Thursday, 15 February 2018

Throwback Thursday to A New Year and A New Beginning

I've been going through some old posts in preparation for moving my blog to Wordpress and came across this one (below the photo) from two years ago as we were just beginning our homeschool adventures. Some things have changed; the first being how much we pack along with us, online curriculum has become more of a friend these days as we travel.

One thing that hasn't changed is the admiration I have for my mother who taught me to read before I was old enough to begin school and continued to urge me along my path of learning even when my teachers would tell her I was "getting bored because I was too far ahead of the other children." Her response was always the same, "She loves to learn and I'm not about to stop her."

I lost my mom way too soon but I can feel her influence as I continue to homeschool our grandson and I know he is reaping the benefits of having such a wonderful great-grandmother, even though they never had the fortune to meet.

These days EJ loves to map out our road trips on Google Earth
Here we are, two weeks into the new year and people are getting back into the regular routines of life. For me, it is a new routine of writing my blog full-time. I'm finding there is a great community of bloggers out there where I can find support and suggestions on how to keep things on track. I have also found a community of blogging homeschoolers, many who travel and "roadschool" as we will be doing for much of the next year.

There are a few things I've discovered in getting ready for our latest trip. A, there are a lot of things to pack for an eight-year-old who homeschools and B, my mother was an amazing woman. There were times in my childhood when our family traveled where it wasn't practical for us to attend a bricks and mortar school. When this happened, our mom took over our teaching duties and made sure we didn't fall behind. She did a wonderful job and even helped me stay ahead of my grade. 

I wonder how she managed to pack all of the books and things required into our 1971 Town and Country station wagon and still have room for luggage! This was before the time of ebooks and email so she had to carry along our textbooks and readers plus pens, pencils, get the picture. I loved learning this way and benefitted from visiting historic sites, art galleries and National Parks in person; so much more meaningful than only reading about them in a book.

Discovering the Lewis and Clark Trail
Getting back to our trip, it began in cold and snowy areas so we had to brave the elements as we drove along a portion of the Lewis and Clark Trail in Montana. Our grandson was fascinated and couldn't wait to learn more about their expedition. At one site the information boards talked of Sacagawea so she was added to the list of books to find. I really like the Grosser & Dunlap "Who was...?" and "What was...?" series. They are written at a grade 3-7 level so they are perfect for our needs and will be for some time. Picking them up at Barnes and Noble with my home educator discount makes them affordable plus the boy can look through the shelf and pick one for himself, always a treat.

Our new books
We continued on through Idaho and Utah and had a lovely drive through Zion National Park where we saw big horned sheep and wild turkeys along the side of the road. There was a lot of discussion about rocks and formations since this is something we are studying right now. We made sure to get our National Park passport stamped. We want to see how many we can get to in 2016, their centennial year.

Zion National Park
Our next stop was Las Vegas for the Continental Cup of curling. It seems a little odd to hold a curling event in a desert town but they put on a great show. We also spoke with some local curlers who are working to build a curling rink in Vegas. This way they can develop a junior program. Our grandson loves to curl in his local group and it's a great way for him to interact with other kids since he is homeschooled.

Curling competition in Las Vegas
After Las Vegas, we decided to travel on from there to the Tucson, Arizona area (warm weather, no snow!) There are a number of National Parks here that offer Junior Ranger programs that fit in with school curriculum. Learning about things hands-on is always so much more fun, and memorable, than simply learning from a book. I treasure my childhood memories of visits to The White House, Stone Mountain, and Kitty Hawk, to name just a few. I want our grandson to have these memories too.

This week we also celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Again we were able to find a "Who was...?" book that begins at the very beginning of MLK's life. It is fun for a child to see how an average little boy from a normal family can grow up to do great things. It is good to have role models and dreams.

A great read for MLK Jr. Day
We've had a great start to our journey and look forward to traveling and learning as we travel North America, one highway at a time.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Memories of Yesterday's Kitchen

Who did most of the cooking when you were growing up? Just thinking about this question has me remembering the hearty beef stews and pot roasts that my mother would prepare. There would always be enough roast beef left over to make a shepherd's pie the next day. This would be an all-day affair with my dad securing the meat grinder to the edge of the kitchen table and turning the crank as my mother fed the slow-roasted beef into the silver colored hopper at the top. I loved to watch as the first bits of meat pushed their way through the plates in the front of the grinder and tumbled into the waiting Pyrex casserole dish.

