Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tuesday - Facials and Campground information

I had gone to Aveda Institute and had gotten a facial when we were in Las Vegas before Quartzsite. I enjoyed it so much that I had sent an email to the folks coming to this "Rally after Q" to see if anyone was interested in getting facials. Several ladies were interested, so I had scheduled two groups to go on Tuesday - a smaller group in the morning, and a larger group in the afternoon. I went in the morning with one other lady (two others backed out) - we had such a good time! We decided to stay and get our hair cut too - she just had a trim, but I got mine cut to a cute bob!
Tuesday's agenda
Gathering in the late afternoon to head to the buffet at Sam's Town next door...

Post facials - Tina and Patti - and post hair cut for Patti!

Some pictures around the campground...
Dwayne's new pegboard on the inside of the wet-bay door!
This is a picture of a portion of the KOA campground map where we are staying. I have read reviews of some campgrounds that will indicate that they must be a former KOA campground based on how the utilities are set up. Note that where we are located (circled) that two rigs are next to each other in pull-thrus sharing the utility area. This works ok in pull thru's (particularly when we don't have slides) - but if you can see the sites along the perimeter - they are green and pink and also have one utility pole indicated between them...

This is the first time I ever remember seeing a "Pull-in" site listed - usually along the perimeter there are all back-in sites, but then there are utility areas for each individual site. Here, you could back in, but then you'd need to run your utilities under the RV to the power/water/sewer, and your door would be right next to your neighbor's RV.
Looking down the row on the edge of the campgound - you may be able to see a Class C RV that is pulled in to its site with its front facing the outside wall of the campground. This works for motor homes, but can't work for trailers or 5th wheels.

This is the utility area between Miss Doozie and the Blue Bird next to us.
I guess it saves the campground somewhat in initial setup costs as well as maybe on maintenance as well. As I said, it is fine for pull-thru's but rather inconvenient for sites on the edges. But... I guess it works well enough that people stay here!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Monday in Las Vegas

Usually I write the post on the evening of the day when we did the "things" and then post it in the morning of the following day, but Monday was SO busy (and so was Tuesday morning into afternoon) that I didn't get the post written until late on Tuesday!
Rick is still sharing status/agenda on the white board!
 We joined the group to discuss which show to see, but we had decided that we wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show and most everyone else decided to see a music tribute show... so we all headed to the strip to get tickets, but we went for a different show...

A skylight in the Paris hotel (I think, it could have been Bally's
We got vouchers for "cheap tickets" at the "Tix 4 Tonight" booth for Mystère by Cirque du Soleil -

The show was in Treasure Island, so we drove over to the theater to exchange our voucher for tickets.

Then we went back in the evening for the show - it was good to know where to park and how to get to the theater.

The entrance to the theater

I had read about the large drum that they use in the show - it was used in the beginning and at the end - coming down from the roof with guys playing it. 
From wikipedia (
The taiko drums in Mystère are created by the Japanese company Asano Taiko, located in Mattō, Ishikawa Prefecture. The largest drum in Mystère is the ōdaiko, which is 6 feet (1.8 m) in diameter and 15 feet (4.6 m) in length, and weighs half a ton. Due to the large size of the drum, it had to be brought into the theatre during construction. Since the completion of the theatre the drum can not be removed, as no door is large enough to accommodate it.
The show reminded us of a show we saw many years ago in Moscow, with strength acts, people flying through the air - trapeze, aerial straps, bungee straps, and people launching off a teeter-totter and trampoline-type device. In amongst there was kind of a story, but, it wasn't very clear to us! And then there were a couple of comic elements...
One of the comic elements was this large man dressed up like a baby who interacted with the audience - he began by pushing the ball off the stage and getting audience members to throw it back to him. Then he adopted one of the guys in the audience as "Papa" and involved him multiple times in the show.
 Another comic element was a guy with wild-looking grey hair... he started out in the audience before the show started, "helping" people find their seats by walking them all over the theater and ultimately directing them to a wrong seat or referring them to an usher to get to their seat. He showed up between different acts... again... not sure how he tied into the story line... which we didn't understand anyway!

One of the balancing acts - way up high above our heads...

A zoom in on that picture...

On the left side (front of the stage - we were seated to the side) was the teeter-totter with folks being propelled into the air - and to the right was a long trampoline-type thing that folks were flipping and tumbling down - lots of things to watch all at the same time!

