Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Las Vegas!

David and I spent a week in Las Vegas recently! He had a conference there, and I went along as the pampered wife. The children went to grandparents (two each). They had a great time!

We stayed at the Flamingo, which, with all the hotels on "The Strip", has lots of lights, casinos, and a pretty nifty swimming pool. We kept out of the way of the main Vegas pursuits, and while David was at the conference, I did my share of lounging by the pool, which was not just one pool, but several. At places in the pool complex, there were live flamingos. The biggest pool had waterfalls in a number of spots that emptied into the pool, and that you could swim through. Here is another part of the pool area.

One of the best things we did in Las Vegas was to drive out of the city a bit and go hiking. We went to Mount Charleston, the third highest peak in Nevada! We had a picnic lunch, and hiked up a trail that took us up to the top of a rock formation. When we got to the top we were 8000 feet above sea level! (We started the hike around 6000 feet.) I could sure feel the altitude in my lungs (gasp gasp!). It was a fantastic view from up there, and we weren't at the highest point in the area. Here I am after the hike:

All in all, it was a good trip. David found his conference worthwhile, and I read a lot of books and got some great relaxing in!

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