Block Island Wind Farm. First in the U.S.


“America’s First Offshore Wind Farm
The first offshore wind farm in the United States, the 30 megawatt, 5 turbine Block Island Wind Farm began commercial operations in December 2016.”

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Flamingos and pelicans at The Flamingo!

The Flamingo on The Strip in Las Vegas has an interior area with birds, fish, waterfalls, and more. The pool area had 200 people waiting in line in 110 degree heat to get sardined into the pool area where you could barely move. Woo hoo, are we having fun yet?

It was originally built in 1947 by Bugsy Siegel, who was nicknamed that because of his violent, unpredictable temper. No one called him Bugsy to his face because of – you guessed it – his violent unpredictable temper. His girl friend Virginia Hill was accepted as an equal at the highest levels because of her skill in money laundering and selling stolen merchandise. Yes, the mobsters were thugs. They also took a dusty little town and turned it into a world-class destination.

Real pink flamingos!

 

California brown pelican

 

200 people in line for Flamingo Pool. 110 degrees. Pool was packed

 

 

Historic Railroad Trail. Lake Mead

We hiked the Historic Railroad Trail yesterday, 6.5 miles round trip, from Boulder City NV to Hoover Dam along Lake Mead. It’s a trail now, however was a railroad when they built Hoover Dam in 1931. It was only 90 F (32 C), not hot by Vegas standards.

Next weekend will be 108, so caution is definitely advised, if they haven’t closed the trail. Heat here absolutely can kill.
It was seriously windy, with sustained gusts of 50-60 mph, which made walking difficult at times. Deserts can be like that.

One sign shows where Ragtown was. The poorest of the workers lived there. No running water, no electricity. Baking heat.

Lake Mead. March 2015.

Lake Mead. Bathtub ring

Wynn casino bling. Hot air balloon replica made with real flowers.

Hot air balloon replica

It’s just not quite what I was expecting…

East Street

Words of wisdom from Al Capone

Al Capone quote

Mob Museum, Las Vegas