Place 77 – Day 4: Las Vegas,NV – Valley Of Fire & “O” Cirque Du Soleil

Driving Back To Vegas

We left around 11:00 after having breakfast and drove back towards Vegas.

We had a stop planned on the way, before getting back to Vegas, but our first goal was coffee.

We got over from Utah into Arizona and then into Nevada again.

We stopped for our Starbucks and then headed back on the road.

Valley Of Fire

We stopped at the Valley of Fire for a couple of hours to see what it is all about. This is a national park and cost us just $10 to get in.

We stopped at the visitor centre and even just there it was stunning!

There was a road to drive down, so we did just that, before we came to the end of it where the ‘white domes’ are.

We went for a quick walk down the path to see what was there.

We left this area and drove back towards the visitor centre, but stopped to walk into the ‘Fire Waves’ – This sounds much more dramatic then it was.

We walked for about 20 minutes to get to the end. There were some cool views and cool looking rocks, but it was not as awesome as we thought it would be.

Back in Vegas

We arrived back in Vegas and found our apartment. We have an en-suite and a really comfy bed, so we’re happy!

We got situated and relaxed, Curtis watched the Leafs also.

Dinner

We ventured to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for dinner, out of interest.

We got some boneless chicken, cajun fries, cajun mash and a ‘biscuit’ each.

Overall, it was ok, but nothing too incredible.


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Rating:- 7/10


“O” – Cirque Du Soleil

We got a Lyft to the strip, where we started by watching the remainder of the water fountain show that was happening.

After the fountain, we headed into Bellagio and found the “O” theatre.

We eventually got in and sat down…in the 2nd row!

This’ How Close!

We won’t say anything about the show and obviously couldn’t take photos, but it was tremendous. Every part of it was incredible, and it was a huge arena, purpose built for this show.


“O” – Cirque du Soleil | Las Vegas,NV

Rating:- 35/10


Full Fountain Show

We finally caught a full fountain show outside Bellagio, so stayed to watch that.

We came back home and it was 100% bed time after a long day.

We have something a little different planned tomorrow, plus another awesome show!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 78 – Day 3: Hurricane,UT – Angels Landing & Weeping Rock Trails

Angels Landing

Today was another day of hiking in Zion National Park.

We were up early, at 06:30, to get to the park for a good time and hopefully park our car right there, rather than having to take an extra bus.

Luckily for us, we arrived around 08:10 and were able to get a space easily.

It was cold out, but we had a hike planned so got onto the bus to get us to stop #6, which was where we could hike to Angels Landing.

Angels Landing is one of the most difficult trails, mostly for its steep inclines and twists, but also due to the ending, which we will get back to shortly.

As you can see above, the sky was beautiful at the early time we got there and the sights helped us with our 2 hour upward hike.

Once we got to the top, there was the most infamous part of Angles Landing, which was the steep incline with 1000ft drops at each side with just a couple of chains to hold onto as you made your way up.

In 15 years, 7 people have died falling from this area!

This part was a full blown climb, which we started to ascend.

We quickly decided it wasn’t for us. Yhere were too many people coming down the mountain and not paying attention or moving, so as it was a dangerous area, we decided against climbing.

We sat for a little and then walked back down the mountain, which took us around an hour.

Lunch Break

We walked from stop 6 to stop 5 and sat and ate our lunch. We had bought sandwiches from Walmart, so we ate those and then Curtis got a coffee.

We saw a beautiful border collie mixed with a burmese mountain dog, too!

Riverside Walk

We took the bus all the way up to the last stop where we took the easy riverside walk. There wasn’t too much to look at, other than a naturally formed amphitheatre.

The Amphitheatre

Weeping Rock

We hopped back on the bus and went down to stop 7 where we walked up to Weeping Rock, which is a rock that spurts out water, similar to a waterfall.

We got some cool photos and slow mo videos!

Walking Back

We got the bus back to stop 3 and then walked back to stop 1 (the visitor centre) via a very hot but easy path, with some great views.

Long Day Out

We drove back to our airbnb, via the supermarket. We were going to get something to cook for dinner, but couldn’t be bothered so we bought a small suitcase, because that’s a normal thing to buy, and went back home.

We had showers and then ordered a domino’s which we went to pick up.

We ate our domino’s and spoke with our host some more and then chilled in bed watching TV as well as packing to head out tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 78 – Day 2: Hurricane,UT – Zion National Park Emerald Pool Trail

Alarm Fail

We had set an alarm, but incorrectly, so we didn’t wake up at the time we wanted.

We had breakfast and had a conversation with our host and then had showers getting ready to go out.

Finding Parking

We made our way to Zion National Park to go for a hike, but on the way the was a sign stating that the main carpark was full so we had to park in the town just before.

We were unsure where to park, so we stopped at the visitor centre and they said we can park there for $15.

