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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Road Trip - Days 12, 14, 15

We've finally made it to my last recap of my roadtrip. It's somewhat bittersweet as was the ending to my actual trip. You travel for all those miles, see all those sights, then BAM you're done. I will never forget the memories I made with my nana and papa during that trip. It's something I will cherish for the rest of my days. I hope they understand how lucky I felt to go on that trip with them.

The last leg of our trip we went through Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Oof that's a lot of states.

Welcome to Utah! During the entire ride through the state I kept wondering, how many polygamists I'm seeing and I don't even realize it? Odd I know.

Driving through some beautiful rock formations. 

More Red Rock... 

Welcome to Colorado!!  

We were getting up to higher elevations in Colorado and we kept inching closer and closer to the "s" word, snow. 

Tunnels!!! 

Ski Slopes, I really think I'd like to take a trip back here one winter to attempt skiing and spend some cuddle time with Nathan :).

More snow... 

And now it's on the roads. It wasn't slick or anything, but there was a lot of snow. When we got to the highest elevation in Vail I swear there was atleast 5-10 foot of snow on the ground. It was nuts. 

Denver. 

Welcome to Kansas, a flippin' windy state! Seriously, the entire time we were there it took me forever to catch my breath outside because of the wind. It was horrible...and cold. 

The last picture from my trip, the St. Louis arch. This is another city I'd think I would like to visit and explore. It was huge, but I think it would be fun. 

...and we're done! Thank you one and all for allowing me to share my road trip with you all. It's been a blast!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Road Trip - Day 11

Day 11 of my road trip was a lloonngg day.

We ventured to Hoover Dam and then had another night seeing the sights of Vegas.
We had originally went to Hoover Dam the day before, but it was raining, and this girl was not about to get wet. So my papa and nana graciously said they would take me the next day. I thought the dam was very interesting, but honestly I was sorta freaked out the entire time I was there. Because of you know, terrorists, but I'm overly weird about that kind of stuff. The Dam is something you have to put on your bucket list, it's part of American History that should be seen by all.

This is the new bridge over the dam, and I am not a fan of bridges, at.all. I did suck it up and walk across even though this thing wobbled every time a car or semi went across.

View of the Dam from atop the new bridge. 

Me on top of the Dam. 

That's the bridge we walked across, see...nutso.

Lake Mead. Isn't it a gorgeous color?! 

After we sightseed at the Dam we went back to the Condo and relaxed before we headed out onto the Strip.

We ate dinner at the Forum Shoppes again, but in a different section. I've never seen a circular escalator but they had one.  

The Treasure Island Hotel. We watched the Pirate show they had, it was neat to see. 

During the Pirate show. 

At the Mirage watching the "Volcano" erupt. 

Now onto my favorite hotel, The Venetian. It was sooo gorgeous. I have an obsession with Venice, Italy so there is no wonder why I loved this hotel so much.  

That wraps up my trip to Vegas. I was really sad to leave. Nathan better be prepared to go with me on another trip :).

Next up - HOME!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Road Trip - Day 10

This was the day I was most excited for during my trip, the day we went to Vegas!!! And honestly, it was so hard to choose what pictures to post on here when I wanted to share them all. I am breaking it down into two posts for the two days I was there, and for your reference...two days is not enough to see it all. I needed more time, but I sense a trip in my future. It's going to be a must.

We bypassed part of I-40 on the way to Vegas to venture off onto Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona. It was neat but it was a major tourist trap. I enjoyed seeing the old signs but it was like we were a foreigner in our own land, and foreign people are rude...or it could be we're from the South and don't act like that. Anyways...I took a lot of Route 66 sign pictures out there, I find them fascinating.



Now on to the main part of the day. We didn't stay in a hotel on the strip, we were about a block off, but we ventured out every night onto the Shuttle that transported us to Harrah's, which is basically the heart of it all (you like that run on sentence don't ya?!).

I got the pleasure of choosing the restaurants we ate at each night and when I saw that Cesaer's Forum Shoppes has a Cheesecake Factory I was all in. Nathan better be prepared to take me back.

This was taken from my seat at Cheesecake Factory, it's so unbelievable that you're inside when it feels like you're outside.  

Still inside Cesaer's Forum Shoppes.

Yet again... 

Outside Ceasar's, it was much prettier lit up at night, but for some reason I didn't get a picture. 

This is from the Bellagio, oh it was soooo gorgeous!! 

The lobby of the Bellagio. 

Outside of the Bellagio waiting on the fountain to start. 

Here we go... 

The show was absolutely breathtaking, yet again, nothing you can explain. You HAVE to see this for yourself. 

The fake Eiffel Tower, I still think it's beautiful. 

One of the older hotels, The Flamingo...love the colors!! 

I'm not going to sum up my Vegas trip just yet since I'm not finished, but I will say one word about it. LOVE.

Can't wait to share more with you next week!

Up next, Hoover Dam & more Vegas!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My Road Trip - Days 8 & 9

The last couple of days we were in Sedona we just took in the local sights, which ranged from Antique shopping in Cottonwood and Prescott to just riding around. Thankfully, the grandparents let me have a "rest" day the day before we left for Vegas. I lounged around the pool, caught myself on shows and just had a little me time.

The last night in Sedona we walked around the Condo to look at all the rock one last time...and of course my camera had to come out and play.







Sedona was a beautiful, scenic place to visit and I'm glad to say I went. If I ever go back I'm going to mark hiking on my agenda, but aside from that, my trip there was wonderful.

Next up, Route 66 and Viva Las Vegas!!!