My parents shared the cooking duties in our home, each having their own specific tasks. I remember our dad carefully watching to get just the right temperature before dropping freshly cracked eggs into the poaching water on Sunday mornings as mom spread the toast with creamery butter.

We ate well in our home but when it came to baking, that was our grandmother's domain. She knew just how the pie crust should feel as she rolled it out and that the bread dough was kneaded enough when it began to 'squeak'. I remember leaning over her kitchen table, pencil in hand, writing down her 'receipts' in my scribbler. 

My mom restricted her baking to Duncan Hines and Pillsbury. She always insisted that her mother had preferred to rule her own kitchen and hadn't taught her daughters to bake; thankfully Gramma had changed her attitude by the time my cousin and I were teenagers and she taught us both the secrets to her specialties. 

My grandmother taught me how to can as well. When we were living in Toronto, we had a huge pear tree in the backyard that would get so heavy with fruit that my dad would have to prop up its branches to keep the golden globes from hitting the ground as they ripened. Once warnings of the first frost arrived, we would all go out into the yard, armed with buckets, baskets, and paper shopping bags to pick the fruit that my grandmother would soon peel, slice and sweeten in my mother's kitchen. 

Up from the basement would come boxes of sealer jars that had been collected there as they were emptied of their delicious contents over the previous year. Bags of sugar and new lids would be purchased at Knob Hill Farms by my grandfather during one of his bargain hunting expeditions and soon our little bungalow would be filled with the sweet smell of pears as they softened in the open graniteware kettle on the back of the avocado green stove (my mother's pride and was the 70's.)

By day's end, there would be rows of jars, filled with the light amber jewel toned pears, along with a few filled with rosy peaches if Grampa's shopping trip had been successful, cooling on tea towels laid out for this purpose. Oh, how I loved this scene, one I have repeated myself many times over the years in my own kitchen. I couldn't wait for one of the shiny jars to be opened so we could enjoy its delicious contents with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This was dessert on many nights, no need for fancy cakes or pies, just the simple goodness of the harvest. (Of course, there was always a cake for birthdays and anniversaries, nothing fancy, just a frosted rectangle but we loved them all.)

Gramma in charge of my aunt's tiny kitchen
preparing Christmas dinner
Grama was also the one who took care of most of our family holiday meals. Even if we were gathering at one of my mom's sisters' homes, Grama would arrive early, freshly baked pies in hand, to help with the turkey. My mom and dad took care of the meal when we hosted, but we would still enjoy Grama's pie for dessert. On those occasions, the meat grinder would make its appearance right after breakfast, this time churning out chopped onions, breadcrumbs and giblets for the stuffing that was cooked inside of the bird. There was an extra pan for us kids minus the giblets, thus avoiding complaints and helping to keep peace at the dinner table.

These days, our girls have taken over our the preparation and hosting of our holiday gatherings. Another generation of family cooks has joined the ranks.

They say that too many cooks in the kitchen can spoil the broth...I think I'm lucky to have them all.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Homeschool Day at the Calgary Zoo

When making the decision to homeschool, one of our daughter's biggest concerns was socialization. Changing from a daily schedule of before-and-after school care plus full-day school to being an only child who homeschools would be a big change so we wanted to be sure there would be opportunities for interaction with other children. As it turns out, we didn’t need to be overly concerned. With a little research, we’ve been able to find plenty of programs and drop-ins for homeschooled children and families where kids have the chance to work together. An added benefit of our traveling is having the chance to work with children and facilitators from different areas of the U.S. and Canada. Nothing can beat hands-on learning for bringing a subject to life for a child.

We try to take advantage of opportunities here at home as well. One of our ventures last year was Home School Day at the Calgary Zoo (sadly they are not currently offering a homeschool program.) This program had the advantage of covering areas of the provincial curriculum so we could fit it in easily with our desired learning outcomes.

Learning about lifecycles 
The day started out cold and blustery so we were happy that much of our activities were indoors. The day was organized into a morning and afternoon session by grade group. You could register for one or both, depending on your preference. Grades 3 and 4 started the day with "Croak, Lifecycles of the Young & Slimy" where the kids learned about the life cycle of insects, birds, amphibians, and mammals. There were lots of opportunities for the kids to ask questions and participate in the program that ended with a skit for the moms who joined in by creating the "scary" music at the appropriate moments.

