People ask me….. ‘Why do you go to Vegas? You don’t drink or gamble.’
I go because it’s a fun city to see and it’s close to so many other attractions.
Some people love it, some hate it. If you really look around, there’s something for everyone.
I can see lots of pros and cons. I enjoy seeing the massive and beautifully decorated hotels. I like warm weather but I don’t enjoy the sizzling hot dry heat of summer, but it doesn’t stop me from seeing and doing. I don’t mind the casinos but I hate all the smoke. I like to see the street artists who mostly come out at night but I don’t like the card flickers who make the streets dirty and cluttered. I don’t like the more than half naked women who flaunt around believing their whole net worth is their body, but they are good teaching tools. I like all the specialty shops but I don’t care for the high prices, but it’s fun to look. I love all the photo opps EVERYWHERE! I love that there are so many shows to choose from and we have seen a lot of great ones. Most importantly, I love all the excursions we’ve taken from Vegas. It’s close to some pretty amazing places.
I’ve posted about many of them, but my favorites are:
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Death Valley, California
Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
Bryce Canyon, my number 1 favorite – so majestic.
Zion, a blend of forest, mountains, rocks, sandstone…..
Grand Canyon – it’s just Awe – Amazing!
Death Valley – so many diverse areas and terrains – unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else.
Red Rock Canyon – love the scenery, but the tour puts it over the top.
I hope you keep reading for all the fun details of our Vegas & Beyond Adventure, but first I’ll tell you a little about me:
I am a photographer who loves to travel. I have always liked photography since I was a kid with my little Kodak Pocket Instamatic camera. I was born in Ohio and had never left the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana until I was an adult! I flew on my first plane at age 21 (to Hawaii), and on my second flight, I jumped out. What a Thrill! Oh, did I mention that I like adventure too?
I have been married for almost 25 years. We met in 1992 working as IT geeks, I mean systems programmers, doing government contract work. That seems like a lifetime ago. We have 2 amazing daughters, neither of which are geeks – yet, and a very cool Golden Retriever, named Marly.
We got our first real camera in 2005 – a Canon SLR. My husband just brought it home one day. We were leaving for China in about 2 weeks to adopt a baby girl. We didn’t have time to learn how to use it so we set it to auto and started clicking. We were thrilled with our results – until a few years later when we learned how to shoot, but we are so thankful for all the memories our mediocre photos have created for us.
I live in Sarasota FL and I’m thrilled about it. It’s a wonderful lifestyle if you love beautiful sunny days, the ocean, dolphins, manatees, boating, blooming flowers year round…..there’s so much to love.
We all love to travel and have developed quite a passion for it. We’ve been to many states and a number of countries. I feel very fortunate to live this wonderful life. We have quite a list of places we still want to visit. From now forward, I hope to do a better job photo journaling our travels. Photos help keep our memories alive for me but I’ve noticed as I’m getting older, I don’t remember everything as clearly as I used to.
Be sure to check out my website and FaceBook:
Other blog sites: