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Monday, December 01, 2008

My 200th Post!

Considering it's taken me about two years to complete 200 posts, I think it's still reason to celebrate. Here then, reflections on my recent trip to Vegas for Thanksgiving. And pictures too!
Thanksgiving has come and gone and although our family's Center was not with us, we still had an enjoyable time, thank the Lord!
My sister and I drove over at night. If you've never been to the western States (AZ, NV, UT, NM, TX, OK, CO), you're really missing some of God's prettiest scenery! The night we left there was no moon and highway traffic was pretty light. Aside from the occasional carcass of a poor animal who had lost its battle with oncoming traffic, there was little activity until we entered the stretch of highway between Kingman and the Hoover Dam when we encountered a smattering of rain.
The drive through this section is both humbling and breathtaking, especially at night because the closer you get to the Dam and, the brighter the city's aura of light becomes. Imagine driving toward a sunrise that's manmade! That's what this piece of highway reminds you of. And because it was cloudy, the strength of the lights was even more pronounced.
My family and I have traveled this way for almost forty years, on our way to Boise and it's never looked as pretty as it did this trip.
We made it through the swirly, winding path of the Dame with only three or four vehicles on the road making the trip through only about ten minutes. There have been many times when it's taken almost two hours to go two miles due to the slow traffic caused by nervous drivers and indifferent sightseers or the occasional traffic accident. When I was younger I hated going through the Dam because it's pretty scary to me. You're on a two lane highway going up and around these short curves and corners facing on-coming traffic. And there are no railings to help keep the car from going over the sides.
Once you've climbed the last hill of the Dam, you roll atop and there below, looking like the biggest illuminated garden is Vegas! Lights everywhere gleam gold and white, twinkling at you. I've seen the garden grow over the years and it's still breathtaking.
After you've crested the surrounding hills, it takes a while to actually discern the Strip but as you keep winding down closer and closer, the outline of the different hotels/casinos begin to take shape. The first hotel I usually notice for its unique spiral top is the Stratosphere, then the Wynn twins Wynn and Encore. My favourite hotel is the Wynn and I recommend it over all the rest. Coming in second is the Bellagio, then the mighty Mirage.
As mentioned earlier, the trip was fantastic! I didn't overdo it with the food but I was no stranger either (wink). We made it in last night, just in time to see the Vikings annihilate da Bears. It's an awesome way to wind down and get in the mood for work.
In a few weeks we'll be heading back to Vegas en route to Boise for Christmas, again by car. With any luck we'll have great traveling weather-little to no snow-although the land between Ely, NV and Twin Falls, ID usually has the most weather activity during the winter months.
As promised, here are some pictures of the desert floor between Kingman and home. They're not very detailed. They were taken from my handheld in a car traveling at up to 80 mph. For some reason when I packed I forgot to pack my camera. Enjoy!!


Blogger Jeni said...

You know, Debo, if you wouldn't go into hiding from your blog for a month or better at a clip, you'd have hit that 200 mark a long time ago!
Glad to hear you had a good holiday with family and were no "stranger" to the food tables either. That is one of the big features of Thanksgiving Day, isn't it?
The pics you posted reminded me of way back in 1970 when I worked in Phoenix for 3 weeks in July (hotter than hot) and 4 weeks in October for the 40th World Shooting Championships! I got sent there by my employer -the NRA -to do the recording of the scores and we worked out in the desert at the Rifle/Pistol range just off the Black Canyon Freeway. Beautiful sights there, really and truly!

December 01, 2008 11:34 PM  
Blogger Debo Blue said...

I never knew you'd been to Phoenix! Then you know what the desert floor looks like.

You know Jeni, you answer new posts so quickly you should call me instead (giggle). Your post about deer season is so funny and makes me hungry for stew with deer meat. My uncles in Arkansas were hunters and everytime Momma went there in November she'd have an empty Igloo cooler so that it could be packed w/fish, deer, squirrel and peas. Yummy.

December 02, 2008 12:19 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

Glad to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Debo. Also glad to hear you get to be with family during Christmas too.

Jeni, Ain't nothing like Phoenix in July! ;-)


December 02, 2008 6:41 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

I would so love to drive cross country

In a van - all aged hippie like ;)

thank you for visiting Maithri, he is very special to me

December 02, 2008 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith-there's nothing like Phoenix in July, Aug, Sept or Oct:-) I'm pretty stoked to be going to Boise. I'm gonna take the time to look around and plan the BIG move.

Dianne-I can see why he's so special to you. Those pictures moved me, his words moved me. I thought about his post this morning as I sat in my quiet kitchen enjoying the wealth I have.

Debo Blue

December 02, 2008 1:45 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I'm confused, shouldn't Christmas be in Phoenix and July be held in Boise?

I grew up in the North, there is no reason to go there when it is cold to my mind. It's bad enough here. Low in the twenites tonight. How dare the weather do that!

Happy 200!

December 02, 2008 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave-you would think we would stay in the warm city but no! Debo wants a white Christmas this year and more than that, I want to be with my family this Christmas. You, dear one, understand this more than most why this year's so important to me right?

Debo Blue

December 02, 2008 5:00 PM  
Blogger dr sardonicus said...

Congratulations on 200. Nice pics. The Mountain West is such beautiful country. The only time I've been out in your part of the country was on a trip with my family when I was about 9.

December 02, 2008 5:46 PM  
Blogger Citizen Ojo said...

Congrats on your 200th post. I look forward to reading your next 200

December 02, 2008 7:39 PM  
Blogger Debo Blue said...

Dr-I left it over on your site about Brian Adams coming to town.

Citizen-let's hope it won't take another three years (hee hee)

December 02, 2008 10:41 PM  
Blogger Meloncutter said...

Well the first 200 have been a blast. Let's hope the next are even more fun. Perhaps some cooking oil and a sack of flour. LOL.

I am looking forward to the next 200 or so.

Take care my friend.

Later Y'all.

December 04, 2008 3:55 AM  
Blogger sarala said...

Congrats on 200. Who cares how long it takes?

December 08, 2008 1:11 PM  
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