Party Bus: A Brief Introduction

If you have ever heard anyone talk about party buses and possibly renting one but you are not sure what all of the hype is about then sit back, relax and keep reading and you will learn what it is about. In the next few paragraphs, you will discover what a party bus is and why this option for transportation is becoming so popular.

What is a Party Bus Anyway?

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this concept, it is typically a normal bus. This might be a charter bus or even a school bus that has been redesigned. The seats may have all been ripped out and the bus converted into something like a massive limo. Some of these buses absolutely must be seen because a description will do them no justice. They can contain all varieties of amazing amenities and features.

Here is a quick peek at some of the awesome things that you might see on a party bus:

Fridges and even mini bars so that you have someplace where you can keep all of your drinks cold and even mix up your preferred cocktails.
Satellite TV, DVD players and TVs so that you can have visual entertainment no matter where you might be.
Lighting systems that are crazy enough to make you think that you are in a club. Everything from fiber optic lights to disco lights, laser lights and even strobe lights might be found on some party buses.
Custom sound systems that have CD players, iPod or MP3 connectivity with massive wattage and massive volume
Stripper poles and dance floors for those who like to get a bit crazy with the music
Restrooms so that you never even need to make pit stops when you are in the party zone

As it is made obvious by some of the items that are listed above, a party bus can and generally is equipped with a great number of amenities that have been designed specifically to make sure that you get a ride that is both entertaining and comfortable. In fact, the features that you see above are just a small sample of what you can expect to find on many party buses no matter where you are. In some places you can even hire a party bus that comes complete with an arcade, hot tubs or even live bands!

A party bus service is sort of like a limo service which is just an additional reason that this is such an amazing travel option. In many states it is even legal to drink alcohol when you are on board. Additionally, you will never need to worry about having to find a designated driver or calling for a cab to take you home.

When all is said and done, a party bus offers you a unique method of travel for groups of people that is coupled with an experience that is a once in a lifetime kind of thing.

The Top Things You Should Look For When Renting A Party Bus

Party busses are all the rage these days, driving around cities all across the country and letting groups have their own private birthday, anniversary, bachelor, and “just because” parties for hours on end. Depending on the company and the style of party bus, you may get a very different experience. So what should you keep in mind when you go to hire a party bus for your next big shindig? Read below to find your checklist.

What Are The Amenities Of The Party Bus?

Not all party busses are the same. Some come with stocked bars, dancing poles, surround sound speakers with jukebox playlist, plenty of comfortable seating, and the more expensive ones even come with hot tubs! However, very few come with all of the above for cheap, so you should prioritize what you want in a party bus. Do you want to do lots of dancing? Make sure you get one with ample room. Does the hot tub appeal to you? Go out of your way to find one. Poll your friends who will be coming to your party to see what they want. The happier you and your guests are, the better the party and your experience will be.

What Are The Rates For Party Busses In Your Area?

You need to budget for a good party bus, and every company approaches rates in a different way. Many charge by the hour, but some will charge a flat fee for the night. (Make sure you know what “a night” means in the company lingo.) Also be on the lookout for excess fees that may be in the fine print. Some fees include: extra gas charge if you want to be driven to a specific place outside of the proposed zone, a cleaning fee if your party trashes the bus, and even ridiculous things like a food, drink, and driver’s fee. Make sure you read the fine print before signing up for anything. Some party busses may end up cheaper than they initially seemed.

What Are The Reviews And Reputations Of The Companies?

This is very important. Even if one party bus is cheaper all around, if it has terrible reviews of both the bus and the drivers, then you want to stay far away. Never compromise your safety to save a buck. Most party bus drivers are male, so if you’re having an all-women party you want to pay extra attention here. Also read up on the overall safety and condition of the busses. If older models are being used, you may want to move on. The last thing you should check up on is how they stand with the law – have the party busses been involved in any accidents or illegal activities? You don’t want to be caught up in that.

Party busses are a wonderful way to throw a party for your friends. They can be an interim party as you are transported someone farther away, or you can have the driver go around your city all night while you party. Either way, make sure you do your research first!

A Night On The Town With The Help Of The Party Bus

It was a Friday and Jim had so many programs to solve. First, there was his friend Tim’s birthday party to attend. It was to be at the Social Hall which was a few kilometers away from his home. After that, he had to attend an all-boys outing which was beginning at exactly nine pm at a hotel downtown. This was indeed one hellishly busy night for him. If he missed either of the two events, no one would ever forgive him for it. He had to be there for both of them, yet he was only one person and could not divide himself into two.

But he was confident that it would be a fabulous night even if his schedule was “more than tight”. He made sure he booked his tickets for the party bus in plenty of time, politeness required it to be that way. This was not the first time he had multiple parties to attend on a single night as he had been in this kind of predicament before, but things had turned out fine in the long-run, thanks to the good old party bus!

