Sunday, April 14, 2024

2006 Las Vegas NV

 November 2006 - Las Vegas NV

I realized that we had been in Vegas in 2006 and had never posted it. We flew in and rented a car.

This is mainly a collection of photos, in no particular order, as I don't have any notes and wasn't blogging!! 

We stayed at The Cliffs At Peace Canyon.

Driving to the Strip at night.

Now The Horseshoe...

Caesar's Palace


Toby Keith's I Love This Bar never reopened after the pandemic.


We did The Paris Experience. 2024 ticket price is $25.


We went to the factory outlets.

John golfed a fair bit.

More golf.


The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area [RRCNCA] is located just a few miles west of Las Vegas and encompasses 195,819 acres within the Mojave Desert. Red Rock Canyon is an area of worldwide geologic interest and beauty.

Click here for other visits.

The 13 mile Scenic Drive through Red Rock Canyon allows visitors to explore the highs and lows of the canyon from their vehicle or bicycle, with many scenic stops and and trailheads along the way.

Lake Mead and Boulder City.

The Palmers

Bonnie Springs
The ranch was originally created in the 1840s, as a stopover for wagon trains heading to California. Bonnie McGaugh purchased the ranch in 1952, and it was subsequently named Bonnie Springs Ranch after her. Horseback riding and a restaurant were added by the mid-1960s. Old Nevada, the western town replica, was opened at the ranch in 1974, followed by the zoo and a motel in the 1980s. In January 2019, plans were announced to demolish the ranch and replace it with approximately 20 custom homes, a new restaurant and motel, and a barn to be used for events. Bonnie Springs closed on March 17, 2019. 

The menu is printed on the bottles, click for a larger view.

We went to Kilroy's for burgers. It closed in 2010.

Area 51

In Southern Nevada, just on the other side of Groom Lake, lies a military base that has been in question ever since its establishment by the US government back in the early 50's. Rumors about Area 51 run rampant throughout the whole United States. From flying saucers, aliens, to secret government projects, there are all kinds of stories.

Surrounding the secret military base are several signs like the one on the left, stating you are entering a Restricted Area. *AND* if you enlarge the sign, you will see in RED PRINT on the Very bottom of the sign reads bluntly: Use of Deadly Force Authorized!

I really wanted to get a photo of that sign, but once we drove up to the fenced area, I chickened out as I could see the armed guards patrolling the area from above us.

While easy to get to, you still have to prepare. You definitely don't want to wander onto the base by accident. The security guards won't care that you are a UFO fan who is visiting just for fun. Even though you don't see much, the drive is still interesting because of the mystery surrounding Area 51.

Look what happened on this tour!

I am including a video I found as the US Government had for years stated that Area 51 does exist. I'm so glad as I wondered how I had these photos in my possession.

Photos below are my property!

We had some down time!

We took an overnight trip to Mesquite. We also went there in 2015.

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