Monday, October 26, 2015

National Pumpkin Day

Today is National Pumpkin Day, yup it's a real thing. Just wanted to share some pretty awesome pumpkins I've seen lately and this cute little scarecrow. Do you have any favorite pumpkin foods or recipes? I sort of like anything pumpkin including this adorable tee! 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Peggy Sue's Diner

If you've driven from Southern California to Las Vegas, you've probably seen Peggy Sue's Diner. I've been going to Vegas once or sometimes even twice a year for the past 13 years and I finally went to Peggy Sue's Diner. This Diner is like no other, it has gift shop, two dinning areas, a pizza parlor, and a Dinosaur park. Such an interesting place, definitely worth a visit. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lights & Water

Ah! Las Vegas, our last stop on our family vacation. The city of sin, lights and water fountains. Yeah, I'm throwing fountains in the mix. I think you can find a water fountain in almost every hotel located on the strip or at least it seems like it.  The fountains that take the cake in my opinion are the dancing waters at the Bellagio. Sharing some pictures of the lights and fountains of Las Vegas!

Monday, October 19, 2015

One More Stop

Our vacation this year was one of many first, it was our first time visiting certain cities, national parks, eating certain foods and visiting the Hoover Dam. After leaving the Grand Canyon we headed to Las Vegas, Nevada. However, prior to arriving in Las Vegas we made a pit stop at the Hoover Dam. We arrived just in time for sunset. 

In case you're not familiar with the Hoover Dam, here are 5 quick facts:

1. Built between 1931 and 1936
2. It's a concrete arch gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River
3. On the border of Nevada and Arizona
4. Cost over 100 lives
5. Named after President Herbert Hoover

The Hoover Dam was not a stop we were 100% sure of making so we didn't book a tour. We roamed around for a while taking in the massive construction and pondered on how such an enormous construction was completed in the early 1930's, a time when workers didn't have the heavy machinery, equipment or technology we have now. It's quite impressive. 

Don't you guys just love when the sky is filled with clouds and cast a shade of beautiful colors? I'm not a fan of sunset because it makes me sad, but I do enjoy watching colorful clouds move in. 

Before we knew it the sun had disappeared and the night was upon on, so we made our way to our car. I took this picture while walking back to the car and wish I would have paid more attention and tried to capture a clearer picture. Look at the size of the moon! 

p.s. The whole time I was there I was reminded of the the movie Fools Rush In. I've always enjoyed that movie and I think it's time to watch it again. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Destination Reached

Our family vacation consisted of traveling to Arizona and Nevada, but our main destination was the Grand Canyon. It was the first time for all of us and it wont be the last. We reached the Grand Canyon around 4:30 p.m. just in time to take the sunset tour. I don't think I've ever seen so many rainbows in my life, it seemed like everyday we saw a rainbow. 

We were fortunate enough to arrive at a time when the sun was still out, this allowed us to make a couple of stops and enjoy the sun glowing against the beautiful canyon. Oh and the clouds! Oh my! The clouds were amazing! 

Towards the end of the tour, light showers moved in so we headed back to the lodge and we made our way into the gift shop for a little shopping. 

The next morning we woke up early and came right back to the canyon for a desert tour. To our surprise we were greeted with another beautiful rainbow and some beautiful clouds. 

Unfortunately for us, those beautiful clouds moved in rapidly, brought in the rain and fog. Before we knew it the entire canyon was covered. The fog was so thick not a single peak was visible. 

The tour was cut short because the rain would not stop and the fog was too thick to see anything. At first we were a little bummed that we did not enjoy our second day of sightseeing but as we walked through the parking lot we noticed the various state license plates on all the cars and noticed how so many people had driven from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, etc. We realized that we were quite fortunate to live relatively close to such a beautiful place and that at least we got a glimpse of God's beautiful creation.

Sharing some more of God's beautiful creations. 

We left the Grand Canyon and headed towards our next destination, Nevada. On our way out look at what we saw on the side of the road!

 Next week I'll be sharing the Nevada portion of our vacation, hope you guys come back and visit.