…the way I’m running has sure got me down on my knees; but next stop, Vegas please.

I’ve returned from the city known for showgirls, gambling, and a ridiculous amount of neon lights.  I spent two days in the city – and was able to see quite a bit.  The first day, I met up with a dear friend from college, Claire.  She drove all the way from San Diego to see me – I felt so loved.  Claire is a favorite of mine.  It had been a year and a half since I had seen her/visited her in Seattle…but as soon as we were reunited, we were chattering and laughing like we hadn’t missed a beat.  I love you, Clairey!


claire & me.

After our visit, I spent the afternoon with my parents enjoying the rooftop pool, some delicious food, and wandering through various casinos and shops.  We ended the evening with a show – Phantom of the Opera – complete with a few Vegas tricks.  On our walk home, we watched the Bellagio fountains – and it was beautiful.

bellagio fountains - set to the national anthem. can't help but get choked up when I hear those verses now.

the strip.

Day 2 was spent enjoying some incredible natural wonders (and a man-made one, too).  My parents and I spent the day in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area – complete with a visit to the Hoover Dam and the Valley of Fire.  It was so beautiful.

hoover dam. soon you won't be able to drive over it anymore - you'll have to take the (really high!) bridge in the background.

this was our view while we ate lunch. not bad, eh?

and this is the valley of fire. love the contrast.

some petroglyphs we found on our hike.

mom & dad at mouse's tank.

It was a wonderful little getaway.  My parents gave me a fantastic whirlwind tour of Las Vegas and the surrounding area – we filled our days and made the most of our time together.  Viva Las Vegas!



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  1. Claire

    I just noticed this! It was so great to see you, lovely. I miss you!!

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