Travel Answers: Las Vegas!

Travel Answers: Las Vegas!

NOTE: These answers were originally posted on another site, and some may have been posted in previous blogs. I am posting them again here for easy access for my readers.

Welcome to Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Welcome to Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Free Stuff to do in Vegas?

Q: Are there free things to do in Vegas?

A: Lots of Free Things to do in Las Vegas!

Walk the The Strip and the Fremont Street Experience downtown. Lots of “Only in Las Vegas” things to see day or night!

Visit Circus Circus Hotel & Casino (great for kids).

Watch the Fountains of Bellagio (and visit the Bellagio Gardens) and catch the Volcano eruption at The Mirage. Walk around the The Venetian, the MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan or any of the other large resorts.

Most of the Casino lounges still have live entertainment. The Carnaval Court at Harrah’s is happening. The Rio Hotel & Casino has live music in the Masquerade Bar on Friday and Saturdays.

Art and architecture at City Center, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, Wildlife habitat (flamingos) at the Flamingo Las Vegas, Auto collection at The Quad Resort & Casino (get free tickets on the website), the Downtown Container Park giant treehouse, and visit the Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Cactus Garden.

Window shop at Forum Shops at Caesars, The Grand Canal Shoppes or the Fashion Show mall.

Visit the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon or The Valley of Fire.


ACES! Video Poker at the MGM Grand Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

4 ACES! Video Poker Win! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Best tips and casinos for first time gambler?

Q: First trip to Vegas, and I have some money set aside to gamble. I’m fairly new to gambling, so what’s a good overall strategy for a first timer? Best casino’s and games to play? Any tips to help my luck? Thanks!

A: Most of the Casinos in Las Vegas have programs where they will teach you how to play the table games and basic strategy. Just ask at the “Player’s Card” desk and always get a Player’s Card at the casino to earn “Comps” and other freebies while gambling.

Read a few good books, watch a DVD or two, go online and learn from the pros via youtube, etc. before you go!

Craps!

Craps!

Best games to play: Blackjack, Craps and Baccarat have the best odds for the player with basic strategy. Keno, Slots and Video Poker will give you the longest play for your money. Again read a book or watch a tutorial to learn about finding the best odds on the games!

Worst games to play: Roulette, Spin the Wheel/Wheel of Fortune and all the other weird table games. And any game where you don’t know the rules, basic strategy and the odds against you.

Best advice for the first time gambler: set a budget for how much you are willing and can afford to lose! Leave your ATM card at home and win or lose just have fun. (Losing sucks)

NOTE: The Big Las Vegas Strip casinos require larger minimum bets for table games, and the table minimum will increase depending on time/day/crowd/event. Find lower table minimums Downtown on Fremont Street and at the smaller “off-strip” casinos. Your money and your play time will last longer!

The Race & Sports Book at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

The Race & Sports Book at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

GOOD LUCK!


Las Vegas Blvd "The Strip" at night

Las Vegas Blvd “The Strip” at night

Birthday weekend in Vegas- where to stay?

Q: My friends and I going to Vegas for my birthday over Labor Day weekend! We need a place to stay that isn’t outrageously expensive, but has a lot going on. We’d like to stay in a hotel that has daytime pool parties. There are 5 of us and we’re open to getting two rooms or a suite, if it’s worth it. Any suggestions?

A: Las Vegas on Labor Day Weekend?

Try The Cromwell, the newest boutique hotel on the strip. It used to be Wild Bill’s and before that it was the Barbary Coast. Located center strip at Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd. Drai’s is located in the hotel, so you get your choice of pool party, club night or after-hours. Hotel guests get VIP line access.

Just fully renovated! Everything is fresh and new.

Las Vegas Blvd "The Strip" at night

Las Vegas Blvd “The Strip” at night

You’re across Las Vegas Blvd from Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino and The Mirage Hotel & Casino and the volcano. Next door to Harrah’s Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino, The Quad Resort & Casino soon to be renamed The LINQ after the giant ferris wheel. Across Flamingo is Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Paris Hotel And Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the Bellagio Hotel and fountain, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

There’s lots to see and do within “walking distance”, which will save you on cab fare and waiting. Great restaurants, spas, clubs, shows and other diversions at any of the above resorts. you can also access the monorail at Bally’s or the Flamingo.

