Yes, I was singing this frequently throughout the trip!

(Alternate title here is, Las Vegas for beginners)

(or maybe, Las Vegas 101)

Don’t let the city name “Las Vegas” fool you! There is fun and excitement to be found here for most all ages! Maybe you’ve heard the old saying, What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!” Well, it’s a lie! Your whole family can enjoy making memories in this beautiful area that will surely last a lifetime! Now let’s start this story from the beginning…

Well, I still hate flying! But soaking up Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Red Rock canyon was well worth the torturous flight! Got a few minutes? Let me tell you a little about the what, where, when, how, and why….

First, the flight, it sucked! Did I already mention that? Yes, OK, well it bears mentioning again. Giving you a little history behind this, I’ve never flown on a commercial flight. Although I’ve been on many adventures, I’ve always driven there, took a bus, or taken a train, so this was a pretty big deal for me. Now it’s just a necessary evil for when my husband and I go back. YES! We will definitely go back, because it is such a great destination with so much to see and so many fun things to do! The one thing I know I’ll say on my deathbed some day is, “I wish I never let my fears of flying keep me from traveling earlier in life!”

However next time, should we fly again with Spirit (a more affordable airline where everything is paid a la cart) I will upgrade to larger seats, because, WOW, was it uncomfortably tight for our five and a half hour trip! And genius me, paid extra to go nonstop. Boy was that was a mistake for us! With the flight being over 5 hours, believe me, it would’ve been nice to get off and stretch before boarding a second plane! So don’t let any fear of switching planes in a timely fashion stop you (yeah, I’m speaking from experience, if you’re a first time flier too) it was all easy peasy to navigate through the well marked airport signs, for baggage pick ups and all. I’m a pro now, and you will be too!

Having said this, if your flight leaves late at night (the lights at night are really cool to watch) and if you upgrade to larger seats and can sleep with one of those traveling neck pillows, go for it without any stop, because in the end you will spend less time engaging in the flight process, which will ultimately leave more time for you to explore Vegas! 

One last tip for new flyers is for when you are selecting your airline, learn from their website what the carry on luggage rules are. Spirit offered a really good size for free. Depending on the time of year and how long you stay, you might not have to pay for checked luggage if it can all fit in your carry on. That my friend is purely a helpful tip for you to possibly save some money. This won’t work for me, because I don’t understand the first thing about how to pack lightly! I’m use to packing up a Grand Caravan like a can of sardines when traveling in the past. I mean like, how do you even know what you’ll feel like wearing on a particular day? I need options. But kudos to you, if you’re able to pack lightly!

And now, on to Vegas! I don’t even know where to begin, because we left Boston on a Monday and then flew home the following Monday. And we did so much, just about every morning, noon and night! My approach to a new adventure begins with LOTS of online research, followed by trying to do everything cool that I discover! This is NOT for everyone, but I do encourage some forethought with at least some planning in order to make the most of your time there the way you want to spend it. For time sake, I’ll try and stick to our highlights.

My main focus was visiting the Grand Canyon. Before traveling to Las Vegas, I didn’t even care all that much about Vegas. My husband and I aren’t really into gambling and this was my main vision before digging in online, but back to the Grand Canyon. From research, we chose to rent a car over a bus trip, but that’s not necessarily the best choice for you. You’ll have to weigh that for yourself. As luck would have it, we snagged some deals from agreeing to sit through a timeshare presentation (which we didn’t buy, but it did cost us about 3 hours of time) and ended up with a 3 day car rental for $50. All in all, it was a good deal for us, but I can promise you that if you don’t say, “NO” to the presentation, by the time they are done with you, you will want to buy!

Through my research I found the WEST RIM  of the Grand Canyon our best option. We left super early one morning, completely soaked up just about everything they had to offer within reason, then returned super late. The other 2 days, we visited the “Old” Vegas on Freemont Street from a tip we received from a regular visitor that we got talking with one morning in Denny’s. Then the 3rd day we drove out to RED ROCK CANYON.

And back to Freemont Street, or “Old” Las Vegas, what a cool place! Spectacles at every turn of the head. We didn’t ride SLOTZILLA, but we should have. Check out that link, it pretty dam cool! The entire Freemont Street and Las Vegas Blvd. experience is one big festive celebration of life! And if I had to describe it further, it’s like some sort of fusion where Epcot in FL meets Time Square, NY! Such a cool place!

