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Friday, November 17, 2017

A Firearm Transportation & Travel Guide

If you plan to transport your personal firearms from one state to another then there are guidelines you should follow and restrictions you should be aware of before embarking on your travels. There are federal laws in place protecting the rights of firearm owners to transport their personal weapons across state lines, but federal provisions only reach so far, especially when state and federal levels of training can vary when it comes to the lawful transportation of firearms.

To best prepare and educate yourself on the legal process of transportation, we advise you to review your local gun laws as well as the destination state's gun policies as well as any restrictive jurisdictions that may exist in between.

Individual Laws

Individuals who cannot legally carry firearms across state lines include convicted or indicted felons, illegal drug users, individuals involuntarily committed to mental institutes, illegal aliens, veterans who have been dishonorably discharged, non U.S. citizens and fugitives, as well as any individual convicted of crimes of domestic violence or those subject to domestic violence restraining orders.
All other individuals are legally allowed to own and transport their personal weapon in accordance with the federal law referred to as FOPA, or the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act. This provision of federal law gives protection to citizens who wish to transport their personal firearms through otherwise restrictive areas of certain states in order to travel from a place they have the right to possess and carry a firearm to a place that also allows them the right to possess and carry a firearm.

State Laws

Every state is different concerning laws and regulations on firearms both on a person and inside a vehicle. Crossing state lines can cause plenty of problems for uneducated firearm owners; you can be driving through one state with your weapon properly stowed according to their laws of firearm transportation, but the second you cross state lines you can find yourself in offense of the latter states laws. The best way to educate yourself on the laws of the state you reside in and the state that is your destination is to check out the gun laws for your rights to bear arms and print out and relevant information to have on hand.
Any person traveling with a firearm through areas with restrictive laws on the transportation of firearms regardless of the federal provisions in place should take precaution and prepare copies to have on hand of the following documents; all applicable firearm licenses and permits for individuals traveling in the vehicle, the official publications that document provisions of law in both restrictive jurisdictions and the state you’re traveling from and to, a copy of the federal law FOPA (Firearms Owners’ Protection Act), along with any pertinent reciprocity information.

Provisions to Remember

·         Proper Storage - According to FOPA the firearm must be unloaded, all ammunition should be locked out of reach in a container or trunk but not the glove compartment or console, and the firearm should be stowed out of reach in a locked container. The firearm must be in a place that is inaccessible from a vehicle’s passenger compartment and not visible from outside the vehicle.
·         Personal Carry - If you wish to carry while you are traveling you must first educate yourself with the conceal carry laws of each jurisdiction you intend to carry in. The best way to identify the laws and regulations is to visit the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Guide and identify the stops along your trip. Be sure to print out any pertinent information to have on hand during your travels.
·         National, State Parks and Wildlife Refuges - If you plan to cross through any Wildlife Refuges or National and State Parks then you should be aware that a federal law is in place to prohibit the possession of all firearms in “federal facilities.” As you can imagine, this federal law is a blanket of protection for almost any area staffed with federal employees, indoor or out. But because of an individuals right to transport a firearm there National Park Service has implemented a system that requires all prohibited locations within National Parks to be posted with signs to indicate the ban of all firearms in that area.

Transporting via Commercial Aircraft

Every commercial airline and air carrier has their own specific set of rules for transporting a firearm via aircraft. It is wise to check well before hand what the requirements are for your specific airline and the steps you need to take to lawfully transport your firearm from one state to another. The rule of thumb for most airlines are the following: The passenger immediately notifies the airline when checking their bags that their baggage contains a firearm which is unloaded and stored in a locked, hard sided container without ammunition inside, the passenger must have the key to opening the locked container, and that the firearm is then stowed in an area completely separate from other passengers and all flight crew.

Be prepared for the airline to ask you to open the locked gun case so they may check that everything meets their safety requirements. Since flying on a commercial aircraft can already be a hectic process, adding a firearm to the mix might only complicate things, so in order to avoid any delay in travel make sure you've printed off copies of the regulations for the airline you're traveling with and the general TSA laws concerning firearm transportation via commercial aircraft.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hoover Dam: An Engineering Marvel #LasVegasTrip

We've heard about Hoover Dam prior to our visit to  Las Vegas but we did not know that it is actually a tourist attraction.  After we  saw the beautiful Lake Mead, we still have time to kill before  checking in to the hotel so we proceeded there.  It takes 12 min  to drive from Lake Mead to Hoover Dam.

