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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Las Vegas

First - good news.  Since March my mother has been on chemo for cancer.  Her second last treatment was to be this week.  When she went in the Dr. told her that the last two were not needed and she just needs to go home and get well.  For that I am so thankful and relieved. Way to go Mom!!

We have been in Las Vegas for a few days now and of course the first thing we did was walk the strip. 
We wandered along in front of the Palazzo............
I think this was the Palazzo.  It does become a bit of a blur after a bit. Either way it was a beautiful spot in the middle of the city.

We wandered into the Venetian and watched the gondolas cruising up and down the river.....
The lobby ceiling....
Treasure Island.....

Yesterday we went to Hoover Dam and did a tour.  It is hard to believe what man can do when he is determined.

The water is a bit low.

Lake Mead.  This used to be the Colorado River before Hoover Dam was built.  We are going to take the Sea Eagle out for a cruise later this while we are here.

Today I think we are going out to see what pictures can be found. The one thing we don't have to worry about here is getting a sunny day to take pictures.  I am loving it.  The temps have been in the high 90s and triple digits.  I don't know if I would want to spend the whole summer here.  It must get frightfully hot.  Numbers like mid one hundred and teens are being tossed around on weather channel.  Thanks but 100 is hot enough for me.  I think I will pass.

That is all from home here in Vegas.  Until the next time stay safe out there and maybe we can meet down the road one day.  

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Flagstaff Az

The past few days have been busy ones again.  Good thing we are retired.  Don't know how we would find the time to do everything.

As I said in my last post on Thursday we drove up to the grand canyon.  It didn't take long to blast my way through all the space on my memory card in my camera.  The place is fantastic.  Everywhere you look you see an opportunity to take another photo.

Way down at the bottom is the Colorado River.

On Friday we drove over to the Painted Dessert and the Petrified Forest.  The place is just fascinating.  I once had a prof in university who used to say that the only way to truly understand ones place in the universe was to stand on the top of a mountain and look at the vastness around.  Only then can one realize how small and totally insignificant one is in the grand scheme of things.  To prove his point he took the class to Baxter State Park in Maine to climb Mount Katahdin.  From that vantage point looking down I realized that he was right.  Well yesterday I rediscovered that fact as I was standing in the middle of the Painted Dessert surrounded by vastness and farness. I truly wish I had the gift of words that could paint the picture for you. This will have to do instead. Even though pictures never do it justice.

That log that you see in the above picture is actually rock now.  It was a tree growing in the area about 225 million years ago.  How different the land was then. That tree was alive before dinosaurs roamed the Earth. 

So were the ones in this photo. 

Yesterday was our 4th wedding anniversary so last night we went out to dinner.  Ira checked out reviews on a restaurant in Flagstaff that served Indian food.  Normally I don't like that food as most of it is cooked with curry and I don't like curry.  But this place was fantastic.  The chef came out to talk to us so that I could tell him exactly what kind of food I do  like and how I like it spiced.  My meal was perfect.  We would definitely go back there again.

Today we just wandered around historic downtown Flagstaff.  So many neat little shops with products created by local artists.  I forgot to take my camera or even my cell with me so no pictures at all. 

When Ira and I changed our eating habits to eat healthier I thought giving up the bread would be the hardest thing.  I was addicted to the empty calories of the soft smooshy white bread.  I am surprised to say that I don't miss it at all. In fact the other day I had some toast and couldn't really eat it.  It didn't taste nearly as good as I remembered.  Now ice cream...........that is a totally different story.  I love ice cream and it tastes every bit as good as I remembered.  I really do try to not have it as often as I would like. 

Tomorrow we pack up again to hit the road early Monday morning.  We are on our way to Vegas.  Another first for me. 

Stay safe out there everyone.  I hope we can meet one day down the road somewhere.