This post has been a long time coming, but thats just because I got lots of pics from the trip. Each year (well sometimes 2x year) I bring the wife & kid (soon to be 2) out to Utah to visit my parents, sisters, and some of my inlaws. Long post, enjoy the pics & story that going along.
We started our journey catching Amtrak in Emeryville. Train leaves around 8:30 if memory serves me correct, and our original plan was to get off the train in Provo at 4:30am the next morning. But in typical fashion, we ended up being stopping at about 2-2:30am due to the track breaking. Yes, the track broke. Luckily the engineer found out about it before we drove over it completely. Adam decided that 2:30am was a good time to wake up, so we hung out while they fixed the rails. We ended up exiting the train in Salt Lake City instead at 5:15ish am.
Since my son is obsessed with trucks, my parents got him a ride on backhoe for him to play with. It was definitely the winning present this Christmas for him. Later after dinner we had some fondue.
Photo courtesy of Shane, who tried to show I actually do work while on vacation. Actually I was probably surfin the internet when he took the picture.
My Brother in Law & buddy Shane built this ice rink in the backyard. Its big. Like, we played 2v2 hockey on there. It was a little crowded at that point, but it felt good ice skating outside at night in 10 degree weather. NHL guys got nothing on us!
We included a mini photoshoot of Shane out on the rink.
In accordance with established family tradition, our trip involved trains. In fact, trains seem to be a common theme in my family. Ancestors worked on the railroad, rode the railroad, and loved the railroad. We took a train ride up to Ogden, Utah on Frontrunner, to visit the train museum up there and enjoy the time together.
And dinner. I apologize for those in the dinner picture. I had a hard time picking the one where someone wasn’t making a weird expression, so I chose the one where almost everyone was making a weird expression. And unlike the picture, we were all having a good time, dinner isn’t a somber time around my parents house.
Since we didn’t have much time to hang out at the train museum earlier, my parents & me/wife/kid drove up to Ogden & spent a fair amount of time out there. Downside, was it was cold, very cold. I made the mistake of climbing on the 833 engine from the cab to the front of the train and had a hard time moving my hands after.
Two images from my mom. She’s getting good!
A couple more images from my mom. For those who haven’t met me yet, I’m the guy wearing the hockey socks & black/teal long sleeve shirt.
My wife & I decided we would take our five year anniversary trip a month late. Since my wife had never been to Las Vegas, we decided we would take a trip out there for a few days. While planning the trip, we realized that hotel/airfare was way cheaper during the week instead of the weekend. So we were able to save a bunch of money by taking a trip Tuesday through Thursday.
I am definitely not conditioned to walking around all day long. We flew into Vegas Tues morning/early afternoon and took the shuttle to our hotel, Excalibur. After getting settled, we walked the strip from our hotel to the Bellagio. I convinced my wife I had gotten us dinner reservations at a restraunt where we could dine with sharks & fishes. Too bad it was all part of an elaborate ruse to hide the fact that I had gotten us tickets to see The Lion King.
The next day we spent walking the strip again, this time mostly going to the hotels/casinos past Bellagio, such as The Venetian, Caesers Palace, and Treasure Island. We also had dinner watching The Tournament of Kings at Excalibur. It was cool, but not nearly as good (in my opinion) as the show in Los Angeles (Medevial Times)
After the show we headed out to the Bellagio to watch the water show in front, then headed back to the Monte Carlo to The CupCakery to eat some delicious cupcakes. Overall we spent a little bit of time in all the casinos/hotels on the stri[p from Mandalay Bay through The Venetian. I think I would rank the Forum Shops as my favorite place, while my wife hasn’t figured out what her favorite place was.
And now for the pics! I decided I wanted to travel light and simple. I only brought the D300 (no grip) plus the 35mm lens.
View from the backside of our hotel
Made entirely of M&M’s at M&M World.
The Atrium at Bellagio. Yes, that is a real pumpkin
After Bellagio we decided to go visit Paris.
Our hotel from the New York – New York side of the street
Inside the Venetian now.
Some random guy offered to take our picture for us.
The biggest surprise of the trip – Lion King tickets.
The lion enclosure at MGM Grand.
The other highlight of the trip – M&M World as my wife LOVES M&Ms