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The Park MGM

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The Park MGM
Have you been to Monte Carlo in Vegas lately? Well, it's not the Monte Carlo anymore. It's The Park MGM.
Inside the Monte Carlo Summer 2012 (now The Park MGM)

The Monte Carlo was beautiful with fountains and statues at the main entrance on the strip. As much as I miss the fountains and statues, I do like most of the changes. It is convenient to walk from NYNY to The Park aka Monte Carlo. You can easily walk across from one property to the next which is great for us because these are two of our favorite properties.
https://www.mgmresorts.com/en/things-to-do/the-park-las-vegas.html

Yes, that is snow! This is a picture on the strip from February 2019. Once your eyes get beyond the snow, you can see that this walkway is still a work in progress. Always sometime new because Vegas is always changing.

Between NYNY and The Park MGM is The Park. There are new restaurants inside and out, a giant arena, and a fun area outside to sit, eat, chat, walk, and just enjoy being with…

Mary Jane Falls at Mt. Charleston

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Mary Jane Falls at Mt. Charleston
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is an easy 1 hour drive Northwest from Last Vegas. 
Once you enter Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, continue up Kyle Canyon Road until you reach the fire station. At the fire station, you will stay right in the roundabout (or traffic circle) onto Echo Road. Follow this road until you reach the Mary Jane Falls Trailhead. This is a popular trail so parking fills up quickly. We arrived at 8 am on our late July hike and the parking lot was already more than 1/2 full. 
This area of Nevada is known to be 20 degrees cooler than the weather on the Las Vegas strip, which makes this a great getaway from the oppressive 100 degree heat. This hike is most popular in the spring and summer. 
The hike begins from the north side of the parking lot. The beginning of the hike is an easy walk slowly increasing in elevation while surrounded by ponderosa pines and aspens. 
As the hike continues, the trail becomes a switch …

Eating Gluten Free In Vegas: Buffets and Happy Hours

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Traveling to Vegas: Eating Gluten Free at Buffets and Happy Hours



When I first starting vacationing in Vegas with my husband, we were both eating whatever and wherever we wanted. Then, 6 years ago, I was told I have an allergy to wheat and my only option was a gluten free diet. Here are my favorite, inexpensive places to eat which are also approved by my gluten-loving husband.
Buffets
My husband loves the buffet. This is a tricky compromise because there's the risk of people mixing gluten and non-gluten silverware. Here are my two suggested buffets. We've eaten here a lot and I've never been sick after eating at these two places. (I just said never...hopefully not jinxing myself here)

Craving at the Mirage mirage.comis a buffet we have enjoyed pre and post gluten diagnosis. This is your health so speak up and ask the host or one of the cooks to speak to a chef about what is gluten free and what is not. The chef will give you a quick tour which is very helpful. Don't be s…

Family Camping

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Family Camping: Comparing Campgrounds on Cape Cod and North Conway 
Camping is a fantastic way to vacation. I have been camping with my children since my boys were 2 and 3 years old. I started camping in 2006 as a single mom with two, very active boys and a dog. I was stressed, overwhelmed, and struggling to find a way to relax on a vacation with a budget when someone suggested I try camping. I borrowed a tent, packed up food and the basics and I experienced my first camping weekend. Over the years, camping has changed for me; I camp with a camper and I am a happy wife with three kids and two are teens. What has not changed is the feeling I get on that first camping night when the food is put away, the kid's bikes are out of the truck, and my worries consist of thoughts about finding enough logs and sticks to keep the fire going for those yummy s'mores. 
That first trip camping over a decade ago was at Maple Park Campground in Wareham, Massachusetts. Our most recent trip ther…
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Going Up! Riding the High Roller in Vegas

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Going Up, Vegas Style



I am afraid of heights. Really afraid. I just don't like to be up high and I certainly don't like to look down and yet one of my most talked about adventures in Las Vegas is when my husband and I rode the tallest ferris wheel. Usually, if my kids and husband convince me to ride a roller coaster after constant nagging and sweet talking, it's a miracle and they have to promise not to laugh at me. A couple of years ago they convinced me to ride the Disney Snow White roller coaster and I insisted on sitting with my little girl so I could hold her hand. In reality, I knew she would hold my hand! Call it wimpy, call it smart but in truth it takes a lot to get my feet to leave the ground.





Where is it?
If you don't know, the High Roller in Vegas is located behind the Linq. This is a nice, new area of the strip full of  unique shops, restaurants, bars, and fun oversized games like Jenga and Bean-Bag toss. At the end of the walkway, there stands the 550 foot…