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We arrived home today after putting Aprodite away until our next adventure.  Let's just say backing into a fixed garage is harder then a campsite.  And she was tucked safely away.  We were very glad we took on that part of our adventure when rested and fresh after only a two hour drive.  Next time we will know much more.  Arriving back home today unvieled winter once again.  Not unusual in May, but we were a bit surprised.  It had snowed here all weekend and everyone is expecting the mountain to re-open for skiing over Memorial Day.  Here is a look at what we came home to.   IMG_0128_2

Next up, Crested Butte for the July 4th weekend and then onto Montana with two other couples for some camping, hiking, fishing and time with great friends.  Until then thanks for coming along with us on this journey.    <just let go.jpg>

Final Day in Las Vegas

After a WINDY night last night (Aphrodite–she was a shakin') we started preparations to head back home tomorrow.  First, we went into Boulder City which is right next to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead for some breakfast at The Coffee Cup.  Featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and DIves the food and service (and bloody marys) were great!

We then went to the Strip to meet Ginny's brother, Jim, for an early dinner.  We headed over to Bobby Flay's Burger Palace.  Likely the best burger we've ever had! BBP

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Vegas Sunrise Duathlon and Vegas Strip

We woke up to a lovely day for a race.  Today was Joe's first race of the season, a duathlon.  The race consisted of a 5k Run, 13 mile Bike and then finishing with a 5k Run.  He had a very good race, finishing second in his age group.  The course was challenging and the by the time he finished the temperature was already 90 degrees.     P1010557

 

 

 

 

 

Later in the day we made our way to the Strip, which always seems to be a true melting pot of the world.  We met up with my brother and walked over to the newest attraction on the Strip.  The LinQ and the  High Roller.  The High Roller is a observation wheel with pods that hold up to 40 people.  The wheel rises 550 feet above the Strip and gives views of the surrounding area for miles.  We all agreed doing this at night would be amazing.  We would highly recommend doing this next time you in Vegas, and get your tickets on line.  I have attached a few pictures to give you an idea of what the experience was like.  

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We took a walk down the strip to The Cosmopolitan for dinner at China Poblano.  A fusion between Chinese and Mexican.  We have been there 4 times for dinner and have enjoyed every dish ordered.  Jim was all set to enjoy the Brussel Sprouts, maybe even 2 orders.  Then, we search the menu and search the menu and no Brussel Sprouts-seasonal menu change.  The Brussel Sprouts have been replaced with Asparagus.  All in all we enjoyed our dinner as always and all agreed the Brussel Sprouts were better.  A nice night in Vegas.  Always fun, high energy and a total experience. IMG_0848

Our First Overnight Guest! – Lake Mead National Recreation Area

 

We had our first overnight guest in Aphrodite last night.  Ginny's brother, Jim, who lives in Las Vegas came out to Lake Mead to have dinner and spend the night.  We broke out the Weber and grilled up some salmon, sauteed snap peas with mint, and enjoyed a bottle of Dusted Valley Rose.  We have a great "front row" spot here at the campground overlooking Lake Mead.  Really great spot.  The next morning we headed out for a hike on the Railroad Trail which follows the old route built in 1931 from Boulder City to the site of the Hoover Dam.  P1010509

 

 

P1010521That railroad is how all the materials used to build the dam got out to the site.  Now, it's a hiking/mountain biking path that stretches from the NRA Vsitors Center out to the dam through a series of 5 tunnels dug out of the rock during the 5 months in 1931 when the railroad was built.  Very cool! P1010520

 

Bryce Canyon National Park: The Figure 8 Combination

DSCN1345With the winds finally calm this morning we set out for an early start on this hike.  A quick overview on Bryce Canyon National Park from the local park paper "The Hoodoo."  (Established in 1928 as a National Park, best known for the beautiful and bizarre rock spires called hoodoos and the dark night sky.  A Hoodoo is a pinnacle or odd-shaped rock left standing by the forces of erosion.)   DSCN1298The park itself is not large, the total area is 55 miles.  However, it is truly awe-inspiring.  We were guided to this hike by the ranger we spoke with yesterday.  It is a combination of the Queens Garden Loop, Navajo Loop and Peekaboo Loop for a total of 6.4 miles and 1,631 ft of evelvation change.  We encountered very few people during the majority of the hike (thanks in part to an early start).  We stopped at several points along the way because every corner gave you something else to view and it is truly like nothing we have seen thus far.  DSCN1325 A picnic lunch after and back to Aphrodite.  

Hell’s Backbone Grill – Boulder, UT

Yes, Boulder UTAH…not a typo.  A friend of ours, David, mentioned that he and his wife always route themselves through Boulder, Utah (population: 180) when they are driving back to Colorado when visiting relatives in Las Vegas.  We thought: what the heck could be in Boulder, Utah that would want you to drive an extra 4 hours and over an unnecessary 9,600' mountain pass on two lane roads to get home??

The answer: Hell's Backbone Grill.   DSCN1272Jen Castle and Blake Spalding are the owners and co-chefs.  They started the restaurant 15 years ago, along with their 6 acre farm.  They produce most of what's served in the restaurant including vegetables, herbs, meats, and chickens.  Almost everything else is sourced from other local farmers (like the eggs we had for breakfast before we hit the road that had those orange yolks you see in Europe).  We had a great dinner in the quaint dining room, then came back for breakfast the next morning. (Note for non-RV travelers: they are connected to the Boulder Mountain Lodge)

 

 

Camping accommodations were a bit–shall we say–interesting.  When we made our dinner reservation (by the way, it was packed on a Sunday night so if you go call ahead) we asked about camping.  They said that there really wasn't anything except the gas station has "a few hook-ups". DSCN1269 So…we called the gas station, they took our name, and we showed up. Sunday.  In Utah.  Everything's closed.  SO we went next door to the Anasazi Museum and the woman said to go aheaad and hook up, which we did. And we settled up with the nice folks Monday morning before we left.

Life's grand journey…we'll be back to Boulder. Utah, that is.