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To Vegas or the Moon

I felt like a pioneer woman as we ventured  into undeveloped desert on our trek to an adult amusement center.  Sedona and its beautiful red rock mountains faded away to miles and miles of starkly empty vistas.  Were we going to the moon?  No, we were going to the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas!

A Driver Perspective

The Paris

At the Paris

My little family sped through mighty vast wastelands to finally see a city of dreams emerge like a distant mirage.  I don’t know how any grown up can help feeling a little surge of excitement entering Las Vegas.  O.k. – I know it’s all fake but aren’t we all kids at heart?  Then there’s always the possibility of a jackpot!

At the Mirage

At the Mirage

Well, by the time I understood the “games” I had lost my heart and mostly my wallet to that fake amusement center.  Ah well.

We did squander what resources were left on great food and a show at the Mirage Hotel/Casino.  The star was a fabulously talented singing ventriloquist named Terry Fator.  He was fantastic.  He was the 2007 winner of the t.v. contest, America’s Got Talent, and I can understand why.

terry-fator

Vegas was the lure of course, but to double my pleasure, I was going to see my oldest best friend, Kit who lives there.  We met in elementary school and have almost stayed the same ever since.  Well, maybe we look slightly different now but our reactions to each other are the same.  She named me Dort the Snort in those early days.  And she was Kit the Wit.  Dunno why I so easily acquiesced, but for all these years I still call her “Wit” and she still calls me “Snort.”  This earns us odd looks if people overhear our conversations.

I did get to visit with Wit – never stopped talking and laughing.  Just the same as always.  A few more aches and pains to talk about, but just the same.Kit the Wit

Kit Posing

And then it was off again – to Carlsbad, California!  Stay tuned.  If you are bored, please note that Carlsbad is the last stop before returning to Virginia views.

Terry Fator photo from: http://www.stageandcinema.com

 

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We stayed in a lovely place about 20 minutes from the maddening crowds in Sedona, Arizona.

View from Sedona Timeshare

It was Spring Break and high season in Sedona, with heavy traffic.  Great timing right?  But, we managed a drive that yielded photos of a stark and rugged landscape.  All photos were taken with my trusty little cell phone (named “Pal”).  We lugged the big new fancy Nikon and could never get it put together right for a quick shot – and believe me, you had to be quick.  These mountain shots were real fast drive-bys!

We made one stop at a Holy Cross wedged into the high rock face of a mountainside.  Wow!

Holy Cross

There is no describing the enormity of the red rock mountains and canyons of Sedona.  I was dumbstruck by vividly painted blue skies punctuated by jagged crests and crags.

Sedona Surround

Sedona Surround

Sedona Rock Art

Sedona Rock Art

It was the beginning of a trip full of surprises.

Sheer Canyon Wall

Sheer Canyon Wall

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