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Lives Beyond Vegas

Wowed at what lives Beyond Vegas Week 17: Keeping a commitment can be challenging, but there is one important reason why you should: If you don’t you lose confidence in yourself. If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

How can you build confidence and competence if you continue to give yourself a back door?

It’s so easy to quit.

Lives Beyond Vegas

Lives Beyond Vegas

Lives Beyond Vegas Valley of Fire State Park

It’s so easy to say you’re too tired, or broke, or unhealthy, or time strapped, or whatever. It’s hard to show up each day and remain true to your word. But you will kill your success if you don’t.

Sure life can get in the way sometimes and things can’t be helped.

But always ask yourself before you let it get in the way

Is this really true? Am I 100% held back now? Or, am I just being a little lazy and tired and finding an excuse.

That was me with the weekly wrap this week.

I gave myself a million reasons not to write it and to be honest, I don’t think it would have been a major deal if I didn’t and all of you would have understood.

I had a week where I was tired and, well I just couldn’t be bothered. That happens.

But that niggly little voice kept pushing through to be heard.

You made a commitment. Who do you think you’re going to let down if you don’t do it? Because if you miss this one time, you’ll feel it’s okay to miss another, and then another and another until you’re full of excuses and blame for how your life is not how you like it.

So here I am.

When you get to that moment, it’s an excellent opportunity to dig deep to find out just why you want to walk through the back door.

I’m tired and busy, but to be honest that’s usually my typical day. I’m a very active go getter type person.

Lives Beyond Vegas

Lives Beyond Vegas

Red Rock Canyon, 30 mins from the Strip in Vegas

This week we had a couple of down days lazing around the pool in Vegas, and I found that difficult to do. I felt like I was wasting hours sitting there doing nothing by reading and relaxing.

That’s a horrible side effect of being an entrepreneur.

There is so much to do and for you to take care of that you spend (for us it’s now been 9 years) utilizing every spare moment to grow. It’s difficult to suddenly stop and do nothing.

Lives Beyond Vegas, Another lesson for me this week!

Upon further inspection I realized it wasn’t because I’m tired, it’s because this past week I did not keep up with my morning routine.

We had our good friends from North Carolina visiting for the week. We had a great time in Vegas and surrounds but I found it difficult to keep to my routine – late nights, staying in a hotel, etc.

Relaxing by the pool at Harrah's Hotel in Vegas
Relaxing by the pool at Harrah’s Hotel in Vegas

If I don’t do my morning routine, that is meditation, journaling, affirmations, visualizing my goals, reading something empowering, I feel like my day is acting like a runaway cart down a hill.

I don’t know who I am, what I am doing, what I am working towards. This disconnection causes me to want to do nothing.

Doing nothing however only makes everything worse.

Did one quick yoga workout with my friend Rina from NC at the RV park

It’s vital you do something, and keeping your commitment is the first step. Tomorrow morning my second step will be to get back into my morning routine so I an find me again.

Thank you to you for helping to hold me accountable – even though you don’t know it!

As soon as we pulled out of our campground today I was thinking I had to do this weekly wrap and I didn’t want to. And then the word commitment came to me and I thought – you know what, let’s just write about that and see what happens.

Now the words are flowing and I’m ready to complete my weekly wrap – tired soul and all.

And I can already feel my inner self exhale and say,

“Well done. You did it. You followed through with your world. Now anything is possible.”

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This week 16 wrap up of our USA road trip shares our adventures from Saturday to Friday.

I publish the posts on Sunday (I need a few days to prepare it!) More in-depth posts on each region with loads of tips and suggestions will be coming soon.

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Table of Contents

 

What we did in Las Vegas

Relaxing by the pool at Harrah's Hotel in Vegas

Relaxing by the pool at Harrah’s Hotel in Vegas

Lives Beyond Vegas Watching the Bellagio Fountains

We had a great mix this week of traditional Vegas style on the strip and going beyond Vegas to enjoy the natural beauty.

Las Vegas you wowed me with your natural beauty. I can’t believe these stories aren’t told more. I only heard of these places a couple of months ago – and I’ve been to Vegas before!!

Downtown Vegas and the Strip

Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

With our friend Rina from North Carolina

We took our friends to Downtown Vegas as we enjoyed the vibe of this area so much last time. Rina and I agreed it was the highlight of traditional Vegas.

As the kids hated Downtown, and by 5pm it was really time to get them out of there, Craig took the girls home and Rina and I stayed to play in the Golden Nugget Casino.

Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

Fremont Street
Cheers Rina
Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

Lives Beyond Vegas We got the kids ice creams at the Container Park

We had a blast and I even put some money down on the roulette table and should have walked away when I was $30 in front. I only spent $20 though so I was happy.

Gambling really is not my thing, but the free drinks you get with it is!!

You MUST have cash to gamble. Thankfully, when Rina and I went out on the strip another night, I did not have access to cash, only credit card, so it stopped me from losing anymore money.

