We originally planned to ride up to Mt. Charleston Lodge for lunch today, but Mother Nature decided they needed more snow! Rain was expected in Las Vegas and the sky looked a little threatening but we decided to beat the rain and visit the Neon Museum. If you ever get to Vegas it is a must see. When signs are no longer needed they are donated to the museum. We learned that most of the neons are leased by the hotels usually for ten years. When the lease expires if the hotel doesn’t want it, it goes back to the sign company.
So many signs lay in this historic boneyard and I’ve only shared a few!
Red Rock Canyon is about 20 miles from downtown. The clouds continued to roll in and the wind got quite gusty, but we drove out anyway. Lucky for me the low hanging clouds made the already dramatic landscape ever more ominous. There is a 13 mile scenic loop, well worth the drive. Do not miss this if you are in Vegas. Sadly tomorrow we leave for Nashville, but I can say for sure that it won’t be 30 years before I’m back again!
VIVA LAS VEGAS
Death Valley is about a two hour drive west from Las Vegas. We got a late start and we were meeting Dan’s cousin who lives in Pahrump, so we had a very short amount of time. The park covers 5262 square miles! You would need several days there to really appreciate its beauty. The power of Mother Earth is beyond imagination. These are just a few photos made on my phone!
The lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet.
That white stuff is salt, not snow!
We met Dan’s cousin Dickie Hooper who lives in Pahrump. He insisted we eat lunch at the famous Sheri’s Ranch Brothel. He knows the bartender and apparently everyone else there! That was not on my bucket list but I can say it was a unique experience. They greeted us at the door of the bar and asked if any of us had an appointment! We said no we just want lunch!
Didn’t have time to see Red Rock Canyon so back to MGM. Later we had appetizers at Greek Sneek complete with Greek wine and Mythos beer. Ah, memories of Greece!
More beautiful skies in Isla. Dan and I took a drive over to Madeira, art and food for lunch. The burgers are rated best on the island. They did not lie! The smashed baked potato with a secret sauce was the perfect side. I shopped a little and we walked across to catch another glimpse of the Caribbean Sea. Look closely at the rocks below and you can see our shadows!
Can we grow aloe this big at home?
We walked next door to Sunset Grill for dinner. Everyone had the Greek Island fish and I had grilled chicken. We shared a key lime pie. Perfect finish to the day with a nightcap at Skull’s and off to bed.
Thank you Phil Martin! It was an awesome trip and an unforgettable 35th anniversary!
I started my day with coffee and a new friend. There are several of these guys who patrol Skull’s and keep it safe from other pesky creatures. I got some great shots on the Fuji camera but for some reason it’s not communicating with the phone, so all the photos you are seeing were taken on the iPhone XR. The camera on this phone is excellent.
Dan and I took the can-am to explore the island. Dan made a quick friend.
We ventured down to the Caribbean side and walked the rocky beach. I found some great rocks. Hope I don’t have to buy another suitcase to get them home.
The cemetery was quite intriguing. They are buried above ground of course, and the graves are highly decorated and loving memorials to the ancestors. I can imagine that the Day of the Dead is an amazing event to experience.
After that we drove the road that circles the island. We stopped back at Suenos to quench our thirst and get a bite.
Another stop at the store for coffee and wine and back to Skull’s for the siesta.
We met Teresa and Jimmy for dinner by the bay. If the first day of 2019 is any indication of the rest of the year, well all I can say is wow! I am so grateful to have this opportunity and such wonderful friends, and an incredible family. Happy New Year to all!
Giant plate of chicken nachos to start.
I know, these look weird. They are Brussels sprouts tacos with deep fried spinach! They were yummy! I ate my first brussel sprout ever. And I’m sure they were healthy too!
Lastly were the coconut shrimp tacos. Needless to say we do not go to bed hungry!