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United States

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  • So baby is breech and this is one suggestion to get the little guy to move. So think positive thoughts. Due date is April 4, So I plan to be here until well after he arrives. So probably not too many posts until the munchkin arrives or I find something interesting to share.

  • We really did take the scenic route to Las Vegas. Took a 50+ mile loop highway through this Preserve. More than a million acres. Great Visitors Center at what used to be a train depot. Zillions of Joshua trees.

  • We already decided how much money we are going to lose!

    Not much.

    Went downtown last night to see the Fremont Street Experience, the video show. A video screen is 1500 ft long, 90 ft wide, and suspended 90 ft above ground.

    The experience reminded me of Time Square. People everywhere, some rather strange to me, people packed in, lights. Very loud rock bands. I decided I am very grateful for my quiet life. Fun to see, but no desire to return.

    Played poker for an hour..we each lost our $5.00.

    Going to the strip today and maybe a show tonight.

    Nice room at the Orleans..HUGE hotel and casino.
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  • I did a little internal exploring and I like the results I found; as I prepared for this trip I noticed a familiar pattern of pre-travel low-level anxiety, so I applied a "Process" from my men's circle work which has been amazing to use... (see image of it below of the process)
    And in doing so I found it might be fun to use the best of both sides of me (I'm sure I have more than two "sides"). Firstly, ‘the great detail person’ planner and the other of me ‘the be in the moment person.’
    And how I applied that to this trip was I used all the planning skills for the practical; wrapping up work projects, paying bills in advance, getting the motorcycle ready... And that feels super. Then I let go into the be in the moment side and I feel great.
    So come Tuesday afternoon when I pull out of my mechanics shop I'll be going somewhere on this trip, and the day after that somewhere...:)
    Here’s a hint to some of my thoughts; Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Sedona, The Grand Canyon...
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  • Checked out of Beach Cottages. .on the road again to Las Vegas.

    We had our last Kona's breakfast and walked out on the Crystal Pier.

    As I was packing, I smelled the shirt I wore on the beach yesterday. .smelled wonderful, like sand, saltwater, and the sea air..

  • Where we can check out anytime we want , but we can never leave...

    We were on the strip by 10:30 a.m. and got back to our room around midnight. We must have walked 10 miles. I only had one meltdown, when we walked by Caesar's Palace for the third time. You need to understand Caesar's Palace covers about six blocks.

    I am getting a foot massage now, so it is getting better by the moment. ☺

    We went to Mystere, one of the Cirque du Soleil shows, but could only get tickets for the 9:30 show. The show was great.

    What a long day. Besides my feet hurting, I was a little stressed over losing $25, but I guess it could have been worse!
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  • I am at the Middle Emerald Pools site in Zion National Park. MODERATE hike. I made it about a mile in, and up. Now I am resting while Ken continues to the Upper pools. The climbing is hard for me.

    We hiked Riverside Trail, a 2.2 mile easy hike earlier. Also Grotto Trail, a half mile easy trail.

    What a great park. Free shuttles take us to to 9 spots all day..just hop on and off. Bathrooms at most of the stops. So glad we are able to spend a day here.Read more

  • Well, maybe not so strong last night when we rolled into Nephi, Utah around 9 p.m., after surviving Highway 12, a famous, and treacherous, scenic highway. Many of the rock formations looked like castles from Lord of the Rings. No shoulders, no guardrails, and 10 percent grade made the drive a little scary, even for Ken. Needless to say, I did not volunteer to drive, nor would he have let me.

  • We took a one hour bus ride to Pearl Harbour today. This had been on my "to-do" list for my past 2 visits to Honolulu and I was determined to make it happen this time. I had to get up at 7 a.m. to reserve free tickets on their website. The tickets were gone by 7:10. The Memorial gets 1.8 million visitors a year. First we went through 2 small museums which covered the history of the war and the effects it had on both the Armed Forces and the Hawaiian people. There were videos of survivors who described their first hand experience after the attack and it left me teary eyed. This is followed by a 20 minute movie with actual footage of the attack. So much carnage in a 2 hour attack. Then the Navy operates a shuttle boat which takes you to the USS Arizona Memorial.

    By this time the mood was sombre except for a few tourists taking smiling selfies. The memorial was partially funded by private individuals, Elvis being the largest contributor. The Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship and is the final resting place of 1177 crewmen. Oil continues to trickle from the ship, about a litre a day, and is referred to as "black tears". Since there has been no evidence of environmental damage from the oil, it was decided that it would be disrespectful to disturb the remains. The message the Memorial wants you to leave with after your visit is.....Remember, Honour, and Reflect.
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