That night we roamed between the Flamingo, LINQ and Cromwell casino. We were looking for a place to go dancing but most clubs are closed on a Monday.

It was a very quiet night out in Vegas.

High Roller

High roller Vegas

I took Kalyra and her friend Nina on the High Roller, which is the gigantic Ferris wheel at the LINQ. It was strange that we went on it after spending the morning watching firefighters doing rescue drill training on it!

It especially gave me the heebie jeebies when we were at the top and realized just how high up we were. The views over The Strip and surrounding mountains were epic though.

You can get skip the line tickets here.

Grand Canyon West

Lives Beyond Vegas

Lives Beyond Vegas

I love the Grand Canyon! I’ve visited the South Rim twice (including in the winter), the North Rim once and now the West Rim.

While I think the Grand Canyon is spectacular no matter where you visit, I did find this experience a little underwhelming.

One BIG contributing factor to that was that the glass floor Skywalk, which it is famous for, and the Eagle Point where it is located were closed.

Sadly, about 30 minutes before we arrived a man from Hong Kong stumbled and fell over the edge to his death so they had to close it to recover his body.

There are no protective barriers here at Grand Canyon West. There were a lot more at the South Rim.

It was really quite scary and we had to keep a very close watch on the girls.

Grand Canyon West

Lives Beyond Vegas they did give us a small discount on the ticket as it wasn’t opened, but it meant we only had Guano Point to visit. I felt it was overpriced for the experience.

You cannot take your own food in either (although they don’t check) and the food is only one option and very expensive at $16. It was a roast chicken or beef and was beautifully cooked. Craig and I shared one as did the girls.

Grand Canyon West

Grand Canyon West is not part of the National Park, it is owned by the Hualapai Nation. It’s only quite a new attraction and I do think there is loads of potential and work being done to create more of an experience.

You do get nice views of the Colorado River though.

Grand Canyon West

There is a small village, Hualapai Ranch, which is the third shuttle stop.

I found it very strange as it was set up like a Wild West cowboy town. I’d much prefer activities and attractions that helped me learn more about the Hualapai history and culture. You can stay here and go horse riding as well.

Hualapai Ranch

If you don’t have time to go to the South Rim (it’s a long drive from Vegas so I recommend only doing it if you can stay at least one night), then Grand Canyon West is a great option as a day trip from Vegas as it is only a two hour drive.

There is a cool Joshua tree forest on the drive in which would be an awesome stopping point if you have not been to Joshua Tree.

Lives Beyond Vegas Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

This day trip from Vegas you don’t want to miss!

Valley of Fire State Park is about an hour from the strip. We’re not sure why it is not a National Park as it’s up there with the best of them.

You can guess by it’s name what you will find in here – literally valley of fire. But you’ve got rainbow lands in here as well as white domes kingdoms and packs of bighorn sheep,

It’s easy to explore in a day and many of the hikes are easily doable at under 2 miles and flat. We enjoyed a few different hikes:

Mouse Tank

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Head down the sandy track and past the petroglyphs into a box canyon.

It’s a pretty walk that leads you to a small pool of collected rainwater where the outlaws the trail is named after used to hide.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

There are plenty of giant boulders here for the kids to climb over and the rock faces are dotted with caves they can hide in.

Rainbow Vista

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

I loved this walk!!

It was such a previous and colorful environment. We were surrounded by pink, orange, and red mountains. It takes you through a wide field and eventually leads to a red rock canyon overlook

Lives Beyond Vegas Fire Wave Trail

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

This is one of the most popular walks in the park for it’s wave rock.

Again, you’re in a world that has ever color of the rainbow and various hues of it. Savannah and I had fun pointing out all the different colors.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

The trail follows a sandy path and then over criss-crossing sandstone to the main event: The Fire Wave. Here the sandstone forms a wave that is made up of pretty pink and white stripes.

White Dome Loop

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

I loved this short loop descending down a rocky staircase to the desert floor and through a slot canyon and finishing with an expansive view of the desert.

Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area

Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area

Red Rock Canyon blew my mind!

It’s this random outcropping of bubbly rocks that change from pink to blood red, orange, yellow and white. They are surrounded by the red and pink tinged White mountains, and a valley of green desert brush.

It was looking lush when we visited which is not Vegas typical.

Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area

I was so disappointed we didn’t have more time to do more hiking. I especially would have loved hiking and rock scrambling amongst the Calico Hills.

We did a short hike from the Visitors Center to look at them.

Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area

We enjoyed the 13 mile one way loop scenic drive around the area which as overlooks, picnic areas and loads of hikes.

We stopped off at the Lost Creek Children’s Discovery Trail which had me thinking I was in Yosemite. The Riparian environment gave us pine trees, a spring and even a waterfall you could walk behind. (it’s not there year round).

Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area

Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area

Lost Creek Children’s Discovery Trail

It was only a mile return and with its rocky path and hidden trail offshoots the kids will love it.

