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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Jamestown Morning

It was such a beautiful and clear morning that I decided to take out my camera and pop in the zoom lens and take a few photos this morning.

Above, the Navajo Nation Chapter of Iyanbito, New Mexico. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the three mesas. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the tree I call "Ol' Yeller". It is interesting that the leafing started from
the lower branches and working its way to the top. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Sierra is also enjoying the view. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Camping In The Rain

Above, The Beast at the North Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The last time I camped in rainy conditions was two years ago in Yosemite National Park. I camped at the North Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. The rain really didn't bother me as I was prepared for it and I didn't let it keep me inside The Beast. The park's shuttle system was a big help as well in getting around and staying dry.

Then, there was the 12 days I camped in the driveway of my new home in New Mexico while waiting for the movers to deliver my stuff, some of which in snowy conditions. 

Do It Yourself RV has some tips for camping in the rain.

They begin with:
Summer is almost here, and that means you can finally pull your RV out of storage and head out for some camping fun. Unfortunately, it also means that rainstorms and showers are a regular occurance—making skies gray, leaving the ground soggy, and keeping many people at home. 
That said, there is no reason you have to remain trapped inside.  By taking the right steps, you can have just as much fun even if you are a bit damp.  What do you need to know about taking on such a wet adventure? Try these ten simple tips.

To see the tips, go here

Top 5 Activities For Foreigners In Japan

Above, partaking in Japanese food is one of the top 5 activiities for foreigners. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Have you ever wondered what are the top 5 activities in Japan for foreigners?

If so, LearnJapanese123.com has the answers.

They begin with:
Thinking of visiting Japan, but not sure what to do while you’re here? Check out our list of the top 5 activities for foreigners in Japan.

They are: Castles, Onsen (Hot Springs), Temples & Shrines, Japanese Food and Shopping.

To read more, go here

Half Dome Hiker Dies In Fall

Above, Half Dome. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


The first visitor fatality in 2018 in Yosemite National Park occurred Monday on Half Dome.

According to the Sierra Sun Times:
May 22, 2018 - A hiker fell from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon (Monday May 21, 2018) at approximately 4:30 p.m. The male hiker was on the Half Dome cables hiking with another person during thunder storm activity. Park Rangers were notified that a hiker had slipped and fell off the Half Dome cables. Rangers arrived on the scene and provided assistance to the second hiker. 
The hiker did not survive the fall and Yosemite National Park Rangers recovered his body at approximately 1:00 p.m. today. No further details about the incident are available at this time.

To read more, go here

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Re-Elect Superior Court Judge Arthur Harrison, San Bernardino County



If you live in San Bernardino County, you will have the opportunity to vote to re-elect Superior Court Judge Art Harrison to Office 2.

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Prior to becoming twice-elected Superior Court Judge, Harrison was a Deputy Marshal and Sergeant, Deputy District Attorney (San Bernardino County) and US Army Warrant Officer/Helicopter Pilot.

Family:
Married for 35 years to wife Diane, who is a career prosecutor, having spent 37 years as a Deputy District Attorney in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties (the vast majority being in San Bernardino County).  Judge Harrison's nuclear family consists of three daughters and six grandchildren, as well as young lady known to the family as "our other daughter," having lived with Judge Harrison, his wife, and youngest daughter, Desiree, and remaining part of the family for over 14 years. Judge Harrison is also an avid outdoorsman. Judge Harrison's father is a celebrated Marine Corps veteran of World War II, and at 94, still participates in events honoring America and the military.



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To learn more, go to Judge Harrison's campaign website:  https://judgeharrison.com/.  (I am listed on his endorsement page.)

CALGUNS.NET California Primary Endorsements

Calguns.net



We are facing an unprecedented attack, not only on our Second Amendment rights but on ourselves as individuals and gun owners. This election is crucial, not only to determine the future of Second Amendment rights in California for ourselves but also whether or not our children will have the right to keep and bear arms in the future. They are relying on US to fight for their right to not only protect themselves but their children as well.
We ask that you as Californians with a vested interest in our Second Amendment rights not only register and vote but also encourage others both in and out of the shooting sports community to do so as well. We cannot preserve our right to keep and bear arms without a voice and we cannot have a voice if we do not vote. We have been silent for too long and we only have to look around to see the cost. This election is a mid-term election and turn out is expected to be low which means if we vote in numbers our voices will be that much louder.

