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Monday, August 21, 2017

Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Above, somebody's having a tough time floating down the Portneuf River. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The drive today was a 200 mile round trip from Lava Hot Springs to the eclipse viewing site near Roberts, Idaho.

The trip up was easy. The return trip back was something else. The predictions were right that there would be a lot of people going into the eclipse umbra zone. Still, it was worth the experience. I should sleep well tonight.

Lava Hot Springs is a nice recreation town with water parks, hot spring baths and massage businesses. The Portneuf River flows through town and right next to the Lava Hot Springs City Center KOA (where I'm staying). I have a riverside campsite.

The town has the usual tourist traps, including restaurants, souvenir shops, bars and other places that draw tourists. It seems (not really) almost every business has river tube rentals.

I made my campsite reservations back in February. This place is nice enough to come to without the draw of an eclipse. I recommend it!

Some photos of the town:
Above, Greystone's Silver Grille. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the front of the City Center KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the Chuckwagon Restaurant and the Wagon Wheel bar next door. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, a place to enjoy a hot spring soak. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the Blue Moon Bar & Grill. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the Dempsey Creek Trading Co., where I bought my "eclipse ring". Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, a view down the main street of town. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the entrance to the Mineral Hot Pools. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the mineral hot pools. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, The Beast at the KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the Portneuf River and the Pool and Speedslide Complex behind my campsite. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

AWESOME!

Above, the sun's corona during the total eclipse. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The trip back to Lava Hot Springs took me four and a half hours. It seemed like half (or more) the population of Utah was in Idaho for the eclipse.

By the time I reached the KOA, I was tired and hungry. It was bumper-to-bumper traffic from a few miles north of Idaho Falls to Pocatello. We crawled at about 2-15 m.p.h. most of the way.

But was it worth it? Yep, you betcha!

I got up earlier than planned and headed out of Lava Hot Springs by around 4:30 AM. The traffic heading up Interstate 15 was busier than usual, but not too bad.

I found an area that is next to Interstate 15 that was to the west of Rexburg (I was actually on the outskirts of Roberts, Idaho). Eclipse watchers occupied areas next to the Interstate from both side. I joined the bunch on the western (or southbound) side.

After getting parked, I made a pot of coffee and waited for the time of the eclipse. It was to begin with the partial eclipse at 10:15. A little over an hour later, the total eclipse would occur.

The word awesome is bandied about a lot these days, but it perfectly described the display I saw this morning!

Here's some photographs of the event:

Above, The Beast at the viewing area. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, other people at our viewing area near I-15. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, an early phase of the eclipse before totality. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, eclipse watchers across Interstate 15. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the area in the moon's shadow during totality. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, The Beast during totality. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the total eclipse of the sun. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, this is called "the diamond ring effect" as the sun emerges from totality. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Great American Eclipse Day

Above, the Portneuf River and the Lava Hot Springs City Center KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Okay, it is almost 4:00 AM on the day of the Great American Eclipse. I was planning on waking up at 4:30 in order to drive 70 miles to the Idaho Falls/Rexburg area to view it. But I woke up at around 1:30 (I went to bed at 9:00).

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

I was wondering why I woke up and then I glanced at my phone. It indicated that a voice mail message came in at around 1:30 (12:30 Pacific Time) from Asya in St. Petersburg, Russia. That explains it.

Above, the commemorative t-shirt I picked up in town. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I tried going back to sleep, but that was a fruitless endeavor so I stayed up to put things away for the drive. I will be heading out in about an hour or so.

It will be interesting to see how the traffic will be. Luckily, the area of Idaho is pretty spread out where the eclipse path takes and that should help with possible traffic congestion.

Fingers crossed!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lava Hot Springs City Center KOA Kampground Reviewed

Above, The Beast at Lava Hot Springs City Center KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

My review of the Lava Hot Springs City Center KOA Kampground has been posted at RV Park Reviews.

In a nutshell:
I came here to use as a "base camp" to view tomorrow's solar eclipse. I was given a riverside site and I am enjoying it. The price was a little higher than expected. The campground has beautiful surroundings with a easy walk into the town's main street. I would stay here again! We camped at Lava Hot Springs / City Center KOA (formerly Rivers Edge RV & Camping) in a Motorhome.

To see this and other reviews, go here

Lava Hot Springs Base Camp

Above, The Beast at the Lava Hot Springs City Center KOA The river is at left in the background. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The base camp destination has been reached.

