|At the Hat before we hit the road|
|The drive only took about 3.5 hours with some stops for gas|
|Our room at the Planet Hollywood Towers Hotel in Las Vegas|
|View from our room on the 53rd floor-- not too shabby!|
We had breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe. It was pretty good, but a little over-priced like all of Vegas. We decided that for a normal dinner, you take what you would usually pay and add $10-15. This strategy worked well for budgeting.
|At the MnM Store|
|New York, New York|
|At the Excalibur during our night out on the town|
The third day, we hit up the Hooter's Casino for some $3 blackjack and ended up winning back most of what we had spent in Vegas, so that was cool. We left about 2 and spent most of the day driving, stopping in Green River, Utah for the night.
|Pretty mountains in Utah|
After breakfast, we left Green River and high-tailed it to Colorado Springs, Colorado! Whoo hoo!
|Beautiful Green River, Utah|
|Breakfast here was pretty good, but they had books by the same person on all the tables and our table had a phone. Weird.|
|Colorado trees! So pretty!|
Today was the rehearsal lunch for Chris and Susan's wedding.
|Shove Chapel is so beautiful!|
|Here we all are rehearsing...|
After the lunch, Mani went back to the hotel to rest and I went for coffee with my best friend Stacia! We went to Agia Sophia, my favorite coffee shop in town. It was great just to be able to talk in person for so long. For dinner, we re-joined Mani and went to Pei Wei. Yum.
The Johnson-Saylor Wedding! The wedding was in the evening, but preparations took most of the day. We took pictures before the ceremony, which mostly involved trapsing up and down large hills in high-heeled shoes. I was glad when that part was over. The wedding itself was beautiful, with one of the best wedding sermons I've ever heard, given by Glen Pakium. The message encouraged the couple to look to the Lord for help in loving each other, and to love each other as an act of worship. This, he exhorted, would make for a lasting marriage. I have found this to be true in my own life and thought his words were very wise.
|There really were quite a few people there--it's just a really big chapel!|
|Pastor Glen and the happy couple taking communion|
|Stacia and Stephanie-- Best Friends Forever... forever!|
|Two happy couples!|
|Mani and Joel|
So we decided that rather than split the trip back between three days, we would try and make it from Colorado Springs to Vegas in one day, having two more days to spend in Sin City. We liked the Hooter's Casino the first time, so we decided to try the hotel. Got an awesome deal ($25/night!), so we headed out bright and early Monday morning.
|More gorgeous scenery|
|We arrived in Las Vegas around 7, making the whole trip in 12 hours, including stops!|
We spent most of this day relaxing in our room and wondering the strip, trying to see things we didn't get to see the first time. We saw the Luxor and way more of the MGM Grand than we wanted to see trying to find the tram entrance--that thing is huge!
|Strip by day-- that's a description, not an imperative...|
Last day! We had breakfast in the Mad Onion, one of my faves in Vegas now. We spent most of the morning in the casino, where we did not have the same luck as we did before. All in all, though, I would say that we managed to break even and have a pretty good time. We left during the afternoon to try and get home relatively early as we both had to go to work the next day.
All and all, an amazing vacation with the person I love most in the world. Couldn't ask for more.