Learning about all of the things that are made from plants, including ginger ale
After a lunch break, we gathered at the Karsten Discovery Centre for the afternoon sessions. This time, grades 3 and 4 would be working in the Conservatory on "Green and Gorgeous" where they learned about plants and botany. They learned about what makes a plant a plant and looked at the many ways the lives of humans and plants intertwine. After identifying several plant species in the Living Garden, the kids tried their hands at sketching their favorite (notebooking.) This was followed by time in the lab where they had the opportunity to dissect a flower and identify its parts. This worked in well with the lifecycle study as well as providing an opportunity to work with a partner.

I really appreciated how the instructors made sure to keep all of the students involved and to make sure they had opportunities to interact and work together during the sessions. Attending homeschool days at local (and far away) venues certainly enriches our homeschool.

A Day in the Life of a Voyageur

As a loyal watcher of “The Crown”, I can just imagine Queen Lilibet’s reaction to a group of Canadian Boy Scouts using the walls of a fort as kindling in their celebratory bonfire to mark the occasion of her coronation! I like to think she and her dear Philip would have shared a smile at the news of a group of enthusiastic young men pillaging a pile of old stored wood that had once stood on the site of today’s provincial capital buildings to mark the occasion in an unforgettable manner.

Is the story true? Hard to say. Does it contain some truth? Likely. These are the kinds of stories that spark the imagination of young people and (with proper encouragement) sends them off to find out “the rest of the story.”

We love visiting museums and historic parks at home and during our travels. Some of our favorite spots are living history museums like Fort Edmonton Park, where they offer special homeschool days throughout the year. These events are great opportunities for EJ to connect with other homeschool kids while learning about the theme of the day.

Learning about York Boats and the North Saskatchewan River
On a recent homeschool day, Life of a Voyageur, EJ learned about the early settlement of western Canada and, more specifically, our province. It was snowy and brisk outside but that didn’t stop our enthusiastic guide leader. Charles (dressed in his authentic Hudson’s Bay coat), led the group around the old Hudson’s Bay fort and explained what life would have been like for the French fur traders who helped settle the area. He was terrific with the kids, trudging through the snow and sharing stories of York Boats and frozen rivers. Much more fun than mama reading from signs and guide books.

Outside the great hall
Next was a walk to the fort itself where the kids were introduced to the great hall where enlisted single men would have lived while posted at the fort. It now serves as a lunchroom and gathering area for visitors, somewhere to warm up on a January day like today.
Charles had the fireplace warming up the great hall for us when we arrived. There would be some cooking happening on it later in the day. While we were inside, Charles regaled the group with stories about the fort, including the one about the infamous Coronation Celebration Bonfire.

Is your rabbit pelt worth a beaver?
The kids loved hearing the “inside scoop” and begged Charles to tell more stories as he began to round them up to move onto the fur trading room and trading post area. Here the children (and parents) learned about the grading of various pelts and how a beaver pelt was held as the standard due to its popularity and value in trade with England and France for making beaver skin hats (think Abraham Lincoln, black, stovepipe, you get the idea.)

There are many items to trade for on the shelves.
After the pelts were valued, the trappers and traders moved on to the trading area of the fort. Here they could find things like flour, nails, blankets, beads, tools, dishes, many of the things they couldn’t make on their own that made life much easier for them. The kids couldn’t believe that this was what a grocery store looked like “back in the day.” Where were the dairy coolers? We learned explained that from time to time there would have been items like butter and eggs for sale when a local farm wife would have some to spare in exchange for a bolt of new fabric, but it would not be easy to come by year-round as it is today.

Teaching the kids how to "bake" bannock over an open fire
We headed back to the great hall for lunch and to “bake” our bannock. The children were eager to take turns rolling out the biscuit dough and wrapping it around the long wooden sticks they would use to cook them over the coals of the open fire. We did have a few casualties, fortunately, dough and not children, but they all had a terrific time.

