Saturday, January 4, 2014

Vacation Recap

I just got back from my last real winter break! I was able to visit a lot of neat places with my family on the West Coast.  I am definitely going to make note of the cool places that I want to see more of so I can go with my friends in a few years.  Let's be real.. Vegas with your parents ? Not the ideal situation you want to be in.. Here are some of my favorite moments from this incredible last (free!) vacation.

Sitting on the border of two states at the Hoover Dam Bypass!  Very cool to be in two places at once :) AZ does not observe DST, so AZ is actually one hour ahead.  So I was also in the future and the past at the same time.  Major mind warp.  

Hoover Dam - a true testament to the hard work and ingenuity of our nation.  The history is incredible. 

Red Rock Canyon, outside of Vegas.  If you love hiking, this is a great place to go.  

A Christmas wonderland.. absolutely breathtaking view at sunset.  

First step to world domination: make friends with the minions ;)

Lucky shot! The Bellagio fountain show is one of my favorite parts of Vegas! 

We visited Death Valley on our way from Vegas to LA.  This fox was standing on the road when we drove up and then lingered long enough for me to snap some cool pics.  Also, foxes are a lot smaller than I imagined.  

282 feet below sea level y'all! 

Artists Pallette. In my opinion, the most beautiful part of Death Valley.
Visit La Jolla in San Diego and get up close and personal with some seals!  

Midway Battleship in San Diego - saw some cool fighter planes and really got to see first hand what it's really like living at Sea while serving. 

San Diego Zoo! 

Palm Springs. I went to Palm Springs last winter but it was too snowy to hike.  I am so glad I got the chance to go back.  The view was amazing. 

Fun fact about the Jeffrey Pines in Palm Springs - they smell like a mix between vanilla and butterscotch.  How cool?!

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