Friday, October 21, 2016

Mesquite and St George

Today we took a road trip to Mesquite (Nevada) and St George (Utah).

Our friends moved to Mesquite and they really love it there so we visited to check it out.  The development is really pretty and we checked out a bunch of model homes as well as the rec center.  We really liked the $3.95 breakfast at the Virgin River Casino (much like they used to have in old Las Vegas).

Then we drove through the beautiful mountains of northern Arizona and southern Utah... our destination in St George Utah, the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant.  This is a popular chain known for its hot rolls and big barrels of peanuts that you eat while waiting for your table (and throw the shells on the floor!).  And I saw a Phillips 66 gas station--I haven't seen one of those in ages!

Then it was back to Las Vegas...  Overall we had a great trip!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Valley of Fire

Today we took a quick day trip up to the Valley of Fire.  These pictures don't do justice to the grandeur that is all of the massive rocks that make up this fascinating part of the desert...

Monday, October 3, 2016

LVBB Fall Concert

We enjoyed a wonderful concert by the Las Vegas Brass Band yesterday.  This is an all-volunteer group that puts on concerts around the community.  They are really good!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Weather Update

It's turning to fall in Las Vegas which means...

...our lemon tree is starting to make baby  lemons (which will be ripe in January).

We had a small storm yesterday which left this (I'm sure out neighbor wasn't happy to come out and see that his car was swallowed up by a tree).

But the fall weather does produce some pretty sunsets...

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mt Charleston

We have exactly one mountain in southern Nevada and it is a quick 40 minute drive from Las Vegas.  It isn't that tall (7,000 ish feet) but the locals love it because the temperatures are always cooler up there and it is the only nearby place to ski in the winter.  People were saying the trees were changing color there (it also has the only forest in the entire area) since it is now fall, so today we took a quick drive up the mountain to check it out.  Unfortunately there were literally only a few trees changing color (I had visions of fall in Washington or Connecticut...that didn't happen) but it was a nice drive and gave us an opportunity to check out the tiny towns on the mountain, visit the lodges at both the bottom and top of the mountain (who knew there were two?) and take some nice photos...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Flower Art

It's amazing what people can do with flowers here in Las Vegas.  This is a display at the Wynn...