I am currently at the Lava Hot Springs (Idaho) City Center KOA Kampground. I got here a bit early, so I spent some time wandering around the down's main street.

I have a nice riverside campsite and I am next door to a family from Santa Clarita, California (we're practically neighbors). The daughters went gaga over the black onyx/sterling silver ring I bought in town and they invited me to float down the river with them. They are here for the eclipse as well.

I had to decline (reluctantly) as I had too much wine and was a bit buzzed.

Above, some people floating by on the river past my camp. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

But, since I have a riverside campsite, I have been relaxing and enjoying the show of people floating down the river (particularly the bikini-clad ladies).

I will be getting up early tomorrow morning so I can avoid the traffic (I hope) to secure a "beachhead" to experience the eclipse.  I will be going to somewhere near Idaho Falls and Rexburg.

The Wi-Fi here is weak, so I will end this now.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Las Vegas

While texting with Asya on WhatsApp the other day, she asked if I had any photographs of Las Vegas (she's currently in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Russia).

At the time, I only had photographs of the Riviera RV Park. I figured that since she asked, I would take a few while on the way out of Las Vegas.

There are several streets in Las Vegas named after performers who had a big impact on the city. For example, there's streets named after Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley (note, although it is named Elvis Presley Blvd., it does not take drivers all the way to Graceland in Memphis).

I went down to downtown Las Vegas and it is hardly recognizable. Progress, I guess.

On the Las Vegas Strip, I noticed that there's a lot of construction going on.

Here's some photos:

Above, approaching Elvis Presley Blvd. near Circus Circus on Las Vegas Blvd.. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, there's a building boom in Las Vegas. I noticed many properties having hotels
 built. Here's one with the Trump Tower in the background. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the Stratosphere in the distance. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the Trump Tower. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


Cedar City KOA Review Is Up

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

My review of the Cedar City (Utah) KOA Kampground is now up at RV Park Reviews.

In a nutshell:
This is my first time at this campground and after checking in and setting up, I was immediately pleased. There's many trees in the section I was assigned to and the sites are reasonably spacious. Each comes with a table and a barbecue. The staff is friendly (they sell ice cream cones) and helpful. I would stay here again. We camped at Cedar City KOA in a Motorhome.

To read the full review, go here

CasaBlanca Resort

Since the Wi-Fi at the Cedar City KOA was a bit on the slow side (photos I posted yesterday took forever to upload), I decided to hold off on posting some photos of the CasaBlanca Resort in Mesquite, Nevada. They also have a RV park, but I didn't go over there.

Here's a few:

Above, the main driveway to the hotel and casino. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the main sign in front. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the casino, where I won a whopping $3.50 (at least it partially paid for breakfast). Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, The Beast and an earlier model Minnie Winnie. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Timing Is Everything

Above, The Beast and the other Minnie Winnie at the Cedar City KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

At the Cedar City KOA yesterday, there was another Minnie Winnie motorhome two spaces to my left.

It was a longer model and occupied by a couple in their (I'm guessing) forties. I mentioned this at the Minnie Winnie Owners Facebook group and one of my fellow members suggested that I invite them to join our group.

That would have been fine, but the lady spent most of yesterday (after I saw the suggestion) in her bikini. I thought it best to wait, so that the husband won't get the wrong idea. (Timing is everything, right?)

Unfortunately, no good opportunity presented itself. Oh, well.

A side note: I saw several Minnie Winnies on the road of varying model years.

Arrived In Brigham City

Above, The Beast "scrunched in" at the Brigham City KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

As of now, I am only an hour or two away from the Utah-Idaho border. I'll be arriving at my destination tomorrow. I could reach it today, but my camping reservations don't start until tomorrow.

I am currently at the KOA Kampground in Brigham City, Utah. It is an older KOA (the directory says it has been around since 1964) and is not far from the Great Salt Lake.

I left Cedar City early this morning (around 6:00) and it was a nice ride. A few hours into the drive, I received a few rain squalls, but they didn't last long. I made two stops. One was for breakfast at the Flying J in Nephi (a Denny's) and then a stop at another Flying J for fuel. I didn't need fuel when I made the first Flying J stop.

The KOA can use some upgrading. The sites are narrow and I could not fully deploy my awning as the neighbor's slideout is in the way. The hookups are a bit confusing. It is hard to tell which hookups belong to which site without studying them for a minute. Despite that, this will serve its purpose for the night.

