Vegas Vacation & The Not so Grand Canyon

Since we had gone to bed early the night before, we woke up very refreshed and ready for the day.  We started our day off with a little gym time (yeah, that’s right we actually work out on vacation 😉 ).  After the gym we headed down to the pool for some sun and relaxation!

We made some friends at the pool, some very cool Canadians!  It was Kayla’s 21st birthday and she was celebrating with her aunts and cousin.  They were all very nice and we had a great time together, however, too many b-day drinks and shots and I was wasting majority of my sunny day sleeping it off in the hotel room… 🙂  Oh well, it’s Vegas right?  Needless to say, I didn’t drink the rest of the vacation 😉

After I had slept off my pool fun, Matt and I made our way to our first Vegas show….  Daniel Tosh!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSaturday, was a little disappointing… it was pretty cloudy and rainy for about half of the day.  We were able to get a little pool time in the morning but then the weather changed and we tried to waste time until our next Vegas show, Mystere!  The people in the Cirque Du Soleil shows are amazing.  I cannot believe the things they can do!  Mystere was a good show, a little trippy in the ‘story line’, but very cool all the same 🙂

Sunday was our Grand Canyon South Rim excursion.  Matt and I were super pumped because neither of us have been there.  We took a bus tour that stopped at the Hoover Dam for a short period of time and then headed off for the Grand Canyon.  We opted for an additional Pink Jeep tour while at the Grand Canyon so we could see more of it.

The day started off super nice and sunny.  It looked like it was going to be a great day!  Our first stop was the Hoover Dam; the bus driver we had, was incredibly vocal and gave lots of information about the Hoover Dam.  He told us stories about how long it took, how many people helped to build it, and additional little tidbits which made the trip very entertaining and enjoyable.

Matt was a huge concrete nerd and was really excited about all the concrete used to build the Hoover Dam as well as the additional bridge made years later 🙂  He couldn’t get enough pictures of the bridge and dam!  I guess that’s what happens when you work in construction and your specialty is concrete 🙂

From the Hoover Dam, it took about 2.5-3 hours to get into the Grand Canyon National Park.  We noticed it continued to become more and more cloudy and even a little rainy…  The temperature dropped dramatically and I was completely under-dressed for our excursion.  Our bus stopped for lunch at the National Geographic Visitor Center.  The visitors center thankfully had lots of ‘Grand Canyon’ themed clothing (neither Matt or I were all that excited to have GRAND CANYON displayed across our entire tops but we were desperate and I was cold…).

As it got closer to our Pink Jeep tour time, it started to rain a lot harder and the Pink Jeep people decided to cancel the tours for the day 😦  They said visibility at the Canyon was basically non-existent, our bus driver doubted that so on we went to one of the look out points.

And drum roll please…  The Grand Canyon in all it’s glory!

See that tiny stretch of Canyon?  Grand isn’t it? 🙂  Total let down, and super bummed we didn’t get to see hardly anything.  With all the crappy weather, I really feel like we should go on another vacation 🙂

Monday was our last day in Vegas, and what a crappy day it was…  More rain 😦  We walked the Strip a little more and made our down to the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, did a little gambling and decided to call it a day before packing up and heading to the airport.

Here are the rest of our pics from our vacation 🙂

All in all it was nice to be with my husband for a few days without the congestion of life 🙂

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