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Fun Times at the NFR – Even Without Rodeo Tickets

Wrangler Rodeo Arena Wrangler National Finals Rodeo tickets are tough to come by. The event has been sold out for the last 26 years and they’ve been adding to a waitlist since 1987. You get the idea. You can find seats through the official ticket exchange, but this will set you back a respectable amount of pocket change. Last I…

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Barrel Racers and Bloggers

Cassie Hausauer from her Lipstick & Cowboy Boots blog Canadian barrel racing fans will cheer on one of their own at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for the first time since 2012. I took this opportunity to chat with Cassie Hausauer, an Alberta barrel racer and writer of the popular Lipstick & Cowboy Boots blog that keeps…

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A Drive Through Kolob Canyon

I’ve been travelling down the I-15 from Alberta to Las Vegas and LA since I was a girl. My parents loved to head south for vacation every winter and this was their favourite route. A couple of times we went to Phoenix and Tucson, but usually California was our destination. This is the same trip my husband and I made…

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Who Can Resist a Chocolate Factory?

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks and now it’s time to head for home. Back to school and to work for some. Back to the new reality of being retired and writing full time for me. I’ll have just enough time to get things organized before our next trip down this way for the National Finals rodeo. We haven’t…

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First Las Vegas Concert

Music has always been important in our home. Our grandson has grown up listening to a broad variety of artists from country to pop to classic rock and even rock operas. I have to say his favorites are Katy Perry, Reba, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and Trace Adkins, but he sings along to many others during our drives. Visiting Las…

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A Fun Day at the Springs Preserve

Pinwheel near the Desert Living Centre at the Springs Preserve We travel to Las Vegas quite often, not for the casinos, but for the warm weather in the winter and the various attractions and activities year round. There are a number of things to do for families including the Springs Preserve. We decided to visit there today with a friend…

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Having a Quiet Day on Vacation

There are some days when you just feel like hanging out in your pajamas until noon. Sometimes these days come during your vacation, particularly if you have been traveling for some time or have a fairly full itinerary. I find that, especially when traveling with children, planning a quiet day or two can make everyone’s holiday a lot more fun.…

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A Day at the Races

The races at Del Mar This week we headed down the coast from LA to Corona. The attraction was Legoland for their Brick or Treat party. Our youngest daughter and grandson decided to spend the day there while our eldest and I took the opportunity to visit the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for their Bing Crosby meet. The race track…

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Driving to California

Although I have made the trip many times, I still enjoy the drive from Alberta down to L.A. While there are a number of stretches that seem to go on and on, there is also breathtaking scenery that is like no other. Taking the time to appreciate these vistas is often what is missing from a journey. At those times…

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Thanksgiving Staycation

I’m a big fan of the Marriott chain of hotels. We stay at their properties almost exclusively and thus I have earned the Platinum Elite level in their loyalty program. With this, I earn even more points and often enjoy the benefits of complimentary upgrades. I have to tell you, I’m a sucker for free stuff and really appreciate the…

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