• las vegas,  other US travel,  road trip,  weekend getaways

    Weekend Getaways: Viva Las Vegas

    We drove south back towards what I thought would be Las Vegas. Matt was pretty tired from driving so much and as we approached the Vegas exit, he said that he would probably need me to take over driving in another hour. Then he exited the freeway! What a trickster! We were still gross from hiking and being in the car, so we immediately went to our hotel, The Hilton Grand Vacations Club. The hotel was pretty nice and since it was off the beaten path, not too crowded but it was far from most of the action. We got cleaned up and ordered room service. Matt had another surprise…

  • hiking,  other US travel,  road trip,  utah,  weekend getaways,  zion

    Weekend Getaways: Emerald Pools Hike (Zion Natioanl Park)

    On Saturday, which happened to be Independence Day, we awoke much later than I was expecting. When we went to Joshua Tree in May, the temperature in the tent was unbearable by 7 am, but for some reason, it was still nice and cool by 9. We had to pack up camp and move out of our site by 11, so we had a nice breakfast of bagels, bananas, and watermelon and were on our way. We moved our car to the Visitors Center and hopped on the bus to Zion Lodge. Today’s hike was going to be to the Emerald Pools. There are three pools along this 3-mile hike.…

  • hiking,  other US travel,  road trip,  utah,  weekend getaways,  zion

    Weekend Getaways: The Narrows Hike (Zion National Park)

    The next morning, we packed everything up again and had breakfast at the hotel. We definitely knew we were in Utah at this point. Fox News was playing in the dining area, which we both noticed. There was also a family who was sitting near our table. One of the men at the table asked his tablemates, “Do you know any gay people?” Then yelled, “They’re sinners!!” Matt looked at me and then said, “Yeah, we gotta go.” After we left, I learned that he thought the man had said, “Do you know any gay pornstars?” but then realized that regular pornstars are probably sinners too. We drove for another…

  • other US travel,  road trip,  utah,  weekend getaways

    Weekend Getaways: Surprise, surprise!!

    For the long weekend, we decided to go on a weekend trip. A surprise for my early birthday! During the week leading up to the trip, I tried to figure out where we might be going. Some ideas included the Channel Islands, Catalina, and Red Rock Canyon/Vegas. Matt sent me an evite with the following packing list:1) Your swimsuit2) A sexy going out outfit3) Sunblock4) Sunglasses5) Camera & plenty of batteries 😉6) 2 sets of Hiking Clothes – shorts and t-shirts preferred7) You should wear something comfy on Thursday and bring something else comfy for another day.8) Your “A” Game! There was a condition with the hiking clothes that one…