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Old 07-11-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Albuquerque Balloon Festival

The October trip to Las Vegas, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival is currently about 80% full. Five of the twenty-five available spots are left.

If you're interested, you can get more information and a registration form on the FROG website, www.forestriverfrog.com, under FROG Trips and Rallies.

Hope to see a few more folks there!
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:27 AM   #2
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Bob,we are Stuck in a Casino in Laughlin. I told them I was a FROG, they said I was a DRUNK! Youroo!!
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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Bob,we are Stuck in a Casino in Laughlin. I told them I was a FROG, they said I was a DRUNK! Youroo!!
Youroo, I just checked the trip budget. Nothing there to cover gambling losses or bail.

If you can convince the judge to let you go, we'll see you in Vegas. Otherwise, we'll plan to stop by on visiting day.
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Bob,we are Stuck in a Casino in Laughlin. I told them I was a FROG, they said I was a DRUNK! Youroo!!
I see you are still up to your usual. Keep us updated on the continuation of the Tucson Rally. By the way show us a picture of your rig at the three stops.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:42 AM   #5
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The first segment of the FROG, “Look Up! Look Down! Look Around!” Rally is coming to a close. Las Vegas and the surrounding area have provided something for everyone to enjoy.

Following the early arrivals of several members, the rest of the FROGs assembled on Wednesday at the Las Vegas KOA, located just behind Circus Circus on the Las Vegas Strip. Old and new friends quickly got together, and during the afternoon there was registration, including orientation and welcome packets.

That evening we met for a welcome dinner of roasted chicken, roasted pork chops, and baked tilapia and salmon, along with sides, desserts, and drinks. Everyone agreed that we were off to a good start. Despite the heat of the day, the evening turned out to be spectacular, and provided a perfect setting for a tour of Glitter Gulch.

With everyone atop an open-top bus with a friendly and well-informed guide, we set off for a tour of The Strip. A stop at the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign provided a great photo opportunity, as did all of the glitz and glamor of the lights along the strip. With perfect timing, our driver managed to have us in front of the Bellagio Resort just as its famous fountains shot over 100 feet into the air, choreographed to music. Returning from the Las Vegas sign, we again experienced perfect timing as the volcano in front of the Mirage erupted just as we arrived. Not once, but twice, we passed the Stratosphere Tower just as a tethered jumper leapt from 1,100 above the street. (There’s just no explaining some things.)

Over the next two days, FROGs got together in small groups or went on their own to explore the area. Many of our members made the short trip to Hoover Dam to walk and drive across that magnificent structure. For the more adventurous among us, a walk up to and across the walkway of the new bridge just downstream of the dam provided tremendous views of the complex.

Other adventures included visiting the hotels and casinos along the strip. Some folks took in theater shows or enjoyed the free activities provided by many of the venues. Fans of “Pawn Stars” on The History Channel trekked over to the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. Everyone had hop-on / hop-off pass to the sleek bus system to help get around The Strip, and we all had a chance to enjoy a full breakfast buffet at Circus Circus.

There’s a lot to see and do in Las Vegas, and it seems as if at least someone has done almost all of it. Some of the advertised “attractions” were, as you might guess, better left undone.

Tomorrow we move. We’ll travel about 110 miles to the Blake Ranch RV Park near Kingman, AZ. For those who have not yet gotten to Hoover Dam, this will be a great chance. A stop in the former ghost town of Oatman will provide a chance to visit with the burros that roam freely in the town, now a major tourist stop.

Following our night at Blake Ranch, it will be on to the Grand Canyon. It’s a great adventure, and everyone seems to be taking full adventure of it.

More to come.
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Thanks for the great trip report Bob. I think it's amazing that folks still have money for fuel after spending time in Vegas. I'd be broke already.
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Oatman is a pretty interesting place, even if it has become quite "touristy".
Do they still give tours down into the Hoover Dam?
We have done it twice in the past, not sure if 9-11 has changed that as well? For anyone who hasn't done the tour, it is quite something.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:35 AM   #8
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Bakken, tours inside Hoover Dam, including the power plant, are still available. Security is heavy approaching the dam. Cindy bought a folding bike while we were at Lazydays, and we had it, still in the box, in the back seat of the car. We were sent over to a checkpoint, where we had to open the box so that the guards could check inside. Amazingly, they didn't offer to assemble it, even though we asked nicely.

Vehicles and pedestrians can still cross the dam from the Nevada side. On the Arizona side, the road now leads to several observation points and ends, so there is no through traffic. The traffic is carried on a new bridge just downstream from the dam. There's a pedestrian walkway on the bridge that affords amazing views of the dam, Lake Mead, and the power houses. If you go up on the walkway, hang on to your hat!
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:40 AM   #9
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On a bright and sunny Saturday, the FROGs moved today from Las Vegas to just east of Kingman, AZ. It was a beautiful drive among the towering rugged cliffs that mark the Colorado River region, on to mile after vast mile of rolling plains marked by low cactus and scrub vegetation, and into the city of Kingman.

Along the way, some of those who had not yet visited Hoover Dam stopped to take it in, while others spent some time in Kingman. By mid-afternoon, everyone had arrived at the Blake Ranch RV Park and Horse Motel, although not one of us turned out to have brought a horse.

On the recommendation of Peggy, owner of the park, a large group of us decided to go to the Hualapai Mountain Resort Lodge for dinner. Ascending the mountain, we spotted wildlife ranging from a jackrabbit to a mule deer to an elk buck that sprang across the road and up the hill in front of us. Following appetizers and great conversation in the lodge while we waited for space in the dining room, we settled in to dinners ranging from meat loaf to BLTs to ribs to salmon. What a great evening, and beautiful cool weather to complement it!

After returning to the RV park, most settled in for a (relatively) early night.

Tomorrow we're off to the Grand Canyon. For the next three nights we'll stay on the South Rim of this spectacular landmark, admiring the beauty, history, and grandeur of it all. Monday evening there will be a group dinner, and most of the rest of the time there will be an opportunity to explore the park on our own or in small groups.

We're having a great time enjoying both one another's company as well as the vast beauty of the American West, and at the same time we're planning and looking forward to more FRIG events down the road.

More to come, including pictures.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:18 PM   #10
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Come on guys. How about a little update where you are now.
Youroo you drinking too much and can't communicate?

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