WHY? Why did two nature lovers choose a motorhome lifestyle?

Two very strange problems answer this question: Chiari Malformation (CM) and Syringomyelia (SM). Otherwise we would happily cruise while making a smaller carbon footprint in a B or B+ camper van. I was diagnosed with two rare and serious neurological disorders in 2014. The first -- chiari -- causes the second. Basically my brain is … Continue reading WHY? Why did two nature lovers choose a motorhome lifestyle?

How to have a blast in Vegas on the Fourth of July

Our first tip, tongue-in-cheek: make sure the fireworks actually happen on the Fourth. One year, I couldn't believe I was able to book a reservation in a penthouse restaurant on the Fourth. Only to discover, the show would be on the 3rd. D'oh! Read on to see our pics and learn our opinion of the … Continue reading How to have a blast in Vegas on the Fourth of July

Hike up Exploration Peak for a selfie with an all-encompassing but lesser known Vegas background

During our stays in Vegas, we explore, so "Exploration Peak" seemed like a no brainer. Locals recommend this hike for the scenery and the exercise, but if you go, do apply caution... Our dear friends the Lewises told us about a nearby scenic overlook hike. A stop for a sub and short drive later, we … Continue reading Hike up Exploration Peak for a selfie with an all-encompassing but lesser known Vegas background

Viva Las Vegas living: keep your wallet fat with our beat the house budgeting and other top tips

Don't let the allure of the lights blind you out or break your bank. Want to know when and where to grab the best pizza for half price? scrumptious BBQ and free beer? Spend a few minutes with us and bookmark this INTERACTIVE MAP post... When you work in Vegas, you live Vegas. But you … Continue reading Viva Las Vegas living: keep your wallet fat with our beat the house budgeting and other top tips

Red Rock and roll: must-hike trails in the National Conservation Area nearest Las Vegas

Tired of bright lights and city sights around Las Vegas? Head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Starting with the first stop off the one-way drive, people scamper down as many as 26 hiking trails to see desert plants, wildlife, and geology... You can hike from 2 to 6 miles among these amazing Calico … Continue reading Red Rock and roll: must-hike trails in the National Conservation Area nearest Las Vegas

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: Juxtaposition of life adjacent Death Valley

Tens of thousands of years ago. Way way back in the BCE. High atop a mountain like, say, Mount Charleston near current day Las Vegas, snow falls. Flash forward today. Those same fossils-old snow molecules glisten in the meadow before you... Our drive through the dry Mojave desert led into Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, … Continue reading Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: Juxtaposition of life adjacent Death Valley

When Marta Becket said she needed some space, she meant S P A C E and thus, the Amargosa Opera House

Imagine culture in the middle of nowhere. Sort of somewhere close to the brothel towns just outside Las Vegas and the first signs of life around the corner from Death Valley... The story of a Borax mining community goes awash against the colorful artistry of ballerina Marta Becket who revived a theater in need of … Continue reading When Marta Becket said she needed some space, she meant S P A C E and thus, the Amargosa Opera House

Been to the Desert in RV with a name, felt good to get out in the rain? Death Valley National Park surprises

Desert = Hot, Dry, Sand. We canceled plans to see the Grand Canyon because the weather turned cold and rainy there. Instead we head to Death Valley National Park and find it's not hot or dry... This was our second trip to the park but the first was short and we didn't explore much. With … Continue reading Been to the Desert in RV with a name, felt good to get out in the rain? Death Valley National Park surprises