Monday, November 26, 2012

Great getaway for Thanksgiving and our first anniversary

I took a little bloggy break over Thanksgiving. Weird, since I started this blog in July of 2008, I've never gone a whole week straight without posting.  Hope everyone had a nice holiday!

Mike and I decided to spend Thanksgiving up at Zion National Park.  His kids were with their mom, so we thought we'd get away and celebrate our first anniversary.  Yup, one year ago today, we had our surprise wedding!  Man, how time flies.

I know a lot of you visit Las Vegas periodically, and if you've already been here several times, you'd be crazy not to check out Zion.  It's only about two and a half hours north of Vegas--you can easily make a day trip out of it, or spend the night to do some exploring.

 If you go, I highly recommend staying at the Desert Pearl Inn in Springdale not far from the entrance to the park.  The rooms are lovely and every one has a view of the rocks.  This is what it looked like from our patio:

They have a fabulous outdoor hot tub, which I love. It's a great place for a romantic getaway, and our little trip was full of romance, all right.  Here's a pic of me in a particularly romantic moment, playing Words with Friends with my beloved, who was on the couch three feet away from me.

Yup, this is how we celebrated our anniversary.  We've become addicted!  We're just about perfectly matched (Mike has a slightly better percentage of wins) and I swear to God, some nights we've played that goddamn game until 4:30 in the morning.  SICK!

This is funny. We're having dinner Thursday night and the hostess at the restaurant was this young, obviously lesbian girl.  Obvious to me, anyway--she hands Mike his menu, and with a big smile he says, "Why, thank you, my good man!" and as it's coming out of his mouth, he's realizing he's got it wrong, but at that point, there's no way to catch himself so he tries to tack "ma'am" on the end, which only makes it more awkward.  OMG, he is so entertaining.

The next day we headed over to Red Cliffs National Recreation Area, which is right off I-15 just north of the Hurricane exit you'd take to go to Zion.  This place is relatively unknown, and is absolutely beautiful. 

(I think I have that cheesy pose in about 90 percent of my hiking pictures.)

Utah is a gorgeous state, that's for sure.  Not that I'd ever want to live there again, but it's a beautiful place to visit.

Anyway, we had a really fun trip and we got home in time for me to do a set Friday night at the LVH (former Hilton).  I'm psyched that they keep asking me back.  Now it's back to reality--or my version of it.  Still waiting to start my new job; hopefully this week.

Hey, here's a picture I took of Mike on our walk around the 'hood yesterday.

I still find it weird that fall comes so late here; Columbus Day is peak season for color in the Northeast.  Soon it will be December...


Taradharma said...

I'd love to go to Zion one day. The photos I see of it are always spectacular.

Sounds like you've got some good gigs going -- comedy, love, Words with Friends!

Julie D said...

Find me on Words. I play too! ;)

Happy Anniversary!!!!!

Julie D said...

OMG and THANK YOU for taking the comment verification off your blog! I could never comment because it would take me 4 tries to get it right! LOL

grrouchie said...

Eventually I'll take a trip to Zion.
Yeah - I'm slow at trips.

lightning36 said...

Sounds like a fun getaway. But you really mean there is more to Nevada than the strip and downtown casinos? I have heard that a place called Reno exists, but maybe that is just a rumor.

Lucki Duck said...

I remember playing poker at the Flamingo a few years ago. A late 20s lady sat next to me with her significant other sweating her. After the dealer had referred to her as "sir" several times, she informed him that she was a "ma'am." The dealer turned more red than the queen of hearts he was dealing. Fun stuff.

LL Cool Joe said...

The lesbian girl may have been a transman, and been delighted to be called a man. :) And I should know. ;)

Memphis MOJO said...

Love the pics, thanks for including.

Hope everyone had a nice holiday!

I did and I can see that you did, too.

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Yeah, you all really have to check out Zion, though I'd say go a little farther and do Bryce Canyon National Park, too. I actually like Bryce better.

@ LL Cool Joe: You intrigue me! But she was definitely a lesbian. I have a post coming up soon about transsexuals--stay tuned!

@ Lucki Duck: Oh, that is funny!