Friday, May 30, 2014

Las Vegas SkyJump Experience



Located atop of the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas, the SkyJump Experience is a controlled free fall attraction, 855 feet above the Las Vegas Strip. 

Jumpers literally leap off the platform on the 108th floor to descend 855 feet to the landing pad below. 

Jumpers must be wearing a jumper suit which looks like a pilot plane clothing and they're holding up to a sort of bumper jumper. 

Today I witnessed Jim, Captain Morgan, from Pennsylvania, jumping. Jim is visiting Las Vegas for a week

He said he was just a "little nervous" jumping the 855 feet. He will also ride the VooDoo ZipLine. He is really Brave. Click here for the video. 


Jim
SkyJump Experience
http://www.skyjumplasvegas.com
2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Call 800.99.TOWER (800.998.6937) for more information or to make your reservation.
or local number:  (702) 380-7777

About the SkyJump opening event in 2010:

As part of its grand opening event, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower, to officially unveil SkyJump Experience with a written proclamation deeming April 20 as SkyJump Day in Las Vegas

Guinness World Records was also present and declared SkyJump Experience  as the highest commercial decelerator descent, breaking the previous record set by SkyJump at Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Center with a height of 764.4 feet.


Lee Canyon



From the north end of Hwy-159, Hwy-156, also known as Lee Canyon Road, runs eighteen miles northeast to rejoin US-95 thirteen miles up from the Kyle Canyon turn-off. 

Heading three miles southwest instead brings you into the heart of Lee Canyon. Like Kyle Canyon, this was once the scene of commercial logging. Trees have been cut back to create southern Nevada's only ski area. 

Exploring Lee Canyon 
Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort - Just under fifty miles from the Strip, the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort at the head of Lee Canyon opens each winter between late November and early April, with snowmaking equipment to prolong the season. 

Three chairlifts lead to ten different runs with a maximum vertical drop of 1000ft. A few of the runs are steep enough to be rated Advanced. Daily 9am-4pm. There's no accommodation on site, but a coffee shop, ski school, and equipment-rental shop sit at the bottom of the slopes. Real time view of different areas around Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort: http://www.skilasvegas.com/winter/resort-info/mountain-info/webcam

Hiking trails: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Mt Charleston Trailheads Map




Season passes - Valid any day of the season
Season starts Friday July 4th

Adults
Summer sale (ends 9/30): $499
In season price: $599

Youth (17 & under at date of purchase)
Summer sale (ends 9/30): $249
In season price: $299

Military  (ID required; Dependents Qualify) 
Summer sale (ends 9/30): $299
In season price: $299

Summer operations are from: 
July 4 through September 1 

Fridays through Sunday plus Holidays

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
6725 Lee Canyon Rd 
Las Vegas , Nevada 89124
702-593-9500  |  702-385-2754


Las Vegas Parks, Public Pools and Municipal Golf Courses



Adaptive Recreation 
Outreach Center
3333 W. Washington Ave
(702)648-2377

All American Park
Buffalo Drive and Oakey Boulevard
6730 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 798-7777

Aloha Shores Park
Cheyenne Boulevard and Buffalo Drive

Angel Park
Westcliff and Durango Dr.
Fitness court, jogging track, tennis, barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms


Angel Park Golf Course
100 S. Rampart Blvd.
(702)254-4653

AnSan Sister City Park
Ducharme Ave. and villa Monterey Dr.
Jogging track, volleyball, barbecue grills, playground, restrooms

Baker Park Community School
1020 E. St. Louis Ave.
(702)733-6599
Fitness court, jogging track, tennis, 
barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms

Bettye Wilson Soccer Park
Lake Mead Boulevard and Tenaya Way

Bob Baskin Park
S. Rancho Dr. and W. Oakey St.
2700 W Oakey Blvd
Fitness court, jogging track, tennis, 
barbecue grills, playground, restrooms

Bruce Trent Park
egas Dr. and Rampart Blvd.
Fitness court, horseshoe pit, jogging track, tennis, barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms

Charleston Heights Park
S. of Maverick St. and Smoke Ranch Rd.
Baseball/softball, football/soccer,
jogging track, 
volleyball, barbecue grills, playground

Chester A. Stupak Community 
Center
300 W. Boston Ave.
(702)229-2488


Davis Park
2796 Redwood St.

Desert Breeze Park
8425 Sorving Mountain Rd.

Desert Inn Mobile Estates & Pool
3570 vista Del Monte

Desert Rose Golf Course
5483 Clubhouse Rd.

Dog Fancier's Park
5800 E. Flamingo Rd.

