Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Rainy Sunday in Henderson

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you must have been wondering where I've gone? The short answer is - nowhere. The longer answer might be, in part, to "From the Hippo's Pen" which has a link posted here on this blog.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to take a challenge, along with some other bloggers, to Write4Ten. The challenge is to write for ten minutes every day on a topic chosen by another member of the group.

I've really enjoyed this challenge and have found it to be a good discipline. I have managed to write most of the days since then. Well, except for the days when I didn't have any internet connectivity. So, as I've been so faithful to that project I've, sadly, let my own blog go. I'm going to do my best to correct that lapse in the days ahead.
A lot of great stuff has been happening here. My sister-in-law and niece were here visiting us for a week. What a good time we had.

We spent lots of time seeing the sights on The Strip. Although gambling was not on the agenda, we visited a lot of the casinos to see the themes, statues, flowers, fountains and other sights. Kacy has a new camera and had a great time snapping away.

We managed to have a meal with Brian and Gretchen. This night, we also took in a UNLV basketball game. Lots of fun. It's always fun when your team wins. GO REBELS!!!

What's a trip to Las Vegas without seeing Hoover Dam. Although we have been out there several times, Jim is amazed over and over again by this engineering marvel. In the background is the partially finished bridge which will allow the highway to by pass the dam.

We spent an afternoon at Red Rock Canyon. What a great day that was. Not only did we see the beautiful rock formations of the canyon, but we saw wild burros. We were really hoping that we would see some for Deb and Kacy. We were about a mile from the park exit when, there they were.

Kacy really liked Red Rock and says she wants to come back when she has time to hike among the rocks.

Deb and Kacy left for home on Tuesday and while Jim helped Brian with a home improvement project, I tried to catch up from trying to keep up with a 16 year old.

We've spent the week resting and catching up. Today is a cloudy, rainy day in the desert. One of those days where you want to curl up and read. I think I'll do just that.

~Hippo Hugs~


Dagmar said...

I did wonder where you were, but here you are now and what nice shots of your trip. That bridge is amazing and the burro's look content eating. Just finished raining here as well...the flowersin the desert will be fantastic!

pam said...

How amazing is that bridge! When will it be looks like a very big project!?

Sunny and warm here today...6C, outside with a sweater and boots because of all the mud. Tomorrow is to be sunny and 10C...washing off my clothes line and hanging laundry. Ah, Spring is def. in the air here in S. Ontario. (can you tell I am excited?) A few more days and our snow will be gone completely.

Enjoy that sunshine, I know I will be lapping it up here.

Keep well and safe


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Pam,

Caught up by reading several posts on your blog. Looks like you're having a wonderful time in the desert. I'm looking for the link of your ten minute writing project. Love all the pictures! We're finally having wonderful weather. Happy Spring!



CAmport said...

They were just starting that bridge when we were in Vegas almost...4 years ago? I thought for sure they'd be done with it by now. Although, it makes me kinda sad that people won't have to take that slooooooooow, winding road around the Dam to get to Vegas. Makes me think of the movie Cars and all the little forgotten western towns.

Love all the pics and am glad to hear you guys are having a good time.


Laura said...

I think your fab blog header says it all! And have I mentioned that I am VERY jealous? Have fun!!

Midlife Mom said...

I would love to see those burros! They just look like the cutest things! Are they the type that have the cross on their backs?

You are brave to take on the Write4ten project. I think I would get writers block just knowing I had to come up with a subject! lol! But that goes along with doing three hundred gazillion insurance papers for the lake house in the last two weeks! haha! Actually I think I am just about done and am so happy that we had good insurance on the property or I would have really been a mess.

It must have been fun seeing all the sights at the casinos. I don't gamble either as I think it is a lose lose situation, someone told me just this week that they lost $13,000 last year at our local casino! I almost fell on the floor! If someone wants to take $20 and play for fun is one thing but to lose that much is horrible!

Glad you had such a good time with your SIL and niece. I'm blessed too to have wonderful SIL's and nieces that I am very close to. Yep, and I know what you mean about trying to keep up with a 16 year old! lol!

We don't have any snow left. It's been beautiful here, in the 50's instead of 30's like it should be this time of year. Rain is coming for the weekend but we don't have to plow it so that's okay! :o)

The bridge looks amazing! What a project! I have never seen Hoover Dam. Yet.

Allison said...

Goodness, you saw BURROS! I lived in Vegas for five years and mountain biked red rock several times and never saw any. Boo. Good for you though! Looks like a fun time. What restaurant were you at? The interior looks familiar--maybe a place at the Forum Shops? A crab place?