The Junior Ranger activity booklet and badge were awesome as well.

Horse Riding Red Rock Canyon

Horse Riding Red Rock Canyon

Savannah wants to write her second post for us on our horse riding experience with Cowboy Trails just outside the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

It was a 90 minute ride through a dry river bed with stunning view of the Red Rocks and spring Mountains in front of us. I loved how this trail involved a few rocky hills through a narrow gorge.

It made it a little more adventurous.

Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

Horse Riding Red Rock Canyon

Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

I was perfectly paired with Traveler, who had a wonderful temperament. He didn’t need much guidance at all and didn’t try any sneaky snacking. All the horses seemed so beautiful.

RV and road trip lessons

Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

Valley of Fire State Park
  • Sign up to every grocery store membership card. It’s free but you’ll get loads of store discounts with them. I save $30 frequently on my shopping bill because of the membership card discounts. Thankfully the cashier told me today that I had earned enough rewards to get 60 cents off a gallon of fuel at Chevron!!! This is the first grocery store card I’ve heard of that gives you reward points like this. It saved me $14 filling up just now. I LOVE it. It was an Albertson’s card which also works at Vons.
  • Join the Casino’s membership reward card before you check in to your hotel. It will give you a few benefits and you can collect points on anything you spend at the casinos. Harrah’s Hotel is part of the Caesar’s Group so we could collect points at any of their casinos and we were given access to most of their pools. My new member bonuses was $10 drink credit, tickets to a magic show which we didn’t use, and a free Millionaire spin which gave me the two for one High Roller tickets.
  • Starbucks coffee in Vegas is outrageously priced. And it’s STARBUCKS – consistently the worst coffee in the world. My grande almond milk latte cost $7.60. That’s around $10 Australian. OUTRAGEOUS Starbucks OUTRAGEOUS.
  • Generators are noisy! I’m not sure boondocking with one is going to work so well as they have quiet hours in the evening. For now it’s fine as it’s not hot, but once it gets warmer, I’m not sure our food will go so well not being in a cold refrigerator.

Lives Beyond Vegas, Where we Stayed in Vegas

Harrah’s Casino

Downtown Las Vegas

Lives Beyond Vegas Downtown Las Vegas

 

I quite liked Harrah’s Casino. I thought it was better than Excalibur. Our room had been recently renovated so was more modern and attractive.

We had great views out over the High Roller an mountains and its location was more central Strip, which I like better. We were across the road from Caesar’s Palace and the Mirage.

Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

Pool at Harrah’s

Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

Pool at Harrah’s
Savannah and her friend Sophia outside Caesars Palace

I don’t think they differ too much in price either. While the pool area is smaller and maybe not as glam as other casino pools, I still liked it.

Lives Beyond Vegas Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort

We returned to the Oasis RV Resort just south of the strip. This is a really  great RV Park and the staff are so helpful and nice. The kids loved riding their bikes around and swimming in the pool. You can read more about in this previous weekly wrap.

Read TripAdvisor reviews here.

Travel Costs

Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

Valley of Fire State Park

It’s a bit of a challenge for me to do the costs this week. We had different people paying for different things in our group and then cash exchanging hands to cover each other’s part, so it’s all a bit jumbled up.

Lives Beyond Vegas Vehicle Costs

  • Fuel: $ 87
  • Parking: $ 
  • Uber: $42

Accommodation Costs

  • Camping: $326
  • Hotel: $264

Attractions

  • Park Fees: $10 (Valley of Fire State Park Entrance)
  • Tours: $ 468 ($300 horse riding, $168 Grand Canyon West)
  • Tickets: $37 (High Roller)
  • Tips: $30 

Red Rock would have cost us $15 for a day pass. We have a National Parks Pass which gives unlimited access to federal lands. It costs $80 a year. It’s absolutely worth it for a trip like ours and saves us hundreds of dollars.

Food

  • Restaurants: $425
  • Coffee: $35
  • Groceries: $26
  • Take out/ snacks: $90
  • Alcohol: $61

We eat a mostly whole foods, organic diet, which means our grocery bills are higher than what would be typical.

Don’t forget with eating out costs, tip will be included in the prices and the odd glass of wine or two.

RV supplies and living

  • Laundry: $12
  • Firewood: 
  • Propane: $
  • Supplies:

Total paid by us: $1,886

Where to Next?

Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

Valley of Fire State Park

Yes. Back to the wilderness for the next month or so. No more crazy big city expenses and energy drain.

We are on the way to Utah to meet with our friends Crazy Family Adventure and will be traveling with them for at least the next month

We’re excited. We’ll be doing lots of free camping/ boondocking with them as well.

Our first stop is Lake Powell for this week to relax and have some downtime. Antelope County is the only thing on our list to do.

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You can find our previous RV weekly wrap posts here.

Our latest in-depth post is published: 20 interesting and fun things to do in LA with kids

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