We got in around 5p local time but we were on Eastern time and were super tired and hungry. Almost no restaurants were open so we ate at the Rio hotel, where we stayed, and paid close to $20 for a super crappy hamburger. Each. Never again.
Friday morning we awoke bright and early and made the over 4 hour trip to the Grand Canyon. It was really pretty. We had several hundred dollars in miscellaneous gift card/prepaid debit cards so we splurged big time and went on a 4 hour guided sunset canyon tour. Did we go anywhere anyone else can't go? No. It was all pavement and pubic access areas of the park however we got a lot of background information and our guide knew exactly where to place us to get the best pictures at these access areas. And he did not let us dilly dally!
|No idea why Blogger won't stop putting this pic on it's side :(|
|Or this one. Very annoying b/c they are actually vertical|
|But they didn't have their fountains on :(|
Sunday we went to California and visited Death Valley. Really cool place.
|The white stuff is actually salt, all of the ground is extremely hard|
and crunchy from all of the salt!
We visited the shark reef at Mandalay Bay.
|Touching the rays and horseshoe crabs|
|Another on it's side :( SHARK!|
|550 feet in the air!|
|Awesome views in the High Roller. Definitely go during|
the day though to avoid crowds, it is also cheaper.
Tuesday we came back to problem after problem. While we were gone, the woodstove started belching smoke and the stovepipe was smoking. Turns out there was some sort of something that had collected on the cage of the chimney cap blocking air from flowing through. That took 2.5 hours to fix. The horses had drug our snow blade from the corner of the arena into the front third of the arena. Somehow. It is over 300 pounds and there wasn't a single scratch on anyone and the blade wasn't tipped over. The horses had broken a tie ring that I use to tie hay nets. Somehow. There were no broken nets, no broken clips, no stretched halters, no idea how it was broken. The horses had decided to drink almost 100 gallons in 3 days despite going through that much in 6 days the rest of the year so the house sitter and to wrestle with filling the tank when there is no spigot close to the tank. The chickens got out. Twice. What a mess. It took all of Wednesday to get things back and order and back to fairly normal.
We had such a nice vacation though, except being sick, and really hope that we can do it again sometime. Vacations rock! There isn't anything we wouldn't do again and things we would definitely do again if we went back. Stay at a local casino instead of a strip casino. The old casinos have the amazing food deals you hear about, NOT the new casinos $$$$, anything on the strip is pricey except Denny's. Definitely plan on spending 2-3 days for the Grand Canyon and Death Valley, each. It is worth it to go to a show, do NOT buy tickets before you go unless it may be sold out. You can very easily get tickets at half off or more anywhere, including at the box office. Be ready to just blow people off, people will walk up to you with a sales pitch every few feet, stop worrying about being polite. We were going to go to another show Monday night but I just couldn't make myself go. A lot of the touristy things are quite pricey, our hotel included a free ticket on the High Roller with a coupon for a 2nd ticket so it ended up being $10 a person. Definitely not worth the $25 a person (during the day!) they actually charge. I would definitely go back. Has anyone been to Vegas? Thoughts?