Las Vegas Blvd "The Strip" at night - The Flamingo

Las Vegas Blvd “The Strip” at night – The Flamingo

Make reservations in advance (and do it by telephone rather than online and always get the name of the person you talk to!) because everything will be crowded!

NOTE: Bring sneakers for walking and then switch to heels when you arrive at your destination. Use a Big purse and plastic bag.

Avoid the MGM, it’s too big and the service is only ok.


Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

The Bar at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Bachelor party venues

Q: One of my best buddies is getting married next year and as a groomsman, I’ve been tasked being one of the organizers for his bachelor party.  Here’s the thing: none of us groomsman are really party animals, so we really have no idea where to start, but we just know that we want our buddy to have a good time and that we want to go to Vegas, just for the experience. Any ideas on which venues to start looking at and/or bachelor party-type activities?

A: Bachelor Party in Las Vegas! Do you want the full blown “Hangover, part 4” or just a good time?

First, how many people will be attending? Do you have hotel reservations? Do you want to have dinner, go clubbing, go drinking, go strip clubbing, hit an ultra-lounge or three, see a show, do some gambling, ride a roller coaster, or maybe shoot automatic weapons?

Or do you want to really get wild?

You can get a nice package deal with the hotels if you have a large group (sometimes, all you need is a block of five rooms). Hotel rooms, dinner, and entertainment can all be arranged, contact the group sales manager.

Rent a limo or party bus if you want to travel around, beyond walking distance. There are companies that can arrange the whole evening, just know that they are probably getting “kickbacks” from the party venues. NOTE: Be sure to shop around, negotiate for the best deal and extras, and always check safety and consumer reports before booking with any company!

You are on your own for strippers, escorts & hookers.

Good luck and be safe.


Las Vegas Blvd "The Strip" at night

Las Vegas Blvd “The Strip” at night

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Las Vegas Blvd "The Strip" at night

“Vegas Baby! Vegas!” Las Vegas Blvd “The Strip” at night

 

 

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Saturday in Echo Park & Downtown Los Angeles

Echo Park – Los Angeles, California

“Saturday in the Park…”

It was a beautiful day. I found parking! The park was full of people and activity.

Here are a few pics of the park (not the people):

Echo Park - Los Angeles, California

Echo Park Lake & Downtown Los Angeles, California

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Echo Park - Los Angeles, California

Jose Marti Monument at Echo Park Lake – Los Angeles, California

“Man loves liberty, even if he does not know that he loves it. He is driven by it and flees from where it does not exist.” ~ Jose Marti

José Julián Martí Pérez  January 28, 1853 – May 19, 1895

Born in Havana, Cuba, he was a poet, an essayist, a journalist, a revolutionary, a philosopher, a translator, a professor, a publisher and a political theorist. His writings and political activity became a symbol for Cuba’s bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century and he is referred to as the “Apostle of Cuban Independence.”

“El que tenga patria que la honre, el que no, que la conquiste.” (“Honor your country if you have one; and if you do not have one, struggle for it.”)

 “Con todos y para el bien de todos” (“With all, and for the good of all.”)

In 1976, the city designated the intersection of Park Ave and Echo Park Ave “José Martí Square,” (plaza) to honor the the Cuban community of Los Angeles. Sculptor Sergio López-Mesa created the bust of José Martí, a Cuban writer and champion of Latin American identity whose poem from the book “Versos Sencillos” (“Simple Verses”) inspired the lyrics for “Guantanamera,” the definitive protest song of Cuba.

Civil engineer Carlos Sebastian Lorente, and Sergio López-Mesa installing José Martí Monument, 1976. | Cuban California Archive USC Libraries Special Collections.