We parked up and took the free shuttle to the park.

Emerald Pool Trail

We didn’t want to do a crazy hike today, and the weather wasn’t great either, so we found a short one called three Emerald Pool Trail.

We had to take the bus from the National Park entrance (where we had to pay $35 for entry in total, lasting us 7 days) up to stop 5 which was where our required trail was.

We began walking the trail and we noticed that the path wasn’t really wode enough for the amount of people, but we made it work.

We got up to the emerald pool section, which was a small waterfall and that was it. The higher section was closed, unfortunately.

We turned around and walked back to the area we got dropped off.

Horses

We saw a paddock full of horses, so we went to see them and say hello.

Walking Part Way Back

We didn’t want to take the bus back from this point as we wanted to explore more, so we asked the lodge nearby how we can walk to the next bus stop down the road and they told us.

We walked on a sand track which is used for the horse riding and this took us quite a bit of time but it was nice as there weren’t many people there, other than the horses we came across.

That being said, we did see some deer too!

We walked on and on and saw some tremendous mountains and rocks.

Arriving at the bridge we needed to cross, we has to get some photos as the were no people around.

We wanted to take the bus from this stop, but it was full on 2 attempts but on there 3rd the driver said she could fit 2 people on, so we squeezed in and rode the bus to the end of the park.

We decided against taking the bus from here to the car as it was set to be absolutely full again, so we walked for 30 minutes to get there instead.

Drive Back

We got the car and drove back home. On the way, the mountains looked crazy, with the contrast of the clouds, snow topped mountains and desert.

We got some more beautiful scenery and then arrived home.

We got home and relaxed for a while. Curtis watched hockey and Kim had a nap.

We went to the supermarket to get something for dinner and decided upon hot dogs with a side of caesar salad.

We are up early tomorrow to get parking at the park itself and to hike some more!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 78 – Day 1: Hurricane,UT 🇺🇸 – Driving Through 3 States

Interview

Curtis had a phone interview this morning at 09:30, so he had to be up for that.

Curtis had his phone interview which he felt went very well. He was excited about the potential of getting that role actually!

Breakfast

Curtis walked to McDonald’s after he finished his call and got showered.

Kim packed whilst Curtis went to get the breakfast.

We ate breakfast quickly and then headed downstairs to check out and catch a Lyft to the airport.

Collecting Our Car

Whilst we had to go to the airport, it wasn’t to fly, it was to collect our car.

We collected our car, which is a Kia Soul, and hit the roads.

We hit the road and drove out of Vegas.

It was mostly just straight driving to get to our destination. There was a lot of cool rocks and mountains along the way, too.

e drove through Nevada then through Arizona until we arrived in Utah!

Hurricane, Utah

We got to Hurricane and stopped off at Chick-Fil-A for some lunch. We each got a deluxe chicken sandwich and some waffle fries each.

We drove 10 minutes further down the road and arrived at the home were are staying at. The home is beautiful and we are sharing with 2 people that live in the house and one other room of guests.

We got acquainted and Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim relaxed.

Healthy(ish) Dinner

We wanted something a bit healthier for dinner, so we drove to the supermarket and picked up some caesar salad and some breakfast items.

We got back and ate our salad before going home and chilling out, whilst planning our couple of days here.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 3: Las Vegas,NV – Mob Museum & Winning Money!

Breakfast & Pool

We didn’t really have any plans for the day today, so we got up and found some breakfast. We went to Dunkin’ Donuts for a bagel and then went back to the room to get ready for the day.We got ready and wanted to go and chill by the pool for a little bit, so we got ready to do that and headed there.We got to the pool and it was absolutely rammed, so we had to say goodbye to the pool and we went out to the Mob Museum instead, via Starbucks.

Mob Museum

We had been recommend the mob museum by a few people, so we had to check it out.We paid for an extra tour, rather than just the regular tour and we’ll get to that part shortly.The museum was a lot of reading, but we pretty interesting. It talks about the mob, prohibition and how Vegas became what it is today.There was many an artifact in this museum, including the above Al Capone revolver and there was the wall of which the Valentine’s day massacre took place.

Speakeasy & Distillery Tour

We left the main exhibit at a perfect time and went down to the basement where there was a speakeasy and we had a Distillery tour booked!The speakeasy had a great vibe and looked pretty authentic.We got taken into a hidden area for our tour which is where the distillery is.We were given some history, stories and information before trying some of the local wares. The Distillery makes moonshine, which we tasted at 100% proof. This was pretty strong but we didn’t mind the flavour.We then tried a vodka, which was good quality and very nice.After this, we had a cocktail made with moonshine, which had a lot of ginger and other spices in it. This was WAY too ginger-y for us, and just burned our tongues and throats.We then tried a fireball-esque drink which was quite nice.That was the end of the tour, but not the end of drinks!We got a drink each at the speakeasy bar. Curtis got an old fashioned and Kim an espresso martini.Curtis’ drink was fancy and came inside a book!