If you're not registered to vote you have until May 21st to register, you can register online at https://registertovote.ca.gov/  If your friends, family or coworkers are not registered to vote encourage them to both register and to vote for candidates that will respect and protect our rights and freedoms.
Earlier this year we reached out to candidates in several races regarding their position on Second Amendment rights and preserving and protecting the rights of the citizens of California. The answers we received, the ratings given by 2nd Amendment organizations like the NRA and CRPA and the voting of the Calguns.net community members were used to choose candidates to support and endorse.

Calguns.net endorses Travis Allen for Governor in the 2018 Primary.
Travis Allen's stance on Second Amendment rights as well as his proven voting record shows him to be the best candidate for the office of Governor for California's firearms owners, shooter, hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts. Find out what you can do to help elect a pro-2A Governor by going to https://jointravisallen.com/

Calguns.net endorses Bob Lindsey for Sheriff of Los Angeles County.
Bob Lindsey's experience, integrity and stance on all aspects of 2A rights including ‘Shall Issue’ has earned him both an 'A' rating with CRPA (the only 'A' rating in the L.A. Sheriff's race) and the support and endorsements of Calguns.net and the Calguns.net community! Help elect a pro-2A/pro- Shall Issue Sheriff in L.A. County, https://sheriffboblindsey.com/

Calguns.net endorses Sydne Jane Michel for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Seat # 16
Sydne Jane Michel respects the rule of law and the constitution, brings extensive experience as a civil attorney and prosecutor and understands the need to be fair but also tough on violent criminals. The election of Judges is frequently overlooked, often to our detriment. Help elect a Judge that respects your rights and the Constitution, https://www.michelforjudge.com/

You CAN make a difference in this election so get registered and VOTE June 5th!!!

Company

Above, the den/guest room. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The guest room will be put to use (along with the new sofa/bed) next month.

I'll be having two guests (not at the same time) in June. Longtime friend Mitch will be in early June and my ex-roomie Jessica will be here in late June. He will be driving in and she will be flying in (since her flight will arrive just before midnight, we'll just stay the night at the Route 66 Casino RV Resort and head home after breakfast).

It will be nice to have some company. 

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Spooking Visitors, Bookings Down

Above, vegetation on fire from a Kilauea lava tube. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


There's really no reason for it, but tourists and some tourist companies have been spooked by the recent eruptions of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.

According to Reuters:
HONOLULU, Hawaii (Reuters) - Cruise ships have canceled stops on Hawaii’s Big Island. Hotel rooms will sit vacant this summer despite price cuts. 
And guest house owners and tour guides that depend on the 2 million visitors each year to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are wondering how long their families will go without any income. 
Tourism authorities say summer bookings for hotels on Hawaii’s Big Island have fallen almost 50 percent since the volcano began spewing lava and toxic gases on May 3. 
The closure of the park, the state’s top tourist destination, alone is costing the island $166 million, the National Park Service said on Monday. 
Potential visitors to the Big Island have been spooked by images of lava torching homes, soldiers wearing gas masks and now deadly white clouds of acid and glass shards as molten rock streams into the Pacific. 
While Kilauea’s lava flows are in a small, roughly 10-square-mile rural area in the southeast Puna district, the volcano is having an impact on tourism across the Big Island, home to 200,000 people.

To read more, go here

Yellowstone Visitation Slightly Down

Above, the Yellowstone River. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It has been reported that visitor numbers at Yellowstone National Park for the early part of this year is down, in comparison to last year.

According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle:
Fewer people went to Yellowstone National Park this past April than in 2017, marking the second consecutive year in which the month’s visitation declined. 
The park’s statisticians counted 37,766 recreational visits for the month, a 16 percent drop from 2017’s total of 45,160. April’s highest total came in 2016, when 59,253 visits were counted. 
For the year, the park has counted 123,949 visits. That’s a slight lag behind 2017, which had recorded a little more than 130,000 visits by this point.

Yellowstone's busy season usually begins in May.

