More Arizona Desert Camping

I moved on to a new location in Arizona where I am still camping for free. Arizona is going to most likely be my winter home from now on. I love being a snowbird going where I want for the winter. Since I have wandered almost all of the U.S. over the past year I am slowing it down now and am going to stay at places longer so may not blog as much. I am camping with friends I have met along the way and with some new people I just met. I always go up to my neighbors if they happen to be outside and introduce myself if I don’t know them. I always like knowing who is around me and if I get a bad vibe I will stay away from them or move to another spot. Most of the time I feel good vibes only. The known rule in our community of nomads is that you do not go up to someone’s home and knock on the door. You wait until they are outside to talk to them especially if you have never met before. I Just took a long walk. I never thought I would love the desert so much but I do. Beautiful sunsets here too! 🏜

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Last Night in Las Vegas

We coordinated our Las Vegas trip with the LDI convention which is a live production convention for people like my son that work in the industry as lighting technicians, stage staff, riggers, etc. that work at nightclubs, Las Vegas shows, concerts, cruise ships, corporate events and other events. My son runs lights, lasers and the fog machine for bands and for shows on a cruise ship. He is on a two month break between contracts right now. They give a 7 month contract where you have to work every day and then 2 months off before the next 7 month contract. My son took classes during the week and I just went to the exhibit hall and live events they had outside this weekend. They showcased the latest lights, dance floors that light up, lasers, fog machines, stage equipment, rigging equipment, lighting consoles and other equipment. It was nice to learn more about what my son does for a living. Friday night they had a live hip hop artist and a rock band outside. Afterwards walking back to our hotel we stopped to listen to a great rock band set up on the ‘Brooklyn Bridge’ at the New York New, York resort. Last night at the convention they had a dj playing music outside and an awesome laser light show in an attempt to win the Guinness World Record for the largest laser light show in the world, which they won. A representative from Guinness was there to present them with the award. It was cool to be part of that. Tonight is our last night in Las Vegas. We are going to end it with a feast at a buffet restaurant because you gotta do a buffet when in Las Vegas 🌮🌯🍕🍞🍰IMG_1693IMG_1696IMG_1707IMG_1715IMG_1717IMG_1720

KA, Hoover Dam and Sin City

A few nights ago we went to the KA Cirque du Soleil show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which was pretty amazing. Today we went to the Hoover Dam with a tour of the power plant at the dam. Tonight we checked out the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign (the first time I’ve seen it even though I’ve been to Las Vegas four times now). We then went to the Freemont Experience downtown that has a covered area with a ceiling with a screen that that does a light show to music. They played my favorite song Free Bird. There is definitely a lot of low life looking people downtown trying to make money off the tourists. There was lots of half naked girls wanting money to pose for pictures with them. One had ‘sin city’ written on her butt with a marker. There was also this guy that called himself ‘dancing grandpa’ that was dancing for tips. It was wierd 😉

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Las Vegas

I am enjoying spending time with my son in Las Vegas. The last time I came to Las Vegas I just slept in my van in the parking lot of one of the hotels but I got a hotel room this time since my son is with me. I did not enjoy the many times I had to take the long walk to my van to get things I kept forgeting. We are staying at the Luxor hotel which is a hotel that looks like an egyptian pyramid with a super bright light on top that I remember seeing about 45 minutes away when camping on Lake Mead earlier this year. I thought the shootings last month happened across from Mandalay Bay which is next door but the tragedy actually occurred in front of the Luxor and our view from our hotel room looks right at it. It made me very sad at first to look out the window and see where the tragedies took place but it also reminds me to enjoy everyday as if it was my last and to not live in fear or in the past, because you never know what can happen. My son and I enjoyed walking up and down the Las Vegas strip and checking out the Bellagio fountains, Ceasar’s Palace, New York New York, Excalibur and the other resorts and seeing all the lights of Las Vegas. My son is going on an ATV tour tomorrow through the desert. I am too sore to go from all the walking to my van and walking up and down the strip and I need to be responsible and get some work done ⚖️

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I Love Our Hippy Hobo Family and Police Visit

A friend came to my van yesterday morning with a big smile on her face and said to me “I love our hippy hobo family” and I was like “me too!” Such an awesome group of people here with a giving spirit that want to help each other. Today there was a lot of volunteers putting in a handicap ramp in the back of this guy’s van and a few people helped me figure out why my solar panels weren’t charging my batteries that great but everything is good now. It is hard for me to volunteer labor to help people with their renovations of their vans with neck and back issues from my car accident I had years ago which means I shouldn’t be dancing so much also but I can’t help it. I love to dance! Tonight we’re having an acoustic jam session. I am really looking forward to it 🎼

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Fun in the Desert!

I am having so much fun at our desert gathering. I got here on halloween night and handed out candy to everyone at their campsites. I went up to this one RV because everybody said there was kids in it and I yelled out ‘trick-or-treat’ and they wouldn’t come to the door because they thought I wanted candy and they didn’t have any. So then I yelled out ‘reverse trick-or-treat. I have candy!’ and they answered the door and we’re happy to get the candy. I have fun being a candy girl 🍭 There are a lot of people here that just started out on the road full-time in their homes on wheels that didn’t know anyone here. A friend and I were talking to this new guy and he kept refering to everyone as me and my friend’s group so I told him ‘you are part of our group now’. Later that day he came up to me and said that made him very happy which of course made me very happy 😊 I think everybody wants to feel they belong somewhere. I definitely feel this is the group of people I belong to. A good friend of mine showed up today so I was very happy to see her. There’s so many cool vans and RVs here. There’s this one RV that the owners painted artwork all over it and glued glass beads in pretty patterns all over it and their matching car. So cool! We had a nice campfire last night with lots of dance music and of course I danced a lot 💃

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