The staff seems nice, though. Their Wi-Fi seems to be working okay. It is a lot faster than the Wi-Fi at the Cedar City KOA.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Now In Utah

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

The alarm was set for 6:00 this morning, but I woke up at about 5:40. Today was the day for going into Utah.

I left the RV park around 7:30 and headed towards the Las Vegas Strip to take a few photos (at the request of Asya, who is in St. Petersburg, Russia) and to refuel. Once that was accomplished, I headed north on Interstate 15 two Utah.

Above, one of the photos taken before leaving Las Vegas. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It was already in the 90s when I was on the road. Sierra and I were comfortable inside The Beast with the air conditioner on. I wanted to check out the Casablanca Resort in Mesquite and get some breakfast.

Above, arriving at the Casablanca Resort in Mesquite. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I arrived there at about 10:30 and found ample parking for The Beast. There was an older model Minnie Winnie in the parking area.

After parking, I went inside Casablanca's casino area. Things have sure changed when it comes to slot machines. I saw none that would accept coins. They either take paper money, credit/debit cards or ticket vouchers (from the casino).

Above, inside the Casablanca Resort's casino. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I decided to play a slot machine for a while. I ended up winning a big, whopping, $3.50! Well, at least it partially paid for my $4.99 breakfast at the casino's coffee shop.

Above, having a brew after setting up camp. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After breakfast, I got back on the road and after passing through the Virgin River Gorge, I was in Utah.

Above, a relaxed Sierra at the Cedar City KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.
Originally, I was thinking about staying at the Beaver KOA, but I decided that I didn't want to drive the extra 70 miles, so I elected to stay at the Cedar City KOA instead. It is a very nice campground with plenty of shade. It has a very relaxed atmosphere to it. That's exactly what I did, I relaxed. I downed some Blue Moon beer and barbecued a steak for dinner. Nothing the retirement life!

Above, after starting the charcoals. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I'll be heading further north tomorrow. I am not sure where I will be staying. I made no reservations. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Missouri Lt. Governor Calls For State Senator's Resignation

People are sure stupid, or plain evil. Maybe even both.

Missouri State Senator MARIA CHAPPELLE-NADAL (remember that name), a Democrat, posted on social media "hoping" for the assassination of President Trump.

The state's Lieutenant Governor, Mike Parson, issued a press release calling for her resignation:


Yes, this loon should resign or be removed from office.

Riviera RV Park Reviewed

Above, a view of the front of the Riviera RV Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


To give myself something to do, I posted my review of the Riviera RV Park in Las Vegas at RV Park Reviews.

In a nutshell:
At first, I was going to stay at a RV park connected to one of Las Vegas hotels, but I found that they tack on a $27.00 "amenities fee" to the daily camping rate, making a stay for one night at about $60.00. I decided, "No, thank you!" and looked elsewhere. Then I found the Riviera RV Park. It is a nice older park that's well-maintained and who has a friendly staff. The sites are a little on the narrow side, but it presented no problem for me as it also has a concrete pad. For the price, I have no complaints! It is about 2-3 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, so the traffic is much lighter in the area. It is within walking distance to stores. I would definitely stay here again! We camped at Riviera RV Park in a Motorhome.
Above, the row where I camped. The laundry and showers are at left. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

To see the actual review, go here

Orwell Called The Democrats' Strategy


VICE Magazine Tweets: Calling For Blowing Up Mt. Rushmore

Above, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

We live in very strange, and dangerous, times.

The Left in this country are totally out of control. They belong in lunatic asylums.

The latest is a Tweet from the leftist rag, VICE, who calls for the blowing up of Mount Rushmore. This is right out of ISIS's playbook. Some unhinged idiot just may act on this and damage it and other national monuments.

PJ Media reported:
On the same day as a deadly incident in Barcelona that police have confirmed as a terrorist attack, a tweet published by VICE (whose website PJ Media will not link to in this post) called for blowing up Mount Rushmore.
Here's the Tweet that PJ Media copied before VICE removed it:



It is getting to the point where good citizens have to be on the alert for suspicious people who may want to do harm to our monuments and possibly cause death or injury. If I were to see someone attempt something, that person will be immediately knee-capped and their hands broken. Or worse. This is something that none of us should put up with.

Then there's a report of a Missouri state senator (a Democrat) who said she "hopes" President Trump gets assassinated. Another deranged idiot!

To see more, go here.

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