To read more, go here

Monday, May 21, 2018

Cutting Off Dick's



Dick's Sporting Goods is taking a beating after they announced that they are siding with the anti-gun mob. 

The pro-Second Amendment community is not taking Dick's actions without retaliation.

According to the NRA-ILM:
We have recently been reporting on the bizarre anti-gun activism of one of the nation’s larger firearm retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its affiliated Field & Stream stores. First, the company announced it would stop selling most centerfire semi-automatic rifles at its stores, carry only limited capacity magazines for semi-automatic guns, and ban firearm sales to certain legally eligible adults. It then took the further step of declaring it would destroy its inventory of the newly-restricted firearms at company expense. And if that weren’t enough, the news also recently broke that the company had hired expensive D.C. lobbyists to push for gun control measures on Capitol Hill.   
Dick’s, in other words, was positioning itself as a rising star in the field of corporate gun control activism, in obvious contradiction of its own financial interests. 

Now, however, the pro-gun community is parrying Dick’s gun control thrust with their own countermeasures, while customers appear to be eschewing Dick’s to search for bargains elsewhere. 
Last week, the Board of Governors of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries – voted unanimously to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods from membership in the organization. While the NSSF noted it supports the rights of its members to make individual business decisions, it determined that Dick’s new polices do not “reflect the reality of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners” and constitute “conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.” Law-abiding gun owners, the company added, “should not be penalized for the actions of criminals.” 
Meanwhile, members of the firearms industry have also begun withdrawing their products from Dick’s and Field & Stream outlets. 

For me, I'll just go to Big 5 Sporting Goods instead.

To read more, go here

James Woods Goes After Senator Elizabeth Warren

Actor James Woods does it again!

The man has to have the most wittiest Tweets on a consistent basis I've ever seen.

This time, he went after Senator Elizabeth "Fauxahontas" Warren over not taking contributions from the National Rifle Association:


Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan In A Panic

President Donald Trump has demanded that the Inspector General investigate any FBI/DOJ spying on his 2016 campaign for political purposes:



This prompted a rather panicked response from ex-CIA Director John Brennan:



The only harm done to our "democracy" (we're NOT a democracy, we are a republic) has been the chicanery done by the Democrats and Obama Administration officials in trying to rig the 2016 elections by turning the FBI and CIA into a KGB operation and have since tried to cover it all up. What has he got to hide? Hmm?

To read more, go here.

Graceland Arena Controversy Shows Strings

Above, The Beast at the Graceland RV Park in 2016. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The saga between the proposed projects of Elvis Presley Enterprises and the City of Memphis marches on.

The Memphis Daily News reported:
Elvis Presley Enterprises and City Hall got together last week in Whitehaven on neutral ground to talk about Graceland’s expansion plan, specifically a 6,200-seat arena. And from a distance you could barely see the strings from the arena attached to the 1,000-job manufacturing facility Graceland has also talked about starting on Brooks Road. 
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has said he has no problem with incentives for a manufacturing facility that would make such products as The Clapper and Chia Pets – made by a company recently bought by Graceland Holdings managing partner Joel Weinshanker. But he says Graceland hasn’t sought incentives for that project. 
At the May 16 forum hosted by City Council member Patrice Robinson at the Southwest Tennessee Community College Whitehaven center, attorney Clarence Wilbon, representing Elvis Presley Enterprises, said he hasn’t heard that before. And he indicated Graceland may begin moving in that direction.

But Wilbon also said there is a legal argument to be made for tax incentives that might be granted for any project on the Graceland campus – including an arena.
The map above shows a proposed exhibit area and a new arena west of the Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex.  (Elvis Presley Enterprises map)  Note that the Graceland RV Park is still a part of the campus. This will make RVers very happpy (and it is a nice campground/RV park, I stayed there two years ago). It does look like it may be reconfigured from when I was there.

To read more, go here.

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Scrolls

Above, three L.A. County scrolls (copies) of events honoring pop culture figures. I worked with the office of
 then-Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for the honors and presentation ceremonies for each. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Finally, I've mounted the copies of three scrolls honoring people and characters in our modern day pop culture on one wall.