 

Now let’s talk shows. There are so many good ones! I’ve seen BLUE MAN GROUP in Boston, NY City, and now in Las Vegas. If you haven’t seen it, you MUST! It’s by far one of the coolest shows to see!

Another must is at least one CIRQUE DU SOLEIL show. We saw Beatles Love because I’m a huge Beatles fan, however I can’t wait to see others! They all sound amazing! We also saw the show OPIUM (which was hilarious, but DON’T take the children to this one!) and MENOPAUSE The Musical. My husband enjoyed all these shows too, but his favorite was Blue Man Group, by far.

At this point, I’ve topped off all the major highlights of the trip and hope I’ve left you with some helpful information. If I have and you’re planning your visit to Las Vegas, please book your accommodations through us. Our FUTURE ADVENTURES page is where you begin, then select the Las Vegas package. I genuinely look forward to assisting you with experiencing life and creating memories that last a lifetime anyway that I can!


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FROM THE BEGINNING, “WHO AM I?”

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The little voice in my head answers, “Who the **** cares!”

Yes, that really is my little voice, because that voice LOVES to curse! Not to worry though, even after raising a few children (all grown now) and discovering they spoke far worse among their friends (if you don’t think so, you haven’t listened hard enough) I have a filter I use when in the company of youngsters/in a professional setting.

So back to the original question, “Who am I?” Now that little voice says, “I don’t *-*-*-*-*-*-* know!” And this is partially true because every day I wake up, I am still figuring much of that out. But for the sake of me entering the more “public” blogging world (It’s my understanding that readers in this arena are interested in this, so just in case you do care) I will attempt to give you (my readers) some pertinent information that hopefully enlightens you in this area and hopefully also entertains you at the same time.

There are so many aspects to most people. It’s hard to explain them all, so I thought making a list would be most helpful. But to keep it different (I often enjoy being different) I thought I’d first give you a list of what I’m not and what I don’t enjoy. So here it goes…

  • I’m not completely comfortable talking about myself, can you tell?
  • I’m not stupid, although on occasion it may appear so and I can tend to struggle with stupidity in others at times.
  • I’m not super awesome with the virtue of patience, although I’m working really hard at this so the universe will hopefully stop sending me those lessons!
  • I don’t enjoy making mistakes and will go above and beyond to avoid making them, however we all know about the road to hell that was paved with good intentions. Mistakes happen, I can admit to them and usually learn from them moving forward. Keyword in that sentence is usually.
  • I’m definitely not young anymore, but many would argue that I’m certainly not old yet!
  • I’m not in the best physical shape that I should be in, due to a combination of my love of eating too much good (and not necessarily good for you) food on top of tapering off on physical activity. I reeeally need to work on this!

OK, speaking of stupidity, this negativity list idea was a stupid one! Now I think I’m depressed! But stick with me and let’s move on to something more positive, the good things and what I enjoy!

  • To you, I am Live Free or Ride’s webmaster, main contact, main driver, and the one who is blogging here for you right now! 
  • I work very hard to avoid problems by keeping things as simple as possible, yet with a straight forward depth to be understood.
  • I enjoy writing and silent white noise or music much more than I enjoy talking.
  • I am a very expressive and passionate person (not always a good thing, but again I need to stop  with the negativity…) and have a great ability with usually seeing more than one side to something! 
  • I LOVE pictures! I love both taking them and looking at them. They ignite memories and are truly often better than words.
  • I LOVE new adventures of exploring new places, but I also LOVE the simple pleasures of relaxing with a good movie/reading. I work enjoyably at trying to balance these two extremes.
  • And almost as much as the previous bullet, I LOVE sharing these adventures (what I’ve experienced and learned) with others!

On that note, that’s the why and how Live Free or Ride was born! I believe most people don’t spend enough time exploring, or enjoying the experience of life. And although that’s not something positive, my positive spin is that I’m here to strongly encourage people to bring more of this into their lives through the sharing of experiences, different ideas and affordable options.

I could probably go on and on…but I’ll hold off for now and wait for future posts. I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me a little and will continue to read my posts to get to know me more. Please like and follow Live Free or Ride on Facebook and Instagram, so you don’t miss future posts! Until we meet here again…


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