Vegas Vacation

As my reward for completing the half marathon,* Scott and I went to Las Vegas this past weekend. We had a blast. But I have to say that the coolest thing we did was go to the Hoover Dam on our way to Vegas. We were absolutely in awe of this engineering marvel. Here are some interesting facts we learned on the Dam Tour:

  • The Hoover Dam is almost 727 feet high. That’s the equivalent of a 72-story building.
  • Lake Mead (the captured water behind the dam) is the largest man-made lake in the U.S.
  • The dam weighs 6,600,000 tons.
  • There is enough concrete in the dam to build a highway from San Francisco to New York City.

That’s a heckuva lot of concrete!

After we did our learning on the Dam Tour, we headed over to Vegas, which is about 45 minutes past the Hoover Dam. We did the usual touristy stuff, such as watching the Bellagio fountains, the Treasure Island pirate show (if you go to Vegas and miss this show, you’re not missing much), and the Mirage volcano. We also checked out all of the casinos, which included checking out the Planet Hollywood buffet. On our last night there we went to see Second City (comedy show) at the Flamingo. All in all, it was a good trip and a nice weekend getaway.

On our way back to Tucson we stopped at a tiny little hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Wikieup, AZ. Wikieup is a little town out in the middle of nowhere Arizona. This restaurant was unique because they serve fried rattlesnake! We weren’t brave enough to sample the local cuisine.

*Click here to see pics of me crossing the finish line. Please note that I had just run a half marathon so some of the pics aren’t too pretty. Luckily, I recovered fairly quickly and was only sore for about a day afterward. I’m still debating whether I want to do another one…

Pinetop, Arizona

Last weekend Scott, Nancy, Robert and I went to Pinetop, Arizona–a town in the White Mountains about 4 hours from Tucson. Saturday morning we went to a car show and saw some pretty cool cars. Following the car show we spent a while geocaching off of the trails in the area. We had a blast doing the geocaches–it was beautiful weather (sunny and in the 60s) and, most importantly, the geocaches were fairly easy to find. 😉

The view on the drive to Pinetop is absolutely gorgeous. Check out our pictures from our weekend adventure to Pinetop, where it didn’t feel like we were in Arizona.

Two “O”s on the end and a “hi” in the middle = OHIO

We had an eventful Memorial Day weekend. It started with our trip to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. I like roller coasters, but some of those scared the pants off me!

On Saturday we traveled to Xenia, Ohio, for my cousin, Katlin’s, high school graduation. But first, my family had a bridal shower for Scott and me on Saturday night. Sunday was Katlin’s graduation party. And then Sunday night we celebrated Uncle John’s 50th birthday at a local Mexican restaurant. We celebrated A LOT this weekend, which translated to A LOT of eating. Check out our pictures.

Hawaiian Vacation

hawaii family photoI just wanted to post a quick link to photos from our Maui vacation (Jess wasn’t able to go). My brother Brian grauated from UNI in Dec (congrats Brian!), so this trip has a been a while in the planning. My parents and both brothers left from Omaha, NE on Jan 5th for Maui, and returned on the 13th. We beached it, surfed, went to a luau, saw whales, hiked, did a few geocaches, and quite a bit more. It was a lot of fun!

Congrats Jon & Liz

Jon and Liz tied the knot this past Sunday at a beautiful wedding on top of Copper Mountain in Colorado. Jon is one of the contestants competing in the Best Man Challenge. Corey, also a competitor in the challenge, (who promises me his bio is on the way) was Jon’s best man in the wedding. I took detailed notes on his performance.

More photos of the wedding are up in my Flickr Gallery.