Reno, NV and Lake Tahoe day 1-3

Aug 20-23, 2014

I headed to Reno for 3 days because my sister is attending college out there.  On the way there, I had a stop in Pheonix.  I bought a lollipop with a scorpian in it for my friend, cause he eats weird things, and ate dinner at a place called, New York Pizza Dept in the airport in Arizona.

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When I got to Reno my dad, my sister, and I ate at a restaurant downstairs from our hotel.  It was late so most places were closed.  I had the delicious coconut prawns!  I wasn’t that hungry cause I had that pizza for dinner in pheonix.

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My sister and I played games till 3a downstairs while my dad was sleeping.

The next day, we helped my sister move in to her dorm.  She’s majoring in business and is really smart for her age.  She just turned 17 and is starting college.  She’s even got a signed letter from President Obama for being an outstanding student.  So proud of her!  After we helped her get situated, my dad and I headed to lake tahoe for a day trip.  My sister couldn’t come because she had orientation and other things to do.

Lake tahoe is not too far from Reno.  We entered from the north side and drove around the whole lake.  We heard a lot about the south side so we had to check it out, as well!

After eating lunch on the north side…

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South side was beautiful…

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I definitely, want to go back, again.  I need to make more time there cause this trip I just didn’t have the time to really explore everything.  We picked up my sister later that evening and ate at an all you can eat sushi restaurant. They had some really good nigiri sushi. 🙂

The day before we left, we all went to the mall and grabbed a bite to eat.  We said bye to my sis.

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My dad and I ate at a chinese restaurant on our last night.  Guess what was in my fortune cookie?

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Will do!

Walking around Reno later that night.

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Reno, is a nice town, as well.  Small but nice.  It felt like a mini Vegas.  I enjoyed my time there and would love to visit, again.

 

Birthday Las Vegas & Grand Canyon – Day 2 of 3

Birthday Day 2

We spent most of the day driving to Arizona visiting the Grand Canyon.  We visited the South Rim so it was a 5 hour drive from Vegas. We stopped at a store gas station along the way there.  All I know is it had a lot of Route 66 souvenirs so I’m assuming the store was called Route 66.  Anyways, the drive over was nice.  I did not realize Arizona had many trees in certain areas.  I’d pictured it to be all desert but I was pleasantly surprised.  When we finally got to the Grand Canyon, we went to a look out point. I couldn’t believe how big it was and how amazing it looked.  One of my friends said, it looked like a painting cause it didn’t look real, and I totally agree.  If I can say one word to describe what I thought of it, it would be ……WOW.

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The weather was supposed to rain with scattered t-storms that day but it was actually bright and sunny the whole time we were there.

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My friend and I took a selfie while waiting for another friend.  We wanted a group photo but we couldn’t get cell service to tell my friend where we were.  FYI if you’re ever at the Grand Canyon.  No cell service.

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It took us 5 hours, again to get back to Las Vegas.  On the way back it actually started raining.  I’m grateful it didn’t happen while we were there.  By the time we were back in Vegas we were so exhausted but we wanted to eat dinner.  We ate at a buffet, walked through the casino and shops, went on a couple rides, and played some games.  We didn’t really gamble this trip. Well, I didn’t, at least. :).  I just really wanted to see the Grand Canyon on this trip.  I definitely, want to make a trip back to the Grand Canyon, someday but next time fly in, cause I want to hike and check out the West Rim, as well.  Overall, great trip!  Wonderful wonder of the world.