Thanksgiving, Utah (Part 5)

December 5

Las Vegas

Leaving La Verkin (possible title for a movie?) . . . 

[Our hosts left first.  Beth and Chris had a 7-hour drive ahead of them to get back to San Diego . . . ]

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[And then the remaining four of us left in a 2-car caravan to Las Vegas – and my goodness, we’re there already . . . ]

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[Well, that’s seriously still double digits in miles away . . . ]

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[The air quality never seems very good?]

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[Still a few miles away . . . ]

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[But wait – we’re going around the city . . . ]

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[We’re heading for the Red Rock Loop . . . ]

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red rock loop

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[We returned to Vegas because we were all flying home early the next morning . . . ]

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[And this seemed more exciting than spending the day downtown . . . ]

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[And we were right . . . ]

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[We’ve discovered these are always the best places to start an adventure . . . ]

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[The windows are set up for a panorama view . . . ]

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[The 13-mile one-way loop we would be taking upon finishing shopping . . . ]

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[Something inquiring minds want to know . . . ]

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[Meanwhile, back at the panoramic view . . . ]

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[And with flash to totally expose The Biddies . . . ]

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[And with Mr. Excitement . . . ]

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[A drone . . . ]

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[We’re on our way . . . ]

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[Lots o’ people down there.  Obviously in a different age group than ours . . . ]

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[If no one minds, I’ll just take photos from the parking lots . . . ]

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[More younger people wandering in the wilderness . . . ]

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[Playing it safe outside the fence . . . ]

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[No doubt about it . . . ]

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[The rocks are red . . . ]

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[And a lovely two-tone . . . ]

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[The main scenic overlook spot . . . ]

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[And here’s what’s overlooked from there . . . ]

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[But to get airborne, I need longer wings . . . ]

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[And now we have an interesting sky with an occasional appearance of the sun . . . ]

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[Just because I think the next photo after this looks like the start of a disaster movie . . . ]

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[A layer cake . . . ]

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[Halloweeny (or is it Halloweenish?) . . . ]

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[We’re on the way out – well worth the trip . . . ]

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[A Pete Seeger neighborhood.  We’re well out of the city here, but the neighbors could shake hands with each other standing in their own homes . . . ]

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[Back in the city, home of the Runnin’ Rebels . . . ]

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[And their arena, the Thomas and Mack Center . . . ]

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[A sure sign that this place was erected in the middle of a desert . . . ]

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[Had to eat here – now that they’ve geographically extended beyond California . . . ]

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[The classic burger joint menu – burgers and fries, and that’s it!]

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[Reetz awaiting our order, I believe it was No. 85 . . . ]

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[There’s one person on staff who’s sole job is just to press potatoes into fries . . . ]

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[And then back to our Ellis Island Hotel for dinner, The Biddies split gigantic prime rib entree . . . ]

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[And a bottle of Dom (OK, I made that up) . . . ]

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[Ellis Island expansion plans . . . ]

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December 2

[Waiting for our airport cab at 5:00 am, here featuring Las Vegas power lines . . . ]

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[At least the power lines were washed out here.  Adios, Las Vegas!  And many thanks to Beth and Chris for hosting Thanksgiving.]

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Las Vegas is the only place I know where money really talks – it says Goodbye.  ~  Frank Sinatra

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