Thanks to (former) Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and his colleagues, the scrolls honored the following:

From left, Godzilla Week (July 10 - 16, 2000) for the first Godzilla movie, Godzilla 2000, to receive a major U.S. theatrical release since 1985 and the opening of G-FEST 2000 in Hollywood; Superman Week (July 10 -16, 2001) for the 50th anniversary of the Adventures of Superman; and Godzilla Month (November 2004), for the 50th anniversary of Godzilla.

The original Godzilla scrolls were presented to Toho Co., Ltd. and the original Superman scroll is was presented to DC Comics. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Toho Planning "World of Godzilla", SHIN GODZILLA 2 Cancelled

Above, the Godzilla slide in Yokosuka, Japan. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


Well, it has been announced that Toho Co., Ltd. is planning their own "monster universe" and the planned sequel to Shin Godzilla is cancelled.

Dread Central reported:
Looks like Legendary Pictures “Monsterverse” won’t be the only Godzilla-themed shared universe for much longer. Once Hollywood’s King of the Monsters sequel setting up his 2020 remake with King Kong have come and gone, Toho intends to transform Godzilla into Japan’s very own Marvel cinematic universe. 
Godzilla-Movies.com has provided an English translation of an interview that appeared this past week in the Japanese publication “Nikkei Style” with Keiji Ota, Toho’s Chief Godzilla Officer (How do I get that job?), about the future of all things Zilla in his home country. The surprising news begins with an announcement that might prove a disappointment to many G-Fans. 
There will never be a Shin Godzilla 2
Despite being a box office sensation and achieving a level of critical acclaim that typically eludes Godzilladom, including winning the Japanese equivalent of the Best Picture Oscar, Shin Godzilla will forever remain a decidedly unique one-off entry in the storied Godzilla series. As proud as Ota claims they are of Shin Godzilla’s success, Ota and the members of Toho’s Godzilla Strategy Council (Again, how do I get on this council?) have something bigger in mind for the future of the 64-year old franchise:
a World of Godzilla.

To read more, go here

Indian Fetishes

Above, the "fetishes" sign at the upper left at the Jewels & Java store. 

A few people's eyes bugged out over a photograph of the exterior of the Jewels & Java Native American arts & crafts store in Gallup, New Mexico of my blog post yesterday.

What caught their eyes was the sign that said, "Fetishes". I was questioned about it and I had no idea what that was about as I saw nothing weird at the store. In fact, I have seen several Native American stores in New Mexico with "Fetish" signs.

Thanks to one of my Facebook friends, I now know what they are.

For those of you who also took note of the sign, here's something that should put your minds at ease.

This is from The Collector's Guide website:
Indian fetishes are hand-carved objects, which represent the spirits of animals or the forces of nature. From the earliest times in North America, the Indians have used fetishes in an effort to master the arbitrary and unpredictable forces beyond their control. The earliest fetishes are called Ahlashiwe or stone ancients by the Zunis. They were naturally formed stones that seemed to resemble people or animals, sometimes made more realistic with the features accentuated by a carver.

So, don't freak out if you come across an Indian shop that has the word fetish on it.

To read more, go here.

RV Ownership Continues To Climb

Above, The Beast at the Cedar City KOA in Utah. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It was only a short ten years ago that the RV industry (along with everyone else) experienced the Great Recession. Sales of new RVs plummeted and 15 companies filed for bankruptcy in 2008 or 2009 (the recession officially started in December 2007). These included Monaco Coach, Fleetwood Motor Homes, Country Coach, Travel Supreme and Rexhall RV.

Today, the RV industry is booming.

According to the SportsDay section of the Dallas News:
It won't be long until schools close doors for the dog days and families begin hitting the road on summer vacation. 
While some will look to the high country for cooler weather or the beach for some fun in the sun, others may stay closer to home and visit a state park or national recreational area. Either way, many will take to the road with their own home away from home in tow. 
Recreational vehicles are all the rage these days among adventuresome types looking to get away from it all. And they aren't your grandparents' campers, either. 
Many of today's RVs are equipped with slide-outs to make them more roomy, a garage for power toys, satellite HDTV, GPS, Wi-Fi boosters, surround sound, showers, bathrooms, generators and other nifty amenities that allow campers to slumber beneath the stars without leaving their creature comforts behind.

