Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 13: Las Vegas, NV – Famous Pawn Shop

Breakfast

We went for breakfast downstairs at the hotel as it was meant to be pretty good.

We all thought it was ‘fine’ but nothing to rave about.

We flew out today, but didn’t have to be at the airport for a while, so we decided to go for a walk.

Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop

We watched the TV show Pawn Stars last night and noticed that that is based in Vegas!

It was only 18 mins away by foot for us, so we took a walk out there.

We got there and had a look around…there were some very expensive things in there, so no chance we were buying anything, but it was fun and something to do.

To The Airport

We got an Uber to the airport and Tom came with us, even though his flight to the UK wasn’t for another 9 hours!

We got through security, which took a while, and then pretty much did nothing! We just sat in the airport and waited.

Back To Vancouver

We got on our flight just after saying goodbye to Tom, and flew back home to Vancouver!

The flight was uneventful, and so was the train home.

We got back and unpacked everything. Kim went off to training and Curtis went to the shop to get a few things for lunch.

We are back to work tomorrow after an amazing week trip!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 11: Las Vegas, NV – Night In The Valley of Fire

Finishing the Race

Tom was up early to get a couple more laps in before the finish of the race.

He really enjoyed doing it as the sun was rising, though it was cold!

The race finished up and we were pretty much ready to go. We treated ourselves to showers and then got packed up to go.

Coffee!

We got going on the road, heading towards a coffee shop we saw, called River Rock Roasting Company. Everyone seemed to head there at the same time, so it was quite busy, but we sat outside with amazing views whilst we had some coffee and snacks.

Valley of Fire

We have been to the valley of fire before, but Tom has not, so we decided we would camp there!

We drove all the way there after our coffee and got there at a pretty good time.

We didn’t really have plans for the evening, just have a look around, adventure a bit and then relax and play some cards.

This blog is up a lot earlier due to us being unsure if we will have any internet connection tonight at the campsite.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Virgin, UT

Place 85: Day 1: Virgin, UT 🇺🇸 – Campervaning In Utah!

Leaving Vegas

We were up to get checked out and have some breakfast.

We checked out via mobile and queued up to get our bags in storage.

Once we got our bags checked, we headed over to McDonald’s for a quick easy breakfast and a sit down.

Once we finished our food, we went to the check in counter to ask a few questions we had and by the time that was done, we wanted to go and grab a taco from the place we had visited list time in Vegas.

We took Tom to the Mexican place and each had a carnitas taco, which is delicious pork and vegetables, which was perfect to tide us over.

That took us to the perfect time to go and grab our bags and head off.

We got them and jumped in a Lyft up to a house where we were pickup up a campervan.

Our Campervan

The couple we got the camper from were a lovely older French couple that rent out a few campervans.

We had a tour of it, they told us how to use different things and that was pretty much that.

It’s a perfect size for the 3 of us, too.

We got in it and hit the road, heading to rent a bike from Tom.

Bike Rental

We got to a bike rental place but it seemed that there isn’t actually a shop there. We called them and they said that there is no shop and they only deliver to hotels, so we canned that idea.

We found another place that was en route, so we stopped off there instead.

Tom got a bike for a good price which was nice and easy and we went to grab coffees for the journey.

To Utah!

We set off and up to Utah Tom drove.We had an uneventful drive really, just drove through Nevada, Arizona and finally into Utah.

We stopped off at Walmart once we got into Hurricane, Utah and got a few supplies for our 3 day campervan stay.

We drove the rest of the way, figuring out where to go and then driving down into the gravel roads and finally out into the campsite.

We were greeted and showed our spot, where we setup and got ready to hunker down.

We got a bit of food in us, just some frozen pasta stuff we bought, and then relaxed for a bit before we went to sleep, as we have to be up relatively early tomorrow.

It’s actually quite warm at the moment inside our camper, so that’s a win!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Austin,TX

Place 79 – Day 1: Austin,TX 🇺🇸 – Stupid Heat & Downtown Austin

The Flight

You may remember, if you read yesterday’s blog, that we were flying from Vegas to Austin.

Well, that flight was odd.

Firstly, it was not assigned seating, but everyone was in boarding sections and were boarded that way.

We were in the last section, so we had to wait until the end, which meant we were left with middle seats.

The takeoff and start of the flight was incredibly bumpy but after that was ok. We got free drinks and snacks, which was good, but the flight way just around 2 hours.

Austin!

We landed, got through and got our bags and got an Uber to our Airbnb.

We are in a very comfy room in a house. So much so we came in and went right to sleep.

Car Pickup

We picked the car up this morning, so had to be up at a relatively good time.

We got down to the airport via an Uber and went to pickup the car.

It turns out, we weren’t meant to get it until tomorrow! Luckily, a car was available and we paid the extra to get it today, so that was a win.

We were able to go to the lot and just pick our car and we chose a Ford Focus because why not.

We left the lot and headed to the supermarket to get some things.

Downtown Austin

We headed to downtown Austin and found some free parking just across the river where there was also a really nice park.

We walked around the park and then took the 30 minute walk across to the city. There was a great skyline, though! It reminded us of Brisbane.

Once we got into the centre, we just walked around in the unbearable 35°C heat.

We got to the State Capitol, which is actually taller than the US Capitol and a very cool building.

We left here and noticed our parking was almost up and it was too far to walk, so we got scooters and scooted to the car.

We got caught in traffic on the way back home, but got home at a good time.

We cooled off and then went to a shopping mall for Kim to find some clothes she was looking for.

Shopping & Panda Express

We went shopping and Kim got exactly what she needed which was great.

We then headed to Panda Express to eat. We got orange chicken as always with chow mein and Beijing beef which was terrific.

Chill

We got home and chilled. Tomorrow is more of a fun packed day, we hope, and have a few plans. It’s warm again tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 9: Las Vegas,NV – Shazam! & Off To Texas!

Checkout

We had to checkout for 11:00 but accidentally missed out alarm and woke up at 10:00.

We got up, showered and had breakfast whilst also packing.

We were out of the room in time and relaxed for a bit whilst we ate breakfast.

We then took all of our things outside and waited for our Uber.

Shazam!

We got an Uber out to Mandalay Bay and check our bags in there.

We took off from here and walked across to Town Square, which is a shopping centre.

We got tickets to see Shazam! In IMAX for a really good price.

The film was really, really good! We weren’t sure what to expect but it was quite funny and a little different to most superhero films.


Shazam!

Rating:- 9/10


Shopping

We did a bit of shopping and Kim was able to get some shorts to replace her current ones.

We then got an Uber back to Mandalay Bay to get our bags and head to the airport.

Flying to Austin!

We are off to Austin!

We got to the airport, did all the usual things and then once through security, it was imperative we got food.

We went to Popeyes to give it another go and were pleasantly surprised!

Kim had chicken tenders with fries and Curtis had 3 chicken pieces with mac & cheese.

It was way better than it was previously.

We are now waiting to board the flight and will arrive late tonight, so if anything of interest happens on the flight or after, you’ll see about it here tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 8: Las Vegas,NV – Pool Day & Zipline

Pool #1

We organised to meet with a friend, Alice, who we met in Rome around 2 years ago. She lives here in Vegas, so we had to meet up!We got up, had breakfast and then Alice was coming to collect us, so we got ready quickly and headed out.

We stopped off at the supermarket to get some drinks and snacks and then continued the drive up to Alice’s apartment, where we got ready to head to the pool.We went down to the pool and relaxed there.

The weather was hot but the sun wasn’t out, so it wasn’t too bad. We had a drink and chatted for a couple of hours and then got back in the car to go to Mandalay Bay.

Pool #2

We got to Mandalay Bay and went through to their beach/pool area. They have an artificial beach equipped with a wave pool.

We got ourselves some deck chairs, some how, and then walked down to the wave pool and chilled in there for a while.

When we got cold we went and sat in the sun and fell asleep!

Lunch

We had a spot of lunch with Alice, which was at a Mexican place.

We had a pork taco each alongside some potato in a cheese sauce with jalapeños.

Zipline

We relaxed at home for a couple of hours and got showered before we headed back into downtown so Kim and Alice could do the zipline.The zipline goes through Fremont Street and it is done in the superman pose.

Whilst Kim was queueing, Curtis got a beer with Kenny, who joined us for the day.