That is one heavy pack
After lunch, the children learned just how difficult it was to carry a stack of pelts on their backs (even after eating a good lunch) and had the opportunity to tour the Big House of the Chief Factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, John Rowand. The first building west of Winnipeg to have glass windows, this three-story home was much larger than anything in the area and served to impress guests from England. The boys loved it when Charles shared a story of Rowand’s bones traveling to England and back before being buried in Montreal.

We ended the day outdoors to blow off some steam while learning games that were popular in the time period (a lot of them involved running!)

Both boys and girls were eager to discover more about the fort and, thankfully, Charles was a willing enabler. Although the clock showed 4:00, he happily stayed late with those who wanted to stick around a while and found yet another activity to keep them curious and learning. Removing a small metal container containing tinder and charcloth from his pocket, he explained how this was the only thing between a trapper and a cold night since things like matches and lighters hadn’t been invented yet. The children were amazed and so excited when they could take turns trying to get a small fire started.

Working on the fire

It was finally time for the little group to break up and head home (or in our case to dinner and the hotel) but not before the kids made sure they would be seeing each other at a future homeschool day. Although they don’t interact on a daily basis, they do seem to make connections, one of the great benefits of attending these events.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Vacation Pics from our Budding Photographer

Our grandson has always shown an interest in taking pictures. I can remember buying him his first little VTech camera (it was orange) when he was only a toddler.

Since then, many different pocket cameras have come and gone. Some ate batteries so fast it was less expensive to purchase something new; others that decided they would prefer to keep their lens covers half closed at all times (great for abstract art but not for family vacation photos!)

Now that he is getting a bit older (he's 10) and better able to take care of his things, we decided to buy him a nicer camera that he can use in auto setting to begin and then advance to using it on manual.

Visiting our local camera store we found him a mirrorless Nikon 1 that fits the bill. Buying the refurbished J1 rather than going with a new J5 made the cost comparable to purchasing another point and click but is of much higher quality. And like my Nikon DSLRs, we have spare batteries and extra memory cards on hand for him (a huge plus when you have long days traveling.)

EJs new camera - he did the frosty effect with PicMonkey

Along with his new camera, I signed him up for the Techie Homeschool Photography Club. 

As regular readers of my blog will know, I'm a big fan of the Techie Homeschool Mom's online unit studies and this club runs along the same type of outline, incorporating the Udemy Kid's Photography Class for weekly instruction and filling in with videos and books to help your child learn the history, how, and why of picture taking through the ages.

So having worked through his six weeks of lessons, and many practice pictures, he was ready to take his photography on the road.

First stop, our hotel in Las Vegas where he photographed the new "Kevin" puppy from Home Alone 2 that his papa bought him at Raising Cane's (his second favorite chicken fingers right behind the ones at Cracker Barrel, those come with mac and cheese!)

Next was his lunch at Lindo Machoacan (you'll note he couldn't resist a bite first 😇 )

Then came classic cars in the parade at Boulder City (seriously, what boy doesn't love classic cars?!)

The Flinstone's car is a classic....right?

Our hotel room, complete with Melissa and Doug wooden car set for his little brother (he had to open it to check it out.)

Breakfast...that was one huge pancake from the Southwest Cafe!

Native American Heritage Month display at Lake Mead Visitor Center.

Beach Regulations (he said he was trying hard to follow the rule of thirds.)

Brooklyn Pizza while waiting for the Reba, Brooks and Dunn concert (he LOVES country music 😊)

And finally, photos of the Christmas display in the Bellagio Conservatory.

As I'm sure you can tell, he's been having a lot of fun with this and is now asking for his own Instagram account so he can share his work with his friends. 

He has also discovered that he likes using my DSLRs and my phone to take photos and using Pic Monkey for editing and making collages.

I have discovered that photography is one of the least messy options for homeschool art studies. Seems like a win-win for both of us!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

It's the Little Things That Help Get You Through

Things have been a bit upside down in our family for the past few weeks with it seeming like everyone in the family was taking turns coming down with the flu.

First, it was EJ and me during the last few days of our visit to Nevada. Sadly it caused us to cancel visits with friends and some of our sightseeing plans but we got through it with the help of a wonderful hubby/papa who made sure we were never without crackers, ginger ale, and tea during our worst days.