He checked himself in the mirror and gasped, he looked so cool! He knew everyone would be overwhelmed with his amazing good looks. He took out his wallet, confirmed that the two tickets were still there and then like prince charming, marched towards the door. After checking the time on his watch and ensuring he still had a few minutes to burn, he took a deep breath and walked slowly towards the road. At exactly seven-thirty, the bus arrived. He climbed inside and took his seat just next to the window. He always loved to breathe in the fresh air that circulated into the bus from the open windows. As usual there was music playing on the magnificent sound system.

He reached the Social Hall and got out, thanking the chauffeur for a comfortable ride. He felt good after the journey. Nothing could ever match the comfort of the party bus. After every travel session, he never felt like getting off. Nobody would. The party bus had comfort and style, no wonder everyone loved it. It was even better than a personal car!

He reached the Social Hall just as the introductions were happening. He introduced himself and took his seat next to his best friend. After the cake had been cut and all the other customary niceties observed, it was time to give gifts to the “guy of the day”. After passing over his present, he slid out of the hall so unobtrusively that nobody noticed his early escape. He rushed to the road just as the party bus was rounding the corner.

He knew it wouldn’t let him down. Every time he used the party bus, it was sure to get there in comfort and on-time. Today was no different. He reached the all-boys party just as the event charged into top gear; what a night it was going to be, made possible and more convenient by the party bus!

Identity Theft Protection – A Full Review

Identity Theft protection comes in the form of searching for information and insurance. The insurance aspect usually covers some of the costs for Attorney’s, Investigators, or Accountants. It doesn’t cover the actual loss of money for charges incurred on your credit card or accounts that were opened in your name by the thief. It doesn’t reimburse you for the time you spend sorting out all the problems that need to be resolved from this crime. Some policies will reimburse you for income lost if you have taken time off from work to fill out police reports etc. This reimbursement is a limited amount of money.

The definitions of terms in these policies are very general and many of them will not cover New York State. I don’t really understand why you would need a CPA or investigator if you are a victim of this crime. It seems that there are departments of the government that are doing the investigating already. Our tax dollars are paid to cover the Consumer Fraud Division, the FBI, and the Attorney General. In a majority of instances these crimes are committed by a family member or someone you know. If that is the case these insurance policies will not cover the costs.

Companies like Lifelock state that they are scanning public records, credit card applications, social security card requests, and chat rooms on the internet. I do not know exactly how this works but I am joining personally to see if these are valid claims. I will keep you posted on what my experience with them is.

What I do know they are doing, for the most part, is putting fraud alerts on your credit profile, updating them every 90 days, and opting you out of promotional offers on credit cards. Many Banks and Insurance Companies offer products for protecting your identity as well. Aren’t these the same companies same companies that are contacting consumers to warn them of security breaches that they themselves are experiencing. So if they are making you more susceptible to becoming a victim in the first place how can they possibly protect you?

Did you ever see the commercial about the CEO of Lifelock, Todd Davis, who had his social security number listed on the side of a bus? He stated how comfortable he felt displaying those numbers to the world because of his confidence in his company’s ability to protect consumers from identity theft.

Well he did become the victim of identity theft after revealing his social security number publicly.

I found it interesting that under the terms and conditions of their Lifelock product it states that you cannot display your social security number publicly. This is considered by them to be reckless behavior. Here is the exact wording written under the conduct portion of the terms and conditions:

“You will not recklessly disclose or publish your Social Security number or any other Personal Information”

It was also surprising to see that all services provided by Lifelock are governed by the laws of Arizona? Do you know what the Arizona laws are? I don’t so I guess you need an attorney in Arizona that can really explain how that would affect you if you had your identity stolen and needed Lifelock to cover your damages.

Here is the exact quote:

“This Agreement and any Service provided here under will be governed by the laws of the State of Arizona, without regard to any laws that would direct the choice of another state’s laws and, where applicable, to be governed by the federal laws of the United States.”

If you do have your identity stolen while using lifelock they assure you they will cover up to $1,000,000 for your lifetime. This $1,000.000 is not for direct losses due to the theft but for Attorney or Professional fees such as Investigation fees. Lifelock states that based on “their judgment” will these fee’s be paid. That is pretty general and gives them a lot of room to deny payment. This is an exact quote.

“LifeLock will retain and pay for those third party professional services that are reasonably necessary in LifeLock’s judgment to assist you in restoring losses or recovering your lost out-of-pocket expenses caused by such fraud. LifeLock will pay such third parties up to a maximum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) over your lifetime for all such fraud incidents”

So in the light of day this company, which seems to be the most highly recommended, doesn’t have much faith in their own abilities based on the fine print.

The Attorney Makes the Difference in Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases take many forms, and courts make decisions based on many extenuating circumstances. While some cases are rather simple when the facts are clearly stated during a trial, others may not be easy to judge based on the laws that govern the situation.

Determining the True Facts

Most trials are based on what “facts” are produced for the judge and/or jury. Personal injury cases are resolved quickly when everything applicable to the case is known, but that is often difficult to determine because of conflicting testimony.

A school bus driver in Arizona was placed on leave following an accident where a pedestrian was struck by the bus he was driving. The investigation is inconclusive at the present time because it is unclear who was in the wrong. The pedestrian and driver both claim the traffic light gave them the right-of-way.

The pedestrian was pinned under a wheel of the bus, which makes the incident look bad for the driver, but that does not mean the driver was necessarily in the wrong. The defining factor will be who convinces the jury. Testimony can be split when witnesses are introduced.

Why the Attorney is So Important in Personal Injury Cases

It is easy for the person hurt in an accident to receive sympathy in most cases, and the right trial lawyer will use that to influence jurors. The defendant’s lawyer should be prepared for this if he/she is experienced in personal injury cases because the emotions of the jury members have a huge effect on a trial’s outcome.

Making sure that the facts don’t get overlooked because of sympathy is also a talent that good personal injury attorneys develop. Many court cases are lost because jurors are manipulated into spending more time on emotional issues rather than just getting the true story.

If the events of the case do not make the right verdict obvious, a good attorney will provide factual information that provides the best possible character development for his/her client.

If the injured person has been wronged, the right attorney will seek to get the best settlement and make it very clear to all parties why his/her client should receive what is due.

There are many costs that indirectly come out of pocket following a personal injury. If an lawyer doesn’t seek to get restitution to a client for all those costs, it is certain that no one will offer to pay, even if they have even the slightest belief they may have been in the wrong.

Choosing the Best Immigrants, Not the Handiest

The United States must deal with one of the most important questions facing nations. That question involves adding immigrants to our population. As in making any important decision, we should consider the need for new immigrants, the type of immigrant that would offer the most to the country and the economy, the number of immigrants needed, and the timing of their acquisition. The immigrant selection process should overshadow party politics, and mere proximity of a large pool of potential immigrants.

The process should be a deliberate and well informed undertaking about potential immigrants. Present location of potential new members of our society should not play an important role in the selection process because the pool of potential immigrants that would add the most to our society and economy may not be the closest. Close proximity of potential new residents does not necessarily imply that such people would make the greatest contribution to the host country. Certainly, the fact that a candidate already resides illegally in the host country would argue against the selection of such a person than a reason to grant resident status and potential citizenship. Past wrong doing does not speak well of potential immigrants.

The present process focuses on granting amnesty to a group of ten to twenty million foreigners who showed contempt for our laws in coming here. In fact, such disregard for legal entry requirements would seem to permanently disqualify such an individual from participation in the immigration process. After all, the failure to enforce law uniformly and impartially eventually encourages other people to break laws and demand forgiveness. Maintaining order within a country requires making the laws clear and understandable, and enforcing them impartially.

Admission of an immigrant requires the host country to assume an indeterminate degree of risk. For example, an immigrant could prove unable to earn a sufficient amount of money to support him or herself, which places a burden on taxpayers to subsidize the income of the immigrant, placing an unnecessary obligation on present taxpayers. Also, a person covered by grants of mass amnesty may suffer from poor health or the effects of old age, which again places a burden on taxpayers. For these reasons and others, it behooves the host country adopt standards of skills, health, age, language skills and education or training it requires of immigrants, rather than taking on potentially expensive responsibility for immigrants lacking the ability to support themselves.

Another matter discovered by scholars of cultures and the compatibility of different cultures identifies the probability of people from different cultures fitting in with the dominant culture of the host country. Cultural differences account for the nearly fifty wars going on among people of conflicting cultures around the world at any one time. Research reveals that countries having one large, dominant culture enjoy the most harmony and encounter little disruption from a mix of smaller cultures. A rough rule of thumb resulting from examining the cultural makeup of several countries suggests that a mix of about seventy to eighty percent of the dominant culture plus several smaller groups generally produces a relatively peaceful national environment. Examining the same country-culture data seems to indicate that conflict appears more often when the country lacks one clearly dominant culture, but consists of two or more roughly equal cultures. This conclusion follows from studies by Geert Hofstede and news reports of violent conflict in various countries.

Mexico and other Latin American societies obviously offer a major source of immigrants given their close proximity to the United States. China offers another potentially valuable source of immigrants for reasons that will become clear later.

Hofstede conducted a huge study of culture based on IBM locations all around the world in the 1970’s, and identified four major components of culture, adding a fifth dimension later. The factors include Power Distance, Individualism, Masculinity, and Uncertainty Avoidance, with Long Term Orientation added later.

