapes (these were bare vines just a month ago!)...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

At the Plaza

Someone's always watching...


I was so busy with my birthday yesterday that I completely forgot to blog!  Yikes!!  This was the famous homemade card from the hubby...

Monday, April 16, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Phad Thai

Tonight I wanted pad thai for dinner but didn't have the sauce that I usually use to make it with.  Previous attempts at making the sauce from scratch were pretty much failures but I decided to give it one more try.  The recipe I used to make this pad thai was nearly spot on!  The only thing I added to the sauce was a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter which made it taste much better but over all this recipe was a hit!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Homemade Pizza

Another super simple recipe...homemade pizza.  The crust is easy (1 package of yeast, 1 cup hot water, 1 cup flour, a bit of salt and a bit of sugar; mix well then add more flour until it makes a dough.  Knead then set aside to rise.  Today we tried whole wheat flour which was kind of meh.).  After the dough rises drop it into a large baking pan, let rise for another 20 minutes or so, then add your toppings--spaghetti sauce, shredded cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and spinach in our case today.  Bake at 450 until brown, about 20 minutes.  Yum!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Stuffed Mushrooms

On the menu tonight...stuffed mushrooms.  These are so easy to make and you can put just about anything in them!  Simply chop up your ingredients finely, fry up the ingredients, stuff the mushrooms, and bake them at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.  I used whatever we had in the fridge for these so the filling included garlic, onions, a little bit of leftover bacon, parsley, and breadcrumbs, fried in butter, stuffed into the mushroom caps then covered with a little shredded cheese.  Yum!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Some Things About the Philippines

The Philippines is one of my favorite countries.  Every once in a while I will come across an article about the country that makes me do a double take...

Sunday, April 8, 2018

100 Las Vegas Clubs and Organizations to Join

Whether you are a tourist in Las Vegas and want to drop by an organization connected to your favorite hobby or a local looking for fun groups to join, there are clubs and organizations for everyone...

  1. Las Vegas Astronomical Society
  2. Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society
  3. 52 Peaks Club
  4. Las Vegas High Rollers and Strollers Walking Club
  5. Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club
  6. Around the Bend Friends Hiking Club
  7. British Auto Club of Las Vegas
  8. Las Vegas Soaring Club
  9. Archaeo-Nevada Society
  10. Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron
  11. Las Vegas Romance Writers of America
  12. Las Vegas Dragon Boat Club
  13. Henderson Writers' Group
  14. Red Rock Search and Rescue
  15. Las Vegas Book Clubs
  16. Southern Area Master Gardeners
  17. SynShop
  18. VegasTech
  19. Society for Creative Anachronism
  20. Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club
  21. Southern Nevada Gem and Mineral Society
  22. Nevada Camera Club
  23. Las Vegas Quilters
  24. Desert Quilters of Nevada
  25. Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild
  26. Southern Nevada Living History Association
  27. Sin City Roller Girls
  28. Clark County ARES/RACES
  29. Good Times Square and Round Dance Club
  30. Get Outdoors Nevada
  31. Silver State Kennel Club
  32. Las Vegas Chess Club
  33. Nevada Society of Scottish Clans
  34. Nevada Watercolor Society
  35. Henderson Needleworkers Meet Up
  36. Southern Nevada Garden Clubs
  37. Las Vegas Drone Club
  38. Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada
  39. Las Vegas WordPress Meet Up
  40. Las Vegas Disc Golf Club
  41. Las Vegas Mountaineers Club
  42. Sin City USPSA
  43. Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers
  44. Eagle Riders Motorcycle Club
  45. Sin City Victory Riders
  46. Outdoor Afr Las Vegas
  47. Las Vegas Bitcoin Meet Up
  48. Las Vegas Historical Society
  49. Las Vegas Fiber Arts Guild
  50. Las Vegas Film Critics Society
  51. Las Vegas Pride
  52. Southern Nevada Sierra Club
  53. Las Vegas Canyoneering Meet Up
  54. Las Vegas Rock Climbing and Bouldering Meet Up
  55. Animal Foundation
  56. Metro Volunteer Program
  57. First Friday Foundation
  58. German-American Social Club of Nevada
  59. Westside Newcomers Club
  60. Las Vegas Car Clubs
  61. Las Vegas Bridge World
  62. Red Rock Audubon Society
  63. Las Vegas Hash House Harriers
  64. Las Vegas Board Game Group Meet Up
  65. NAACP Las Vegas
  66. Project 150
  67. Southern Nevada Stamp Club
  68. Las Vegas Coin Club
  69. Las Vegas Senior Tripsters
  70. The Mesquite Club
  71. Nevada Paranormal Societies
  72. Centennial Las Vegas Genealogy Society
  73. Vegas Roots Community Garden
  74. Las Vegas Little Theater
  75. Las Vegas Bead Society Meet Up
  76. Cats and Sin City
  77. Vegas Beer Lovers Meet Up
  78. Southern Nevada Ale Fermenters Union
  79. Las Vegas Archers
  80. Las Vegas Bass Club
  81. Las Vegas Woods and Waters
  82. Las Vegas Fly Fishing Club
  83. Nevada Striper Club
  84. Desert Sportsman Rifle and Pistol Club
  85. Nevada Friends of Paleontology
  86. Las Vegas Triathlon Club
  87. Lake Las Vegas Rowing Club
  88. Southern Nevada Amateur Guild of Organists
  89. Las Vegas Figure Skating Club
  90. Amazing Las Vegas Cosplayers
  91. Las Vegas PALS Red Hat Society
  92. Pickleball Las Vegas
  93. Battle Born Fencing Club
  94. Las Vegas YouTubers Meet Up
  95. Las Vegas Go Club
  96. American Sewing Guild of Las Vegas
  97. Las Vegas Racquetball Meet Up
  98. Las Vegas International Brotherhood of Magicians 
  99. Gold Searchers of Southern Nevada
  100. Sin City Woodworkers Meet Up 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

