If you are in New Orleans, love the blues, see if Marc is playing

Marc Stone
Marc Stone
Walking along Bourbon Street last Spring we heard the sounds of old Chicago blues coming out of the Funky Pirate Blues Bar. The man behind the mic and guitar was Marc Stone accompanied by the very accomplished pianist, Joshua Paxton. What started out as going in to listen to one song quickly turned into sitting through two excellent sets. Marc has a radio show in New Orleans and recently released his new album “Trickeration and Rascality” backed by an array of New Orleans musicians. He frequently plays in New Orleans and you won’t be disappointed if you want to hear the blues….

Bindlestiff Tours Rock!

We were lucky to select Bindlestiff Tours for a day trip to Death Valley from Las Vegas.

Bindlestiff was formed by several guides from other tour companies that wanted to focus on affordable small group adventure tours that would enable them to deliver a quality experience. We can say that they met all of our expectations and more.  Our guide, Chris, has 9 years of experience guiding in the Southwest US, Alaska and Australia and was an encyclopedia of information on the area.  The trip took approximately 2 hours from the Strip and although there were only 3 couples on our trip, the van could have comfortably taken four.  The tour concentrated on the Furnace Rock area, kept a good pace and requests for photo stops were encouraged – although Chris was on target both with his selection of stops as well as the time of day we visited them.  Left the Strip at 8:15 am from our hotel and we were back by 5:30 (a tour is unlikely to include sunrise and sunset like a photo tour/workshop but we were really looking for an overview of an area that we had never been before on a limited time schedule).  Bindlestiff has single and multi-day tours that leave from Las Vegas to such other nearby areas as the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco.  They frequently put together custom tours to include other National Parks as well.

We would use them again without hesitation.

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Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is a great place to visit when in the Las Vegas area – just about 15  miles west of the Strip off State Highway 159. It is part of the National Landscape Conservation System and features a set of red rock formations as you enter the area and sandstone peaks and walls comprising the Keystone Thrust Fault.  Access is from a one-way 13 mile driving loop which starts at the Visitors Center and has plenty of spots to pull off for photo ops or access to 19 hiking trails.  Beth and I went out there last Friday.  Clouds moved in just as we arrived and I was able to capture the last bit of sunlight out the back door of the Visitors Center before it disappeared.  Then as we progressed around the driving loop it snowed for the rest of our visit…..Snow in Las Vegas…..