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California trip…

We took a trip to California (driving) for my cousin’s wedding.  We left Kansas, drove through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and part of Arizona.  Some parts were pretty, but for the most part a boring drive.  We made it to Grand Canyon, AZ late Wednesday night without a reservation.  Not a good idea.  We had trouble finding a room and ended up with an expensive suite for the night.  We got up early the next morning and headed to the Grand Canyon.  Amazing!  While we were there we acquired a buddy.

He was so tame you could get really close to him.  He made our day.

Here is my dh trying to fix our binoculars

From there we headed to the Hoover Dam and then on to Vegas.  A slight detour, but we wanted to see the sights while we were out that way.

My picture of Ceasar at Ceasar’s Palace takes a little bit of imagination.  I have an inexpensive digital camera that usually gets me by, but it has been doing some not-so-good picture taking here lately. 

We had a $10 limit each at the casino.  We’re not much for gambling as you can tell.  I found $2 on my way to the restroom when we got there and won $12 on my first slot machine, so I spent my $2 and called it a day.  My dh on the other hand spent his $10 and mine.  He won while we were there, but just couldn’t bare to walk away with more than he came with so he just kept right on pulling that handle, haha!

From Vegas we headed to California.  All would have been good except we hit road construction in the middle of the afternoon, in the middle of a desert, and it set us back just over 2 hours.  Not good!  We hit LA after dark which was a little scary, but we made it safe and sound.

The wedding was beautiful and so much fun.  My family was great to welcome us and make us feel at home.  We were the only family my uncle had there, so he was excited to be able to show us around (and show us off).  He was so fun!

On the way home we decided to take a different (hopefully less desolate) route.  We went through Utah and Colorado.  A little slower going, but well worth it.  The scenery was beautiful!  Utah is a sight to see.  We stayed the night in Gunnison, CO and even though skiing isn’t our idea of a vacation we both agree to visit here again.  The next day we stopped at the Royal Gorge and bought a dreamcatcher at a little store just outside the Royal Gorge (our only souvenir for the trip).  Here is a Utah shot as we are driving.

The Royal Gorge

And a fun catus at the Royal Gorge

We were happy to get home that evening.  The drive through eastern Colorado and western Kansas is not a fun one.  Especially when you are anxious to get home.  The wind was incredible and the feedlots were disgusting.  I will definitely be careful what red meat I eat and know where it has been.

It was a fun trip, but as always it is good to be home.

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