8/11-8/14 Las Vegas and Utah

I took my mom to Vegas for a few days.

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I met up with a couple of friends for a spa day and dinner.  🙂

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We drove out to Utah for a day and visited Zion national park.  My mom and I walked about a mile in to the beginning of The Narrows, which is a hike through the Virgin River, literally.  The whole hike is walking in water about ankle deep or higher.

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As soon as we got to the water, I hiked by myself about an hour in and an hour out while my mom read her book at the start of the river hike.   I wish I could’ve hiked longer but I didn’t want my mom to wait too long.  I had a great time.

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Las Vegas 4/11-14/2015

My mom and I met with our family in Vegas for my grandmother’s birthday.   We spent the first day celebrating her birthday.

My cousins ordered so much food that we couldn’t finish it.  I really liked the garlic rice with chicken.

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 I met up with my friends who live in Vegas the second night for dinner at a Korean restaurant.  The kalbi was really good.  I love when I get a chance to see them.

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We spent most of our time in Vegas gambling and eating.

On Monday, on our way to meet up with our family to gamble, my mom kept stopping me to look at this country singer on stage.  She thought he was so handsome.  She’s so cute.

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They had a cool zip line above where the light show is in downtown.  Someday I want to try it. 🙂

Tuesday, we checked out of our hotel and went to grab lunch with my family one last time before heading out.

After we left, I wanted to take my mom to see Red Rock Canyon.  I’ve never been there, either, so I wanted to check it out, as well.  I

t’s a 40 minute drive around.  We quickly drove through and took pictures cause I wanted to start heading back home before it got dark.

It was really windy that day.

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We stopped at a couple outlet stores on our way home.  By the time we got back it was around 11p.  I

had a nice time on my trip seeing my family and a few friends.  🙂

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.