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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
Getting out into the open air and onto your feet may be one of your favorite ways to spend the weekend, and if you are interested in taking a very last-minute getaway, you might be feeling a little stressed at how you will be able to finance it. It’s easy enough to plan ahead for hiking trips themselves, but actually financing it is something people really struggle with when they are so last minute. So use the tips in this article to help you budget for that trip with ease.
First, it’s worth considering the general expenses you’re likely to accrue when you take your hiking trip. Will you be able to afford all of the different costs, when they’re put together? These costs include:
If you’re a seasoned hiker, it’s likely that you have a good amount of your equipment already bought and prepared for your periods of exciting exploration. But if you’re new to the hiking adventure, and you’re looking forward to planning your last-minute trip, you should consider buying your equipment and having it delivered as soon as possible.
Search online for the best kinds of equipment on the market, and then make use of fast loans from Cashlady in order to quickly amass the capital you need for all of these new bits of equipment. This could be great walking boots, a firm and comfortable walking bag, or walking equipment like sticks and gloves. Take a look at Hiking Dude for hiking tips to understand what equipment you’ll need on your hiking getaway.
For every trip into the unknown, you’re likely to incur high costs that you didn’t anticipate. Sometimes that’s because something unfortunate happened to you while you were away, and you needed to pay for medical attention, or you needed to find the money for an extra trip in a car or bus to get from A to B. Other times, it’s simply because you didn’t budget correctly.
Whatever the reason, when you’re budgeting for a hiking trip, it’s always worth adding a little extra cash on the end of your budget for emergencies – the sort of cash that will get you home safe and sound, should you need to evacuate or get yourself to safety quickly from your hike. It’s important that you include this money in your budget, in order to keep you safe while on your short hiking adventure.
The three budgeting tips outlined above will help you make the most of your last-minute hiking trip in the future, without stressing about cash and finances while you’re out on your walk.
About Me: The Important Stuff
In the Second grade I learned a valuable lesson. My grandfather was a top salesman for the company he worked for and one of the first salesmen to fly to clients, instead of driving. It was a big deal in the fifties and sixties to fly. His company had a pencil with a foot long eraser for advertising purposes. It was pretty clever and really cool for a seven year old. I took one to school and all the kids loved it and wanted one. I got a bunch from my grandfather and sold them for; I believe 25 cents a piece. Actually, I didn’t have to sell them, the kids begged me to buy them.
Lesson learned: If you have a good enough product, you don’t have to sell it.
RedAs my teenage years rolled around I turned my attention to fireworks. We had no malicious intent just curiosity that many teenage boys had back then. Instead of taking apart gunshot shells or Estes Rockets like most kids were doing, I researched the formula for gunpowder. This was not near as easy as today; there was no internet back then. I learned that the main ingredient of gunpowder was potassium nitrate. The local pharmacy sold potassium nitrate, but it was fairly expensive. With some research I found a chemical company that sold 100 pound bag of potassium nitrate for $17.00. I was paying $1.50 for four ounces or $6.00 a pound at the local pharmacy. I talked my dad into driving me down to the chemical company (I was too young to driver - 14 years old) and I bought a 100 pounds of potassium nitrate! What the hell was I going to do with 100 pounds of potassium nitrate? Sell it to the other kids in the neighborhood! I was getting a reputation for knowing how to make fireworks and bombs. I started selling eight ounces for $1.50, twice the amount at the same price the pharmacy sold it for. I sold so much potassium nitrate the local pharmacy quit carrying it! I had two of my friends selling it at the high schools they attended. The sales brought in enough money that I never had to use my own money for other chemicals and supplies I needed. Read more
I was never satisfied with the gunpowder we made. It wasn’t reliable and sometimes it did not explode. We started experimenting with all kinds of different mixtures to see if we could come up with a better combination that would make a great bomb. Day after day we tried and nothing worked. Even though we had failure after failure, we would always be careful while doing the experiments by hiding behind a tree, fence etc. so we did not get hurt. We were getting pretty frustrated and it was hard to get my friends to try just one more experiment, then one magical night we hit the jackpot. It started out like all the other experiments. I carried the mixture to a sandbox, I lit the fuse, and I ran behind the tree where my friends were waiting. They were getting tired of duds after duds and really not paying attention. All of a sudden the entire night lit up and then the loudest boom I ever heard echoed across the country-side. We all started laughing uncontrollably and hugging each other. We knew we discovered the magical formula we had been searching for! It felt like winning the Super Bowl.
Lessons learned: Distribution channels and never give up.