Countries high on Power Distance accept that power is spread unevenly throughout the country, with an elite at the top enjoying greater influence on society and greater wealth than individuals progressively lower in terms of power and wealth. Individualism focuses on whether members of a society focus on in-group relationships, with kinship playing an important role, or whether the focus is on people as unique entities as opposed to group membership. Masculinity addresses the tendency of people to act assertively and competitively, or to adopt more feminine values such as nurturing and passivity. Uncertainty Avoidance measures the degree to which society accepts uncertainty, ambiguity, and risk. Long Term Orientation reflects a culture’s stress on accomplishment in the here and now as opposed to the more distant future.

China and Mexico place equally on Power Distance, scoring on the upper end of the scale. This indicates that they more readily accept the simultaneous presence of a wealthy and powerful minority along with a much poorer and powerless majority. In contrast the United States scores much lower on this dimension, somewhat below midpoint on the scale. This does not necessarily imply that extremely powerful and wealthy individuals do not exist in this country, or that there are no powerless and poor. Rather, it indicates that such differences gain less ready acceptance in this society. Indeed, various political parties, now and in the past, have focused strongly on reducing these inequalities, with varying success. Obviously, this dimension proves of little value in differentiating the suitability of Mexico and China as a source of immigrants.

China and Mexico both score relatively low on Individualism, with China somewhat lower. Conversely, the United States shows the highest scores in the sample on Individualism, which probably comes as no surprise. This does not necessarily pose a source of conflict between the United States and the potential immigrant countries. It does imply that the Chinese and Mexicans would probably prove more clannish and distant to outsiders, which would not necessarily portend conflict in the society, but rather that it may prove more difficult for outsiders to gain access to the groups. This could create some difficulty to marketers, social workers, and other outsiders in gaining access to the communities, but does not post much threat of conflict.

China scores about midpoint on Masculinity, while the United States and Mexico scoring medium-high on this dimension, with Mexico slightly higher. This indicates that Mexico and the United States may be relatively more aggressive competitors, while China could prove more wily and subtle competitors, choosing to “out-fox” competitors or potential partners rather than confront them aggressively.

The only really surprising result involves Uncertainty Avoidance. China scores the lowest of the three countries, which fits comfortably with the common perception of the Chinese as obsessive gamblers. The United States scores slightly below midpoint, which fits the common perception of Americans as thoughtfully cautions risk takers. Mexico offers the real surprise. It scores very much higher on this dimension than the other two countries. This implies that in general Mexicans are very reluctant risk takers, which doesn’t seem apparent to an outsider but may be obvious to someone imbedded in that society. Depending on the expectations of the United States as the host country, these findings may seem favorable to the Chinese and unfavorably to the Mexicans. If we want new residents to move relatively quickly upward from unskilled labor to self employed entrepreneurs, and therefore probably greater taxpayers, the Chinese would enjoy a huge advantage over the Mexicans. These findings imply that Mexicans may remain at the lower end of industrial society longer than the Chinese, and may consequently utilize more public services than the Chinese.

Hofstede reported no findings for Mexico on Long Term Orientation, but China scored extremely high on this dimension while the United States scored just the opposite. Americans may tend to “smash through” on projects while the Chinese may seem to let Nature take its course, but whether this indicates an advantage or a disadvantage would seem to depend on the situation. It might indicate that the Chinese would tend to be more deliberate, precise, and patient workers than Americans.

Another major decision variable would be the work ethic. Americans often feel superior for having the Protestant work ethic, although there are a lot of non-Protestants in the country. They might therefore favor the Chinese and their Confucian work ethic. A recent article quoted a Mexican leader as saying, “Americans live to work, while we work to live.” Aggressive Americans could take that as a negative. Also, the stereotype of Mexicans following a sort of animism-Catholicism non-work ethic could tell against them. True or not, the prevalent perception of Americans considering the Mexican work ethic is probably that Mexicans don’t have a work ethic. In my personal experience with Mexicans indicates that they are hard and persistent workers at low skilled tasks, but I have no basis to evaluate them on more sophisticated tasks.

Additionally, we need to look at the “need for achievement” as originally developed by Henry Murray in 1938 and popularized by David McClelland in “The Achieving Society.” The need for achievement focuses on an individual’s desire for significant accomplishment, mastering skills, control, and high standards. It is revealed by the difficulty of tasks undertaken. People with low need for achievement may choose very easy tasks, minimizing the risk of failure, or very difficult tasks, in which case a failure would not prove embarrassing. People with a high need for achievement often choose moderately difficult tasks, obviously challenging but reachable.

