• Paris Las Vegas

    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…

  • Emerald Pools Hike Zion

    Emerald Pools Hike (Zion National 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.…

  • Zion National Park

    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…

  • Centennial Olympic Park

    Centennial Olympic Park (Atlanta)

    The revitalization of downtown Atlanta probably began with the building of Centennial Park for the 1996 Olympic Games. Parts of the original park remain and is a nice central spot in the middle of the urban landscape for Atlanta residents to enjoy a little greenery. I spent quite a long time watching the Fountain of Rings and those who gathered around it on my last day in Atlanta. Although the air was cold, the sun shined the entire day, so it was perfect weather to just sit and enjoy the outdoors. Still can’t get enough of the fall colors Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave West N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591

  • World of Coca-Cola

    World of Coca-Cola (Atlanta)

    I admit it. I’m an addict. A Coca-cola addict. Regular, not diet. As a self-professing addict, I absolutely had to go to the marketing extravaganza that is the WORLD OF COCA-COLA!! I wasn’t completely convinced that I should go after reading reviews, but I managed to convince myself that the Tasting Room alone would be worth the $15 admission charge. Exterior of the building Welcomed by giant Coca-Cola bottles The tour begins in a room that contains the largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia and represents advertising from all over the world. Next, we watched a short film called “Inside the Happiness Factory,” which was a cartoon documenting what goes on…