Pizza Hut

We left the speakeasy and went back to the room to relax a little.We relaxed for a little bit and then got hungry, so we walked for 30 minutes to get a Pizza Hut, but got a Lyft back.The pizza was pretty good!

Gambling (just a little)

We decided after dinner that we would try our hand at a little gambling.We went to a hotel and changed a $5 to 5 $1 notes, so we could bet a small amount only.We started on a 25c slot machine and won $1.10 on that before we moved on to a few $1 machines.

We used our $1.10 on the first $1 machine and won $15 on our first go on a $1 machine! We had a couple of $1 left, so we used them up but still walked away with $10 profit!Kim rewarded herself with a donut and then we headed back to get packing.We leave Vegas tomorrow, at least for now!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 2: Las Vegas,NV – 8 Year Anniversary, The Strip & Best Meal Ever

Breakfast

We got up at a decent(ish) time, but as we are in a hotel, we don’t have a kitchen, so we had to go out for breakfast.

We went to Denny’s for breakfast and each got some sausages, egg, bacon and Curtis got muffins whilst Kim got pancakes with hers.

Curtis had a few cups of coffee and then we left to head down to the strip.

The Strip

We got to the Mendeley Bay hotel where we got out and walked around.

Whilst we were in our Lyft, we were told that the mango margarita from a specific bar was good, so we went there to share one.

Once we had that, we walked around and looked at shops before we went outside and explored the rest of the strip.

We didn’t do anything really, just walked around looking at each restaurant and attraction.

We saw the big fountain by Bellagio and walked around a few hotels.

Manicure & Pedicure

We came back to the hotel and Curtis watched hockey. Whilst he did that, Kim got a manicure and pedicure as she has wanted one for a while.

Best Dinner Ever

As it was our 8 year anniversary, we found a nice restaurant to head to for dinner.

We got a couple of drinks before we went in and then were called in when our table was ready.

We had a booth which was lovely!

Firstly, our waiter, Miguel, was excellent. We got some free bread with a delicious tomato concoction.

We got steak tenderloin with mushrooms for a starter, which was actually a lot of food!

This starter was amazing, and then we moved to the main.

We had a 10oz Filet Mignon each, cooked medium rare, with the signature sauce, accompanied with white truffle oil whipped potato and asparagus with onion and balsamic.

This is the best meal, and steak, we have ever had. The steak was 30 day dry aged, butchered on site and is in the top 9% of all of the US beef.

This meal was great and we left incredibly full and very happy.


Andiamo Steakhouse | Las Vegas,NV

Rating:- 10/10


We went to bed right when we got back as it was 23:30!

We had a great time today as well as some great food. Who knows what happens tomorrow?


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 1: Las Vegas,NV 🇺🇸 – Vegas Early Night?!

Bus To Vegas

We were up nice and early to shower and get fully packed. We didn’t have breakfast as the plan was to have it at McDonald’s by the bus station.

We got to the McDonald’s and there was a really good breakfast deal, so we got that and then got to the bus terminal and ate.

Shortly after we finished eating, it was time to board the bus.

The bus wasn’t too full and we got seats together, which was good.

All in all, it was about a 5 hour (or so) journey. It was an uneventful journey, with a brief 30 minute stop in Barstow, California.

The rest of the journey was basically just desert.

Arriving in Vegas

We got to Vegas, incredibly tired, and it took us just 10 minutes to walk to the hotel.

We checked in and got to our room and relaxed, briefly. We have a pretty good view.

Walking Around Downtown

We are staying downtown, rather than on the strip. We walked around the downtown area in the day light to see what’s what and what’s where.

We saw a couple of ladies fighting, which seems like standard Vegas!

Pool

After we walked around, we started to get a bit tired, so we walked back to the hotel where we checked out the pool and decided to sit for a couple of hours, basking in the sun.

After the sun started to go in, we went back to the hotel room and relaxed, watching a bit of TV and then we accidentally fell asleep a little!

Dinner

We woke up and then went down to a place called Flock & Fowl.

We got to the place and sat down. It was quite dark but smelled good!

We got a few small snacks, rather than mains. We got a bao each, shared smashed cucumber, sweet and sour boneless chicken wings and delicious sweetcorn.

The food was just ok, nothing was incredible.


Flock & Fowl | Las Vegas,NV

Rating:- 5/10


Early Night

We were just so tired, so we walked around briefly to see what this place is like at night and then we got a hot chocolate and headed to bed.

We watched the film a simple favor which we really enjoyed actually!


A Simple Favor

Rating:- 9/10


We have some plans to actually do things tomorrow, it was just a shame we were so sleepy today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale