We went on a little trip! We visited family! We saw some cool stuff!
This was not my/our first trip out:
2007 - Sister and I came out to scope out wedding venues for her wedding
2008 - Sister's wedding
2015 - General vacation and to visit family
2018 - Specifically to visit family
We flew out on Wednesday because flights were a tich cheaper. Then I realized it was Valentines Day and I didn't want to impose on any plans my Brother and his wife might have had, plus we can always use a day to decompress a bit, so I found a good deal for the Luxor on the Strip, so we could take advantage of nearby restaurants without having to get a cab.
Thursday the Brother picked us up mid-afternoon and we enjoyed family time!
Friday we went and check out the Nevada/Las Vegas Veteran's Memorial, tried to checkout a distillery (they were open...but closed) and at at Phat Phranks, and awesome Mexican place the brother and his wife frequent. Veteran's Memorial was very impressive.
Saturday we went to Hoover Dam! When we were here in 2008 they were building the by-pass bridge, so this was an opportunity to go see what the finished bridge looks like. It was really impressive being able to walk the entire span of the bridge and look down 800+ feet into the Gorge below. Then the Brother took us by an incredibly ugly "art" exhibit out in the desert that perplexes us all (someone painted large rocks and stacked them). I didn't bother taking a picture. Lunch was at a really good BBQ restaurant named Lucille's.
Sunday was a trip out to the Mt. Charleston area, to see the Cold War Memorial. It's part of a new (2015) Forest Service complex, welcome center. I, personally, thought there would have been more informational boards on it, but it was a bit sparse in that regards - as in one board. Still, it was neat to see both memorial and visitor center. Lunch plans kept changing due to restaurants being closed (a common thing out here with family-owned restaurants on a Sunday) and we ended up at Chicago brew pub.
And that, was our trip! Good family time, got to see some sites, and got away from the snow and cold for a while.
|The Strip from afar. What you don't see in the pic, is the wind blowing about 30mph and trying to dislodge us from the tiny hill.|