Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Short Adventure - The Grand Canyon & Las Vegas in 4 Days

My wife and I and our very dear friend, Gary Hanauer, just returned from a wonderful 4 day adventure. We left for the Grand Canyon on Friday expecting to get there in about a 10 hour drive....but things didn't quite go as expected. When we were about to go over the Tahachapi Mountains, the California highway patrol closed off the road just a few cars ahead of us due to a snow storm. So we had to do an 8 hour detour though Los Angeles and had to deal with the famous LA traffic. Anyway, when we get about 75 miles away from Williams, Arizona, we get stuck in a snowstorm and have to drive many miles at 20 mph or less -- mostly less, all the way to our hotel. So after about a 20 hour drive we show up at our hotel at 5am and get about 2 1/2 hours sleep then grab a bit of breakfast and then catch our train for the Grand Canyon.
On the way home we spent a night in Las Vegas and saw a wonderful Cirque du Soleil show, Le Reve. This is me and my wife front of our hotel (fantastic hotel). We had such a wonderful time. And luckily we were able to cross the Tahachapi Mountains on the way back - yeaaaa!


James Parker said...

Wow, Edward...sounds like an adventure and a half..Good to hear ya got back safe and sound. I recorded my Panama misadventure..bad month for traveling artists

Sheila said...

Wow.. The Grand Canyon is gorgeous! I'm glad you and Kim made it back safely. Did you win anything in Vegas?

Mona said...

Well there must have been a lot of great car stories told too, during all this weather delay!

What a fabulous idea for a long weekend adventure. I envy you seeing Cirque de Soleil, as well as the Grand Canyon. Looks like you had a clear gorgeous day there.

Teresa said...

Hi Edward :) My husband & I saw the Cirque du Soleil "Mystère" show a couple of years ago and it was truly amazing! The people themselves are art. Sounds like you had a great time in spite of the weather not cooperating.

FCP said...

How wonderful that you didn't lose your sense of humor OR love of travel with all the delays! Your sunny attitude is refreshing. I love your dog paintings most of all; you really capture their spirit and innocence, and also all your contributions to Karin's blog-awesome! Thanks for sharing your lovely work; you are an inspiration!
P.S. how is the ceiling mural coming along?-can't wait to see it.