Monday, June 8, 2015

Vegas Vacation

For my 60th birthday, Marvin and I planned a trip west to visit Gary and Melinda Johnson, old friends from our Oak Ridge Days.

This is a photo of a picture so excuse the  bluriness! It was a photograph of me, Rebekah and Melinda, celebrating our May birthdays back in 1978. Rebekah made the beautiful cake for all three of us.  We were all pregnant in this picture too!

Here is a picture of Gary and Melinda today!! Old Friends are the best. We had such a good time together! Talking over old times, sharing stories of our children and grandchildren and we also found out we are all interested in genealogy.( Everyone but Marvin!). Gary and Melinda are planning a trip to England to research their families. Melinda and I discovered that the towns our families are from are very near each other in Yorkshire, England. Maybe we are kin!!:)

While we were in Las Vegas, we got together with Heather Teis and her family. Heather was a great friend high school friend of our daughter, Amelia. Josh pastors a church in Las Vegas so we were happy to worship with them on Sunday morning before having lunch at In and Out Burgers.

Melinda made us a feast on Sunday evening. The Johnson's oldest son, Kyle and his family joined us for dinner. Loved meeting Henry and William...Gary and Melinda's grand boys.  We had not seen Kyle since he was a toddler!!

We visited Hoover Dam on Monday. It was very hot that day. We always had our sun hats, sun screen and water with us!

Matching hats....We both have big heads so we got our hats online at Big Head Hats...Headwear for the cranially endowed!! We sure were glad to have them out west.

Interesting to see where the water levels have been! And that beautiful blue water out there! I had never seen anything like it.

We drove over this huge bridge headed to the Grand Canyon.

We had lunch at The Coffee Cup in Boulder was featured on Drive Ins, Diners and Dives on the Food Network. Boulder City is a quaint came into existence because of the Boulder Dam( now known as the Hoover Dam). There is a statue downtown of a pretty woman dressed in clothes of the 1930s. The statue pays homage to the women who came to this desolate place and made it a home for the men who built the dam.

After getting back to the Johnson home, we rested a bit then headed off to Ethel M's Candy in Las Vegas. Be sure and visit here if you get to the desert.

Ethel M's Candy also has a beautiful cactus garden for it's customers to enjoy. Melinda says that every Christmas the cacti are decorated in Christmas lights and it is just fantastic. I cannot imagine how much someone should get paid for doing that job!!

Our first two days in the west were jam packed with activities...I wish we could have had longer to explore this interesting area.


Cranberry Morning said...

Looks like such a nice time. Beautiful photos! I think you should go with Gary and Melinda to Yorkshire. (Because you really needed my opinion, right? LOL) It is my favorite part of England and is just wonderful, charming, beautiful, etc... How fun for them to look for ancestry. We did that this spring, north of London in a little village where my husband's ancestors were from. Have a wonderful week.

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

You are certainly packing in as much adventure as possible into this trip. And the cactus garden is a prickly delight!

Thanks so much for visiting, and for using a large easy to read font!!


Julie's Lifestyle said...

Happy Birthday Arlene! Wow what a perfect way to celebrate your birthday. It looks like you had a great time visiting friends and sightseeing! Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

I LOVE seeing your trip!!!! You are so funny!!!! 'Cranially endowed!!!'
Hope you celebrate for days and days!!!!!

Arlene said...

Yes, Ladies...we could have stayed two more weeks and still not have seen all that we wanted to see!! So many interesting places there. And Linda, I cannot take credit for the slogan as it is Big Head Hats advertising masterpiece. I always have trouble finding a hat big enough for my head so I was happy to find such a website. All of our children have big heads too!! I may be crainially endowed but not sure about brainally endowed!!:)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful opportunity! I love your pictures.

Terri D said...

Well, I am looking up that website!! My head is big and I look awful in most hats. Maybe they will have something for me there!

Wonderful photos and how great (always) to reconnect with old friends. It's so great that you had such a wonderful time. I hope we have more photos and stories coming!!

Arlene said...

Thanks Mildred! Terri, get a hat there, they are so comfy.

doodles n daydreams said...

It's great to catch up with old friends, it looks like you all had a wonderful time. I'm enjoying your photo's.


Arlene said...

Diana, it was as though time melted away!! I know the Johnsons are true friends!!