Keep It Simple, Stupid

What I’ve done towards keeping it simple?

I’m in the process of donating all our extra clothes to the veterans. I’ve never seen our closet so bare. :) The veterans are going to be warm and toasty with our old army clothes & old jackets to keep them warm. We have 3 1/2 month until we move into our RV full time. It’s very liberating to toss all the old stuff out.

How simple am I keeping it?

I’m hoping to put everything left in a 5×5 storage shed for $39.99. I’m keeping photos & special keepsakes only. :) This is going to be a challenge of my downsizing abilities. :)

A Simpler Lifestyle

RVer’s are learning new hobbies, meeting new people, eating new foods & seeing new things. The more RV blogs that I read my motivation for this new lifestyle increases. My determination to get rid of our possessions so we can live a simpler lifestyle grows.

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I would rather own little and see the world, than own the world and see little of it. by Alexander Sattler

Isn’t this what the RV lifestyle is about?

Happy Simplifying!

Ash Meadow National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada

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Ash Meadow Wildlife Refuge- the refuge is almost 2 hours from Las Vegas NV, small visitor center, stamp for blue goose book, birdwatching, walking trails, picnicking, pets on a leash.

There are four Wildlife Refuges within 2 hours of Las Vegas so far Desert Wildlife Refuge is my favorite. I hope to see Pahranagat & Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge next time.

Beginning of the nature trail by the visitor center.

Beginning of the nature trail by the visitor center 0.9 miles

It was a cold day when we drove to Ash Meadow Wildlife Refuge. Kevin and I were unable to walk around the trails this time but several brave people bundled up and had no problem with the cold weather. (we bought Winter gear after this trip)

Happy Travels!

The store is a quick place to stop while on a day trip. The bunny ranch people didn't bother us while we shopped.

The store is a quick place to stop while on a day trip to Ash Meadow Wildlife Refuge. The bunny ranch people didn’t bother us while we shopped.

Some guys we made friends with at the alien travel center on the way to Ash Meadow Wildlife Refuge.

Kevin with some guys we made friends with at the alien travel center on the way to Ash Meadow Wildlife Refuge.

Small store with food, drinks &  alien t-shirts ..etc I didn't visit the restaurant is was cramped and  filled with too many men.

Small store with food, drinks & alien t-shirts ..etc
The restaurant was cramped so I didn’t visit it.

Day Trip to Borrego Springs

Driving Information: Kevin and I drove our jeep wrangler to Borrego Springs, California looked for camping spots. We drove S22 to Borrego Springs. This road has a 8% grade.  When we camp in Borrego Springs we will be driving our Tiffin Allegro Open Road 33ft gas motorhome and towing a Jeep Wrangler. On the way home we drove the S3 to S2 towards Julian then onto 79S this was a much better road for us when we bring our motorhome with a toad.

Nice view on 79S to Borrego Springs but the 8% grade isn't good for us

Nice view on S22 to Borrego Springs but the 8% grade isn’t good for us

Peg Leg- I'm told this is a great beginner boondocking spot. It looks like a nice community of boondockers its a very small area. This is the free book-swap mailbox. I saw DVD's and puzzles for swapping too. :)

This is the free book-swap mailbox at Peg Leg. I saw DVD’s and puzzles for swapping too. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peg Leg- I’m told this is a great beginner boondocking spot right off Peg Leg Road. It looks like a nice community of boondockers. It’s a flat area with several RV’s close together.

Rockhouse Canyon- we liked this boondocking spot. Its spacious with level camping spots and fires are allowed in a container, its near Calacite Mine & The Slots

Rockhouse Canyon- we liked this boondocking spot. Its spacious with level camping spots. Also, fires are allowed in a container, its near some of the places I’d like to see here like Calacite Mine & The Slots

Metal Sculpture- These are incredible. This artist very talented.

Galetta Meadows has the popular metal sculpture- This artist is very talented. The spots I saw for boondocking didn’t look very level but we had good At&t cell service.

