The best state park near Vegas: Valley of Fire offers eerie desert vistas and traces of native peoples

Oh the humanity. We've seen a bit of everything homo sapien. We hiked for ages to ponder on petroglyphs dating back thousands of years, yet caught a young couple carving graffiti in a rock wall along the trail on our way back. During another Valley of Fire outing, as we enjoyed a picnic, a couple … Continue reading The best state park near Vegas: Valley of Fire offers eerie desert vistas and traces of native peoples

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

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

A short trip from Vegas to Tonopah leads through the ghost town of Goldfield and into its Santa Fe Saloon

We set modest goals when we depart. Takes awhile to get it all together. Never plan to leave early. Never plan to go far. So about a year ago, we pointed RVoyager in the direction of Tonopah. En route North and West into the desert away from Vegas, we eased onto the dirt streets of … Continue reading A short trip from Vegas to Tonopah leads through the ghost town of Goldfield and into its Santa Fe Saloon

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

London Bridge is going up, going up, going up in Lake Havasu City

What would you do if your famous bridge was falling down? Sell it to a desert town in America... Thanks to Elks, we slated Lake Havasu City, Arizona for a "check it out" overnight en route elsewhere, not as a destination per se. RVoyager warped From Lake Havasu City Elks Top of the hill viewNice … Continue reading London Bridge is going up, going up, going up in Lake Havasu City

Introducing the 1300s: a mystery on which we obsess again while touring Casa Grande Ruins

In our travels to the Western U.S. we began to recognize a common thread weaving together abandoned sites. The occupation of sites ended close to or within one particular century... the 1300s. Gone. As if -- POOF -- people vanished, leaving only traces of their civilizations in the ruins of structures we visited... ...Where did … Continue reading Introducing the 1300s: a mystery on which we obsess again while touring Casa Grande Ruins

Drink in a Tequila Sunrise shade of sunset in Saguaro National Park

You probably picture bad guys with six guns riding horses in the dusty heat. Yet, one huge scenery staple for macho Western movies, the iconic Saguaro, surprised us with its feminine side... Thanks to Westerns, I used to think a drab monochrome of tumbleweeds, rocks, and bare dirt dominated the desert landscape. So the colorful … Continue reading Drink in a Tequila Sunrise shade of sunset in Saguaro National Park

Desert snowstorm mirage at White Sands National Park

The temperature on the dashboard reads 88 degrees. You shake your head because you can't wrap your mind around what your eyes tell you. You are driving in a blizzard and drifts cover the lane ahead... Welcome to the White Sands of New Mexico. When we arrived in Delta Flyer, it was merely a national … Continue reading Desert snowstorm mirage at White Sands National Park

The sea in the desert: Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Here you can experience three zones of climate in one park, from desert, to lush forest to mountain tops. Just beware that if you are suddenly transported back in time, you will swim with the fishes... We journeyed south through the desert from Carlsbad Caverns region into the Guadalupe National Park. We parked our RV … Continue reading The sea in the desert: Guadalupe Mountains National Park

We went batsh*t crazy over Carlsbad Caverns

Imagine a quarter million or more bats swirling tornado-like from a gaping maw, out of the earth... Bats only. Mexican free-tailed hanging back there. Meanwhile.... RVoyager dry docked at White City RV Park. $24 to dry dock PriceyDirt and grass parking with ruts.Broken glass in placesSites with Full hook-up are nice You will have to … Continue reading We went batsh*t crazy over Carlsbad Caverns

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?

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