New Self Portrait

I rarely like the way I look. Its not just because I am older, I never really was satisfied with the way I look. My wife always tells me how handsome I am and some of her friends have actually called me a babe. Meh, Robert Redford is a babe, me not so much.

So usually when I do a self portrait, you can’t see my face. So this new one taken in Las Vegas is no exception.

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New Self Portrait

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Peggy Sue’s Diner

Peggy Sue’s Diner is located on the I-15 Freeway at the Ghost Town Rd exit near Barstow California. Conveniently located to provide breakfast or lunch if you are traveling from Southern California to or from Las Vegas. It is really good food, character waitresses in Pink 50’s dresses and the service is brisk. Worth the stop for hokey decorations, fun service and really good food.

Oh did I Mention the dinosaurs?

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Peggy Sue’s Diner

Dino

King Kong?

Fun City

When you come to Las Vegas and stay in one of the huge casino/hotels you never really have to leave. They have restaurants, bars, spas, pools and of course gambling. If you stay in Vegas longer than three days, a mistake in my eyes, you can just take the Monorail to another mega hotel casino for different choices . No need to walk the Strip.

If you walk the strip though you will have a different view. Street hustlers, drug addicts, runaway teens, gawkers and whores are in abundance. So are legal pot stores, souvenir stores and wedding chapels just a block off the strip and remnants of the old days. However, I wager Fun City was never really fun.

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Fun City

Sin City

Las Vegas is like a tacky pleasure for people who don’t live there. We go there occasionally and do things we don’t normally do. You can stay in a plush resort, take a monorail to another plush resort. Eat amazing food at unbelievably high prices or graze on a cheap buffet and risk salmonella. You can gamble, drink, shop and dine without ever leaving the air conditioning of the hotels along the monorail.

However if you take off your blinders and walk around the strip you will see the other side. Expensive legal pot, illegal drugs, drunk and homeless people ,heroin addicts, prostitutes, run down buildings, hustlers and the hustled. Best to stay inside in the comfort of the one armed bandits.

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Sin City

Sin City

Sin City

Mountain Textures

<a href="http://https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/nevada/red-rock-canyon”>Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The texture of the different rocks and the structure of the mountains make this a truly interesting wild west terrain. I wonder if the shallow cave has been used for shelter for man or beast.

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Mountain Textures

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

<a href="http://https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/nevada/red-rock-canyon”>Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area and managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It is not a National Park so like Bears Ears National Monument to the east it can easily be unprotected by arrogant and greedy politicians.

However In this snapshot of time it is still beautiful and pristine. It looks like the real west at every turn. There is a 14 mile scenic drive and many hikes and rock climbing opportunities.

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Red Rocks Canyon

Red Rocks Canyon

Purple Haze

I have visited Las Vegas many times but usually on business and never made it very far from the strip. This time we finally made it to Red Rocks National Conservation Area.

Considering the greed and corruption of our current government I suggest you go quickly before they start, fracking, digging or otherwise destroy this beautiful wilderness. It is truly a magnificent area for climbing or hiking and if your not in the mood the 14 mile scenic drive will provide an easier way to explore the beauty of the area. This purple bush caught my eye. A splash of color in the wilderness.

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Purple Haze