Landscapes Around Lake Mead

Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been wanting to make the run north to Overton again since it was sometime last year that I made the long drive. Following the length of Lake Mead, I head north inside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It’s about forty five miles from where I enter the Rec area to Overton. Maybe a bit more. I’m much happier with the giant collection of photos I snapped on this trip! Over the next few days or whatever, I’ll process them and upload. I hope you’ll stick around!

Today’s weather was totally gorgeous. Mostly sunny with temperatures in the low to mid seventies. Perfect! A great day for this extended run. Along the path, I had some nice chats with totally random folks which is something I really enjoy. Especially since I live alone! That’s another topic. It’s always fun to find out where people I meet are from. Today’s batch brought a biker dude who’s been in Las Vegas since 1973 and is from Detroit, a city that I’m rather well acquainted with!

The other fella had Caly tags on his ride but is from Wisconsin. I seem to bump into native Michiganders like myself most anywhere I go! Some are refugees from the bitter weather as I am. All told, this was the perfect day for this trip. I have a method it seems to me for determining when these trips will happen with regard to the weather. I want sunshine when I shoot. Others prefer overcast which is totally fine of course. Landscapes always look best when well illuminated in my humble opinion.

I’ll wait a few days, carefully checking the forecast for sunshine content. Today was just enough. But seeing that 74 degrees register somewhere along the road in my truck was a sweet treat! Cold sucks. Hot is good! The warmer it gets here, the better I feel. A couple side items for ya – my truck has a bigger V-6 engine and used a bit over one quarter tank for this run, not too bad really. And I also found out that I qualified for a National Parks pass which gets me into any national park and some others at no charge.

Unfortunately, I have to have three blown discs in my lower back for the privilege. I had no idea about this until I started leaving my blue handicap tag hanging from the rear view mirror. Perhaps the heart issue also would qualify but whatever. I hope your Monday has been a good Monday wherever you may be today.

Let It Go…

I’m going to be perfectly honest here (not that I’m not honest with you always), this Michael Jackson Tribute Concert as it’s billed kind of irks me. I remember jamming Jackson’s music on my turntable in my bedroom years ago when living at home with the folks yet. He had a fabulous career and was a hell of a performer. But good Lord, the man died terribly in 2009. Let him go, stop using his name to make money. So cheesy man…

Today’s Bible Lesson

Today’s Bible Lesson

In today’s world with President Trump getting hit daily I decided a little Bible Lesson might be appropriate. Remember what Jesus said: “Goats on the left, sheep on the right” (Matthew 25:33). Jesus also told Peter that if he wanted to catch fish, to do it from the right side of the boat. He did and filled the boat with fish.

John 21:6 (NIV) He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” Origin of Left & Right. I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the “right” and Liberals are called the “left”.

By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV) – “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.” Thus sayeth the Lord. Amen. It surely can’t get any simpler than that.

Spelling Lesson:

  • The last four letters in American: I Can
  • The last four letters in Republican: I Can
  • The last four letters in Democrats: Rats

End of lesson. Test to follow on November 6, 2018. Remember, November 2018 is to be set aside as rodent removal month. Please share this Bible Lesson with all your friends and email buddies to help achieve that goal. Never grow a wishbone where a backbone ought to be…

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I received the above text from my old friend Dave back home in frozen Michigan. I claim no copyright to the text but I do most certainly agree with it! Politics are just plain old bullshit.

At Firehouse Subs

This is not a paid advertisement for Firehouse Subs of course! This gorgeous painting is on the wall of my local Firehouse sub shop and is totally about Red Rock Canyon, very local! I used the iPhone, didn’t get the shot level hence the Ram running from the dog is chopped off a bit. What are your plans for this Saturday?  It’s overcast and fifty five degrees just now in Vegas. Brrr!!

PT Cruiser

Some of you may remember the introduction of this PT Cruiser several years ago. Well, I happened upon this one which was from California, whilst heading for the City National Building for some Vegas Golden Knights stickers for my rear auto glass. Damn are they not cheap! This car has obviously been tricked out a bit. It’s a bit of overkill isn’t it? Yet still cool in a way also. I’m on the fence!

Tacos Mexico!

A nice perk of living in Las Vegas is the authentic Mexican food. This little restaurant was once a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, also called KFC for short. KFC is overpriced in my view, and the food never agrees with my system. Yum.

This little Taco joint is right near the base of the Stratosphere Tower and worth the short walk. It’s also next door to a Denny’s restaurant which serves some yummy omelets and taters. Next time I ascend the tower, I’m going to hit this Taco place again! Merry Christmas to you, and happy birthday Jesus!

This decal is on the side of a city-owned car.

The Stratosphere Casino

Not many photos of the inside of the casino as this is something I just don’t do usually. I’m sure the management would frown on patrons or anyone else taking photos in there but I faked it. Made myself look as though I’m actively doing something with the device then clicked the photo. But turn off your device’ volume first! Happy Friday my friends!

Up The Stratosphere Tower!

Yesterday morning I had an appointment downtown with an attorney to make some changes to my estate. While waiting it was obvious that I was close to the Stratosphere Tower which got me thinking. Should I drive over there and go for it? Yes indeed but not before stopping for breakfast at the Denny’s Family Restaurant which is where I left my truck, it’s a short walk to the Hotel.

I walked around the Casino a bit after going to the top of the tower which I’d not been in since 2013 with the now ex wife. It hasn’t changed! The view is still fabulous (duh) and the tower still sways a bit. That still freaks me out in a bad way but I toughed it out and got a few photos from outside too. I heard someone talking about how windy it’s supposed to get soon. Sure enough, the wind eventually kicked up pretty good suddenly which is why I made a hasty departure down the elevator!

Call me Chicken, it’s OK!

This tower and any tall structure is constructed to move or sway bit, without this movement the building wouldn’t be as strong as it is. Regardless, just the minute sway you can feel is enough to creep me right out! Anyway, this is the first set, there should be two or three more sets from my ride. I used the iPhone for these obviously, not my best photos. I wasn’t sure about taking a full body camera up there but it seems I could have done so without incident. I may go back soon with Nikon in hand!

So, what’s it cost to go to the top?

Twenty dollars per head if I recall correctly but that may not be correct. It was twenty dollars for just me but I received four dollars off because I’m a local, with a Nevada driver license. Yay for us locals! If you can handle the altitude and the Vertigo like I get when approaching those huge glass plate windows, then you’ll be OK up there. Yep, I’m a chicken but then, flying doesn’t bother me! That’s odd isn’t it?

Around McCarran Airport 2

Five more clicks from yesterday’s jaunt across town. Not my best photos but they do show you a bit of Las Vegas that many don’t see. Or care to see! I used the Nikon with the Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle lens, hence the photos look a bit rounded and the mountains look far smaller than they actually are. These were taken whilst in motion, I seriously discourage people from doing this! I hope you are having a dandy week friends!