A search of the Internet revealed that both the United States and China have a high need for achievement, while showing Mexico as having a low need for achievement. In fact, some of the articles regarding Mexico explained various attempts to instill a higher need for achievement in school students at various grades. Most of the projects were not advanced enough to predict their success, although funding of these programs indicates that the Mexican government recognizes that an increased need for achievement represents a valuable and desirable asset.

Studies have also focused on differences in intelligence (IQ) between people of different races. According to Wikipedia, “In the US, intelligence quotient (IQ) test scores show statistical differences, with the average score of the African American population being lower – and that of the Asian American population being higher – than that of the White American population (based on the self-identification of those tested).” Other studies indicate that Hispanics are below whites but above blacks. The consensus, from high IQ to low IQ is Ashkenazi Jew, Asians, Whites, Hispanics, Blacks. As for the impact of genetics versus environment on IQ, findings are very mixed but seem to favor genetics as the prime actor on intelligence, although several studies indicate that environment can, to some extent, exert a modifying impact on IQ. One point of interest is that the University of California at Berkley, a very highly ranked university nationally, reports that 50% of its student body is Asian, primarily Chinese. Taken together, these findings would seem to favor Chinese as immigration candidates.

What this means regarding selection of people as potential immigrants depends on national goals. If the goal is to bring in people who are likely to serve a minimal time in the lower ranks of the work force and move up to becoming self-employed tradesmen, artisans, or professionals, possibly increasing employment for others, the Chinese clearly offer the better choice. Conversely, if the United States wishes to bring in a predominantly permanent low paid laborer class, perhaps it should think again. The Hispanics, especially Mexicans, are extremely nationalistic. Even third generation Mexican Americans wildly cheer Mexican teams at international sporting events.

A problem with Mexican immigrants is that they do not tend over time to identify with the United States. There exists a dominant belief among Mexicans that the United States stole the territory consisting of the western states from Mexico. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mexican General Santa Anna invaded United States territory in 1846. In the resulting war, one section of United States troops drove south through central Mexico while another performed an amphibious landing near Mexico City, which both forces soon occupied. Finally realizing that it could not govern the huge territory it had conquered, the U.S. offered the Mexican government sixty million dollars for portions of present day Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, southern California, parts of Nevada, and Colorado. When the President of Mexico refused the offer, the U.S. offered a lesser official thirty million dollars for the same property, which was accepted. Minor additions were added later.

Rejecting reality, Mexican nationalist political movements such as La Raza constantly harangue Mexicans in the United States to reclaim the western states through overwhelming immigration, legally or illegally. They explain how illegal immigrants can manage to vote in our elections, bus illegal immigrants from polling station to polling station, and constantly stress that the western United States must become part of Mexico. Pledges of allegiance to the United States are often not made in good faith by “Reconquistas.”

In a blatant attempt to assist the policy of massive illegal immigration, the Mexican government assists potential illegal immigrants with an illustrated guide on the best strategies to use when illegally crossing the border and subsisting in this country. It also tells illegal immigrants that the United States is their country. It advises that once in this country, illegal immigrants should, “Get Near to the Consulate. Embrace Mexico. It’s your home, fellow countryman!” [signed by] Secretariat of Foreign Relations, General Administration of Protection and Consular Matters, Consulates of Mexico in the United States. In addition, the President of Mexico has had the gall to challenge the law of a U.S. state, and joined in the lawsuit against Arizona’s law to protect its citizens. Many Americans see this as an official hostile act by the government of Mexico. Consequently, encouraging immigration from Mexico would seem to jeopardize U.S. sovereignty of this territory, and argue for emphasizing immigration from China.

Family Campgrounds in the USA

If your family has not been camping, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Camping, whether in a tent or RV, is a fantastic way to bond with your family and is the True Family Social Network. There are thousands of great campgrounds in the USA that come in all types and sizes to meet every campers needs. You can rough it in a tent, or setup an RV with full hookups, cable TV and free WiFi. Yes, I said WiFi. Campgrounds are more like resorts these days with the same amenities of your major hotels like pools, courts, workout rooms, games and even sites with private hot tubes. Many family-oriented campgrounds offer weekend events like outdoor movies, tie-dyeing, fireworks and s’more parties. Some folks come just to enjoy the campground experience and others are there because of the destination. My family has camped everywhere from the beaches of North Carolina, Hersey, Pennsylvania, Meteor Crater in Arizona, Washington DC and San Fransisco area. One of our most memorable experiences was when we stayed in Amish Country outside Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The campground was just outside of a working Amish farm. One morning we woke to a knock at our door and an Amish family with their horse and buggy full of homemade pies. The smell was incredible, so we decided to purchase what turned out to be the most wonderful blueberry pie we have ever eaten. Just thinking about that pie makes me wish we were there again. Some of our most memorable life experiences happened when we were camping in our RV.