Anza-Borrego State Park is $35 a night with full hookups. We could fit our 33footer in the spots with no problem but $35 is too much for us. The visitor center staff told us about Yaqui Pass.  It looks like a small parking lot outside of town surrounded by hills but no cell service here. If you don't mind no cell service this is a nice place with a small 1 mile hike next to the camping area.

Anza-Borrego State Park is $35 a night with full hookups. We could fit our 33footer into the spots with no problem $35 is reasonable for us to stop by for one night to dump the tanks and refill the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yaqui Pass -It looks like a small parking lot outside of town surrounded by hills but it has no cell service. If you don’t mind no cell service this is a nice place with a small 1 mile hike next to the camping area. The hike is  called Bill or William Kenyon Overlook.

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Happy Boondocking!

A few cheap things to do in Vegas, Nevada

Kevin and I like to bowl so this time in Vegas we tried Sam's Town bowling. I bowled a 145 one game that's almost a miracle. Good Game!

Kevin and I like to bowl so this time in Vegas we tried Sam’s Town bowling. One game I bowled a 145. That’s almost a miracle. Good Game!

Visit the Bass Pro Shop near Silverton Casino the shop has a large aquarium, stuffed animals & plenty of outdoor gear to Ooh! and Ah! at.

Visit the Bass Pro Shop near Silverton Casino the shop has a large aquarium, stuffed animals & plenty of outdoor gear to Ooh! and Ah! at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Wildlife Refuges within two hours drive of Vegas, Nevada

Four Wildlife Refuges within two hours drive of Vegas, Nevada

Lake Mead has a visitor center, dam tours, camping and more

Lake Mead has a visitor center, dam tours$$$, camping and more

Dry camping at Red Rock Canyon for tents & RV's. Also, walking trails, rock climibing, jeep trails

Dry camping at Red Rock Canyon for tents & RV’s. Also, walking trails, rock climbing & jeep trails

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Travels!

Passport Book Stamps

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We filled our first page of the National Park Passport Book. I bought the Deluxe Explorer Edition to go with our first RV purchase. Many collectors call it “The ultimate adult sticker book.” If you like apps Eastern National introduced the Passport to Your National Parks app to record your park visits.

When Kevin and I traveled in our big brown van is the passport I started out with.

This is the first passport book Kevin and I  bought years ago. This one is inexpensive & smaller than the deluxe edition. They’re both great passport books.

The most expensive thing about this hobby is the book. The stamps are free but I donate $1.00 or more to the facility each time I stamp my book.

I also purchased a Blue Goose National Wildlife Refuge Stamp book. We like to get our book stamped at the visitor center. Then walk a trail in the refuge looking for birds and admire the beauty around us. The National Wildlife Refuge Stamp books can be bought at most National Wildlife Refuges.

I bought mine at the Desert Wildlife Refuge in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I bought mine at the Desert Wildlife Refuge in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ash Meadow Wildlife Refuge Stamp in Nevada

Ash Meadow Wildlife Refuge Stamp in Nevada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, the Lighthouse passport book is available online. The visitor centers staff are ready and waiting to bring out the stamps for your books.

Lighthouse Passport purchased online

Lighthouse Passport purchased online

According, to the staff many people come in to get their passport books stamped. We’re not alone in our passport book stamp obsession.

Happy Travels!

Passport Programs

Greenberg’s Deli in Las Vegas, NV

Greenberg’s Deli
Website
3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone:(702) 740-6969
In the New York-New York Casino

Cleanliness: Excellent!

Atmosphere: Excellent! – I felt like I was in New York ordering my sandwich.

Service: Excellent! – Fast Service! Its cafeteria style ordering.

Food:   The Italian Stallion sandwich with Chicken Noodle Soup and a pickle. (chicken noodle soup is extra)

          Presentation: Excellent!

          Aroma: Excellent!

          Taste: Excellent! The taste is divine.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

This Red-tailed Hawk was in my backyard area.

This Red-tailed Hawk was in my backyard area. The hawks tail is easy to identify.

The Hawk turned its head slightly to look at me.

The Hawk turned its head slightly to look at me.

The hawk fully turned its head to see me. It was a incredible experience to see.

The hawk fully turned its head to see me. It was a incredible experience to see.

Happy Birding!

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