A treat of hot chocolate is even
better with whipped cream
No matter how miserable we felt, it was nothing compared to finding out my mother-in-law had taken a fall in her apartment that required a trip to the hospital. Thankfully she wasn't too badly hurt aside from a couple of stitches on her finger and a bruise on her cheek but there was more to come. 

Then, only two days later, she came down with the flu (even though she'd had her flu shot as she does every year.) As with many folks her age (she's 98), my tiny mother-in-law easily becomes dehydrated when faced with this type of illness, and this time was no different. Our daughter took one look at her and realized she would need medical treatment. We were still on the road in Utah, heading home so she called and let us know what was going on.

I have to say we are so fortunate to have responsible daughters who step in and take responsibility when they are needed. Thankfully, her husband was home to care for the baby while she headed up to the hospital with her grandma. Her eldest sister joined her there as soon as she could get someone to cover her shift at work. (And her employer arranged for a driver to get her there.)

Thankfully things were a bit more under control by the time we arrived home but there was still much to do. Since MIL had a room to herself we were able to bring her little Christmas tree in to brighten things up. 

Now that she was allowed visitors some of her friends and neighbors came by for a cup of tea (hubby kept her well supplied from Tim Hortons downstairs at the hospital, much nicer than the "hospital food" tea!) 

Her friends convinced her to allow us to turn on the TV set for her as well (she had been worried about disturbing others with the sound no matter how many times we assured her it would be fine.)

One of her neighbors brought MIL
eye drops when she ran out
Once she had other visitors, hubby was able to take a bit of a break and get out of the hospital for a real meal. It had fallen to him to do hospital duty since he still had vacation time and everyone else either had work and/or childcare responsibilities.

We had another unexpected circle of support, our friends, and contacts on social media. It may seem like a small thing but a little note of encouragement or the sharing of tips on how to get a senior to eat when they don't like (the aforementioned) hospital food really helped bolster our spirits. (FYI "sneaking in" a treat from McDonald's is a popular option and worked for us!)

EJ is happy his great-grandma
is coming home this week
So we are now well past the crisis. My mother-in-law is heading home to her tiny apartment this week. Homecare and house cleaners will begin their regular visits once again and she can get back to her knitting and to tending her houseplants (we managed to keep them alive while she was in hospital!) Life is back to (our) normal but with a difference.

I've been reminded of how important the little things can be, a kind word, a listening ear, sharing the burden even if only the tiniest bit.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A Pre-Christmas Family Visit to Las Vegas - Part One

I can't tell you how many times I've had friends comment to me that they had never thought of Las Vegas as a family-friendly vacation spot. One, in particular, was amazed to see our vacation photos from Death Valley National Park and Red Rock Canyon. She is an avid hiker and had never thought of the southern Nevada area as an area that she would enjoy.

We have other friends who like to keep Las Vegas to themselves, a weekend getaway spot for the grown-ups. I can understand that. Hubby and I like to escape the cold and head to Vegas ourselves. We aren't big gamblers but we love the variety of restaurants and entertainment we find there.

We decided to take our grandson for a pre-Christmas visit this year. It gave him an opportunity to visit with friends (their mom has known his mom since they were little) and to check out some of the many holiday activities and displays the area has to offer. We also planned museum visits that fit in with our homeschool lessons.

Even though we tried to limit our books this trip we still needed
two luggage carts to carry everything up to our room
We arrived at the Best Western in Henderson to find we'd been upgraded to a suite. This is always a pleasant surprise since it gives us much more room to spread out. The hotel was located just off the St. Rose Parkway so it was handy and quieter than staying closer to the Strip. Henderson is also closer to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, very handy for sightseeing.

Day one saw us sticking close to our room doing our lessons. It was nice after three days in the car and helped us organize things for the rest of our stay. We did take a break to visit the pool and visit one of our favorite restaurants, Lindo Michoacan (the La Loma location was only a short drive from our hotel and offers a great view of Las Vegas and The Strip).

Who can resist sharing a delicious dessert
Hubby and I discovered this restaurant on a visit a few years ago and have added it as a must do whenever we are in the area. The only drawback is that there are so many choices I have a tough time figuring out what to order! (For my meal that is, dessert is always Mexican Fried Ice Cream!)