Civil engineer Carlos Sebastian Lorente & sculptor Sergio López-Mesa installing José Martí Monument 1976. | Cuban California Archive USC Libraries Special Collections

More Jose Marti quotes:

“Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy.”
“A grain of poetry suffices to season a century.”
“Others go to bed with their mistresses; I with my ideas.”
“It is necessary to make virtue fashionable.”
“The struggles waged by nations are weak only when they lack support in the hearts of their women.”
“Charm is a product of the unexpected.”
“The vote is a trust more delicate than any other, for it involves not just the interests of the voter, but his life, honor and future as well.”
“Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some.”
José Martí was killed in battle against Spanish troops at the Battle of Dos Ríos in 1895.  He is buried in Cementerio Santa Efigenia in Santiago de Cuba.
“No me entierren en lo oscuro/ A morir como un traidor/ Yo soy bueno y como bueno/ Moriré de cara al sol.” (“Do not bury me in darkness / to die like a traitor / I am good, and as a good man / I will die facing the sun.”)
Echo Park - Los Angeles, California

US Bank Tower, Pedal Boats on Echo Park Lake & Downtown Los Angeles, California

US Bank Tower, formerly the Library Tower and First Interstate Bank World Center, is a 1018 ft skyscraper at 633 West Fifth Street in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s the tallest building in California, the 11th tallest building in the United States, the tallest west of the Mississippi River and the 65th tallest building in the world. (or thereabouts…) It’s 73 stories tall with two parking levels below ground. Construction began in 1987 and finished in 1989. The building was designed by Henry N. Cobb and architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. It cost $350 million to build.

Echo Park - Los Angeles, California

The Lady of the Lake Statue, Echo Park Lake & Downtown Los Angeles, California

On a concrete peninsula with benches facing the water, is a fourteen-foot Art Deco-style female statue. The official name is “Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles” (“Our Queen of the Angels”) but most people know her simply as the “Lady of the Lake.” Rendered in poured concrete, it was created in 1934 by Ada May Sharpless with funding from the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). It stands on a pedestal box with four bas-reliefs featuring the Hollywood Bowl, L.A. Harbor, the San Gabriel Mountains and the Central Library.

"Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles" ("Our Queen of the Angels") aka "Lady of the Lake." 1934 by Ada May Sharpless

“Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles” (“Our Queen of the Angels”) aka “Lady of the Lake.” 1934 by Ada May Sharpless

Echo Park - Los Angeles, California

The “Wooden Bridge” at Echo Park Lake – Los Angeles, California

Possibly the Oldest Bridge in Los Angeles County, it was built in 1896. The bridge was originally all wood but was replaced with steel sometime before 1960. The bridge is currently closed to foot traffic and there are large locked steel gates at both ends.

Echo Park - Los Angeles, California

Palm Trees at Echo Park Lake – Los Angeles, California

NOTE: The City of Los Angeles spent a lot of money to “rehab” the park and they did a great job! However, the HOMELESS problem remains. A homeless man was camped under a tree when I parked, and another homeless man was passed out on the steps of an outbuilding with his overflowing shopping cart parked nearby.

Bonus Pics: PETA at the Bob Barker Building on Sunset and L.A. City Hall 

Echo Park - Los Angeles, California

PETA at the Bob Barker Building on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park – Los Angeles, California

US District Court Building & Los Angeles City Hall

US District Court Building & Los Angeles City Hall – Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)

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Echo Park Lake – 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026  (213)847-0929
City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation & Parks
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Sunday Sunsets (30 Photos) at 70mph! CA-OR Road Trip‬ continued! (Part 4)

Sunday Sunsets at 70mph

California – Oregon Road Trip‬ continued! (Part 4)

This is a TRAVEL BLOG! Even more Select Pics from the Highway – August 2015:

This is a series (but not in order) of 30 photos.

Taken with a Blackberry camera (from a moving vehicle at ~70mph)

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California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

Sunday Sunsets

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NOTE: These pics are not in exact order. The route there was I-5 north from Los Angeles, California to Ashland, Oregon. The route back was I-5 south to 505 to 37 to 101 across the Golden Gate Bridge, through San Francisco to Highway 1 south to Santa Cruz and then south to Castroville and back to the 101 south to Los Angeles. There was also a brief detour from the 101 at Solvang to the Chumash reservation and back on the way home.

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There were so many beautiful moments along the road, driving for hours with only the miles ahead before reaching my destination. For those of you who may have concerns, I’m very careful when using the camera while driving and never take pictures if it is unsafe.

Don’t try this. I’m a professional. Take pictures while driving at your own risk, don’t endanger anyone else…and make sure you get great pictures.

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AND EVEN MORE HAIKU – And Even More Poetry!

AND EVEN MORE HAIKU – And Even More Poetry!

Yes, I wrote some more. – Please enjoy them.

And be sure to check out our previous Haiku blogs (links below) as well.

