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Old 09-06-2015, 01:09 PM   #225
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The Strip defies explanation to me, but here is another story. When visiting a former girlfriend in 1980—always a bad idea as I relearned—she was driving me along the Strip. Standing on the curb was a tall gentlemen in a conservative blue suit, tie and white shirt. Such attire in Las Vegas is not common, so I quickly noticed him. Then I saw he had neither shoes nor socks. Would you rather lose your shirt or your shoes?

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Lucy is still camped in Las Vegas. We slept-in, lounged around, and generally did nothing all morning. We ventured out this afternoon and visited the Pinball Hall of Fame here in
Las Vegas.

The Pinball Hall of Fame is the repository for literally hundreds of vintage Pinball Machines dating back to the 1940's. All of these machines are fully operational and ready for use. We spent a couple of hours perusing the Pinball Machines. We played several of them and took some pictures. One of the machines that SuEllyn played was older than either of us.

We also took a ride around some Las Vegas neighborhoods and come across a number of boarded-up houses. These appeared to be abandoned or repossessed. We have not seen anything like this before. It was kind of eerie.

We made a quick Wal-Mart stop before returning to Lucy for the night.

Todays pictures include:

- 1960 Pinball machine.
- 1959 Bowling machine.
- Several Pinball machine from the early 1960's.
- One of the several tows of vintage Pinball machines.
- 1948 Pinball machine that SuEllyn played several times.
- 1945 Hockey machine.
- Boarded-up house in Las Vegas neighborhood.

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Lucy is still camped in Las Vegas. We took off the morning and took a ride out to Mount Charleston which is about 35 miles west of town. When we left the campground the temperature was 103 degrees. When we stopped for lunch at the ski area in the mountains, it was 65 degrees. We had reached an altitude of almost 9,000 feet above sea level. It was nice to get out of the heat for a little while.

The mountain scenery was quite spectacular. We had a nice quiet day away from the hustle bustle of Las Vegas. We got back to Lucy early this evening, having made a stop for Popeye's Fried Chicken on the way. We dined large on fried chicken in Lucy. She still has the aroma of Popeye's.

Todays pictures include:

- Mountain view near Mount Charleston near Las Vegas.
- Spring Mountains.
- Spring Mountains overlook.
- Buildings visible in the center of the picture are a discreet Government facility that is part of Nellis Air Force Base.
- This is an interesting solid rock mountain top covered with a small evergreen forest.
- The Las Vegas Snowboard and Ski Resort.
- A desert mountain scene.
- Coming back into Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas is a frequent stop for us as we have two of our 6 kids living there. If you have the time take in the "Mob Hall of Fame", it in a former bank not that far from the strip and it is well worth while, you can even take your picture in the Electric Chair.
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Las Vegas is a frequent stop for us as we have two of our 6 kids living there. If you have the time take in the "Mob Hall of Fame", it in a former bank not that far from the strip and it is well worth while, you can even take your picture in the Electric Chair.
Thanks for the tip, Joe. We are always looking for the unusual during our travels.

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We are considering heading up to Carson City/Reno from here in Las Vegas. We are looking at two different routes.

We had first considered going up US 395 through Bishop, California. We are concerned about the smoke from the Rough Fire, which is now east of Fresno.

We have also looked at going up through Nevada on US95 via Hawthorne.

Does anyone here have any real time information on these routes and possible fire smoke. We plan on heading out tomorrow.

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Not real time, but a week ago hazy on 395 from Reno to Susanville as well as west of there to the coast intermittently. The rain a week plus ago cleared the air along the northern coast and Cal. 299 from Arcata to Redding was mostly clear, but construction on that route can delay you 1 to 2 hours, so avoid it. Area around Mt. Lassen was fairly clear, but getting hazy a week ago. Crossing Nevada, Utah and into Grand Jct. on US 50 it was also hazy, though not quite as bad as further north. Looking out my window right now across the Grand Valley and the Book Cliffs, it is hazy even though we've had a bit of rain the past two days.

The persistent haze for more than a month has not seemed to affect my asthma, but I take so many drugs for it, it is hard to know. I have had irritated eyes for a long time—whether that is caused by my usual allergies or not is hard to know, but it seems to be a little worse this year. Barb does not suffer much from allergies, but has seemed to have more than usual this summer, especially when we were north.

There are hundreds of fires in Oregon, Wash. and BC (180 in BC middle of August)—only the winter snows will clear the air for more than a few days at a time. I don't remember such long periods of haze here even though forest fires are more and more common in Colorado and the rest of the west. This year fire activity has been much less in Colorado, but the winds can send unpredictable amounts of haze to different places. I think a few weeks ago the Front Range had it very bad while the western slope was not nearly as bad—winds coming around a H or L sent smoke there, but not here. The southern part of the Sierra Nevada may be clear, but always busy and probably mooseless. There may be haze there from blowing dirt from the drought; we get that here too. The haze is not good for anyone and whether you want to immerse yourself in it is a personal decision. We made it without too much irritation and we can't escape it anyway except inside. But those few days in the northern Cal. mountains and the Oregon coast where it was clear were wonderful, especially the mountain crisp and clear air. Filtered A/C air is not as good.