After speaking to some folks at the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum, we decided to stay in Boulder City for the weekend so we could attend their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa Claus Parade the next night. We were able to adjust our reservation and moved to the Best Western in Boulder City for the two nights. It was the perfect location, walking distance to the tree lighting and the parade passed right in front of the hotel. It's an older property but our room was nice and clean and they have an indoor pool.

EJ had fun watching and taking pictures of the parade
Boulder City is a great location for family travel. Close to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, this location is perfect as a base for outdoor activities. Arriving early on Friday, we visited Lake Mead where EJ learned about the history and environment of the area as he earned his Junior Ranger Badge. (We like to incorporate the junior ranger booklets with our lessons since they cover a lot of good information about the area we are visiting.)

Learning about the ecosystem of the Lake Mead area
After leaving the Visitor Center, we decided to have a picnic on the edge of the lake. There were very few people out that day and all of the picnic areas were quite far from the water so we improvised...our dashboard served the purpose!

Peanut butter and jam is good
The weather was sunny and warm, perfect for a walk along the water's edge. Although the water level rose slightly from 2016, the "bathtub ring" shows clearly just how far it has fallen through many years of drought in the area.

Spending a sunny afternoon at the beach

It's amazing how different things look now than when we visited Lake Mead on our honeymoon in 1980 when it was at almost full capacity (about twice as much as today I believe).

Heading back to hotel EJ had a ton of questions about why the water is so low now and what could be done to help it fill again. Travel is a great way to ignite a child's interest in learning!

We arrived back at our hotel in time for the Christmas Tree lighting at the park nearby and then decided to bring Jack-in-the-Box back to our room for supper (we don't have this at home in Canada so it's a treat when we travel).

Next morning we had time for some math and spelling work before heading off to the railway museum. Hubby had arranged for he and EJ to ride up in the engine on the Santa Train (he's a locomotive engineer) so we wanted to arrive in plenty of time.

EJ didn't suspect a thing although he was wondering why we weren't lining up to board the train. His papa kept him busy explaining how the wheels and breaks worked on the engine. Much more fun than reading about it in a book :)

When the conductor called "All aboard!" EJ got his surprise as the engineer invited him to climb up on the engine. He was super excited and trying to take everything in at once.

Riding the engine on the Santa Train
The guys had a great time running the train through the desert terrain (so different from the Rocky Mountain run hubby has a home) and speaking with the crew. It sounds like the train run will be getting longer once all the road construction is done in the area but the distance didn't dampen our young man's enthusiasm one bit. He came bounding down the steps, asking if I had heard the bells ringing - "That was me! I got to blow the horn too!"

The Nevada Southern Railway Museum is definitely worth the stop if you have any train fans in your family. We spent some time checking out some of the other cars and the shop area before heading off for lunch and an afternoon swim back at the hotel. 

The guys wanted to be sure of a good spot for Santa's Electric Night Parade so they grabbed blankets and snacks and found a place for us on the planter wall in front of the hotel. By the time I came down from the room the streets were filled with families waiting for the first set of lights signaling the start of the parade. 

I was surprised at how many entries there were in the parade, including the fan favorite Star Wars Speeder. Note the kids having fun joining in with their lightsabers on the side of the street!

There was time for a quick supper and a call home before bed since we planned an early start for Hoover Dam the next morning.

Hoover Dam and the new bypass highway
Sadly, we arrived at the dam to find out they were having trouble with the elevators so there were no tours that day so we had to settle for a walk across instead (parking is still free in spots on the Arizona side).

Since we finished early at the dam we decided to stop for brunch at one of the local diners we had heard about in Boulder City. 

The Southwest Diner is a tiny place and we expected a wait but were lucky and found a table right away. It was tough to decide on what to order as we watched heaping plates pass by our table (the pancakes are enormous!) but I finally settled on my staple clubhouse sandwich (I was torn between it and the Avocado BLT). I order these everywhere we go and everyone has their own take on it. Les' Club was fairly standard but boasted a generous portion of roasted turkey breast along with crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. A definite will order this again sandwich.

Les' Club and fries
EJ was happy with his breakfast from the kid's menu and hubby's only complaint was the large portion of corned beef hash was too large to finish. This diner is worth a visit.

Our visit to Boulder City was at an end. We headed back to Henderson for the remainder of our visit and more pre-Christmas fun that I'll share with you in part two of my post.

The Southwest Diner in Boulder City Nevada