On the Road Again

Today we got to drive across the Hoover Dam! It was really beautiful, as was Lake Mead. We took several pictures. (So far I’ve taken over 160 pictures on our trip.) I’ve been continually amazed at the splendor of God’s creation as we’ve been experiencing a plethora of different landscapes, and it’s just amazing that He lets us enjoy it all.

We also got to visit the Museum of the Americas at the International Petrified Forest and Dinosaur Park in the lovely, deserted town of Holbrook, Arizona. I’m not sure who thought up this genius idea, but there are just random dinosaurs scattered about the desert terrain, and then the museum had a bunch of artifacts “supposedly” from ancient to modern times. I took pictures of some of the typos found on the placards accompanying the displays, which was fun. (Yes, I’m a grammar snob. Someone has to be.) We got several hilarious photos with the dinosaurs, and I can’t wait to upload them and share them with you all. It was truly worth the $5 we paid to get in.

Tomorrow we’re off for Oklahoma, which I do believe will be our 8th state. We’ve already covered over 2000 miles of the U.S. That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? It’s been such a fun trip. I highly recommend a cross-country road trip to anyone. There’s so much that God has created that we haven’t seen!

Walking in Vegas

Even though no one apparently cares about my Vegas adventures, I’m updating anyway. I have an illness, clearly.

Highlights from today:

1. Eating New York pizza in the New York New York casino.
2. Playing the slots. We got $15 of free slot play at our hotel, and I came away with a whopping $3.10. Woohoo.
3. Seeing dolphins about two inches away at The Mirage.
4. Seeing white lions and tigers.
5. Seeing said white lions and tigers engage in some Brokeback Lion action. I’m not kidding. (When it started happening, we walked away, but everyone else just took more pictures.)
6. Eating in Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and having one of the best margaritas I’ve ever tasted.
7. Finding fun souvenirs for my family.
8. Buying some pretty jewelry.
9. Spotting two Elvi and seeing Kristin get her picture taken with them.

The negatives:

1. Sex is everywhere. Not literal sex, but sexiness. It’s disgusting. You can’t walk two feet without seeing nearly naked or scantily clad women. This really is Sin City.
2. The Strip is loooong. Our feet are killing us.
3. We wanted to come back to the hotel and go swimming, but the pool closed at 7pm. That’s pretty much the lamest closing time ever.

Overall, it’s been a wonderful, if not tiring day. Tomorrow we head to Albuquerque!

On the Road Again

Yes, as Susan commented in my last entry, even on vacation I can’t get away from Xanga! Guess where I am now. Give up? Las Vegas!! We arrived around 11:00 pm, and it is just completely unbelievable. It’s so overwhelming because everything really is as big and bright as it looks in the movies and on TV. We’re staying in this awesome hotel called The Luxor, and it’s a pyramid (it’s prettier than the Memphis pyramid, I must say), and there are like 10 restaurants inside it, a bunch of shows, and 800 pools. (That might be a slight exaggeration. We didn’t have a chance to see them all tonight.)

The road trip has been fun, if not slightly exhausting. We’re clipping along at a rather fast pace so we can make it home for Father’s Day, which means that yesterday and today we were driving for 12 hours. Good thing we’re fun gals and enjoy each other’s company, or it would be miserable! But instead we’ve laughed hysterically about something pretty much every other minute, and we’ve had lots of good music to entertain us.

The one dark spot on the trip occurred in the small town of Hawthorne, Nevada. I was driving, and we had just stopped for gas and were headed toward the highway when I look up and see flashing lights in the rearview mirror. Yes, that’s right. I got pulled over. We were all very confused because we honestly couldn’t figure out why the cop was pulling us over, but then he came to the window and asked if I’d “observed” the speed limit. I told him I actually hadn’t seen any signs in the two minutes I’d been on the road, and so he wanted to clarify that I hadn’t “observed” the speed limit. I said no again, and he said he’d clocked me going 11 miles over. Do you know how fast I was going? Not 70. Not 80. THIRTY-SIX. Apparently the speed limit was 25 mph, but none of us had seen a sign. The cop was nice about it and knocked it down to a 5 mph violation, so I’ll be “donating” $47 to the hideous town of Hawthorne, Nevada. Perhaps it can go toward repairing the door panel of the Shell station, which looked as though someone had put a bullet through it. At the time I was a little upset about it because this will be the first ticket to actually go on my record and I just really had no idea I was doing anything wrong, but it could be a lot worse, so I’m thankful. It’s kind of funny now. I guess. 🙂

Well, it’s getting rather late here and we have a full day of sight-seeing in Vegas planned, so I’m going to head to bed. I hope everyone’s having a lovely week, and I’m sure I’ll be updating tomorrow as well, since we paid $10.99 for this internet service. (You’d think if Holiday Inn could provide free internet the Luxor could, but whatever.)

Happy trails!

One-Way Streets Are Evil

EDIT:  I made straight As!  Yay me!  Life has been so good lately, the pessimist in me can’t help but wonder when the bad is going to hit.  But the hopeful part of me likes to think that whatever bad may come, life will still be good.

I was going to ask if you all have missed me, but since Xanga was down a good portion of yesterday, you probably didn’t know I had gone anywhere.  But I did in fact go to Atlanta yesterday to see Jason Mraz in concert with Diana (yes, we did just see him in December).  On the way there we passed a billboard advertising the latest lottery total (100 million) and decided that if we won the lottery, we would follow Jason Mraz to all of his concerts because he is simply amazing.  So talented, and so entertaining, and so cute.  When he dances around, it’s just adorable.

Here are a few pictures from our trip.  We were seated on the lower balcony, but The Tabernacle is designed so well that we were still really close to the stage.


He sang some of my favorites (“Life is Wonderful,” “Unfold,” “Please Don’t Tell Her,” “You and I Both,” “The Boy is Gone”), but he didn’t sing “Absolutely Zero” or “Plane,” both of which I love.  Oh well, can’t have it all, I suppose.  I was really glad he sang “Life is Wonderful” because he didn’t last time, and I was bummed.  This time he even had t-shirts for that song, and Diana and I both bought one.  We wore them on the way home and stopped at Cracker Barrel for lunch, where I relaxed in one of the fabulous rocking chairs (I think I was laughing when Diana took this):

All in all, a very fun trip, despite the fact that last night after the concert we got lost and spent an hour trying to find our way back to our hotel.  I had gotten directions to the venue from the hotel, but I hadn’t thought about the one-way streets, so we couldn’t just reverse them to get back.  Oops.  We even asked three different people for directions, and they told us three different times how to get where we needed to go, and all three times their directions put us in rather sketchy parts of midtown.  Fun times.  So let that be a lesson to all you: one-way streets are evil!  I don’t understand why practically every large city in America has them.  Are they really that more efficient?  I’m not so sure.  But what do I know?  I’m just an English major. :happy: 

I’m off to pack to go home tomorrow (I get to see Stephen! Yay!) and later tonight I’m going to a party with other English majors to celebrate the end of the semester.  I still can’t believe I’m through with my first year of grad school.  I deserve a pat on the back.  Any takers?