Dress and Shoes: Target
Let’s talk about Las Vegas,
Vegas was the furthest point that we traveled to on our road trip, we were headed there for a work conference (more of a convention, really) that Joe had. I don’t know if I have ever talked about Joe’s work on my blog before but he is in the film industry. So, this work convention was a showing of all of the new film and technology equipment that is coming out. I stupidly agreed to go with him to the conference instead of hanging out by the pool at our awesome Vegas hotel, I know stupid right?! While some of it was interesting, most of it bored me out of my skull! Turns out I don’t have much interest in movie set lighting after all. Poor Joe had to deal with a very impatient and hungry wife that day.
Anyways, flash back to before we left on our road trip. I wasn’t that excited about Vegas. I was more excited about Utah and all of it’s Mars like glory. I didn’t feel like Vegas was going to be my scene really. I don’t gamble, I don’t go to strip clubs, I don’t even drink much these days. So I thought, what could possibly be in Vegas that I would even enjoy? It didn’t help that people I know who had been there described it to me as, “a strip of tacky buildings in the middle of a desert.” You can say my expectations for Vegas were pretty low. Much to my surprise, I ended up really enjoying Vegas, like, a lot. Joe and I only stayed one night, since originally we didn’t think we would want to stay more than that. I ended up wishing that we could have stayed another night. Don’t get me wrong Vegas isn’t somewhere I would want to take a week long vacation to. I don’t know what you would even do there for that long if you aren’t a gambler or a partier. But, a couple of nights to see a show, eat good food, and wander the streets would be delightful. The afternoon/night that we did have in Vegas was really fun. We walked around all the super expensive stores like, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, stores I can only dream about shopping in. Although, a really nice husband did buy me a silver bow ring from Tiffany’s that I adore. For dinner we ate at an authentic Italian restaurant that was a little bit off of the strip (which meant it wasn’t super touristy). It was SO good, for those who know me know that pasta is my favorite food in the world. I have been on the Paleo diet for the last couple of months and hadn’t pasta in ages, so it made it all the better (what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas). While we ate, a Frank Sinatra impersonator sang old show tunes and it was just perfect.
After dinner we walked around Fremont street to watch all of the people and see all of the old light up signs. People may find it odd but I almost felt like I went back 6 or 7 decades being in Vegas. It had a very old school vibe to me, which is why I put these pictures in black and white. Between the old show tunes and the retro looking light up signs everywhere, I just felt like I lived in a time that Frank Sinatra or Elvis (kind of a time jump but you get what I’m saying) was still alive. Joe told me I looked like a girl from the 40’s going to Vegas because of what I was wearing, which I took as a compliment. All in all, I had a really great time in Vegas and I loved it for all of its tacky uniqueness.
While we were at the Grand Canyon we stayed at an amazing camp ground that was more like a camping resort. There was a grocery store, a coffee shop, and restaurant. It can hardly be considered roughing it, but after a night of sleeping in our car it was just what we needed. We arrived in the evening, took a stroll by the canyon, and set up camp. The next day we did the hike that led you to the bottom of the canyon from the top and then back up. The hike was approximately 9 miles total. Which in my mind at the time was completely doable, as it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve hiked 9 miles. However, what I failed to realize is that hiking elevation is a whole other story. The 9 miles that I scoffed at felt more like 20 miles! The hike down to the bottom is hard enough and then you turn around and realize you have to go back up 3,000 ft! It is not a good feeling! I was not the most optimistic hiking companion either, which I know Joe can attest to. I felt like I wasn’t going to make it back up until I almost just became numb the the fact that my legs and lungs were working extreme overtime. It was super hard, yet, in a way still really fun, and I am so glad that I can say I did it. Besides that fact that I got a killer workout that day, the views were spectacular. As we were hiking up the sun began to set which lit the canyon up in the most beautiful colors. I would definitely recommend hiking into the canyon if you get a chance (you don’t have to go all the way to the bottom), you see it in a whole other way than when you are simply looking out into it from the top.
It’s been so long since my last post! I was trying to actually blog on the road day by day, however that didn’t work out so well. It was difficult because we didn’t always have wifi. We were camping some of the nights, and the nights when were were in a hotel we would be getting back so late that I was pretty much just crashing out. So, we are home now and I have wifi consistently! Here I am picking back up with day five! I for one, am pretty excited to relive the trip now that I am home. Day four was a travel day full of sitting in a car so nothing special to blog about. If a day is skipped here and there it is because it consisted of sitting a the car. However, day four was not fully without excitement. On the fourth day of our road trip we had just left Colorado Springs and drove all day to make it to Utah’s Valley of the Gods. Valley of the Gods is a National Park so we were there to camp that night, however the wind was so strong we couldn’t pitch our tent and our faces were getting whipped with red sand. It wasn’t pleasant. We had no choice but to retreat to the car to sleep. Which was a bummer on many levels. One because Valley of the God’s was really something to see and the stars that night would have been spectacular. Also, because sleeping in a car is pretty much the worst. Anyways, back to day five! Day five was spent in Monument Valley, which is what is pictured above. I’ve never seen anything like Monument Valley in my life, it’s like being on Mars. It is strange but cool sight to see. There were horses just roaming freely, and red rock structures as far as the eye could see.