I was 15 years old when I went to my first concert and I loved it, except I was sitting so far away I could barely see the band. Instead of doing the same thing all my friends were doing, standing in long lines to get the first tickets or getting lousy seats, I made myself useful to the bands. I learned photography and then learned how to contact the bands before the concerts. These were big bands, not local bands, but since this was back in the 80’s there was really no security. I told the bands I was a freelance photographer and I would shoot photos for them if they gave me backstage passes. I never sat in lousy seats again. I either had front row seats or backstage passes. I would go to the concerts for free, have the best seats, and then sell the photos to the kids at my high school. Actually I did not have to sell any photos. They would ask me if I went to the concert and ask me to buy my photos. Again, you don’t have to sell if you have a great product. The product sells itself.
Lesson learned: Don’t follow the crowd. Do the opposite, create value, and reap the rewards.
I learned all these important life lessons before I was old enough to legally drive!
To read more buy the upcoming book: 52 Lessons from the 52 Peak Club.
When people mention Las Vegas, the first thing that comes to their mind is the cavalcade of gambling outlets that are available. Players have access to the biggest and most impressive gambling options in the whole world when in Vegas. But, there’s more to “sin city” than just gambling. The casinos offer some of the most impressive outdoor attractions you can imagine. It means that hiking your way around Vegas can give you an amazing life experience, without even having to step foot inside the casinos if you don’t want to.
So, what can you see when hiking around the Las Vegas strip? We’ve covered some of the best sites that are there for you to enjoy.
Are you a thrill seeker? If you can’t hide your excitement when it comes to adrenaline rushes then Las Vegas is one of the best places you can visit. There are a lot of different coasters all around the Vegas strip, so you can easily get the rush you need without having to wander off from the main area. Here are some of our favorites and what they have to offer to you.
The Big Apple: The Big Apple is located at the New York New York Hotel and Casino. It offers spins, twists and turns as it takes you in and out of the different landmarks from New York that are located at the casino. It’s a great ride, although it’s not cheap so if you’re on a tight budget this could be one to avoid.
XScream: XScream is one of the simplest and most terrifying roller coasters in the world. It’s essentially a single piece of track. What makes it so scary is that it’s at the top of the Stratosphere Tower. The tower itself is more than 900 feet up in the air. This means that even without moving, XScream is already a scary prospect. The piece of track acts like a teeter totter, and swings the cabin back and forward pointing down towards the floor, all that distance down below. The brakes on the vehicle are all that stand between an adrenaline rush and a messy end down below. This ride takes nerves of steel, but it’s well worth the entrance fee.
The Luxor Hotel and Casino
With most of the other venues on the strip focusing on fashionable destinations, the Luxor takes things to a different level. The Luxor has a huge pyramid as the basis for its building. It takes inspiration from the great pyramids that are located in Egypt. It’s a highly impressive structure and uses elevators that are on an incline to move guests up and down the huge structure. Not only does the building itself look incredible, but it also houses a record breaker at the very top of it. The spotlight that’s located at the top of the point holds the world record as the strongest beam of light in the world. So, while you can certainly stand and admire how impressive the building is, make sure to avoid looking directly at the light.
This is one of the latest additions to the Vegas strip and it provides a nice change to the endless stream of hotels and casinos. This is more of a change in tone for Las Vegas. It provides people with some restaurants to visit, which is a great change to the endless buffets that are on offer inside the casinos. On top of the various eateries, there’s also a water feature included in the middle of The Park. This splits the water across to the sides of the feature and allows people to walk right through it. If you ever wanted to feel like reenacting a scene from the Bible, then this is your moment!
It also has a huge statue of a lady dancing. On the whole The Park is a nice change of pace where people can go to just take in the sights and take a step back from the endless energy that Vegas seems to encourage.
The Linq Promenade offers everything that you might need to really enjoy the strip. Firstly, it offers a fantastic shopping precinct, that’s completely open air. You can walk around and enjoy the sights and do a little bit of shopping. After all, even when hiking it’s nice to indulge in some retail therapy now and again. The shopping precinct is great to look at, but it’s not the main attraction when it comes to the Linq.
The High Roller is an observation wheel that allows you the opportunity to take a good look at the entire strip. It’s the tallest observation wheel in the world, so you can take in the sights of Vegas from a jaw dropping 550 feet up in the air. This is without a doubt the main reason to come to the Linq. You’ll be able to see all of Las Vegas like you’ve never seen it before.
The Bellagio Fountains
How could any list about what the Las Vegas strip has to offer be complete without mentioning the fountains at the Bellagio. It’s one of the most iconic visuals there is when it comes to talking about Vegas. The fountains are made up of more than 1,000 different individual fountains, with the sprays going off at different heights and in different directions. With some of the sprays reaching heights of almost 500 feet up in the air, it’s certainly an impressive sight.
The water show is complemented by a soundtrack that is guaranteed to get your toes tapping and a light show that sparkles through the spray of water. It’s truly one of the most incredible visual spectacles you will ever set your eyes on. If you’re hiking through Vegas, this is the one sight you really don’t want to miss out on.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV