Another Shot at our Late Winter Vacation

We cancelled our planned trip to Reno, Nevada due to rain, snow, and even ice a couple weeks ago.  Just above Reno they received five feet of snow in the mountains so it was probably a good idea to cancel for us desert drivers.  .

We have come up with another minni-vacation plan to a place we have enjoyed over the years, Laughlin, Nevada on the 1450 mile long Colorado River.   A 254 mile drive through the desert down highway 40.

Laughlin is known by many as the “old people’s home” for gamblers and in many ways, that may be true.  Lots of snow birds from the mid-west have parked their trailers in the area for the winter.  On the other hand, we look at the area for its weather this time of the year, expected 80 degrees while we are there.


We decided to stay at the Aquarius hotel one of the newer hotels for one reason only, free Wi-Fi.  All the other hotels charge for Wi-Fi in the room just like Las Vegas.

We will probably gamble a little but very little as we have other places we will visit instead.

  1. Oatman, Az a famous ghost town on Route 66.
  2. Kingman, Az and a meal at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant one of our favorite places to eat.
  3. Hiking along the Colorado River.
  4. A drive down the river to Lake Havasu with the original London Bridge and its shoppingtourist areas.
  5. Star-gazing outside the bright lights of the casino’s.  We haven’t seen the Milky Way for many a year.

Will keep you informed how things go to our desert trip and for you high rollers and big spenders you might want to skip this trip.  Room rates at this hotel one of the highest in town under $50.00 a night.  LOL.



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Posted by on March 20, 2018 in Uncategorized


Canceling the Trip to Reno

We were looking forward to leaving on our driving trip to Reno, Nevada tomorrow but, we canceled it due to projected weather forecast.  Three days our of five a mix of snow, ice and rain.  Not a Minnesota winter driver any more.  LOL

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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Uncategorized


San Diego, 2018, Days 3 and 4 of Birthday Trip

San Diego March18 (14)Wrapping up our four day visit to San Diego,  celebrating birthdays, and always finding new things to do.

Here is birthday boy Alex who is 12  eating his favorite dish of a pineapple stuffed with Thai food.  We enjoy watching Alex racing his remote control cars with his Dad and of course beating him.

The drive home on Monday morning was relatively uneventful except for 3-4 slowdowns on the usual place.  Great trip.

San Diego March18 (15)


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Posted by on March 6, 2018 in Uncategorized


Day 2 San Diego Trip 1, 2018, Polish Sausage

A good night of sleep and we were ready to head off for day of exploring San Diego.  The sky opened up in the morning on and off as the end of the rain storm rolled through San Diego and the rest of the day was cloudy on and off.

Luke decided to head out and do some surfing but was back in no time at all as the beaches were closed due to runoff from the rain storm which is contaminated with human wastes and other things.  Have thousands and thousands homeless on your streets like California has in all of its coastal cities, outbreaks like hepatitis in the regular population are not uncommon.  Better to be safe than sorry on the beach after rain storm even when our whole family has been immunized for hepatitis.

We decided to head out to eat at a famous restaurant on Bankers Hill in San Diego; Hob Knob Hill that was featured Drive-in, Diners and Dives.  We waited over an hour to get a table for 5.  Staff was great, Service was slow and the food was great…from the 40’s and 50’s…which means rich and lots.  I had ribs and the rest of the family had a late breakfast.

hob knob hill

Ended the day with quiet evening with our kids and grand boy.  Oh yes, I took a two mile walk to get some exercise and pick up some home-made (polish sausage) for dinner.

polish sausage

Busy day.

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Posted by on March 4, 2018 in Uncategorized


San Diego 2018, Day 1

It was a slightly challenging job to make the190 mile drive to San Diego.  Light rain about half the way and then an accident that slowed thing down just a bit.

As usual we had our minni round table pizza for lunch and them a nap until the kids/grandkids got back for work and school.


Finally, a birthday dinner in Alex’s favorite restaurant…Guadalajara…a very well know Mexican restaurant.


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Posted by on March 4, 2018 in Uncategorized


Traveling in 2018

We are having some cold weather here in high desert.  The temperatures for the past several weeks have been freezing when I get up.  Its been dry cold till Sunday evening when we got about 0.3 inches of rain.  When we woke up on Monday morning to look at the mountains behind our house and smiled at the snow covering them.


We are packing for first official trip of the year,  a short trip to San Diego…400 mile round trip to celebrate my grandson’s(12 years) birthday and mine(45 years) if you believe that number you are in need of a reality check.  LOL.  Our drive to San Diego might be an “exciting” time as heavy rain is forecasted.

We did have an early unexpected trip up the coast to Morro Bay(also a 400 mile round trip) to watch our college basketball team win the first round of the state playoffs.  We stayed in beautiful Marrow Bay and enjoyed the two day turn around trip.






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Posted by on February 28, 2018 in Uncategorized


“The Joke Was On Me” by Bee Gee’s or Was it “The Dope Was on Me?”

After a nap and a delicious BBQ meal it was time to head to the Bee Gee’s impersonator concert.   About 1200+ fans arrived.  Nearly every fan was in their 60’s and 70’s and you could tell they were ready for a boogie night.  They were ready to re-live the John Travolta dance movies that were  hooked up with the Bee Gee’s disco music in the background.  To make it clear, the show was outstanding.  90 minutes of non-stop music.   Worth every dime.  In fact, band had the oldies but goodies on their feet dancing to “Dancing Yeah.”

Now that I told you about the expected part of the concert, it time to tell you about the part where the “Joke was on me.”  Just as the concert was about to begin, there were four open seats next to me.  Had to me of course.   In came four young people…I project about early 30’s.  They got quite a look as they headed into their seats not only for their age but for their active persona.  Looked like the young ones had stopped at one of the newly approved  “Cali dope service station” and were ready for a “boogie night.”

The young girl next to me had dressed in a way that did not allow her clothes to do a good job in keeping her natural assets covered especially when she got excited as the music started. And excited she did get.  She spent a lot of time on her boyfriend’s? lap in all kinds of ways.  She nearly by accident spent some time on my lap as well.  That disco music and prior dope fuel service really was effective.

You can imagine that the oldies but goodies all around the action didn’t stand for that long.  Out they went looking for security and who ever would listen.  By about half way through the concert the young ones were escorted out!  Must say I had mixed feelings about the whole thing.  With them gone I had only one show to watch…LOL.

We had a great evening after the concert including room service which is a special treat for us.  Our drive home was a mess even though it was a Holiday Monday.  The 605 freeway was blocked as it merged onto the 210 freeway.  Other than that we arrived home safely and we will do this again. Great minni-trip.


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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Uncategorized