Monday, September 6, 2010

Time to Head Home

Our 11-day excursion through The Grand Circle (Nevada, northern Arizona, southern Utah, and back into Nevada) is done.

Last night, after dinner, we walked through Excalibur & Luxor again while Mike was looking for a shirt. Then we drove to The Venetian and walked (in a round about way) to see the outdoor show in front of Treasure Island. The show was called "The Sirens of TI". It was nice but then we had to walk back through the Venetian and checked out a few more shops before we got the car and went back to Excalibur.

This morning, after a brunch buffet at Excalibur, we checked out of the hotel and went to Luxor to see a couple of exhibits. I saw the artifacts exhibit from the Titanic which was awesome! I even saw some of my family's names in the lists of those who survived and those who did not. I'll need to check those out soon to see if they are relations. Meanwhile, Mike, Shane & Courtney saw "Bodies...The Exhibition," an exhibit of preserved human bodies for viewing the human muscular, skeletal, nervous, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, circulatory systems, and more. They said it was cool - Google it!

We gassed up the Tahoe, returned the car and got to the airport much earlier than expected. We ate a late lunch at a nice little restaurant and here we are. We are sitting at our gate now. We look tired. We are tired. I think we are d-o-n-e!

It was very special for us to share with Shane & Courtney the places we have come to love so much and enjoy visiting time and again. I think we have two new converts! In the future, when they are ready, we can do some short trips for some specific activities. But now they have an idea of what to expect.

As I sort through the photos we took with our "good" cameras, I'll supplement these cell phone photos I've been posting and add more dialog to this blog.

Till the next time.......

Las Vegas at Night

Some photos while we were out tonight.
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Change of Plans

Instead of camping overnight at Toroweap in the western end of the Grand Canyon, we are heading back to Las Vegas a day early for some night life, shopping, gaming and whatever else Las Vegas has to offer. We have had a fabulous time visiting the national parks, hiking, boating and sightseeing. We'll be staying at the Excalibur Hotel and attending the Tournament of Kings show tonight. Tomorrow...who knows!
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Zion National Park

We hiked The Virgin River Narrows yesterday for about 8 miles round trip. There are sandy areas with river stones in the water and on the banks where there is a bank. It was like walking on slippery bowling balls! Luckily we were geared up with river shoes & hiking sticks from Zion Adventure Co. We did not take a camera with us because we didn't want it to get wet. Here's a few pics of Zion that I took this morning.
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bryce Canyon at Dusk

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Grovsner Arch

Located off Cottonwood Canyon Road. It is actually a double arch.
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Cottonwood Canyon Road

A long unpaved/primitive/dirt road that we took from near Jacob Lake (north of Grand Canyon N.P. - North Rim) to Cannonville, Utah on the way to Bryce Canyon National Park. You can see the uplift of the earths layers.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Grand Canyon North Rim

This is the view from the back porch of the North Rim Lodge. It overlooks Transcept Canyon. We had a cabin within a very short walking distance to the rim.
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