Nov 202020
 

There once was a young man in our town of Aberdeen, Washington named Richard. Richard was a logger, just like his father and his grandfather and all of his uncles and cousins. But Richard really didn’t like being a logger. He didn’t like working in the woods, and he wanted to get a job where […]

A Poorly Planned Scam

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Jul 022020
 

We all know there is a scammer born every minute, and sometimes two or three, I think. And while some of them are quite clever, others are so poorly planned that it’s almost pathetic. The other day a friend contacted me asking how far we are from Port Orange, Florida, which is a suburb of […]

Atomic Testing Museum

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 192016
 

Note: This story first appeared in the May-June 2010 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Neon signs and electronic billboards may light up the night sky in Las Vegas these days, but back in the early 1950s something much brighter turned nighttime into day in the Nevada desert. From 1951 through 1963, the government conducted a […]

Pontoons And Pie

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Jun 082015
 

We’ve been on the go a lot lately, so we decided to make yesterday a stay at home day. But that doesn’t mean we weren’t busy. I spent a couple of hours answering a backlog of e-mail and reading some of my favorite blogs. One e-mail was typical of ones that I get at least […]

Not Having Fun

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 032015
 

Terry and I spent yesterday not having fun. And that was no fun at all. We’ve been to Las Vegas before and had fun, but Greg and Jan White were with us. Greg likes to drive and I don’t like all the crazy traffic here, so I got to sit back and play passenger. Here […]

I Need An Intervention

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
May 152011
 

I need an intervention. Yesterday morning I was up by 7 a.m. for the third time in a week. This nonsense has to stop! With the power still out on our side of the Thousand Trails campground, we planned to leave Las Vegas, but first I wanted to swing by the Speedco and get the […]

It’s Warming Up!

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
May 042011
 

It’s warming up, here in Las Vegas! For the next several days, we are looking at daytime highs in the 90s, and overnight lows in the upper 60s. Fortunately, the humidity will only be in the low 20s, so it will be tolerable. But we have rediscovered how much we appreciate our Winnebago’s basement air […]

It’s Not Camping

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
May 022011
 

After I wrote in yesterday’s blog that we are at the Las Vegas Thousand Trails preserve, a blog reader said that they had only been here once, and left after two days because the RV sites are crammed in so close together, and this isn’t their idea of camping. There is no question that this […]

Jun 092010
 

We have visitors! Yesterday afternoon our dear friends Greg and Jan White arrived at the Elks lodge campground here in Show Low, on their way south to Austin, Texas for the daughter Brandi’s wedding later this month. We last saw Greg and Jan when we spent two weeks in Las Vegas with them in March, […]

TV Troubles

 Posted by at 7:15 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 072010
 

For the last couple of weeks, the television mounted above the dashboard in our Winnebago motorhome had been warning us that it was on its last legs. The picture would go black for a few minutes, and then return, and the duration of the video outages was growing longer and longer. Since this was the […]

Mar 312010
 

Yesterday I realized that we were having a déjà vu experience, wondering if we would get out of Las Vegas today or not. Exactly five months ago we were in Indiana at Elkhart Campground with Greg and Jan White, watching the weather and wondering if the high winds there would die down so we could […]

Mar 302010
 

One thing I really wanted to do before we left Las Vegas was visit Fremont Street for the Fremont Street Experience. Glitter Gulch, historic downtown Las Vegas, was where the gaming industry began, and the old casinos here paved the way for the newer, fancier paces further south on the Strip. Glitter Gulch got its […]

Mar 272010
 

Yesterday we found three neat places away from the Las Vegas Strip to explore, and our friend Jan White got to check one more thing off of her personal bucket list.  My pal Jan may seem like your average retired RVing lady, but underneath that peaceful exterior beats the heart of an Annie Oakley! So […]

Mar 262010
 

We came to Las Vegas because we needed a little vacation after our Gypsy Gathering rally in Yuma, Arizona a couple of weeks ago. As it turns out, relaxing is hard work! We have been playing tourist with our friends Greg and Jan White, and between seeing the sights of Sin City, and the time […]

Mar 222010
 

It’s entertaining just to look around you in Las Vegas. Not just for the fancy casinos, but some of the people you see on the sidewalks and in the restaurants seem to be from some other world. And not one I’d want to visit! I’m not sure which it was, but I saw either a […]

Mar 212010
 

Years ago a national newspaper trade group that I belonged to held its annual convention in Las Vegas, and I used to enjoy an occasional trip to Sin City. The casino buffets were affordable, and even if you weren’t a gambler, people watching could provide hours of free fun.  But both myself and the city […]

On The Level

 Posted by at 7:06 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 192010
 

When I called 3Ts RV Service in Lake Havasu City, Arizona late Wednesday afternoon, a nice lady named Tina in their office had promised to have a replacement motor for our jacks and slide rooms to us here in Las Vegas yesterday, and sure enough, it was here by 11:30 a.m. Now, that’s great service! […]

Technical Woes

 Posted by at 6:42 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 182010
 

We were up way too early again yesterday morning, a habit that I am going to start working very hard to break. But we had reservations at the Thousand Trails in Las Vegas, and the person I spoke to on the telephone there advised us to try to arrive mid to late morning for the […]

Rally Recap

 Posted by at 7:09 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 162010
 

We had 221 RVs at the rally, and nearly 300 people who are staying in local RV parks here in Yuma came in on day passes. That’s a pretty good turnout, and we were very pleased with the numbers. In looking over the feedback forms and the e-mails we have received about the rally, we see […]