Last two months….

In some ways I know it has been two months since my last post went live, but in other ways it has gone by fast.

Some highlights / lowlights,  which will have separate posts in the future:

  • I went to Italy with our daughter ‘A’!  Was Northern Italy, in Winter, on my bucket list?  No, but she had to go see a vendor and drive a rental car around Milan and to a town about two hours away so I went with her.  The highlights, lowlights and things I learned will take multiple posts so that will be sometime in the future.
  • Our daughter ‘A’ got engaged!  The future son-in-law ‘D’ came and talked to her dad while daughter ‘A’ and I were in Italy.  (Our daughter said that ‘D’ had to get her dad’s blessing, which I thought was sweet.)
  • Italy or major jet lag ‘brain fog’ is a real thing.  If/when I travel to Europe, etc again I want to stop in the middle (New York, etc) and take a mini-vacation there for a few days before I continue on.  The nine hour time difference was killing me (going and coming home).
  • My father-in-law died earlier this month.  He had lived with Parkinson’s Disease for 18 years.  My mother-in-law took very good care of him.
  • I have lost weight.  Is it a huge amount, no, but I have gone down at least a pant size and people have noticed.

What have been some of your highlights / lowlights from the last two months?

 

Later – Heather

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Red Rock Canyon – That is in Nevada?

At the end of September the husband had a short work conference in Las Vegas so I tagged along and we turned it into a mini vacation.  Most people think of gambling and shows when they think of Las Vegas, but since we live in Northern Nevada we didn’t do any of that.  After spending our required 1.5 days on the Strip, for his conference, we got a hotel away from the Strip and went exploring.

So, I found the Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas – Red Rock / Summerlin.   It was is on the west side of Las Vegas and near the ‘loop’ road so I knew we could get to the areas that we planned on going without too much difficulty.

Years ago we visited Las Vegas and Red Rock Canyon was a way outside of  town.  Well, that is not the case anymore.  Las Vegas has grown a lot since the last time we had visited.  It turns out the hotel I selected was 11 miles from Red Rock Canyon.

So, in the afternoon, after the conference ended we went and explored Red Rock Canyon.  There is now a nice visitor center and we drove the scenic route and took some photos.  Since it was later in the day we didn’t go on any long hikes.

Here are a few photos.  Las Vegas is visible in the background of the upper right photo.

Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon outside Las Vegas

So, when was a the last time you visited Las Vegas and did you go see anything besides The Strip?

Later – H

 

That is in Nevada? series

Since I know most people think of desert, dirt, sand and the gambling, etc of Las Vegas I figured it was a good time to start a series showing some of the other side of Nevada.

For example, did you know there are tall mountains, running streams, wild horses, lakes, fishing, green grass, ranches, farm land and more in Nevada?

So, about once a month I will do a post of a different place in Nevada.  Some will be a couple of photos and others will have the history, etc behind the place.

Even though we have lived in Nevada over 20 years some of these places we hadn’t visited until the last few years.  And, yes, I even thought the central part of Nevada was mostly dirt and sand before we went out there.

So, I will start the series with this photo:

hot air balloon, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Nevada, Gardnerville

Hot Air Balloon over golf course, Gardnerville, NV

A few years ago my husband gave me a Hot Air Balloon ride as my birthday present. If you know me you know I love watching hot air balloons, but I am afraid of heights.  I can tell you that being in the basket under the balloon was magical.    I would love to do another ride sometime since I probably would enjoy it more now that I know what to expect.

This photo is over the golf course in Gardnerville, NV and those are the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the background.  We took our ride in May since the ground is still cold in the morning so they can get the lift.  This was definitely a bad year for snow fall since there was hardly any snow left on Job’s Peak.

So, have you traveled to Nevada?  What are your favorite places to visit?

Later – H