11k South Strip Traditional Walk

Our walking club hosts at least one traditional AVA volksmarching event each year.  Today was that event and it took our group, plus a few new walkers, from the Las Vegas Harley Davidson store to Town Square, back to the Harley store, then up to the Excalibur Casino and back.  It was windy and warm but a great day for a walk!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Spring Flowers

Today on my walk I came across these blooming flowers...spring is definitely here!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

10 Things to Do When You Move to Las Vegas

There are many uniquely Vegas things to do when you move here...

  1. Get your license and register your car here...that makes you a "local".
  2. See if you qualify for a tax exemption program and sign up if you do (this will save you a chunk of change on your property tax!).
  3. Get a library card (we have AMAZING library system in Las Vegas!).
  4. File a Declaration of Homestead (I'd never heard of this sort of thing until I moved to Vegas).
  5. If you like the outdoors, get a State Parks Pass and a National Parks Pass (there's lots of nature around here!).
  6. Get a concealed carry permit (if you are into that sort of thing).
  7. Get a House Seats or Fill A Seat subscription for a great deal on shows and entertainment.
  8. If you don't want to pay for cable TV get an OTA antenna and see how many stations you can get for free (we get around 50).
  9. Go to a Tix4Tonight kiosk for half off of the most popular shows in Las Vegas.
  10. The RTC is our transit system.  While it isn't as wonderful as public transit in most other large cities, it will do in a pinch.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Around Downtown Las Vegas

I took a nice walk around Downtown Las Vegas today and even hopped on the free downtown bus ("The Loop") for a ride back to my starting point...

Monday, April 2, 2018

5 Fabulous Things About Mesquite

We took a short day trip to Mesquite, NV today and it was wonderful.  The things I love about Mesquite...

  1. The people are soooo friendly!
  2. The breakfast special at the Virgin River Casino is only $3.99, 24 hours a day.
  3. The views are breathtaking.
  4. The golf courses are beautiful.
  5. And the town is nicely designed.

Sunday, April 1, 2018