Durango School Park
7100 Dewey Dr.

Jaycee Park
St. Louis Ave. and Eastern Ave.
Baseball/softball, basketball, bocce, fitness court, football/soccer, horseshoe pit, jogging track, shuffleboard, tennis, barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms

Children's Memorial Park
Gowan Rd. and Torrey Pines Dr.
Baseball/softball, fitness court, jogging track,
playground, restrooms

Coleman Park
Daybreak Rd. and Carmen Blvd.
Playground

Cragin Park
Fulton Pl. and Hinson St.
Baseball/softball, football/soccer, tennis,
playground, restrooms

Derfelt Senior Center
3333 W. Washington Ave.
(702)229-6601

Dexter Park
Upland Blvd. and Trent Ave. Baseball/softball, basketball, tennis, barbecue grills, playground, restrooms
Doolittle Park, Community Center, Senior Center and Pool

W. Lake Mead Blvd. and J 
St. Community Center
(702)229-6374, Senior Center 
(702)229-6125,
Pool (702)229-6398
Baseball/softball, basketball, fitness court, football/soccer, jogging track, barbecue 
grills, playground, restrooms

Dula Gym
441 E. Bonanza
(702)229-6307

Ed Fountain Park
Vegas Dr. and Decatur Blvd.
Baseball/softball,football/soccer, barbecue grills,
group picnic area, playground, restrooms

Lorenzi Park Adaptive 
Recreation Center
3333 W. Washington Ave.
(702)229-6358

Lubertha Johnson Park
Balzar Ave. and Concord St.
Playground

Mary Dutton Park
Charleston Blvd. and 10th St.
Playground

Ethel Pearson Park
W. Washington Ave. and D St.
Tennis, barbecue grills, playground

Fitzgerald Tot Lot
H St. and Monroe St.
Playground

Freedom Park
Mojave Rd. and E. Washington Ave.
Baseball/softball, bocce, fitness court,
football/soccer, Frisbee course, horseshoe pit, jogging track, olleyball, barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms

Hadland Park and Swimming Pool
2800 E. Stewart Ave.
(702)229-6397
Baseball/softball, football/soccer, barbecue grills, playground, restrooms

Heers Park
Smoke Ranch Rd. and Zorro Dr.
Fitness court, playground

Hills Park
Hillpoine Rd. (Summerlin Area)
Baseball/softball, basketball, football/soccer, horseshoe pit, tennis, volleyball, barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms

Lorenzi Park
W Washington Ave and Twin Lakes Dr
Baseball/soccer, basketball, football/soccer, jogging track, tennis, barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms

Rainbow Family Park
Oakey Blvd. between Montessori and
Belcastro St.
Baseball/softball, fitness court, horseshoe pit, jogging track, tennis, barbecue grills, group
picnic area, playground, restrooms

Rotary Park
W. Charleston Blvd. and Hinson St.
Barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms

Doolittle Senior Center
1940 N. J. Street
(702)229-6125


Doolittle Pool
W. Lake Mead Ave and J. St.
(702)229-6398




Wildwood Park
Shadow Mountain Pl. and Wildwood Dr.
Basketball, fitness court, barbecue grills, playground

Woofter Family Park
NW corner of Rock Springs and Vegas Dr. Baseball/softball, barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms

Charleston Heights Arts Center
800 S. Brush St.
(702)229-6383
Reed Whipple Cultural Center
821 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702)229-6211

Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza
3333 W. Washington Ave.
(702)229-2496

West Las Vegas Arts Center
947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
(702)229-4800

Chuck Minker Sports Complex
275 N. Mojave Rd.
(702)229-6563
Raphael Rivera Community Center
2900 E. Stewart Ave.
(702)229-4600

Northwest Community Center
6841 W. Lone Mountain Rd.
(702)229-4794

Garside Swimming Pool
300 S. Torrey Pines Dr.
(702)229-6393

Hadland Swimming Pool
2800 E. Stewart Ave.
(702)229-6397

Trails Swimming Pool
1920 Spring Gate Lane
(702)229-4629

Las Vegas Municipal Golf Course
4300 W. Washington Ave.
(702)646-3003

Desert Pines Golf Course
Mojave and Bonanza Rd.

Alexander Villas Park
3620 Lincoln Rd.

Cannon School Park
5850 Euclid Ave.

Cashman School Park
4622 W. Desert Inn Rd.
Eldorado School Park
1139 N. Linn Lane

Clark County Government Center
500 S. Grand Central Pkwy.

