Our last site to see in the Vegas area was Hoover Dam. It seemed we climbed and climbed (in a car) up the mountain until we got to the over look where you could see the dam. It was interesting but I wouldn’t make it a primary destination.
After Las Vegas, Charlie and I headed west toward Death Valley National Park in California.
The plan was to see Death Valley in the morning and Sequoia National Park in the afternoon.
I don’t know if anyone could do all that driving but we couldn’t.
Death Valley is a diverse area known for its mountains and borax deposits.
It took us 5 boring long but interesting hours to drive through Death Valley. I don’t recommend it.
After staying the night at a very pleasant AirBnb in a peach and plum fruit grove we headed to Sequoia National Park not to be confused with Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Monument. They are all approximately in the same area but the target destination is Sequoia National Park where the very large trees are located.
The drive to the park is a dizzying. As we climbed to almost 8000 feet I was rewarded with a bad headache and extreme nausea that only subsided an hour and a half later when the car stopped. Going back down the mountain was even worse.
The trees, however, were quite spectacular. Glad I saw it, can’t recommend it.
Have you done something spectacular that you wouldn’t recommend?
While in Las Vegas Charlie and I ate dinner at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant.
Since I am a fan of Master Chef Junior I thought it would be interesting to try his cuisine.
The theme is British pub with a sixties vibe.
The hostess asked us if we’d like a tall or short table. We chose short and waited just a minute until the personable maitre’d led us to our table for 2 right on the perimeter of the restaurant so we could people watch while we were eating.
The menu had a good variety but we stuck with British comfort food.
Charlie chose fish and chips which was served with mushy peas. Our waitress told us very few people like the peas. We thought they were delicious: peas and mint.
I ate Steak and Ale pie.
This was one of the best meals we had during our travels out west. Unfortunately we didn’t have room for dessert.
Our main purpose for going anywhere near Las Vegas was to see Celine Dion in concert.
Of the hundreds of shows in Vegas she is the only entertainer I would want to spend $198.50 times 2 for rear orchestra seats.
We parked in Caesar’s Palace’s Colosseum using their valet parking service which is free other than tipping the valet. Considering the number of people in the music venue in particular and Caesar’s Palace in general, the valet service was very fast.
Even though our belongings were searched upon entry to the theatre, we could keep our cell phones and point-and-shoot cameras. The only requests were no flashes and no video recordings.
The seats were excellent in that no one’s head was ever in my way and I could see every minute of the entire show. Even the woman in front of me rocking to the beat in her seat was not a distraction. I am glad, however, that I didn’t purchase the top level ticket because most of those people stood up the entire time and obstructed the view of the front orchestra.
Celine sang her hits, tribute songs to The BeeGees and Prince, and even some Great American Songbook standards. The music was a great mix of eras and genres all in the Celine Dion style.
Charlie and I had a great evening and then even a more interesting time at our AirBnB with a host who had never had guests before we arrived. One day I’ll write the whole strange story.
We are currently in Las Vegas, Nevada, getting ready to travel to Death Valley, California.
In the mean time back home our new floors have been getting finished.
Our son called to say the transition between the dining room and conservatory didn’t look quite right after Day 1.
Charlie called the finisher and he said he would look at the area and reprocess it.
Then we heard that some of the lights in the house wouldn’t come on but none of the breakers had blown.
We also have an old fuse box which our son had forgotten about. Apparently the finisher had 2 electric sanders which take 220V service. They plugged one into the dryer outlet on the second floor and the other they hardwired at the breaker box. Using them both at the same time on the old house wiring blew a fuse.
I received a text on Friday morning indicating the floors in both the conservatory and master suite were finished. Can’t wait to see them in person.
If you could visit anywhere in the world where would that be?
Charlie and I headed to the Grand Canyon from Phoenix a couple days ago.
One of our planned activities was a mule ride on the rim. I was afraid they wouldn’t let me ride if they knew I had a broken ankle so I forced my own boot on and tried not to limp.
After checking in the night before and getting weighed in our clothes to insure neither of us weighed over 225 pounds, we headed to the mule barn by Blue Route bus from Maswik Lodge where we were staying.
At the mule barn we were met by a bus which took us to another mule corral area about 15 minutes away on the eastern rim of the Grand Canyon.
At the corral Hoop, a mule wrangler and instructor, gave tips and strategies for riding a mule. Each of us was issued with a motivator to encourage our mule forward since we were supposed to follow tail-to-nose the mule in front of us.
The wranglers helped us mount. I told them I had a gamey right ankle and so would need a mounting block which was a 2-step unit. Mounting was not difficult but forcing my right foot into the stirrup was uncomfortable.
We were 7 riders including our wrangler, Lily. Charlie brought up the rear on Decker and I was just in front of him on a black beauty named Charlotte.
We rode along the rim for about 4 miles stopping at planned vistas where we turned our mules to look straight out over the canyon.
The views were magnificent.
Charlie had a camera tied around his neck (mandatory) and took pictures each time we stopped.
I don’t do photos much while I’m traveling so I just enjoyed the scenery.
While Charlie and I are out west, our flooring guy is supposed to do some sanding and polyurethaning of the newly installed floors.
We were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to access our bedroom and bathroom during the process so we’re happy to be away from home while it is happening. Our son is staying at The Glade to sidewalk supervise this project.
In addition to finishing the floors in the master suite and the conservatory the finisher is supposed to add threshold reducers to some doorways to give a smooth transition.
In the conservatory
Front door to the house
Between bedroom and hall
Between bedroom hall and main hall
He should also plane the bottom of the doors so they open and close smoothly.
The he’s going to finish the baseboard trim and door and window casings that are unfinished.
Trim and casings:
Round window casing
Conservatory – baseboard and door casing in closet
Dining room – baseboard behind piano and adjacent wall
Upstairs hall – baseboard
Master suite hall – baseboard
Window casing and sill
Master bedroom – baseboard behind bed and side walls (not shelving)