He wonders “what if?”
But the past is behind him.
Life plays dirty tricks.

I can hear the owl.
Who, who, who are you it asks.
That’s a good question.

Oregon Road Trip!
Miles to go before I sleep.
Drive Highway 5 north.

Coffee and Donuts.
Today is Flashback Friday!
Sugar High Me!

Bacon Cheeseburger,
Crispy onion rings and fries,
Feed my face with meat.

Bad beat at poker.
Lady Luck can suck it.
I am out of here.

Saturday morning
Nothing to do but relax.
Maybe take a nap.

Stabbed in the back!
Don’t call yourself my friend.
Drive the knife deeper.

Am I the A**hole?
Ask yourself that question first.
Is the answer “Yes”?

Play the music now!
One more time with real feeling.
I just want to dance.

No time to look back!
Forward into the future.
Everything is new!

The End of the World?
Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse!
Have a nice weekend.

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California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

 

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon! My Bacon Number is 2.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon!
My Bacon Number is 2.

Kevin Bacon worked with James Daughton in “Animal House”. His Bacon number is 1.
I worked with James Daughton on “DragonSlayers”.

I was in “Eternity” with Wilford Brimley and Robert Carricart. Their Bacon number is 1.
Wilford Brimley and Kevin Bacon appeared in “End of the Line”.
Robert Carricart and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Hero at Large”.

And I was in “Naked Obsession” with William Katt. His Bacon number is also 1.
William Katt and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Super”.

I was also in “Zapped Again!” with Reed Rudy. His Bacon number is also 1.
Reed Rudy and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Apollo 13”.

I was also in “Loose Shoes” with Larry Hankin, Garry Goodrow, Robin Sherwood, Van Dyke Parks and Bill Murray. Their Bacon number is also 1.
Larry Hankin and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”.
Garry Goodrow, Robin Sherwood and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Hero at Large”.
Van Dyke Parks and Kevin Bacon appeared in “He Said, She Said”.
Bill Murray and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Wild Things”.

I was in “Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence” with Paul Gleason. His Bacon number is 1.
Paul Gleason and Kevin Bacon appeared in “She’s Having A Baby”.

I was also in “Freddy’s Dead, The Final Nightmare – Nightmare on Elm Street part 6” with Johnny Depp and Tom Arnold. Their Bacon number is also 1.
Johnny Depp and Kevin Bacon appeared in “Black Mass”.
Tom Arnold and Kevin Bacon appeared in “We Married Margo”.

Now I have to work with Kevin Bacon!

Kevin Bacon as Chip in "Animal House"

Kevin Bacon as Chip in “Animal House”

“Thank you sir! May I have another?”

Go ahead and Google: (Your Name) Kevin Bacon number
or visit oracleofbacon.org to see your connections using the IMDB.

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Today is National Cheeseburger Day! Celebrate!

Today is National Cheeseburger Day! Celebrate!

“Cheeeeeeburggggieeeee! Cheeeeeeburggggieeeee! Cheeeeeeburggggieeeee!”

National Cheeseburger Day! Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with Cheese!

National Cheeseburger Day! Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with Cheese!

Double BBQ Bacon Charburger with Cheese and Grilled Onions

The Habit Grill: Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with Cheese and Grilled Onions!

In-N-Out Urge!

National Cheeseburger Day! In-N-Out Urge! Double-Double with Cheese!

The new In-N-Out Burger at the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford, the first in Oregon, opened this week. I drove by when I was in town (not open yet) and it was a total tease.

In-N-Out Urge in Medford, Oregon!

In-N-Out Urge at the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford, Oregon! Wasn’t open then. It’s open now!

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Room Service Cheeseburger and Fries at the MGM Grand (copyright 203 JoshWillTravel)

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Road Trip! Select Pics from the Highway (part 3)

California – Oregon Road Trip‬ continued! (Part 3)

This is a TRAVEL BLOG! Even more Select Pics from the Highway – August 2015:

Taken with a Blackberry camera (from a moving vehicle at ~70mph)

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California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 5 north

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 5 north

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 5 – California Aquaduct

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 5 north – Fresno and Coalinga

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway – Welcome to Cowtown! (Coalinga)

NOTE: These pics are not in exact order. The route there was I-5 north from Los Angeles, California to Ashland, Oregon. The route back was I-5 south to 505 to 37 to 101 across the Golden Gate Bridge, through San Francisco to Highway 1 south to Santa Cruz and then south to Castroville and back to the 101 south to Los Angeles. There was also a brief detour from the 101 at Solvang to the Chumash reservation and back on the way home.