It's amazing to know that Hoover Dam was built during the great depression.  It is also amazing that it supplies electricity to  more than 20 million people.  Kudos to all the men who have worked so hard in completing this  awesome project.  
Now there  are tours that you can take to see the Hoover Dam but we figured, we will just discover it ourselves  and learned  from what we can see.  I mean who needs a tourist guide if you can just explore the place, right?
According to the videos that I have watched, this Dam was called Boulder Dam then changed it to Hoover Dam.  The dam was named after President Herbert Hoover. But Secretary of the Interior, Harold Ickes, changed the name back to "Boulder Dam." Then after 14 years,  congress felt compelled to pass a joint resolution to change the name back to "Hoover Dam" in honor of the United States 31st president, Herbert Hoover.  Imagine the confusion  of it's name, I am glad they finally gave it  a permanent name.  
t is amazing how much work those dedicated men have put into doing this  project.  What a great accomplishment considering  that it was done during the  Great Depression.
Hoover Dam is described as a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, it is located on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona
The most exciting part of seeing the Hoover Dam is crossing between the Sate of Nevada to Arizona.  It is a unique feeling that you can be at two states  for a matter of  minutes.  My children thought it was  pretty cool.  
Here are some HOOVER DAM FACTOIDS FOR KIDS from the Reclamation website.

  • 1. Hoover Dam is 726 ft. tall. That is 171 ft. taller than the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. and twice as tall as the Luxor Casino (338 ft.) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 2. At its base, Hoover Dam is as thick (660 ft.) as two footballs fields measured end-to-end.
  • 3. As many as 20,000 vehicles a day drive across the 45 ft. wide top of the dam between Nevada and Arizona.
  • 4. There is enough concrete in Hoover Dam (4 1/2 million cubic yards) to build a 2 lane road from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida or a 4 ft. wide sidewalk around the Earth at the Equator.
  • 5. During peak electricity periods, enough water runs through the generators to fill 15 average sized swimming pools (20,000 gallons each) in 1 second.
  • 6. Each of the 30 ft. wide penstocks (water pipes) can carry enough water to fill 900 bath tubs (100 gallons each) in 1 second, or 960,000 (12 oz.) cans of drink in 1 second.
  • 7. Hoover Dam is shaped like a huge curved axe head, 45 ft. wide at the top and 660 ft. thick at the bottom.
  • 8. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the USA and contains enough water to flood the entire state of New York with 1 ft. of water (26 million acre ft.).
  • 9. If you drink water from the tap at Disneyland, Anaheim or Sea World in San Diego -- that water is coming from the Colorado River and Lake Mead, 300 miles away.
  • 10. Each of the 17 generators can supply electricity to 100,000 households.
  • 11. When operating at full power, the 17 generators can supply all the electricity needed by a city of 750,000 people.
  • 12. Each generator weights (4 million pounds) as much as 4 1/2 fully loaded Boeing 747-400's.
  • 13. The Colorado River is more than 1,400 miles long and supplies water to Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix. Las Vegas gets almost all its water from Lake Mead. Lake Mead was made by Hoover Dam when it blocked the Colorado River and flooded the Mojave Desert.
  • 14. Between 1931 and 1936 when the dam was built, 96 men were killed in industrial accidents. None were buried in the concrete.
  • 15. The mascot dog and favorite pet of all the construction workers during the building of the dam was buried at Hoover Dam. The grave is near the Hoover Dam Tour Center and can be visited.
  • 16. It would take $2,000,000 worth of copper pennies to make the copper buses (4 inch in diameter hollow square wires) that carry electricity inside the powerhouse.
  • 17. Every state in the USA furnished supplies and materials for the construction of the dam.
  • 18. More than 8.5 million pounds of dynamite was used to blast the foundation for the dam and 8 miles of tunnels through the canyon walls.
  • 19. There are 2700 miles of transmission lines sending electricity from Hoover Dam to Los Angeles.

This was a very nice surprise during our vacation in Vegas.  We didn't know that we would learn so many things by visiting the Dam.  Remember  the romantic comedy movie "Fools Rush In"?  I believe there is a part of the movie that was  filmed  there and some parts in Grand Canyon too.  I was  trying to imagine  those scenes when we were visiting the places.  
It was super hot when we  went there but seeing how beautiful  it was is totally worth being burned by the heat of the sun lol.  I don't normally sweat but  man, I sweat like a hog in Vegas especially during our  time exploring the beauty of Hoover Dam.
We  parked all the way on the Arizona side  so when it was time to  go back, the kids  retreated so hubby decided, he was just going to the car alone and we waited at the bottom of the hill.  
Going to Hoover Dam was really educational for the four of us.  We did not know much about it till we visited.  It's awesome because both of their social studies teacher was telling them about Lake Mead, Grand Canyon, and Hoover Dam and the kids  were excited because they know what the teacher was talking about.  
If you have a spare time, try to watch the following videos I have included of how the Hoover Dam was completed.  Just by watching them, you will learn a lot.  Video credits to

Below are short clips I took while we were driving around and enjoying  the gigantic boulders  scenery.