Finding the right campgrounds is easier than ever. There are several resources like Woodalls and Trailer Life that provide directories including campground reviews. My family has put together a great list of our Top 10 Family Campgrounds in the USA. We know there are lots of great campgrounds, but these are our most memorable.

1. Walt Disney World Orlando – The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney World is not only a great place to vacation, but it also a great place to camp with your family. This is our most favorite campground with 750 acres full of pine trees and lots of wild life. The park is located within the Disney World grounds with full access to Disney transportation, onsite dining, swimming pool and other activities. Pets are also welcome within the campground.

2. Washington DC – Cherry Hill Park

Cherry Hill Park is actually located in College Park, Maryland just north of Washington DC. This is the best park if you’re looking to visit Washington DC. The park has a bus stop with access to the nearest Metro station. You can get from the park to Washington DC within about 30 minutes. The park also has a great family swimming pool with other activities available.

3. Destin, Florida – Camping On The Gulf

If you want a campground right on the beach, and I mean right on the beach, then you should try Camping On The Gulf in Destin, Florida. The park has several sites within feet of the crystal clear waters of Destin. The park also has 2 outdoor pools, 1 indoor pool, a game room and an activity center. The campsites are a bit pricey, but its one of the only campgrounds we’ve seen right on the ocean.

4. South Padre Island, Texas – KOA Campground

We are partial to Texas and we love South Padre Island. We have stayed several time at the KOA campground in South Padre Island. Its located right next to the bay with access to fishing, a great seafood restaurant called Pier 19, and the beach is only a short drive away. The park is clean and well managed with a real family feel.

5. Yellowstone National Park – Grizzly RV Park

Yellowstone is our top National Park in the USA. The park is home to a number of wild animals including black bear which we saw on our last visit. Grizzly RV Park is located in West Yellowstone, Montana. It is bordered on two sides by the Gallatin National Forest making for a wonderful nature feel. The park also has a full game room that is free for kids.

6. Hershey, Pennsylvania – Hershey Highmeadow Campground

If you like chocolate, then you have to visit Hershey, Pennsylvania. We have also included this destination in our Family Vacation section. This top 10 listing is for the Hershey Highmeadow Campground. The campground has 55 acres of nature and is located just down the road from the Hershey amusement park. There are lots of activities including 2 pools, game room, playground and more.

7. Petoskey, Michigan – Petoskey KOA Campground

Being from the south, we had never heard of Petoskey, MI. This is a great little town just off of Lake Michigan with easy driving access to Mackinac Island. The Petoskey KOA won the 2009 KOA President’s Award and Founders Award for service. This is a great place to camp with your family.

8. Vicksburg, Mississippi – Askew’s Landing Campground

If you are looking for a place that is a bit rustic but with lots of history, you must visit Askew’s Landing Campground just outside Vicksburg, Mississippi. They have 40 full hook-up sites with many located right in the middle of a beautiful green field. You really feel like you’re camping as you park your RV on grass with no city sounds for miles. The property used to be Bridgeport Plantation and the site of several Civil War battles. It is now listed as a Historical Landmark.

9. Ronks, Pennsylvania – Flory’s Cottages & Camping

Ronks is in the heart of Amish Country just outside Bird in Hand. Yes, these are the names of the towns. There is even an Intercourse, PA. Names aside, this is beautiful country. The reason we chose Flory’s is that the campground is adjacent to an active Amish farm. One morning, we were greeted by an Amish family selling the most wonderful homemade pies from the back of their Amish buggy.

10. Shady Cove, Oregon – Rogue River RV Park

Shady Cove is in southern Oregon about 52 miles from Crater Lake. We just happen to pull into this park looking for a place where we could easily drive to Crater Lake. Wow, were we pleasantly surprised. The Rogue River flows right next to the park with salmon and steelhead fishing at your door step. As a fisherman, this was one of the most exciting places to stay for me.

Grand Canyon Air Tours – Key Facts About These Flights

You’ll be missing out on something great if you don’t add one of the Grand Canyon air tours to your vacation in Las Vegas or Arizona. Several tour companies operate Grand Canyon flights for travelers and locals who crave aerial views of this magnificent sight. Many of them fly out of Las Vegas, and some Vegas hotels even offer airplane flights as part of a bundle of extra options.

Sin City, Who?

A flight to the Grand Canyon could be just the right type of break from gambling, stage shows and eating at all the Vegas hotel buffets. Sure, Sin City has lots of manmade attractions, but the natural attractions at Grand Canyon National Park draw millions of travelers every year in their own right.

It’s easy to find the right tour operator and book Grand Canyon air tours online. All you need to do is plan ahead.

Several types of aircraft are used for Grand Canyon flights. To get the best experience, look for tours that use planes that offer plenty of visibility to their passengers. What a shame it would be to fly over some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and not be able to see it because the windows are too small.