This pair really reminded me of the Moscow "circus" that we visited - they balanced so perfected and moved so slowly from one position to another...

Another of their seemingly impossible poses.

Trapeze artists way above our heads

Scene with the big drum and numerous smaller drums

Final scene included this huge inflated snail - no clue of the significance!
We enjoyed the show - and it had no foul language or questionable dialog - so that was a plus in my book!

After the show, we decided to walk a ways down the strip...

We stopped in Caesar's Palace to find a restroom - it involved going up a couple of floors on these interesting semi-circular escalators (this was when we were returning down to street level) - I don't recall ever seeing escalators that weren't straight...

I wanted to walk as far as the Bellagio - this is the Chihuly sculpture over the lobby "Inside Bellagio, Dale Chihuly's Fiori di Como, composed of over 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers, covers 2,000 sq ft (190 m2) of the lobby ceiling." (

Beautiful vase of flowers at the check-in desk

Just off the lobby is the Conservatory where they have varying flower exhibits. "The hotel also contains a Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There are five seasonal themes that the Conservatory undergoes: Chinese New Year, spring, summer, fall, and winter. From January to mid-March, the Conservatory celebrates the Chinese New Year with a display dominated by flowers bromeliads and Orchids, as well as the animal of that particular year that the Chinese zodiac celebrates." (

This is the Year of the Dog

Interesting that the dogs were not covered with flowers - only the children, and then there were garden areas.

We also wanted to see the Fountains, "The Fountains of Bellagio is a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music. The performances take place in front of the Bellagio hotel and are visible from numerous vantage points on the Strip, both from the street and neighboring structures. The show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8 pm to midnight." ( We caught the end of one show from a vantage point near the entrance to the lobby...

The view to the Paris hotel from near the lobby of the Bellagio

We walked on down to Las Vegas Boulevard and were heading back toward Treasure Island when it was time for another show to start...

So we watched another!
We eventually made it back to Treasure Island and the Jeep and then back to the bus - though we were out a LOT later than we usually are!!! Thus... the late blog post - sorry!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Back to Las Vegas

Before we knew that we would be spending time at the Thousand Trails in Las Vegas right before Quartzsite, we had booked a visit with other Blue Bird folks for 5 days after Quartzsite... so on Sunday we bid goodbye to the desert and the Blue Birds' Nest and headed up to Las Vegas again.
We took I-10 west and drove up US 95 on the California side to Nevada and into Las Vegas. There were irrigated fields on the west side of the Colorado River.

Then it changed to desert climate and no irrigation.

We are staying at Sam's Town KOA this time... a little south on Boulder Highway from the Thousand Trails.

Just on the other side of the campground is a casino named Cannery Row that has neat lights that change on their hotel building.

And... since I'm posting this on his special day, Happy Birthday to Jimmy!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Saturday - the last full day of the Blue Bird rally

I saw a picture on one of my Facebook friend's page - also a Blue Birder...
Their rig is Amazing Grace (arrows in blue). I edited her picture -- Miss Doozie has a red arrow pointing at her.
News for Saturday...

Agenda for Saturday...
 I joined the ladies walk on Saturday morning. One of the ladies mentioned that the US map needed some work and we should collect small white rocks to work on it... so as we walked and talked, we collected rocks...

When we got to the US map, it was the state abbreviations that needed work (done in white).

Here you can see some of the ladies working on states in the west. It turned out that I knew the eastern states better than a lot of the folks!

I asked everyone to stand on their state for this picture!

We made a quick trip back to the big tent - this was in the flea market area... a machine powered ice cream maker...
I took a video of the ice cream making machine for my brother:

A picture of the east entrance to the Big Tent...

A *few* of the RVs that were on the sale lot at the Big Tent.

Glen and Katie out near where we were parked...

Glen wanted a picture of Katie and him in front of a saguaro...

I didn't notice that the saguaro was leaning when I took the pictures!

Eastern sky at sunset

Western sky during the serenade of the musical horns!
Most Blue Birds have musical horns that we use when leaving a campground, or driving in a parade, or to entertain equines or bovines along the highways. On the last night of this rally, we all played our "tune" one-at-a-time around the circle! I'm sure our neighbors enjoyed it (well, maybe!).