Aliens in California, Giant Watermelon in Utah with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

Arriving in Baker, California we see the world’s tallest thermometer.

World’s tallest thermometer in Baker, California

This thermometer is 134 feet tall and was turned on October 9, 1992.     Our moms are still looking on Roadside America, so we will be seeing the unusual in Baker.   This is really unusual!

Fresh Alien Jerky

Aliens in the California desert?   Yes indeed.   Across from the thermometer we wander around Alien Fresh Jerky.

Alien Fresh Jerky

This sign also has a thermometer just under the pictures.   Temperatures in the desert are of interest to tourists.   We see aliens.

Aliens drive cars??

They are driving, here, in our desert?   Yes they are.   And here is the vehicle they drive.

Alien vehicle

Very futuristic, we ducks think.   Inside this store, we saw and sampled many types of jerky.   There are many varieties for humans to enjoy.   Also lots of other snacks and beverages, and a huge souvenir selection.   Alien t-shirts anyone?  There are plans to open a 3 story saucer shaped motel here also.   When it is completed, it will be advertised as “Gateway to Area 51.”   Area 51 is in Nevada, and regular people are not allowed there.   Rumors are plentiful of aliens in the area?   If humans aren’t allowed somewhere, they seem to have great imaginations for the reason.   We ducks won’t express our opinion, but if the area is ever open to the public, we will be there.   Humans like to eat, Roadside America had information on the Mad Greek Cafe, and here we are.

Mad Greek Cafe

Here is Hercules.

Inside Mad Greek Cafe

Inside, this restaurant looks like Greece.   Or so our moms say.   We ducks have not been to Greece, but our moms visited before we ducks were part of the family.   Outside is the hot desert, but inside we gaze at this cool looking harbor.

Great picture. A beautiful Greek harbor in the California desert.

There are Greek columns and statues in abundance here.

Statues inside Mad Greek Cafe

We really like this place, and the food was delicious and the prices were reasonable.   Next time we are here in the desert around Baker, California, we will enjoy another meal at the Mad Greek Cafe.   Baker is on Interstate 15, the main road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Nevada.   Back on the highway, we soon enter Nevada.

Entering Nevada by Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Right on the state border is Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. We will join those other humans and take a look.   When the Hoover Dam was built, it was the highest dam in the world.   Not now, though.   Lake Mead is the biggest reservoir in the United States.

Lake Mead is formed by Hoover Dam

This is what we saw from the walkway.   This dam provides electricity for Las Vegas, Nevada.   As you can guess, Las Vegas really needs a lot of electricity.   We drove through Las Vegas, but did not stop.   That will be a destination for another time.   Leaving Nevada, we drove through a small part of Arizona, and then to Utah.   In Green River, Utah, we stopped to see the world’s largest watermelon slice.

Largest watermelon slice. Green River, Utah

This watermelon slice was built in the 1950’s for Green River’s Watermelon Days Festival.   For protection, it is under a roof.   We ducks are learning to love Roadside America.   We stop to see so many things we would miss, if moms didn’t look at http://www.RoadsideAmerica.com   When you are driving, stop to see unusual things.   We think you will enjoy it as much as we do.

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Eider Duck on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada

My cousin, Eider Duck and the humans went downtown Las Vegas to Fremont Street.

Eider Duck with Cindy in Downtown Las Vegas

Eider Duck with Cindy in Downtown Las Vegas

Cindy is holding Eider.  This is a crazy place.  This man is really human.

He stands like this on his cane for hours.  WOW

He stands like this on his cane for hours. WOW

He stays in this position, sitting on his cane for hours.  He really looks like a statue.

The Fremont casino is big.

Eider with Cindy at Fremont Casino

Eider with Cindy at Fremont Casino

Eider also visited the Golden Nugget.

Cindy and Eider near Golden Nugget.

Cindy and Eider near Golden Nugget.

They have real gold nuggets in a display case inside.  Some are even from Eider’s state of Alaska.

The 4 Queens is real popular and has a nice hotel.

