Vacation Report

Hello everyone. I’m back after 13 days, 2000+ miles, 4 states and lots and lots of fun. I’ll be posting about the food on the trip separately. We flew to Vegas and drove to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Santa Fe, Colorado Springs and flew home from Denver. Along the way we:

Saw a comedy/magic show in Vegas (Mac King – highly recommended)

Saw the Titanic exhibit in Vegas

Went to the Fremont Street Experience

Went to the Pawn Stars store (it was closed)

Enjoyed tigers, lions and dolphins (including a baby dolphin!) in Vegas

Took a gondola ride at the Venetian

Saw the fountains at the Bellagio and the volcano at the Mirage

Gambled exactly $1 and lost

Enjoyed the lazy river at the MGM Grande

Stopped at the Hoover Dam

Grand Canyon

Saw the Grand Canyon

Red Rocks Jeep Ride

Drove a Jeep through the Red Rocks in Sedona

Visited the town of Jerome at the top of a mountain

Noodled around Oak Creek in Sedona

Saw two cliff dwelling sites

Saw petroglyphs

Visited a meteor crater

Drove through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest

Visited two pueblos, including one that has been continuously occupied for over 1000 years


Took the high road to Taos

Saw the Rio Grande

Visited Rancho de las Golondrias, a living history musueum

Saw a prairie dog village

Saw wild horses on the road

Rode a cog railway to the top of Pike’s Peak

Meteor crater

Saw the Continental Divide

Saw a buffalo herd

Went to a Ghost Town Museum

Rode horses through the Garden of the Gods

Sampled different mineral springs waters fresh from the spring at different fountains throughout Manitou Springs

Happened upon a fine arts show

Visited Seven Falls

Went to a wolf refuge

Painted Desert

Went to the Denver Mint (where unfortunately they were cleaning the machines and we did not actually get to see coins being minted – very disappointing)

Visited a gold mine and panned for gold

Went to Dinosaur Ridge and got to stand in actual dinosaur footprints

My kids never want to get in a car with us again after this. The photos are kind of mishmashed in this post, but you’ll get the idea!

Pueblo at Taos

wolf refuge

wolf refuge

cliff dwellingshorseback riding

View from Pike's Peak

13 Responses to Vacation Report

  1. What a fantastic trip! I’m so glad you got to see my “neighborhood.”

  2. Alexandra says:

    Wow! You did so much. Reminds me of a trip with my kids when they were teenagers. Would have liked to have seen the wild horses. Glad to hear you had so much fun and will look forward to more posts on food impressions along the way.

  3. marthaandme says:

    Yes, it could be our last family road trip since Teen Martha is 19, so we decided to go for it. I personally just love a good road trip and hope to do more once we are retired and can just go along without a tight schedule. You can see so much and do so much. It was in stark contrast to our Alaskan cruise last summer where you have literally a few hours in each city.

  4. What a great vacation! I’ve yet to see the grand canyon. It’s really a sad situation. I also haven’t been to Vegas before. There’s a part of me that wants to see it and a part of me that doesn’t. I understand Vegas sucks all of the water out of Nevada, leaving a lot of family farmers dry. It wastes water on golf course grass and fountains while farms aren’t allowed to irrigate. Seems wrong.

  5. marthaandme says:

    I was ambivalent too. I wanted to see it just once though. It was fun to see the things we did and know what it was like. The worst part was the smoke. We spent a day and a half and two nights there and by the time we left, everyone had a sore throat and red eyes from the cigarette smoke, even though we spent no time directly in the casinos. It just permeates all of the buildings. I saw on billboard arguing to make the city smokefree, but doubt that will ever happen.

  6. Merr says:

    Are the red rocks not one of the most amazing sites? And the Grand Canyon? And the cave drawings? All the natural beauty of the west, it seems you got to explore and enjoy!

  7. marthaandme says:

    Yes, there was just so much to see and all of it spectacular and so different from our landscape at home in Buffalo.

  8. Wow, I would call that a power vacation!

  9. It certainly sounds action packed! What a great photo of the Grand Canyon. I was sorry to read that the food was mainly disappointing – I can’t believe a nutella patty with a donut as the bun – only in America!

  10. marthaandme says:

    Only in Vegas, really!

  11. marthaandme says:

    We tend to get through things rather quickly. I was reading a description of a small museum out loud and it said to allow 30 minutes. My son said, “well that means it will take us 10 minutes.”

  12. Jane Boursaw says:

    What a fun trip! Man, you really packed in lots of cool stuff. Love that you went to the Pawn Stars store, but bummer it was closed.

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