Guinn Community Center
6480 Fairbanks Rd.

Clark County Heritage Museum
1830 S. Boulder Highway

Hidden Palms Park
8855 Hidden Palms Pkwy.

Horseman's Park
5800 E. Flamingo Rd.

Laurelwood Park
4300 Newcastle Rd.

Lewis Family Park
1970 Tree Line Dr.

Lawden Center
3333 Cambridge Street

Maslow Park and Pool
4902 Lana Dr.

Paul Meyer Park
4525 New Forest Dr.

Mountain View School Park
5436 E. Kell Lane

Nellis Meadows Park
4949 E. Cheyenne Ave.

Orr Community Center
1520 E. Katie Ave.
Paradise Park, Pool and Center
4770 S. Harrison Dr.

Paradise Vista Park
5582 Stirrup St.

Parkdale Park, Pool and Center
3200 Ferndale St.

Potosi Park
2750 Mohawk St.

Prosperity Park
7101 Parasol Ln.

Shadow Rock Park
2650 Los Feliz St

Joe Shoong Park
1503 Wesley St.

Silver Bowl Sports Complex
6800 E. Russell Rd.

Southern Vo Tech School Park
5710 Mountain Vista

Spring Valley Park
4220 S. Ravenwood Dr.

Sunrise Park, Pool and Center
2240 Linn Lane

Sunset Park, Pool and Center
Warm Springs Ball Fields
2601 E. Sunset Rd.

Tate School Park
2450 Lincoln Rd.

Von Tobel Community Center
3610 E. Carey Ave.

Walnut and Cecile Recreation Center
3880 Cecile Ave.

Wengert School Park
2001 Winterwood Blvd.

Whitney Park, Pool and Center
5700 E. Missouri Ave.

Winchester Park and Center
3130 S. McLeod

Winterwood Park
2200 Winterwood Blvd


Wildwood Park
Shadow Mountain Pl. and Wildwood Dr.
Basketball, fitness court, barbecue grills, playground

Woofter Family Park
NW corner of Rock Springs and Vegas Dr. Baseball/softball, barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms

Huntridge Circle Park
Maryland Pkwy. and Franklin Ave.


James Gay III Park
Morgan Ave. and B St.
Basketball, tennis, playground


Las Vegas Senior Center
451 E. Bonanza Rd.
(702)229-6454


Mirabelli Park and Community Center
6200 Elton Ave.
(702)229-6359
Basketball, playground

Pueblo Park
Lake Mead Blvd. and Buffalo Dr.
Fitness court, jogging track, tennis, barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms


South Meadows Park
Boston Ave. and Fairfield Ave.
Basketball, football/soccer, playground

W. Wayne Bunker Family Park
Tenaya Way and Alexander Rd.
Horseshoe pit, jogging track, tennis, barbecue grills, group picnic area, playground, restrooms


Stewart Place Park
Marion Dr. and Chantilly Ave.
Barbecue grills, playground

Essex Circle Park/Lion Park
Essex Dr.
volleyball, barbecue grills, playground





Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Las Vegas Natural History Museum



A mile or so north of downtown, a block beyond the Children's Museum, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum has at least tried to move beyond its traditional dioramas of stuffed animals.

Thus the Marine Life Room features a smallish tank of lie sharks alongside its mounted specimens, while the Prehistoric Room offers fie large animatronic monsters, including a roaring Tyrannosaurus Rex. 

Even the old-fashioned exhibits in the International Wildlife Room are a bit less static than you might expect; note the zebra frantically trying to fend off two lions. 

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 North Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas, NV 89101 
Cross-streets are Las Vegas Blvd. and Washington. 
The Museum is adjacent to Cashman Center. 
Phone: (702) 384-3466 Fax: (702) 384-5343
website: http://www.lvnhm.org

Admission
$10.00 Adults 
$8.00 Seniors, military and students 
$5.00 Children ages 3-11 
FREE Children 2 and under, members 
ASTC Member Passport Program

Hours of Operation
Open daily from 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Opening at 12:00 P.M. New Year's Day and Easter
Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving Day







Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Area 51, Extraterrestrial Highway and Little A'Le'Inn

The Area 51 access road is around mile marker 32 on N375. You really can't miss it. It is the wide dirt road leading south toward a distant ridge.


