Category Archives: Travel

Rail Explorers of Las Vegas

If you are like me, you can only take so much of the Las Vegas strip before you crave a change of scenery. Most likely, this is exactly why people go to Vegas for shorter periods of time. I am not one of the people who goes for a long weekend. I book ten-day trips to see family and explore all of the possibilities outside of the strip.

If you like the open air and traveling at wind-roaring speeds, give the Rail Explorers of Las Vegas a go. You will get a chance to fly down the tracks on one of the black and red pedal cars, viewing beautiful scenery as you kick-back and relax. There are several different ride options to choose from. We decided to do the night lantern package and it was a total blast, though the ride does go by quickly.

If you are worried about pedaling, it is not all that bad. There is only one short stint toward the end of the ride where you have to pedal uphill. Your other party members will be pedaling along with you, so it really is not difficult. Once the ride has ended, you will board the train and return to the station.

Along with the railcar experience, you will be able to view the small train museum located on the premises. It was fun to wander around and check out the different artifacts and read about the history. As per the norm, I took tons of photos.

This is an experience that most anyone can enjoy and appreciate. If you would like further information, checkout the below website. Be sure to choose the Las Vegas location, since they are located in other states as well.

Experience the magic of the railroad like never before – Rail Explorers USA

Calico Basin – Kraft Mountain Loop Trail

Whenever my husband and I go to Las Vegas, we like to take some time out to hike. Sometimes we travel to the Valley of Fire or Mount Charleston, and other times we might plan day trips to Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, or Mount Zion. If we are not in a traveling mood, we go to Red Rock and usually tool around on the rocks in the Calico Basin.

Now, until this last trip, I had no idea that the Kraft Mountain Loop trail was so incredibly beautiful and worth the hike. You do not have to pay to hike this trail. You can park in the nearby lot and walk to the trailhead, but you will have to climb upward a good distance to get to the good stuff.

Once you hike Hell Hill – yes, that is what they call it, you will have a choice of a few different routes to take. You can either hike upward and rock scramble, or you can head out and downward making sure to follow the trail as it heads to the right, which is Kraft Mountain Loop. This will start you off on some amazing scenery. You will go through shelf caverns and there will be plenty of opportunities for photo shoots and to climb up and down the rocks as you go.

This hike is a 3.1-mile loop and it is absolutely worth it. The hardest part is climbing up Hell Hill. As you go along, if you come to an opening on the trail and meet a ten-foot drop down between large boulders, there once was a rope there to help hikers safely climb down, but if the rope is gone, back-track briefly and loop around to your left; you will find an easier passageway to maneuver.

As you go you might see some wildlife, and you will most definitely see people climbing all over the place. We did this hike in mid-November and the weather was perfect. We also went in mid-afternoon and were able to view the sun as it began to descend below the mountains, which created some great photos. I will definitely do this hike again.

For more information on Kraft Mountain Loop, please check out the below website:

Kraft Mountain Loop Hiking Trail, Summerlin South, Nevada (hikingproject.com)

The Neon Museum in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city meant for fun and exploration. Most often, when we think of Vegas, we think of drunken debauchery and hiding the evidence of what we did while there. Clearly, with the development of Facebook, there is no longer any true way to hide your crazy escapades, so why not opt for something a little less sinful? What, you ask, would I recommend? How about the Neon Museum?

To visit the Neon Museum, you must book your time-slot in advance. They run on a tight schedule and you will get the best bang for your buck if you plan to go at night and you also plan to watch the, Brilliant, light show. You absolutely have to add Brilliant to your ticket. It is worth the viewing.

You will see many different signs from throughout Las Vegas history. Several of which have been restored. The guide will humorously tell stories about where the signs are from and other stories regarding the owners of the casinos. You will be allowed to take photographs of everything, and of course, that was one of my favorite parts.

The museum is located in downtown Las Vegas and can be walked to from many locations. You can buy a single visit pass, or an annual. We opted for the annual, since it came with other perks as well. It allows you to visit other museums throughout the country, which sounds great to me.

To find more information on the Neon Museum, or purchase tickets, visit the below website:

The Neon Museum Las Vegas | The history of Las Vegas through neon

GO FAR – A SUBSCRIPTION BOX FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE TRAVEL

This week I received the summer Go Far subscription box, and let me tell you, it has greatly exceeded my expectations. The box shipped quickly (I know what you are thinking, it’s September, but it was a late request on my part) and when it arrived, I was excited to find a decent mix of items inside.

                As you can see from my blog, I am into travel. I love to go anywhere and everywhere and I love to review things along the way. Go Far Travel Gear shares my passion for travel and they work hard to provide their patrons with items which make packing up and going, much simpler. You can subscribe to their quarterly box for $39.99. The summer box contents added up to be nearly a $120 value. Their products change with each season, so you will always have a new and exciting travel surprise.

                Inside the summer box, you will find a pocket size backpack, a pocket travel bag, a white logo t-shirt, a white logo facemask, a green logo luggage belt, a logo button, and a blue pineapple themed makeup bag with matching manicure set. I love every one of these items. I am huge into pineapples, so the makeup bag and manicure kit are right up my alley, but my biggest salute goes to the pocket size backpack and pocket size travel bag. These two items should be in every traveler’s possession.

                Here is what I love about the backpack and travel bag. They are lightweight and fold up to a tiny size that you can easily stow in your suitcase or carry-on, without making a dent in their weight. The backpack is great for carrying your water bottles, extra layers, or snacks for while you are out sightseeing. The travel bag, with its nifty band for stacking on the handle of your suitcase, could be used as a carry-on, or it could also make a great beach bag. These bags can also double as backups for when you bring home extra souvenirs. There are many possibilities for use, and I can tell you one thing for certain, they are coming with me on my next trip.

To learn more about Go Far Travel Gear, please visit: www.gofartravelgear.com

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