I won't bore everyone (or anyone...is there anyone still reading this?) with ALL the details of our family Vay-Kay, but I will post some photos of some of the highlights of what's been going on since last I wrote.
We went to Las Vegas over the 4th of July weekend, to visit the parents. My sister and her family met us there.
|Kids enjoying drinks served in Pineapples|
|A-hole smoking an effing CIGAR in the pool. I asked, this is apparently legal in Nevada (I mean, what isn't), but still...DUDE it's an Effing Cigar and you are in the pool with mostly KIDS...GAH!!!!|
|Mandatory Fireworks display.|
|Enjoying a post-fireworks cocktail with my parents. Don't they look fabulous!|
|Bro-in-law...having consumed a few Cubas and sporting a $500 chip...WOOT!|
Overall...we had a great time in Vegas where we consumed way too much wine and way too many Cuba Libras and Mojitos.
From there we headed south to see the Hoover Dam. I've been to Vegas countless times in the last several years and yet had never taken the kids to see the Dam, so off we went...
|Apparently we were NOT the only ones with this idea|
|A new freeway is being built with an enormous bridge spanning the Nevada/Arizona border. Kinda cool architecture which mirrors the arch of the dam.|
|Damn, big dam.|
|And, damn hot it was too...we were there about 10 minutes. Seen Hoover Dam...Check!|
Having done a "drive by" of the Hoover Dam, we continued our journey to see the Grand Canyon...so we drove some more.
|Arizona desert - lots of nothing (I have no idea why I took this picture. I think I started to envision this blog as a series of all the fabulous scenery I was enjoying from the car window...yeah, that's it).|
|The biggest bottle cap I'd ever seen.|
|When bored? take photos|
|Then the scenery changed...Toto, I don't think we're in the desert any more.|
|And we made it, the Grand Canyon.|
|At Sunset...and yes, what they say is true, the photos really don't do it justice!|
|Mandatory family shot.|
And you'll never guess what we did then...
We left the canyon and drove to Phoenix...yes, that night. Yes, it was a stupid thing to do as it was about a 4 hour drive. Next time, we'll stay put. I'd like to hike into the canyon (and yes, I'd even camp...so there), but from what I read, July is not really the best time to do this. While it was lovely (about 85º on the canyon rim), it was over 100 on the floor. So next time, we'll go in the fall or spring. Next time.
Anyway, I didn't take any pictures of the drive to Phoenix because it was dark, and I was tired. Suffice it to say that we got to Phoenix at about 1am and for the next two days, I did a lot of this...
And then it was time to go home...which meant we drove some more...
|I took this photo outside Gila Bend. I thought the surf boards were funny. Also, why are there some many motels in Gila Bend? There were LOTS.|
|Sand Dunes just after we crossed the Nevada/Arizona border...also there were lots of border patrol as this area has got to be only about 200 yards from THE FENCE.|
And now we are home...It was a great trip, but to be honest, I'm exhausted.
Oh, but wait, there are some other bullet points to share
I'll try to catch up on reading some of your blogs in the next few days. I miss you all.
- While on vay-kay, I ran 9 miles (all on hotel dreadmills)
- I did one monster elliptical session of one hour (5.5 miles).
- I gained about two pounds over the week, but I figure most of that is water retention since I ate my body weight in Chex Mix in the car yesterday...way too much salt. I can't get my wedding ring off today.
- Who turned off the heat? After a week in the desert (100+ degrees...every day), it is a complete shock to my system to be in SoCal where it's going to be in the low 70s today. Great running weather--I can't wait to run outside later today!
- Today I am resting my liver because tomorrow, the some of the herd is headed to Temecula for Madge's bachelorette-wine-tour party, then on Sunday, Betty, Elsie, Mik and I are going for a balloon ride.