Extraterrestrial Highway
Nevada Route 375 - Rachel, NV 89001
Area 51
The government established a military base north of Las Vegas, Nevada during WWII called Groom Lake. It was setting up to train pilots. In the 50s designated it Area 51

Rumors about Area 51 run throughout the US. Rumors stating there have been and still are flying saucers, aliens, secret government projects embedded in the history of Area 51

Extraterrestrial Highway Area 51 is about 140 miles north of Las Vegas. It is very easy to get to. From Vegas, taking the I-15 north to U.S 93, continue north on 93 for 85 miles to N375 and head west on N375, Nevada's newly christened "Extraterrestrial Highway" until you arrive at the town of RachelRachel, Nevada, sits on less than half a mile of land on the south side of
the Highway 375, designated the Extraterrestrial Highway in 1996. The "Extraterrestrial Highway" is a 92-mile portion of State Route 375, which runs between Hiko and Warm Springs.

Area 51 is about 2 miles from Rachel by a narrow dirt road surrounding by desert. Since the military annexed the land that provided easy viewing from the mountains, you can now only view the base from 30 miles away.



Nearby Rachel, Nevada is also a must see for people visiting Area 51, the Area 51 Research Center, which publishes the Groom Lake Desert Rat magazine, and the Little A'le'inn, http://littlealeinn.com, with its cool alien logo, are here. 

The Area 51 access road is around mile marker 32 on N375. You really can't miss it. It is the wide dirt road leading south toward a distant ridge. Known as the Groom Lake road, it is in the middle of nowhere. 


Little A'Le'Inn
The Little A'le'inn restaurant is like an oasis in the desert for UFO enthusiasts. You can eat, drink, buy alien souvenirs, take some pictures with "ETs" and play video poker.

Be forewarned, as with all U.S. Military installations, Area 51 has many signs indicating you are about to enter a restricted area; along with red print at the bottom of the sign which reads, “Use of Deadly Force Authorized”. Continuing beyond this sign will land you in jail with a hefty $700+ fine to pay.

"Use of Deadly Force Authorized" is normal for all U.S. Military installations. The weird thing is why all the sensors that surround Area 51 that will alert Area 51 security to an intrusion? Sensors that will trigger a response for vibrations slightly larger than a common desert animal. Other military installations don’t have these, so why all the expense? Why extend the federal boundary around the base? Is the government trying to conceal alien spacecraft? New weapon systems? New top secret programs? 

Area 51 has become a part of American popular culture. Despite the efforts the government has conducted to keep Area 51 a secret; it is now mentioned on news programs, on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, ...



Sunday, May 25, 2014

VooDoo ZipLine Grand Opening Event

The VooDoo ZipLine connects the two towers of the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. It begins on the patio of VooDoo Steakhouse on the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower and soars towards the Ipanema Tower.


The VooDoo ZipLine Grand Opening was hosted by UFC announcer Bruce "It's time!" Buffer Sunday, May 25. He was the first to ride the ZipLine and announced the ride's official opening from 500 feet above ground.

Local residents and tourists showed up today to experience this one of a kind zip line. Some tourists came from far away just for the ride, like Van Kim. He heard about the grand opening and came from Phoenix to be one of the first to ride the VooDoo ZipLine.

The VooDoo ZipLine connects the two towers of the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. It begins on the patio of VooDoo Steakhouse on the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower and soars towards the Ipanema Tower. Riders are then propelled at speeds of up to 33 miles per hour from the adjoining 20-story Ipanema Tower and travel backwards to the Masquerade Tower

VooDoo ZipLine opens to the public from noon to midnight Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday. Pricing is officially listed at $24.99 per person from noon to 5:30 p.m. and $37 from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. That pricing does not include tax and service fees. You'll need to be 21 or older to fly after 8:30 pm. You can wait somewhere else for your ride, you will receive an alert on your cell phone when your reservation is ready.
                                                           
VooDoo Zip Line
3700 W. Flamingo Rd. 
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Tickets can be purchased online  at  VooDooZipLine.com, at Rio Box office or
by phone: 702 388-0477 and 866 746-7671.

Videos:
Bruce Buffer
Van Kim 
March 10, some of the final tests  

Note:  Worth visiting the VooDoo Steak & Lounge. It is an absolutely beautiful the view of the Las Vegas. Even the view from the elevator has a breathtaking view
Note:

Macumba
Macumba developed in Brazil amongst the slave community which was brought to Brazil from Africa between the 16th and 18th centuries. 
Macumba is a religion It has nothing to do with voodoo or black magic but is a religion whose objective is to improve the living conditions of its adherents by teaching them to live in harmony with their surroundings. Like in Feng Shui, it focuses in maintain a balance between the yin and yang elements in our lives. Fewer may know that these concepts play an important role in Macumba, the religion of Brazil. more: http://www.fengshuifoundation.com/resources/macumba.htm