Sunday, December 30, 2007

Another Blast from the Past

I was playing around and found Rush playing The Trees on one of the few tours I did not make it to - the Counterparts tour in 1994. Enjoy, if you're into this sort of thing! (May 2008 Sorry It's no longer there).

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Snowy Peaks

That's a quick snapshot of some snow on the mountaintops taken from the intersection of Horizon Ridge and Eastern Avenue near my apartment. Click the photo for a little more detail. There were some patches of snow up there in October; now it looks pretty white. That's about a 45 minute drive to go check it out in person - sounds like a road trip in January when I get back from West Virginia. It may even be time to take up snowboarding!

Snowy Peaks

That's a quick snapshot of some snow on the mountaintops. There was a little bit up there in October; now it looks pretty white. Thats about a 45 minute drive to go check it out in person - sounds like a road trip in January when I get back from West Virginia.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Web Cam

I set up my old computer adjacent to my patio, and aimed a web cam out the window. It's set up to upload a new photo every 15 minutes. It's pointed in the general direction of the Las Vegas Strip, although St. Rose Dominican Hospital blocks most of the Strip view. Click HERE to check out the latest photo uploaded.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

I've lived in Las Vegas more than six months now, which has given me the enjoyment of being in the middle of an entirely new set of day trip opportunities. Yesterday I drove four hours to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. I've seen a lot of places and cities in my short 40 years; but nothing takes my breath away quite like the Grand Canyon. This was my third visit; and still, entering the park and seeing it out the window (and avoiding hitting the Elk that had just crossed the road) gave me goose bumps all over again. Walking part of the way into the canyon on the trail is even more amazing. Here is a picture from the edge, followed by a picture of me freezing my ears off.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Griffith Peak

This week's outdoor adventure was climbing to Griffith Peak, about an hour away from home. It was a pretty strenuous hike; nine miles round trip, almost six hours of hiking, and a final elevation of 11,060 feet above sea level. It feels so good lately to escape all the heat and noise in the Valley, and rekindle the inner Boy Scout, and just enjoy nature. I believe this is the first hike I have ever done where there is a register to sign at the top, and the next hike will be to the top of Mt. Charleston, which begins on the same trail as Griffith Peak, and adds perhaps two hours to the round trip.

Click on the picture below of Griffith Peak to see my other pictures of the hike. The pictures are in order, beginning at the trailhead, and ending at the top with a view of Las Vegas, Death Valley, and the mountains of California in the distance.

My First Football Wager

Marshall and WVU played each other in College Football yesterday, so I put $20 on Marshall. The "+25" on the ticket means that WVU was favored to win by 25, so if Marshall either won, or lost by less than 25, I won the bet. I figured if I-AA Appy State could beat the perennial power Michigan, I-A Marshall could at least hang in there with its intrastate rival. Marshall used to be fun to watch win most of their games when they, too, were I-AA, but these day it seems they have become fodder for I-A teams. So in the end, WVU beat Marshall 48 to 23, a difference of exactly 25, so the rule is I got my original $20 back. This exercise in futility made me realize it's more fun to follow football when it's just a game and you're not wondering what will happen to your money because of the outcome. So with that, "Good Luck Herd".

Monday, August 27, 2007

Hoover Dam...Again!

I spent a lot of time outdoors this weekend. Here are some photos from Hoover Dam on Saturday, and a morning hike today to the top of a little mountain on a trail called River Mountain Trail. As always, click on the photo for more photos.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

What is wrong with people?

I decided to go to del Taco for lunch; nice and simple and cheap. So I walked up to the cashier, and he says, "May I help you?" "Yes, I would like a #3, medium, chicken, for here." His reply? "Would you like medium or large?" "Ummm, medium." "Chicken or beef?" Ummm, chicken." "For here or to go?" "Ummm, for here, I guess."

So lunch was good, then I went to the car wash, and had to wait in line for some moron who had just washed his car, and rather than pull into the "vacuum/drying area", he was drying his car with a cloth in one hand and chatting on his cell phone with the other, and giving me a look as if to say, "Wait your turn." Sorry, dude, your look was, "I'm an inconsiderate moron."

Thanks for letting me vent, and trying to remember how to do punctuation within quotation marks. It's been a while and I probably messed it up!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Mount Charleston...Again!