Picture Perfect

The type of plane you fly in is especially important if you’re interested in taking a lot of terrific aerial photographs. Most travelers use their photos to remind them of their visit, but others like to show them to the folks back home. A few people even sell their photos because they’re so beautiful.

You should also look for a tour operator that has an impeccable safety record. All aircraft should be well-maintained, and all pilots should be properly trained, certified and licensed. Passenger safety, on the ground and in the air, should be of paramount importance.

You can do some advance research on the sights, or you can simply depend on your tour guide to share interesting facts and stories about the points of interest you’ll be seeing during your flight. Rest assured, these tour guides are professionals and know plenty about the area’s history and geology. This interesting information makes a great trip into a fantastic experience!

Flight Plan

In addition to the National Park, many air tours fly over Hoover Dam, a manmade engineering marvel. Extra-cost, add-on options for your tour package include a bus tour, rafting down the Colorado River, or a hiking trip in the Park. On some Grand Canyon flights, you can add overnight accommodations to lengthen your stay and let you see even more of the Park’s wonders.

Planning ahead and booking your trip online will let you get the best price for your Grand Canyon flight. If you’re traveling in a group, look for one of the companies that offer special deals for groups – these discounts can mean significant savings for everyone in your travel party. Traveling with a group of friends can make a Grand Canyon flight even more enjoyable, but you’ll be able to find discounts online even if you’re traveling by yourself or with only one other person.

The Best Las Vegas Must-Sees

A list of The Really Important Vegas Stuff will furnish perspective to any hyped-up and confused Las Vegas visitor. It’s difficult to choose from the massive amounts of shows, casinos, and attractions on the Strip. This list reflects only the most beloved attractions in Southern Nevada.

On Strip Entertainment.

The Las Vegas Strip is a piece of Las Vegas Boulevard containing a dense assortment of world-class entertainment options. It runs North-South in the middle of the Las Vegas Valley. While the cutoff points of the Strip never stay the same, it is normal to begin with Mandalay Bay at Russel Road, in the South, and finish with the Sahara and Stratosphere casinos at Sahara Avenue, in the North. Sidewalks and public transportation abound on the Strip, so most of the time a car is useless. Big draws like the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Rio, and the Palms are not technically on the Strip, but are close enough to be considered a part of it.

For Everyone:

The Bellagio Fountains
The best water, music, and light show anywhere is at the Bellagio resort, and it won’t cost you a dime. The water leaps every night and day, and offers plenty of standing room on the street in front of the 4-acre, man-made lake Bellagio. Times:


Show every 1/2 hour

Show every 15 minutes

Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays

Show every 1/2 hour

Show every 15 minutes

The Stratosphere Tower.

The tallest free-standing tower in America is also a hotel, casino, and mini amusement park. The outdoor observation deck on level 109 provides 40-mile views of the entire Las Vegas Valley, as well as a good look at rides that dangle, drop, and spin guests high above the city. The Tower is beautiful at dusk, but any time of day brings a worthwhile view.

Sunday-Thursday: 10am-1am
Friday-Saturday: 10am-2am

Adult – $15.95
Child – $10.00
Senior – $12.00
Hotel Guest – $12.00
Nevada Resident – $12.00

A Fantastic Swimming Pool.
In Summertime, when the thermometer can climb unreasonably high, a swimming pool becomes a lifesaver. Las Vegas possesses the best swimming options. Select from this shortlist:

For the oceanic: The Tank, at the Golden Nugget, is the most original and special swimming pool currently in Las Vegas. A two-story aquarium sits in the middle, stuffed with oceanic life and a waterside. visitors can stare at sharks from within the pool or without, through a giant window. Above the main level, a adults-only are offers a home for European sunbathers. Of course, gambling is available all around the pool

For the beautiful party goer: Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was the first pool party in Vegas, and is still the loudest, raunchiest, and most stuffed with hard bodies. Don’t go to cover up. Do go to see hard bodies.

For the peaceful: The Beach at Mandalay bay has it all: A sandy beach, a wave pool, a lazy river, a separate topless area, and a collection of eating and drinking areas. It has four pools total encompassing11 acres, plus a running area and several whirlpools. All around the best place to get sun in Sin City, but it might be pretty crowded on the weekends.

For the Trendy:

The Forum Shops at CaesarsSee for yourself what the mall with the most earnings per square foot in America looks like. The Forum Shops was The original reason people came to Las Vegas to shop, and is still on top of the heap.

For Kids:

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus has been the place for children in Las Vegas since the ’90s. The 5 acre theme park is as stuffed as it can be with attractions. Admission is free, and tickets for the thrill rides are available to fit different budgets.

Off the Strip:

Some Las Vegas attractions are distant enough to require a car, and at least one is not even in Nevada.

