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Copyright © 2017 Larrie Easterly
My trip to Death Valley National Park in mid March was rapidly approaching. Ann was not interested in driving around the parks back roads as well as camping for ten days. The solution we came up with was for her to fly to Las Vegas where I would meet me at the end of my trip. This allowed me to have two extra days to explore the park. The advantage of meeting in LV was that we could drive back to Oregon together. The added bonus was that we would be together for my birthday.
Happy Birthday — Photo Galley
Colored rock formations — Photo Galley
As expected the New York New York Hotel has a New York City theme. Each of the hotel towers are named after a famous NYC building. The room was nice and included a two for one breakfast at the Italian restaurant in the building.
After resting for a bit we took a cab to Planet Hollywood. Ann had found a show that included dinner at the Axis Theater inside the mall attached to Planet Hollywood. The show was a review of the major acts and famous entertainers that played the different hotels in Vegas from the early 50's to early 80's. Actors portrayed entertainers like, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Sonny and Cher as well as others. There was also a juggling act and acrobatic act. In addition there was a cancan number and chorus line dancing like the Rockets use to do. All in all it was a fun evening.
Las Vegas at night — Photo Galley
The next day we checked out of New York New York. When we got to the parking lot the 4Runner had a flat tire. It was the same tire that Discount Tire had replaced the valve stem on. After changing the tire it was back to the tire shop. They diagnosed the problem as a bad valve stem, fixed it while we had lunch, and sent us on our way. We did a little shopping and then checked into the Mirage Hotel and Casino.
Changing a flat tire — Photo Galley
White Lion — Photo Galley
Afterwards we walked over to the Belogio Hotel and Casino to partake of their wonderful buffet. We chose the Belogio because are both fans of the Oceans 11 movie that took place at the Belogio. It was fun being in the building where the movie was filmed. We took a slow walk back to the Mirage along the Las Vegas Strip and admired all of the buildings and night life.
Thursday morning the tire still had air in it so we headed home. The route took us north through Nevada to Winnemucca where we spent the night. The drive north had it all sunshine, high winds, a dust storm, snow, rain and hail. In addition the mountains had a fresh coat of snow and looked beautiful making the drive anything but boring.
Snow on the drive home — Photo Galley
We bypassed Bend by taking the S. Millican Road to Prineville. This must be one of the most scenic roads in Oregon.The views of the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood and other snow capped mountains in the Cascades is outstanding. It was a great way to end our trip.
282 feet below sea level
Summer Lake Hot Springs