Eider and Cindy at 4 Queens

Eider and Cindy at 4 Queens

Binions Casino is pretty famous also.

Binions on Fremont Street

Binions on Fremont Street

Do you notice the cover over the street?  The canopy has lights in it.  At night there are light shows on the hour.  These are amazing.  Here are a couple photos of the show, to give you an idea of what you will see when you visit Fremont Street at night.

Sound and light show on Fremont Street

Sound and light show on Fremont Street

More of the Fremont Experience.

The Fremont Experience

The Fremont Experience

On the way back to their condo on the strip, or Las Vegas Boulevard, Eider saw the volcano at the Mirage Resort erupting.

The volcano erupting at the Mirage Resort

The volcano erupting at the Mirage Resort

Las Vegas is quite a town.  Thanks for sharing with us, Eider.

 

Chinese New Years in Las Vegas with Eider Duck

My Alaska cousin, Eider Duck was in Las Vegas, Nevada for Chinese New Years.  These pictures from Eider and dad show some of the displays in a few resorts.   The Venetian is a huge resort.  Just look at this, even before entering the building.

Outside the Venetian.  I see a gondola there.

Outside the Venetian. I see a gondola there.

This is the year of the horse, so lots of horses in Las Vegas displays this month.  I can’t pick a favorite—I like them all. These are in the Palazzo,

Horse with coins inside the Palazzo

Horse with coins and Eider inside the Palazzo

which is connected to the Venetian.   Did you know that upon the completion and grand opening of the Palazzo on January 17, 2008, the Palazzo became the largest building in the United States?  The Palazzo displaced the Pentagon as the largest building in the United States in terms of floor space.  According to Wikipedia, the Palazzo has 6,948,980 square feet of floor space.  WOW!!

Inside Palazzo

Inside Palazzo

Now Eider and the humans have entered the Wynn Resort.

Inside Wynn Resort

Inside Wynn Resort

More magnificent Year of the Horse displays.

Inside Wynn Resort

Inside Wynn Resort

These photos from inside the Bellagio are great Eider.

Inside the Bellagio

Inside the Bellagio

Bellagio display for Year of the Horse

Bellagio display for Year of the Horse

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year

The Bellagio has a wonderful outside water show.

Dancing fountains at the Bellagio with Eider Duck

Dancing fountains at the Bellagio with Eider Duck

Between the Mirage and Treasure Island, Eider seems to be in trouble.  These statues honor Siegfried and Roy and their tigers.   Eider, get out of the tiger’s mouth!!

Eider get out of there!!!

Eider get out of there!!!

Looks like Eider is having a great time in Las Vegas.

Eider Duck…You lucky scoundrel.

Eider Duck…You lucky scoundrel.

More pictures from Eider to come.

Eider Duck Goes to Las Vegas

My Alaska cousin, Eider Duck sent us pictures from his trip to Las Vegas.  Here is Eider near Plant Hollywood looking toward the Bellagio.

Eider with Bellagio

Eider with Bellagio

Look as those palm trees.

Eider is by the flowers near the Arc de Triomphe.

Eider by flowers and Arc de Triomphe at Paris Resort

Eider by flowers and Arc de Triomphe at Paris Resort

This monument is 2/3 the size of the original Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.  The names and dates of Napoleon’s victories are inscribed on this monument.

Now Eider is at the Flamingo.  He is visiting the Wildlife Habitat there.

Eider at Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat

Eider at Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat

How appropriate—there are many flamingos at the Flamingo Resort.   Eider is with the fish.

Big fish swimming in here

Big fish swimming in here

What a great place.

So beautiful and peaceful.

So beautiful and peaceful.

Eider, what are you doing with the parrots??

Eider and parrot friends

Eider and parrot friends

Eider and his humans are entering the Mirage Resort.

Entering Mirage

Entering Mirage

Looks like Eider found a giant duck relative.

One of our larger relatives

One of our larger relatives

Tomorrow we will look at more pictures from Las Vegas.  Thanks Eider.