|Last week in Southern California - aaaaahhhhh!|
|This week in Las Vegas - yuk!|
|Las Vegas Boulevard|
We spent a good part of Friday dealing with our insurance company. The insurance company has their list of preferred repair places but the one nearest us was too busy to even see us until Wednesday (4/22). We would have to drive the truck with the rig over there for them to look at and then we'd find out when they would be available to fix it. This doesn't work for us, we want to get out of Vegas sooner than that.
Lucky for us there is a RV Center right across the street and Marty went over to talk to them and then our insurance adjustor also talked to them and we are taking it over there for the necessary repairs on Tuesday morning (4/21). Hopefully it will be all fixed and we can leave here next Thursday morning and continue to make our way East.
|Pawn Stars Pawn Shop|
|Guitar signed by Bo Diddley and others|
|Which of these legs is not like the others?|
|Las Vegas at Sunset|
Once the sun set and it got a little cooler we drove down to the "strip". Marty wanted to take some nighttime shots and I wanted to explore a few of the casinos :). We parked at Planet Hollywood (where the parking lot sign said no vehicles over 6'8" - that was exciting, we just made it!) Marty walked down the strip looking for photo ops and I stayed at Planet Hollywood looking for $ ops - guess who had the better luck? I left Planet Hollywood and meandered south on Las Vegas Blvd. It is crazy on the strip, I saw 3 different Elvis impersonators along with a few mimes on my short walk over to MGM. I had better luck at the MGM and quit while I was ahead - that's a first for me! Walking back to meet Marty I was amazed at how many people were out. There were a lot of families and tourists from other countries (especially Asia). I understand the thr foreign tourists but don't quite understand how Las Vegas is a good place for a family vacation?
Four years ago today my dad passed away. My parents loved to travel and my dad really liked road trips (he did not like to fly!) My sister Sue and I were lucky enough to go on a road trip with both of our parents in July 2008. We drove from Chicago to Childress in the Texas Panhandle to visit my mom's brother, Uncle Frank. My dad, as usual, did most of the driving. When we made our plans to visit my uncle I noticed that the Cubs would be in Houston that week. Since we were going to be in Texas anyway we asked dad if we could drive the 483 miles further to see the Cubs play -"sure, no problem". Then while in Childress we said "we've never see the Alamo, how far is that?" and off we went to San Antonio! Hmmmmm, maybe we should have tried for Disney World.
My parents drove in their car or on their motorcycle to, I believe, 47 of the lower 48 states. I know they missed one but I can't remember which one it was (Idaho? Oregon?). As Marty and I drive around the country I often wonder if my parents have been down the same road (my guess would be yes, I sure wish I could ask them).
|Marty climbing the rocks on the Redstone Dune Trail|
|Mary hiking the trail|
|and more photogenic rocks|
|A girl and her dog|
We returned to the rv dealer around 6:30 on Tuesday night and used the key they gave us to get into the lot so we could spend the night in our rig. They did a very nice job of repairing the damage to the back corner and all that was left to do was painting. We needed to be out of the rig by 7:30 Wednesday morning so they could do that. Lucky for us, after thinking there were no photography jobs in Vegas, Marty got a call on Tuesday that there were seven jobs in the area so we spent ALL day Wednesday driving around photographing houses. Then it was back to the RV Dealer where our rig was looking pretty and all ready to go. We asked if we could spend one more night on the lot so we wouldn't have to drive at night - next stop Colorado! Hey Mile High Merkes family, you better watch out, we may be in your area soon - I need a little kid fix!