It might be nice in Vermont. Bob Sunrus is going there too waiting for leaf peeping season, but I doubt there are any mooses around. Ben and Jerry's may make up for it. Didn't they have a product named after a moose?

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Thanks for the info, Gene.

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Lucy is still camped in Las Vegas. Fred, the truck, has a problem. He has been telling us that he has a problem with his trailer brake system. We brought him to a Chevrolet Dealer here in Las Vegas after visiting one of our commercial Moose Tags customers. The dealer diagnosed Fred with a bad relay in his trailer brake system. They had the part and were able to replace it, but it was a two hour job as the relay is in a place that is difficult to access.

We were out of the Chevy Dealer by 4:00 PM with Fred in very good spirits as the dealer also gave him a bath. We decided to head down to Fremont Street to see the world's largest gold nugget which is on display at the Golden Nugget Casino. We toured the Strip on the way downtown. The gold nugget on display weighs 62 pounds!

We got back to Lucy right before dark. We had dinner and started getting Lucy ready for departure tomorrow.

Today's pictures include:

- The Las Vegas Drive-in Theatre has six screens to show six different movies.
- Three of the drive-in screens.
- Fred is beaming after his repairs and bath.
- This personalized tag was quite appropriate for the young lady driving this Comero.
- The famous Las Vegas sign at the south end of the Strip.
- Las Vegas Boulevard.
- Giant Coke Bottle on the Strip.
- The 62# gold nugget.

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This might be another way to check on "real time" fire info: National Geographic Area Coordination Center Website Portal

From that site, here's the latest on the Rough fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4456/
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This might be another way to check on "real time" fire info: National Geographic Area Coordination Center Website Portal

From that site, here's the latest on the Rough fire: InciWeb the Incident Information System: Rough Fire

Thank you for this information. As of now, we are going to head up through Bishop tomorrow.

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Lucy broke camp this morning and headed out of Las Vegas. We headed north on US 95 into the desert. The traffic was very light. On some of the roads we were about the only ones out there. From US 95, we turned west on Nevada 266 and crossed in California and the road become California 266. There was just a small sign at the state line that could easily be missed.

We turned onto California 168 at Oasis, California. This highway crosses several mountain ranges making its way west. The road was very twisty with extreme upgrades and downgrades. This 50 miles pulling Lucy took us almost two hours. It was a beautiful drive but a very intense drive. The elevations varied about 3,000 feet, and the temperatures varied from the mid 90's to the mid 70's and back.

We came down from the mountains at Big Pine, California where we met US 395. We continued north to Bishop, California where we decided to stop for the night. We got Lucy a nice campsite and got her settled in.

We drove into downtown Bishop and got Fred a tank full of Diesel. We stopped for supper at the Holy Smoke Texas BBQ on Main Street in Bishop. It was quite crowded, but the food was really good.

We came back to Lucy and got hunkered in for the night. It is much cooler her than it was in Las Vegas. We are glad to be away from the stifling heat.

Today's pictures include:

- Area 51 Alien Center on US 95.
- Mountains along US 95.
- Wild Burros near Beatty, Nevada.
- Services are far apart here.
- Not much traffic.
- Ruin of Palmetto, Nevada.
- California 266.
- Road through the mountains.
- More lonely highway.
- Main Street, Bishop.

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Lucy broke camp this morning in Bishop, California. We headed north after a couple of stops. One at The Post Office to ship some Moose Tags, and the other at Schat's Bakery to get a couple of loaves of their famous sourdough bread.

We took US 395 out of Bishop all the way to Minden, Nevada. There were several nice little towns and spectacular scenery along the way.

We covered the 160 miles up to Minden by about 2:00 o'clock this afternoon. We got Lucy a real nice campsite at a casino campground.

We got Lucy all set up and took off to visit with our friends, Ron and Jane, here in Minden. We were treated to a very nice home cooked dinner, along with Jim and Jane, other friends of our hosts.

We got back to Lucy, and settled in for the night.

Today's pictures include:

- Leaving campground in Bishop.
- Scenery along US 395.
- Looking down on US 395 with Mono Lake in the distance.
- Fred and the Girls taking a break.
- Main Street, Bridgeport, California.
- 1880 Mono Country Courthouse in Bridgeport.
- Into Nevada.
- Lucy at her campsite in Minden.

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How's the air? Seems a bit more clear here.

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