Dealers are feeling the love, too. A consumer survey conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan shows the number of RV-owning households was around 8.9 million in 2011. That number now exceeds 10 million by some estimates, according to Kevin Broom, director of media relations with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

To read more, go here.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Jewels & Java Native American Arts & Crafts

Above, the Jewels & Java store in Gallup, New Mexico. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Following my dinner tonight at Genaro's in Gallup, I did a little cruising around historic downtown Gallup.

I eventually found my way on Route 66 and spotted the Jewels & Java Native American Arts & Crafts store. I've passed by it many times and never stopped in. Until now.

Inside are lots of Indian arts and crafts from the Navajo, Zuni and other tribes. They have very nice things in the store.

Merchandise includes carved knives, paintings, kachinas, jewelry, pottery, stone carvings and other items. I picked up a small stone carving of a corn tower.

Here's some photos:

Above, a general view of the store. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, carved knives. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, silver & turquoise bracelets. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, yours truly. 

Above, the corn tower stone carving. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, yours truly with an eye-catching mural. 

If you are a collector of Native American art, or even if you're just a tourist passing through Gallup, be sure to stop in Jewels & Java.

Their address:

100 West Historic Highway 66
Gallup, New Mexico, 87301

Phone: 505-722-4545

Enchiladas Tonight

Above, enchiladas from Genaro's in Gallup. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since it has been about a month since I last had Mexican food (New Mexico-style), I am thinking on heading to Genaro's in Gallup this evening for some enchiladas. Yes, I am craving Mexican food.

I suppose I can stand sweating like a fiend today since the enchilada sauce is hotter than hell. Thank God they have a nice big napkin dispenser on each table for patrons to wipe off the perspiration.

Red or green enchilada sauce? Well, I found a website that discusses the difference between the two New Mexico sauces.

They wrote:
Red or green?  That's the question you'll be asked in every New Mexican restaurant.  In fact, New Mexico is the only state in the USA that has an official state question:  "Red or Green?"  I learned that on my first trip through New Mexico, and, I was further told, "if you're not asked this question in a New Mexican restaurant, you're not eating New Mexican food."  While many of us out-of-staters (who love our Mexican and Texican fare) generically refer to this type of red or green chile pepper- or powder-based sauce as "enchilada sauce", and, mistakenly assume it's reserved for enchiladas, in New Mexico, you'll learn that almost everything gets smothered in it.  You name it, the dish gets sauced.  Can't decide?  Just answer "Christmas" -- they'll bring you both.

I don't think I am too daring to answer "Christmas" at the restaurant. Since I survived the red sauce the last time, I'll just go with that.



Small wonder that the New Mexico Motor Vehicles Department offers "Chile Capital of the World" license plates.

Typical Saturday

Above, today in the garage. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today is a typical Saturday for me these days.

It started off with watering the trees and plants in the yard. I received a compliment from one of the neighbors yesterday on how good the trees are looking.

Then, I trashed more of the thrashed moving boxes. I figure I have about 2-3 more weeks of trash pick-ups to go before I get rid of the last of them.

I did manage to find a few things I was looking for. One clothes brush, one cat brush, batteries and other odds & ends.

The weather was just right for doing stuff in the garage, about 72­°.

Bill Introduced For Communist Holiday In Commiefornia



The Looney Left Report

"It's a MADHOUSE!" So cried Charlton Heston's character, Taylor, in the science-fiction classic, The Planet of the Apes (1968).




And so it is in the People's Republic of Commiefornia, which is what the radical left-wing Democrats have turned California's government into. Each time a wacko action is taken by the Democrats, the more glad I am for leaving Commiefornia.

Here's the latest in Democrat lunacy (from Breitbart):
A Democrat California assemblyman introduced a bill seeking to make “May Day,” or International Workers Day, a state holiday that would replace President George Washington’s or President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. 
Assemblyman Miguel Santiago’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation calls for consolidating the two presidents’ birthdays to be observed on the third Monday in February as a single “President’s Day” holiday, but it also calls for the state to observe May 1 as “International Workers Day.” 
International Workers Day, also known as “May Day,” had been observed in countries under Communism for decades and was designated as an official holiday of the Soviet Union. 
But not everyone in the California Assembly was on board with replacing a president’s birthday with a holiday steeped in communist roots. 
“Are we in competition to become the laughingstock of the United States?” Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) asked in a floor speech Thursday. “This is ridiculous. This is insane.”