If you haven't seen this place, I encourage you to do it, you will be amazed. I would suggest not to do it during the summer though, it was so hot when we were there. We thought of going back there during the evening but it wasn't cool either so we thought maybe the next time we visit, we will do it in the Fall or Spring when it is not so hot. I hope you enjoy this Hoover Dam post. Coming up next will be the Hoover Dam bridge.

Tips to Know When Buying CBD Oil for Your Pet

You’ve been thinking about trying out CBDoil in order to help your beloved pet deal with anxiety, pain, cancer, or some other sort of issue. It really works well for humans, and there is some research out there that shows that it can also be quite good for your pets, as well. As you start to look around at what you want to do in order to make things easier on yourself, you may be curious as to how you can find the right blend of CBD oil for your pet. How can you make sure that this happens correctly?

Find a Blend that is Made for Pets
As you start to look around for the different sorts of blends of CBD oil that are out there, you’re going to notice that there are some that are specially developed for pets. For example, have you taken a look at options like These can help you to get your pet back in order and make them feel a little bit better every single time that they go out and do things. Plus, you know that it’s made especially for your furry friend and their particular health concerns and needs.

Know Where It Was Sourced From
There are different types of plants out there that provide hemp oil, which is why it’s actually becoming more and more popular as time goes on. If you are looking to buy hemp oil, though, you want to make sure that you’re getting something that is sourced from a plant that has a good reputation. How can you make sure that you’re getting whatever you need for your pet? By getting hemp oil that has all of the right ingredients and that is going to make it that much easier for you to work out everything that you want to be able to do for your pet and with them, at the same time.

Know How It Was Extracted
There are different ways to get hemp oil out of a plant and, often times, you’re going to find that the blend works much differently if you do it differently. Do your research before you buy any sort of hemp oil and you will discover that you have a better idea as to what may be going on and you’ll have an easier time finding the right blend so that your pet is ready to go.

Looking into your hemp oil is significant in regards to what you want to do and how you want to take care of things. When all is said and done, you will be that much closer to working out that information and you will find that your dog is doing a lot better as well. That balance of information and trying different things out is actually going to go a very long way when you start exploring just what is out there and waiting for you in the long run.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Our #Roadtrip to #GrandCanyon Part 1

During our Las Vegas  vacation in August, we decided to do a road trip from there to see the majestic Grand Canyon on the day of our 14th wedding anniversary.  It was a long drive but we all enjoyed every minute of it.  
We Were going to  do a tour but decided to just drive there ourselves.  It's  cheaper and we can do the roadtrip without the pressure of time.   That  day was one of the many best  ways we have celebrated our anniversary.  

On our way there, we stopped at  the first  overlook designated for tourists who wants to see the view.  We left  really early at the hotel after we ate breakfast so we can get on the road and get back to Vegas before dark.

 We used the rental car that we have  which scared my husband  as he was not used to driving a Hyundai Accent.  That vehicle has a problem with air con keeping up with heat outside.  IT also has a severe delay in response, my husband has to press the gas pedal to the floor  to get a response which delayed 3-4 seconds.  It was really an issue driving it around Vegas area  especially when the traffic is intense.  My husband can't help but say some "sweet" words in frustration.  I gotta say though, it was  great on gas mileage.

 Other than the  vehicle, our trip went smooth and enjoyable.
 Being used to  mountains with a lot of trees, driving from Las Vegas to Arizona  makes me really  thankful and appreciative of our lush greens in our state.  For some reason, even though I enjoy  seeing the  different rock and boulder formation, it makes me feel down a little bit not seeing vegetation there.  I mean, we  passed by some occasional dessert plants but not as much as I  hoped I would see.
 Anyway, as we are nearing the Grand Canyon, the vegetation is somehow getting visible.  I hope you enjoy the following scenic desert-like views.

If I would have to do a road trip again from Vegas to Arizona, I would probably opt to do it in the Fall or early Spring so that the weather ain't too hot.  We did it when it was too hot which made it so exhausting.  It's all worth it though because  the Grand Canyon is just amazing.  Please tune in for the next part of this post.  Thanks for visiting and leaving your thoughts.


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