First glimpse: Las Vegas Neon Boneyard

Neon MuseumTo who-ever says that Las Vegas Strip has no history or culture, I ask… “Are you just jealous?!” Seriously, I live in a desert town built by legally insane (kidding, sort of…) visionaries who decided that an empty Nevadan desert would be the “ideal” spot for a gambling/entertainment metropolis. In the beginning, Sin City was a modest stop for gambling along the highway to L.A. (Genius!) Even now, I can look out my office window and see the the harsh line where our city ends and the desert dirt begins. It took a solid group of artistic, forward-thinking and business-savvy souls to build a city of neon where no one thought it was possible. And now, a dedicated group of downtown historians has opened the “Neon Boneyard,” which is already internationally famous, up to the public. The collection of retired neon signs has been there for a few years, but part of its mystery was always that it was difficult to get an appointment. Now? This absolute treasure is now open to the public.  I was honored to be one of the first people to see the Neon Museum at night, lit up. The tour takes about an hour and is fascinating: There is no excuse not to go. Bring your kids, bring the history buffs, make the tourists tag along. It really is the best of Las Vegas. I will post more soon, but I wanted to whet your appetite first.

Let’s show off this neon jungle history!

How-to: guided motorcycle tours through Grand Canyon

Abby Tegnelia After rising at 3:45 am, taking a private jet charter to Arizona during which we saw the sunrise, and then taking a Papillon helicopter tour through the Grand Canyon, our day had yet to reach the grand finale:  Have you ever considered guided motorcycle tours through this glorious national park? Let me tell you — it was amazing! I had one rather sad attempt at being a biker chick awhile back. I felt so uncomfortable that I didn’t even take any photos. But I made up for it this time! Don’t I look like a natural? And I definitely need to buy a leather jacket…

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How-to: guided motorcycle tours through Grand Canyon

Abby Tegnelia After rising at 3:45 am, taking a private jet charter to Arizona during which we saw the sunrise, and then taking a Papillon helicopter tour through the Grand Canyon, our day had yet to reach the grand finale:  Have you ever considered guided motorcycle tours through this glorious national park? Let me tell you — it was amazing! I had one rather sad attempt at being a biker chick awhile back. I felt so uncomfortable that I didn’t even take any photos. But I made up for it this time! Don’t I look like a natural? And I definitely need to buy a leather jacket…

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Biker Chick, Take Two

Papillon HelicoptersThe first time I played Biker Chick and took off for an afternoon on a Harley for a motorcycle ride through the desert, I didn’t take a single photo. I vowed to never let that happen again! On my recent day-trip to the Grand Canyon with Papillon Helicopters, which started early enough that I got to see the sunrise over the magnificent national park, we were treated with my second motorcyle ride. This time, we drove through Arizona in a pack. I felt like I was part of the Hell’s Angels! The weather was perfect, the scenery gorgeous — and the ride itself a relaxing break from a busy schedule.

Plenty of bad-a** photos coming up of my motley crew on our bikes — stay tuned for the exciting details of our motorcycle tour!

Vegas to Grand Canyon excursion worth the early rise

Abby TegneliaDo I look like I’ve been up since 3:45 am? Let me tell you — it was worth it! Because I managed to drag myself to the airport by 5:30 am to meet up with Papillon helicopters by late morning, I got to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon as I flew from Boulder City, Nevada (20 minutes from my house in Las Vegas) to the South Rim. And that was before I got to experience the Canyon in two very different ways. In fact, this unique excursion on Papillon proved to be such an exciting, fun-filled day that I forgot to be tired. As far as day trips go, this was the best of the best! This was my third visit to the world-famous national park; each was special in its own way, but this one was definitely the most exhilarating. And did I mention it was brand-new? I love being among the first to try anything!

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Ok, FINE, I’m a Jetsetter! (today)

Abby TegneliaI always get teased about being a “jetsetter,” which I think is funny since I hardly think scraping together pennies from a journalist’s salary for a Southwest ticket does a “jetsetter” make. But sometimes I get invited to do some things that deserve some good-natured ribbing. And for once, I’m not going to go, “Oh, stop it…” On Monday, I got to do something I had never done before: fly into town (Hollywood for that matter)  just for a party — and I even got to hit the red carpet with one of my favorite stars.

So fine, call me a jetsetter…  But just this once!

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