For Everyone:

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign:
While technically the Strip, the attraction is a piece of uninteresting street away from the closest casino, Mandalay Bay. The hotel The Four Seasons is nearer. Those who don’t mind walking can take the hike South to the sign, but be warned that it is just a walk, with none of the activity and glamour that make ambling through the heart of the Strip so enjoyable.Most would prefer to drive to the sign, but even driving can be a pain. The sign is centrally located on Las Vegas Boulevard, a busy, six-lane street. The parking lot connected to the sign has ten parking spaces for cars, two for buses or limousines, and two more for the disabled. On busy days, more spaces are needed.. The vehicles entering this parking lot can be huge and tough to enter.

Those who want to see the Sign, but don’t need to take their picture under it, should just have a passenger take the photo out of the window of the car. This will be an easier way to get the shot. Those who really want to get their picture by it should consider this choice: an identical but slightly larger sign, erected on Boulder Highway just north of Tropicana Avenue. This gateway from Henderson sees far less traffic than the original.

Fremont Street
Sometimes called Downtown, Old Las Vegas, and the Fremont Street Experience, the section of Fremont Street between Main Street and Las Vegas Boulevard is where Nevada tourism got its start. The oldest casino in Vegas, the Golden Gate (Est. 1906!), keeps its doors open here. Fremont Street is about two miles North of Sahara Avenue, so strolling from the Southern part of Las Vegas is not recommended.

The Fremont Street experience is a 10-story tall, 4-block long curved ceiling embedded with 2.1 million lights. At dusk, the lights come alive to the beat of booming music. The shops, casinos, hotels, and carts that share this space all work together to provide a fun place to play. This is the most likely place to get a picture taken with a showgirl, enjoy a cheap and unhealthy meal, and see tourists from almost every country on Earth.

The Hoover Dam
The most popular dam in America is free every day for those willing to make the drive. About 45 minutes from the heart of the city, the Dam is accessible via highway 95. Drivers should travel East from the Strip, on any major street or highway, then South on the 95 through Henderson and Boulder City. Go left onto Highway 93 in Boulder City, and continue to the Dam.

The Hoover Dam is the most awe-inspiring creation of engineers many travelers will ever see. Since 1936, guests have stood on the top and looked 726 feet down into the Colorado River as it emerges from the hydroelectric plant.

The Grand Canyon
Technically in Arizona, the Grand Canyon sees more visitors from Las Vegas than from any other place in the West. Foreign tourists often use Vegas as their gateway to the West, traveling to Death Valley, the Canyon, and Zion nation park from this one travel hub.

The West Rim of the Grand Canyon is two hours away by car, making it a great day trip. Helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon require only a portion of the day to view the scenery. The South Rim, six hours away by car, is more of a commitment. The North Rim, also six hours away, is the least visited part of the Canyon, closed during the winter.

The Good And Bad Of Property Tax Investing

Gather around children for a tale of royal power. Far back in history the king owned everything. (Does that remind you of Donald Trump?). Occasionally the king would grant property to a duke. Property ownership meant wealth, so the king would demand that the duke pay yearly taxes. To this very day much of the money that supports government comes from property taxes, for you see children, government is still king.

If the property owner fails to pay the tax the county government places a lien on that property. Every year property tax liens are sold at auction to the highest bidder. If the property owner fails to satisfy that tax lien the new owner of the lien can begin foreclosure and acquire the property. That seldom happens, but it is possible. Usually the liens are redeemed (paid) before the time limit expires.

You’ve probably seen the TV infomercial extolling the benefits of buying property tax liens. It’s true, property tax liens usually pay an above average rate of interest (it varies from state to state) and the lien is secured by some kind of real estate.
Because of the infomercial and real estate seminars, tax lien investing has became very popular. There was a time in some counties when few people would show up at the property tax lien auction. These days the seminar gurus often arrive with bus loads of students ready to bid.

A good investment, yes, but there are some surprises for the uninformed. Because property tax sales occur each year, there may be liens on the same property, for different tax years held by different investors. Like this… Bill bought the 1980 lien; Hillary bought the 1981 lien and George was the successful bidder the next year when the 1982 liens were offered.

Here in Arizona the law is very clear that tax liens for different tax years held by different private parties have parity among themselves. So if the redemption period for Bill’s 1980 tax lien had expired without being paid he could foreclose on the property, but his foreclosure would not wipeout the liens held by Hillary and George. Bill might have a right to the property, but he could not get clear title until he pays off Hillary and George.

If Hillary and George had been influenced by that infomercial and thought that they could scoop up ownership of property for the simple price of a tax lien, well they are more than a little disappointed.

Oh, there could be one more surprise. Sometimes the state owns tax liens. When the state government forecloses all other privately held property tax liens are turned into waste paper.