Posts filed under USA

The Shock of the New

SkyRest Travel Pillow

It’s been over nine years since the Innovations catalogue bit the dust, but I still miss it and all the things it sold that I never knew I needed.

Admittedly, I don’t recall ever buying anything, but it was nice to know it was there in case I ever felt in need of a handy portable paper shredder, some snore-stoppers, one-size-fits-all galoshes or a fun fur-lined vibrating golf club cover.… Read more ›››

My Life as a Duck

It suddenly occurred to me that I didn’t complete the story of Prudence the Duck.

For those who missed my original post, she arrived in pool of our friend’s home in Las Vegas one breezy day and stayed for a couple of hours.

It seemed she and her mate had been attracted by the swimming pool, although they had to abort their water landing when they realised that the cover was still on it.… Read more ›››

Home on the Range

Rhodes Ranch

I knew there was something else I meant to post about on our Las Vegas trip – the little place we’ve invested in as a holiday home. That’s it above with the discreet sign reminding visitors where to turn.… Read more ›››

Dam Fine

Hoover Dam

As we neared the end of our holiday, there was something of a dash to tick off the things on our must-see list and one of the biggest was the Hoover Dam.

We’d seen it several times before, of course, but only from the air, once on the flight path to McCarran Airport and twice from the Twin Otter to and from the Grand Canyon, but not up close and personal.… Read more ›››

Vorsprung durch Technik

1957 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop

I worked out that it wasn’t so much jet lag as simple lack of sleep that was making me feel decidedly odd after the return trip from Las Vegas.

Between getting up on Wednesday morning and going to bed at home on Friday night, we’d had precisely four hours sleep out of fifty-five!

But we are getting back on an even keel after a very long sleep and I’m starting to realise some of the things I didn’t mention about our trip, so this is by way of a catch up, starting with the Imperial Palace Auto Collection.… Read more ›››

Jetlag

Philly Control Tower

I’ve never suffered from jetlag before, or rather I’ve never travelled so far east or west that my body clock has reacted badly to the time difference.

There was a touch of that when we flew out to Vegas, of course, as we chased the day, setting off around 9am and arriving at 6:30pm. This caused me to wake early for the first few days and caused me to be generally out of flunter, although no great hardship.… Read more ›››

The Tipping Point

Red Rock Canyon

We had another Las Vegas weather experience to add to add to our list last night – an electrical storm of sheet lightning and distant thunder,.

Not that we got wet. It had been windy all day yesterday and the clouds began to gather and crash in the evening, but the rain passed us by.

You could see the clouds’ frayed edges in the distance where the rain would be falling, although it probably evaporated before it reached the ground.… Read more ›››