Friday, September 30, 2016

The 16th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest


Friday afternoon we found ourselves tooling down the Boulder Highway to Freemont Street for the BikeFest.  We were here, of course, to see bikes.

Lots of different ones on display in the parking lot.


Entrants in the Custom Bike Show








Artistry In Iron






Indian Dealer


Victory Dealer







Baggers, the newest design trend.







Government Issue


Tomorrow, more BikeFest.

Louise and Duane

Location, Location, Location


The Las Vegas Thousand Trails RV Resort is located on the Boulder Highway 4 3/4 miles east of the world famous Las Vegas Strip and is the same distance south east of “The Fremont Street Experience.”  From the resort a metro bus—the Boulder Highway Express (BHX) stop is less than 1/10 mile from the entrance and goes downtown.  The Strip can be reached by bus stop less than 1/10 mile west of Boulder Highway.  Driving by car is easy and inexpensive.  Each hotel/casino has free valet service (tipping suggested) and free self-parking garages.  If your rv is taller than 6’8” you need to park in designated oversized parking areas.

The resort can be your jumping off place for:

Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest, driest, lowest (282’ below sea level) and most beautiful on the surface of the Earth.  Enjoy hiking and camping or sightseeing by auto, 4-wheel drive, bicycle or mountain bike and of course motorcycle.  Join a ranger (Nov-Apr) for a talk, walk, guided hike, or evening program.

Hoover Dam is easily accessible by car.  Off site parking offers self-guided tours.  If you park in the parking garage, be sure to tour the Visitor Center.  (Be prepared to be “wanded” as you would at an airport or courthouse.)  A Discovery Tour is a self-paced tour providing live preesentations at six different locations on the top of the dam.

Valley of Fire and Lake Mead Loop Drive is an extremely beautiful drive.  Drive time is two hours but plan half a day for photo ops.  Take a picnic side trip to the lake to extend the trip for a whole day.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area borders the park and encompasses Lake Mead and Mohave.  Many areas are available for camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and boating. 

Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park.  The name is derived from the red sandstone formations and the beauty of the Mohave Desert.  Petrified wood and 3000-year-old Indian petroglyphs are found throughout the park.  The Visitor Center has extensive displays.

The Sights and Sounds of Las Vegas:  many famous modern and historical landmarks make up this intriguing city including iconic hotels such as the MGM Grand, Bellagio and the Golden Nugget, as well as the spectacular Fremont Street Experience and famous or infamous Las Vegas Strip.  Take a walking tour seeing the free sites or see the sites from the top of an open-top double decker bus, hopping on or off at your leisure.

Fremont Street Experience is five blocks of thrills in the heart of Las Vegas with ten casinos, 10,000 slots, over 60 restaurants, and uncountable bars and lounges.  Set under Viva Vision, the biggest screen on the planet, 90’ overhead for a free nightly state-of-the-art light and art show.

There is a lot more to see and do in this area besides feeding slots and stuffing face at buffets.

If we get around to doing some of this ourselves you’ll be the first to know.


Louise and Duane

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Next Town Over

If we turn right out of the Thousand Trails Las Vegas RV Resort, we would eventually run into the famous Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.  If we turn left we drive down the Boulder Highway into the neighboring town of Henderson.

Sam’s Town, opened in 1979, is one of the original locals’ casinos to open in the Las Vegas Valley.  A locals’ casino is one that was meant to attract the locals, not the tourists. 


Casinos offer some good meal deals.  Most casinos do require you to apply for their players card.


Cowabunga Bay water park in Henderson.IMG_2970

We stopped by the civic center to check out the pickleball games.


From the gym we stopped by Costco, then picked up I 515 for home.  Remember that we always travel in circles.

View of Las Vegas from the hill in Henderson.



Henderson has its own art:  chair tree, swivel chair base turtle, car rim flowers, floor scrubber ring bush.



Desert quail


Las Vegas ‘burbs’ and country.


Out for an evening stroll, we turned right and ambled up the street to check out what Boulder Station Casino had to offer in the way of meal deals.

(There’s that creepy guy again.)


We walked around the casino awhile then went outside to this beautiful sunset.


Night street view.


Tomorrow, more about the location of this rv park.

Louise and Duane

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Welcome to the Thousand Trails Las Vegas RV Resort.  We approached with the park on our left, but were able to make a u-turn and pull into the drive with no problem.


The property is built on an almost square or rectangular piece of land, but the entrance is in a corner.  This makes the streets radiate out like spokes on a wheel.

View of the gate from the street, and


from inside the park.


All of the 150+ sites are back in.  Some are too short for us, but there are plenty of longer ones. 

View of our street one way



and the other.  The sites are wide enough for slides and awnings, but not for our big hog of a truck.  We were able to park it elsewhere in the park in the shade.


The entire park is surrounded by a 6’ high wall.


Tiny laundry—2w, 2d, but only a dollar/dollar and a quarter each and air conditioned.

(I can’t seem to shake that guy.  He keeps turning up wherever we go!)


Two horseshoe pits.


Six cabins for rent.


The Welcome Center/store/adult activity center, and


the pool are closed for repairs.  They were damaged in a recent storm.


The dog park was open.


This park is not a destination resort.  What it has going for it is location, location, location.  More about that later.

Louise and Duane