Las Vegas to Death Valley

April 24, 2016 – We wanted to experience a buffet in Las Vegas, and decided to enjoy the breakfast buffet at Red Rocks.  The buffet was quite good, with hash, eggs Benedict, very good doughnuts, fruit, pastries, and of course, coffee and juice. After breakfast we thought we would do some exploring at Red Rocks…

Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

April 21-22, 2016 – After work we flew to Las Vegas, NV.  We decided to get dinner at Fogo de Chao before driving to St. George, where we were going to be based for the next few days.  Fogo had a good salad bar, great sausage, good chicken thighs, and decent steak.  Unfortunately the pork…

Los Angeles to Las Vegas

November 21, 2012 – Wednesday was another driving day, this time from Thousand Oaks to Las Vegas. This meant we got to experience some of the infamous LA traffic, although it still wasn’t too bad (perhaps because it was a holiday week). We did discover that we prefer the area north and west of the…

Lake Tahoe and Donner Monument

May 31, 2012 – The day started with a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, then we checked out, got gas (watch out, some gas stations only accept debit cards at the pump) and headed towards Lake Tahoe.  We didn’t have any specific destination, we just wanted to do a bit of hiking near the lake….

Mariposa Grove and Drive to Nevada

May 30, 2012 – After another good breakfast (and slightly stronger coffee) we checked out of the inn and ventured back into Yosemite. We paid for gas in the park to save time, and then drove over to the Mariposa Grove. It was relatively early (around 9:30) but the parking lot was already starting to…

Valley of Fire State Park

On our final day in Las Vegas, we decided to visit Valley of Fire State Park.  The rock formations seemed to randomly just out of the landscape; there were no giant rock fins like those found in Utah.  The park also has interesting pictographs, including a drawing of the precurser to the bow and arrow. …

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

After spending time at Hoover Dam, we drove back to Las Vegas and checked into THEhotel at Mandalay Bay.  The lobby was slightly confusing and not as impressive as the one at Red Rocks.  However, once we were told that we had been upgraded to one of their suites on the 62nd floor, the maze-like…