Valley of Fire – A Nevada state park and awesome day trip.

Like most things in life I saw this park on Facebook and thought it would be a great trip for my dad and I to explore the beautiful red rocks of the Valley of Fire. I have driven by the entrance several times unknowingly on the way to Mesquite and Southern Utah in the past. This time however, was a full deep dive into one of Nevada’s hidden gems. Just off the 15 N interstate on the way to Salt Lake City from Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire exposes it’s magnificent landscape for park attendees. Admission is $10 or $9 with a veterans discount and the park closes at sundown. I got out of the car several times to take short hikes around the natural wonders and snap photos. I was fascinated by the red sand that is extremely fine like the white sand found at Pebble Beach located in and around the rock formations. The park also boasts ancient hieroglyphs from long lost tribes of the southwest and many unique rock figurations including an arch that is quite simply cool. My dad and I made the trip in late March and it wasn’t hot at all. After several hours in the park we decided to stop for a bite to eat at a restaurant named The Inside Scoop. The food portions were most generous and the milkshake was killer. I highly recommend this day trip for locals and tourists looking to get away from the strip. You can find the Valley of Fire at 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040.

3 days of golf and decadent dinners with old friends.

I got a message from my friend Rocky about an upcoming PGA pro-am event sponsored by the Iowa PGA. I was happy to say yes to an amazing event held at 3 of Las Vegas’s premier courses. One of which has been on my bucket list for years, Southern Highlands. The other 2 Rio Secco and Cascata I had played before, but my round at Cascata was cut short due to inclement weather so I was happy to get back out to Boulder City to enjoy another 18 holes. It was great to hang out with my friends Frank, Rocky, Tilly and a new friend Jeff. I had not seen them in years and we had the chance to catch up on old times. We didn’t play that great, but we made up for the lack of scoring at some nice restaurants in town including Nora’s Italian cuisine and STK steakhouse at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.

Terrace after hours Las Vegas @ Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club

If you want to dance the night away into the wee hours of the morning with an awesome view of Las Vegas and women walking around in lingerie then this is the spot to go to.  I’ve been here several times, but my friend Jaime Narvaez happened to be spinning records on Sunday over Labor day weekend and boy did he not disappoint.  My happy feet were moving and the eye candy was on point.  I had so much fun and will be going back for more.  You can find Terrace on the top level of Larry Flynt’s Huster club at 6007 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89118.  Also, the entrance is on the south side of the building and not through the main entrance of the Hustler Club.

 

Gout – God’s gift to those who can’t say no

I’ve had gout for years and it wasn’t until recently that I had to take this disease seriously.  I’ve suffered flare ups from time to time that usually last a day or two, but this last occurrence which I am still dealing with has lasted almost 3 weeks now.   It all started with an ankle sprain on a trip to Costa Rica.  I had also broken my ankle several years ago and the trauma brought on from a twisted ankle made me believe that I had broken it again.  After a few weeks of healing I was fine, but during those weeks of healing and feeling sorry for myself I really turned up the calorie intake for foods I should be staying away from and over indulging in beer and alcohol.

Sure enough on a business event at a “Beer Fest” taking place at Lake Las Vegas, I felt a flare up come over me.  At first it was a little tingle in my big toe and then I could feel it swell up my foot.  The next day I took about 6 tablets of aleve and in about an hour the pain had gone away.  I decided I was good enough to play golf.  As I hobbled around the course hitting my shots, and taking photos, I felt fine, but when I got back to my room the pain erupted all over my legs and feet.  Gout had officially taken over.

Gout is a disease that creates too much uric acid for a person to digest.  The acid then forms crystal like substances that attack the joint of the person carrying the disease.  For most people the joint attacked is usually the big toe.  For me this is also the case, the joint on my left foot leading to my big toe is always where the flare ups begin.  Gout can also move to other parts of the body and also create swelling and discomfort.