Today I visited Mount Charleston again, my favorite retreat from all the asphalt and heat. It's always about 30 degrees cooler up there, and smells like pine trees. The terrain makes an excellent hiking workout, and someday I will hike to the top of the mountain. As usual, click the photo below for more photos.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Death Valley

Yesterday's adventure was a 2-1/2 hour journey to Badwater, California, which contains the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, 282 feet below sea level. Plus, it was very hot - about 124 degrees F. It's a dry heat, of course, but it may reach 116 degrees F here in Henderson, Nevada.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

New Place, New View

I am mostly moved into my new apartment here in Henderson, Nevada. The picture is a view of Las Vegas from my deck shortly after sunset. I can see several of the big casinos at the south end of the strip, then a large hospital blocks the view of the remaining strip.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Getting Shorter...again...

In celebration of becoming a Nevada resident, I cut my hair again. I can better burn my scalp in the 110 degrees plus heat! Come visit soon...I promise, it's a dry heat!

Roger Waters

I saw Roger Waters live at the MGM Grand last night. He played a set of mostly Pink Floyd songs, including Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. The sound was amazing, and I can only hope the next time it is a Pink Floyd reunion with the classic lineup including David Gilmour. It wouldn't be a Pink Floyd show without a flying Pig, and there was also a pretty cool prism and rainbow created by lasers.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Getting Shorter...

Looking at the photos from the rafting trip, I decided my hair was too long. So now I'm down to a #1-1/2 Clipper at SuperCuts! Just thought I would share that...

Black Canyon Raft Trip

Today two coworkers and I rode a motorized raft several miles down the Colorado River, south of Hoover Dam. It was pleasant - the temperature is slightly above 100 degrees, although the water is always 52 degrees. The trip was via Black Canyon River Adventures and was a lot of fun.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

Today I drove to the area around Mount Charleston which is less than one hour drive from Las Vegas. It is a beautiful area, and significantly cooler in temperature than the valley below. Las Vegas is at about 2000 feet elevation, the top of Mount Charleston is near 12,000 feet, and most of these photos were taken from approximately 8000 feet. I was amazed that this was a popular place in 1957 to observe above-ground nuclear testing which was conducted only 67 miles away. There are also a few photos from the night before from Paris and Planet Hollywood casinos. As usual, click on the photo below for more photos.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hoover Dam

Today I went for a joyride to Hoover Dam. Click the pic below for more pics.

Happy Birthday Tyara!

I recently attended Tya's Birthday Party. She is a great friend and a special young woman in my life...I hope we can share more birthdays together!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Chicago Show at MGM Grand Casino

I've followed Chicago probably since 1983 or so - since looking at charts in stage band for "Just You N Me", then "You're the Inspiration" was the prom theme in 1985. A great rock band with horns; I've seen them several times, usually in those big outdoor amphtitheaters that were designed for 20,000 people but not much of an intimate concert experience. They happened to be playing here in Las Vegas for several nights at MGM Grand, in a a theater that holds only about 700 people, and the sound was great. Only four original members remain, but they still sound as good as ever, and appear to be having a good time playing even in this their 40th anniversary! The ticket said "No Cameras" although everybody but me had their real cameras with them, so I only have one semi-worthy cell-phone cam pic to show (above). In the "small world" department, the couple sitting next to was were from Bluefield, West Viriginia, and the waitress (it was one of those theaters with tables) was from Sophia, West Virginia, a little area near where my Dad is from.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

More Photos

I'm finally catching up copying photos to my computer, so I am posting some new ones today. The first few are a trip last weekend to Red Rock Canyon, followed by some photos along Las Vegas Boulevard taken today. Yes I'm feeling nostalgic and going to see Chicago tonight. Click on the picture of "Luxor" below for more photos.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Road Trip Photos

I thought I would post some photos from my trip from Tampa to Las Vegas, which I made by car over three days. I drove across Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada.

Click the photo below for more photos...less clumsy interface coming soon...stay tuned!

Las Vegas

I took a new job which will eventually be in Nasville, TN. Currently, I am working with the company in Las Vegas for a little while. Here's a crazy pic of me out in the desert checking out out the mountain biking opportunities.

Stay tuned for a new address in June and probably a new phone number. Come on out and visit!