Once Kim finished her zipline, we walked around Fremont Street for a bit and then got hungry so we all got in the car and drove to In & Out for a delicious burger!

We got a Lyft home and then slept. We are up at a decent time to check out tomorrow but don’t fly until the evening.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 7: Las Vegas,NV – Goodbye Car, Flamingos & Wandering The Strip

Goodbye Car

We got rid of the car this morning, driving it down to the airport for 11:30.

We dropped the car off and grabbed a Lyft to take us down to Mandalay Bay.

Exploring The Strip

We hadn’t really explored the inside of all the big, main, hotels, so we thought we would do that as a nice easy, relaxed day.

We walked around Mandalay Bay, Excalabur, New York New York, Flamingo and a few others, spanning over a few hours!

In the flamingo we saw a few actual flamingos, too!

We walked for a while and then stopped for a nice Italian coffee at Illy.

We then went to look around in the mall at a few things and then got a Lyft back home.

Dinner

We had a jacket potato for dinner, covered in a chili con carne, and then watched some TV and the movie A Quiet Place. This movie was pretty good, but certainly made us sweaty!


A Quiet Place

Rating:- 9/10


That was our day. We were out for a while but didn’t really do much, but it was great. Nice and relaxed. Tomorrow is our final complete day in Vegas.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 5: Las Vegas,NV – Stratosphere & Blue Man Group

Breakfast At Denny’s

We completely forgot to get anything for breakfast in last night, so we had to go out for some this morning.

We originally went to a place up the road but it was right inside a casino, which smelled of cigarettes, so we went to the next casino and found Denny’s, which was luckily hidden away out of the way of the casino.

We each got some food and drinks and filled outselves up before starting the day.

Stratosphere

Interestingly, our ‘starting the day’ was heading back to the apartment and relaxing. We were both so tired for some reason, so we just relaxed and watched TV for a couple of hours.

Eventually, we drove out to The Strip, where we got to the Fashion Show Mall and parked there, as it was free.

Once we parked up, we headed into the mall to get a Starbucks to take with us on our 30 minute walk to the Stratosphere.

The Stratosphere is the tower of Vegas and is actually taller than a lot of the world’s towers, including Tokyo’s tower, which we thought was pretty tall. This tower is about 1149ft.

Upon the Stratosphere, there are 3 rides. Kim wanted to go on all of them, so she did! It was actually a pretty decent price, too.

We both went up the tower and went right up to the highest point, where Kim went on the Bigshot. This ride is a short one, but it takes you up and then throws you down, as seen below.

Next up it was the X-Scream ride, which takes you over the edge and back a few times. This one wasn’t great, to be honest.

We moved from here to the ‘finale’ – Insanity. This is a spinning ride which also hangs over the side of the tower. Pretty scary stuff!

We got some good views from the tower, which was nice. Contrasting both the mountains, downtown and the strip.

The Strip

Downtown

Mountains

Drinks In Venetian

We left the Stratosphere and the walked down to Circus Circus where we met a former colleague of Kim’s and went for a drink.

He drove us down to The Venetian hotel & casino and walked through the maze of places to finally get to a replica of the canals and the main square in Venice.

We sat here for a couple of hours and had a drink whilst chatting about all kinds of things. Really lovely guy and was good for Kim to catch up with him.

Blue Man Group

We got a pizza slice after getting dropped off at Mandalay Bay and wandered towards Luxor, which is where we were seeing Blue Man Group.

We got in and it was a fairly small arena. We were given some tissue paper to ‘decorate ourselves’, too.

It was an odd show, with musical and comedic elements, but it was pretty good! We aren’t going to go into too much detail, but we would recommend going, for sure.


Blue Man Group

Rating:- 9/10


Car Park Drama

We walked the 45/50 minutes up to where we parked our car and stopped along the way to take photos of the strip at night.

We got to the carpark, only to find that it was closed! We panicked for a second and then saw some other people who had done the same.

We thought it had been towed or something, but could then see it, so we had to find a way in.

We walked one way, but it was closed there too, and we eventually found a open side door and were able to get the car and drive home.

Another fun filled day!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Las Vegas,NV

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

Hurricane,UT

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