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 37 – Black Point, Novato & San Rafael

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 37 – Race Day!

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 37 – Black Point & Novato

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California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 5 – Santa Nella

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Pacifica Tunnel

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There were so many beautiful moments along the road, driving for hours with only the miles ahead before reaching my destination. For those of you who may have concerns, I’m very careful when using the camera while driving and never take pictures if it is unsafe.

Don’t try this. I’m a professional. Take pictures while driving at your own risk, don’t endanger anyone else…and make sure you get great pictures.

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AND MORE HAIKU – And More Poetry! Yes, I also wrote these.

AND MORE HAIKU – And More Poetry!

Yes, I also wrote these. – Please enjoy them.

Dance a little dance!
Listen to the water fall…
Rain at last tonight!

Precipitation:
Hydrogen and Oxygen,
Just add Gravity.

Watching Goodfellas
I’ve seen it how many times?
Go get your shinebox!

You think I’m funny?
Funny how? I amuse you?
Goodfellas haiku.

Peyton Manning scores!
And now my day is complete.
Denver Broncos win!

Monday blues again.
Tuesday is another day.
This feeling shall pass.

Supermoon, Harvest moon,
Bloodmoon and Lunar Eclipse.
Just another day.
(The end of the world?)

The world did not end.
Monday again, one more time…
so, have a nice day.

 

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Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

No Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

No Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
(from the Army Wives’ Kitchen fb page ~Tammy)

1-18 oz. jar of smooth or chunky peanut buter – I prefer smooth
1 – 16 oz. bag of confectioners sugar
1/4 c. butter, melted
chocolate almond bark
or
chocolate candy melts
or
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips & 2 tsp. shortening

No Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

No Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

In a large bowl, stir together the peanut butter, confectioners sugar and melted butter until the mixture is crumbly. For the next step, the best way that I’ve found to make a smooth filling is to use your hands to mix everything together.

Line a baking sheet with foil. Roll the peanut butter filling into 1 inch balls and line the baking sheet with rows of the balls. Set the baking sheet in the freezer for 5-7 minutes to chill the peanut butter balls for easier dipping.

While the peanut butter balls are chilling, melt the chocolate in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl that is deep enough for dipping. I melted 6 blocks of chocolate almond bark at a time, stirring at 45 second intervals until smooth.

Remove the baking sheet from the freezer. Insert a toothpick or wooden skewer into a peanut butter ball and then dip it into the chocolate, turning quickly to cover the entire candy. Place onto a second baking tray that has also been lined with foil. Swirl the chocolate on the top of each candy for a pretty design. Refrigerate until the chocolate had completely dried.

Store the candies in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

**Warning** These little candies are very addictive!!

 

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Road Trip! Select Pics from the Highway (part 2)

California – Oregon Road Trip‬ continued!

This is a TRAVEL BLOG! Here are more Select Pics from the Highway – August 2015:

Taken with a Blackberry camera (from a moving vehicle at ~70mph)

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California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

NOTE: These pics are not in exact order. The route there was I-5 north from Los Angeles, California to Ashland, Oregon. The route back was I-5 south to 505 to 37 to 101 across the Golden Gate Bridge, through San Francisco to Highway 1 south to Santa Cruz and then south to Castroville and back to the 101 south to Los Angeles. There was also a brief detour from the 101 at Solvang to the Chumash reservation and back on the way home.

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 5 north – Buttonwillow!

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 5 north – cool cruising mobile

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 5 north – cool panel truck

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California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 5 – south of Sacramento

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from Highway 5 north – Sacramento Water Tower

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There were so many beautiful moments along the road, driving for hours with only the miles ahead before reaching my destination. For those of you who may have concerns, I’m very careful when using the camera while driving and never take pictures if it is unsafe.

Don’t try this. I’m a professional. Take pictures while driving at your own risk, don’t endanger anyone else…and make sure you get great pictures.

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California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway

California-Oregon ‪Road Trip‬! Pic from the Highway – Junction 80