Foods and beverages that are high in purines are what can trigger a gout attack.  The disease is also hereditary.  From my research the number one cause for a gout flare up is beer, then alcohol, then consuming foods high in purines, like beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and other proteins.  Also, some vegetables like asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, and mushrooms.  Basically all the things I like so for a person like me this is a drastic wake up call to change my habits.

For treatment while I’m dealing with this attack, my Doctor has asked me to eliminate all the foods and beverages I mentioned above  and also put me on daily doses of  Celecoxib and Allopurinol.  In addition, I have been given 4 days of pain medicine to numb the flare ups.

My best advice to you, don’t get Gout, and if you do don’t subject yourself to foods and beverages high in purines.  It’s just not worth it.

Here are some useful links:

The Mayo Clinic Gout Diet

Health Line Best Diet for Gout

 

 

 

 

The Golden Steer Las Vegas

The Golden Steer has been a staple of Las Vegas for many decades, yet I have eluded this timeless masterpiece without much intrigue.  If it wasn’t for a recent post by my friend who had alas entered this marvelous steakhouse and wrote about it, I perhaps would be without a review of my own.   The Golden Steer on Sahara about a block down from the corner of Sahara and Las Vegas Blvd is home to Las Vegas’s biggest baked potato, an assortment of steaks, seafood, salads, and pasta.  It is a throw back to the days when waiters wore bow ties and the dark ambiance will have you feeling like you’re dining in the 1960’s.  I took my father here for his 76th birthday, and although the Steer had an hour wait, we entertained ourselves with video poker and complimentary drinks at the bar.  For dinner we had the porterhouse, and the filet mignon and lobster tail combination that came with a salad, and side choice being the gargantuan sized baked potato.   You can find the Golden Steer at 308 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102.

Italian American Club Las Vegas, Nevada

The Italian American Club Ristorante Italiano on East Sahara in Las Vegas is a long standing tradition for Vegas locals and tourists.  It has been around since 1960 and serves traditional Italian American favorites like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and a variety of steaks, seafood, and pasta dishes.  I had the chicken parmigiana, meatballs, stuffed banana peppers, and a few glasses of red wine.  Everything I ate and drank was delicious.  I would recommend the Italian American Club if you are in the mood for large portions and a speak easy atmosphere when dining.  You can find the Club at 2333 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104.

 

Herradero Carniceria, the best kept secret in Las Vegas…

Wow Wow Wow, this Mexican meat market near my home has me in complete awe.  I have driven by it thousands of times, but never bothered to stop in until a few weeks ago and I was blown away by the selection of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and other items like Mexican pastries.  My first time I bought some carne asada,  cheese, small corn tortillas, and some salsa to make tacos at home.  After the finished product was crafted and brought to my lips for the taste test, my first thoughts after tasting my own tacos was that I had stumbled upon a recipe that  I could literally open my open taco stand with.  It was that good.  Tonight I went back to make a home made salad with chicken and I found the produce to be the freshest I have had in Nevada and the prices were on point.   I will be going back again and again and again.  You can find Herradero at  3655 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103.  

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, NV 2018

The last time I went to Electric Daisy Carnival was in Los Angeles, Ca.  The event was held there for years before moving to Las Vegas due to a young lady’s death at the event.  Over the years tickets have become rather expensive and I have had to work during the festival so I had not made it out to the Las Vegas motor speedway to experience the lights, rides, music and people, but this year 2018 I had my chance.  I signed up for a job to help clean up the event and I was given a weekend all access pass.  I had a great time and I’m glad I got the opportunity.  Check out my photos and videos below.

 

 

Thrilled to have my photography for sale on Getty Images.

My collection of photos is being featured on Getty Images.  I am ecstatic that my work has been selected to be sold on a premier platform like Getty that has a global reach and outstanding reputation.  You can buy and view my photos using the following link. Casey’s photos for sale on Getty Images.  You can also find a collection of my photography on the EyeEm platform using this link to Casey’s photos on EyeEm.