Grand Canyon to…..Vegas baby!

So yesterday we got an early start again to continue our journey westward. Sunday our final destination was Vegas but not before we made a few stops.
The internet service here at the KOA in Vegas simply wont let me download pictures so this post will be sans pics (sorry).

We first stopped in Williams, AZ for some breakfast at the Grand Canyon Coffee and Café . A small town feel this spot gave us our breakfast with a southwest flair. I had the canyon burrito which for those of you who know me knows that burritos are not on my usual menu anymore. I think when I get back from this vacation I will be on a strict vegan diet. Nonetheless, it was Surriena’s birthday and this breakfast was a great start to the celebration.

We passed on some of the small towns along Rt 66 to keep on pace with our schedule and stuck to I-40 but did make a stop in Kingman, Arizona. We took some family pics and a visit to the Rt 66 museum.

In much contrast to Williams, Kingman is quite a depressed town. As we pass through these small towns along the route I have found that some have done better than others. They all primarily rely on the tourists that pass through. Kingman unfortunately has not benefited like others have.

So Surriena and Adam were off to Vegas but we wanted to make one more stop before catching up with them. The Hoover Dam is only 30 miles south of Vegas so it was only fitting that we got a look at this engineering marvel (here comes my inner geek again). It took 5 years to complete and was constructed of enough concrete to build a 4 foot wide sidewalk completely around the equator. Another interesting fact is that the heat created by the hydration of the concrete would have taken 100 years to cool based on the amount of concrete that was poured. However, the engineers designed a cooling system that was built into the concrete (via an embedded pipe system 582 miles long!) allowing construction to be signicantly reduced.

I have to take a minute to tell you about our encounter on the Pat Tillman Bridge (looks over the dam). See on Thursday we were at the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. Along the 28 mile route we met a young man on cross country trek from NY. He was a teacher for autistic children in Long Island and after 6 years decided he needed a change. He found himself a new job doing the same type of work in Hawaii. So he packed his car and headed west with the intent of ending up in Hawaii to begin his new job. Now along the Painted Desert road there are several stops and it seemed like we kept running into each other at the various stops. I guess that seems reasonable since we were headed on the same path. However, you can guess how surprised I was when 3 days later and 340 miles further….yes I ran into him. Walking along the Pat Tillman bridge I turned to my right and there he was standing there. So of course we had to take a picture of that (which I would show you if I could)!

Ok, now on to Vegas where it is HOT! All that dry heat crap is meaningless. 105 degrees sucks whether it is wet or dry. We parked our RV at the Circus Circus KOA (aka the roasting pan) got changed and then met Adam and Surriena for dinner at Ferarro’s Italian restaurant. Dinner was great and had to end with the proper birthday tradition of a piece of cake and some poor singing of happy birthday.

After watching the volcano erupt at the Mirage, we enjoyed Love by Cirque du Soleil. This acrobatic show played to the tunes of the Beatles was just awesome. Shout out to TR for the recommendation. It was a great way to end our day.

Well that is it for now. Today we had a full day of amusement in Vegas which of course included terrible buffet food. Can’t wait to give you the reviews….

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