It is actually not too surprising that this bill was introduced by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago. He's a well-known leftist lunatic.

The lunacy is not just confined to Democrats in Commiefornia, the whole Democrat Party is radicalized.

As Rush Limbaugh put it the other day:
The problem is that the Democrat Party is being California-ized. The Democrat Party is becoming unabashedly, no attempt to disguise it whatsoever, full-throated socialist. 
There is no Democrat Party, or there soon will not be a Democrat Party of your youth, and certainly not the Democrat Party of your parents. It is trending full-throttle socialism, and it doesn’t stop at socialism. Communism never stops at socialism, or socialism doesn’t stop until it gets to communism, and that’s where they are headed. The Democrat Party is being taken over by pure, undiluted, raw socialists. 
They are winning primaries. They are determining the Democrat Party agenda. They have taken over California. California has already gone in that direction. California’s lost. There is no Democrat Party of old in California. It’s full-fledged radical and on the border of insane socialism.

It's a MADHOUSE!

To read more, go here

Friday, May 18, 2018

8 Campground Courtesy Rules

Above, The Beast at Brown's Town Campground in Bishop, California. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Generally, I have not had any bad experiences while camping, either in a tent or a RV, with other campers. 

About the only annoying thing I can think of was when kids from other camps will use my campsite for their walkway. That's about it.

Here's an article by The Know (from the Denver Post) on 8 rules to follow so that you don't become "that annoying camper".

They begin it with:
For years, my idea of camping meant heading into the middle of nowhere and pitching my tent as far from the rest of humanity as possible. 
That changed when maturity knocked. My wife and I bought a small travel trailer, which we now generally park in established campgrounds. 
While most of our experiences have been pleasant, all too often we find ourselves sharing territory with individuals who apparently believe the need for civility doesn’t apply to them. Here are a few suggestions on how to be courteous campers.

To read more, go here

"The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special" Coming In 2019



This year, HBO premiered Elvis Presley: The Seacher. Next year, NBC will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis's "comeback" special.

The original special, titled simply Singer Presents...Elvis, was originally aired on December 3, 1968.

Billboard reported:
NBC will be paying tribute to the King of Rock and Roll next year, particularly focusing on the network's incredibly successful 1968 special that marked Elvis Presley's return to live television. 
The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special is set to feature today's biggest music artists recreating the spectacle and the staging of the original show. Additionally, the two-hour broadcast will include rare footage of the superstar and interviews from those who were involved in the event 50 years ago.

To read more, go here.

Congestion At Zion National Park

Above, the Great White Throne. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One has to consider themselves lucky to have fully visited Zion National Park in Utah over the years before congestion took over.

There are more people (and vehicles than parking spaces) within the park. This is somewhat mitigated by the shuttle system. The last time we fully enjoyed the park was around 2003 and, at that time, we were still able to drive up to the Lodge. You can't do that anymore unless you have a special permit.

Amber and I drove through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel into the park three years ago, and that was basically it. We had hoped to breakfast at the Lodge's dining room, but that was out of the question, so we ended up eating in nearby Springdale.

There's just too many people in too small an area. That's why I prefer visiting national parks during the off-season.

To see how things currently are in Zion National Park, here's a new video by Campervan Kevin:


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gallup Summer Nightly Indian Dances



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Summer Nightly Indian Dances

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Name: Summer Nightly Indian Dances
Date: May 28, 2018 - September 3, 2018
Event Description:
The Summer Nightly Indian Dances have been happening in the Gallup area for 24 years. We are excited to be in our new facility at the "Gallup Courthouse Square". Visitors to Gallup can take the opportunity to visit and learn from the many different dance groups.

Location:
The Courthouse Square
Located on Aztec between 2nd St. and 3rd St.
Date/Time Information:
Every Night
Memorial Day to Labor Day
7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

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