On the Road Again

Route: Walla Walla, Washington to Ely, Nevada to Las Vegas, Nevada to Flagstaff, Arizona
Total Miles Driven: 3,568  
Lodging: Home base (Walla Walla, WA); Prospector Hotel and Casino (Ely, NV); Private Condo (Las Vegas, NV); Days Hotel (Flagstaff, AZ)
Heard on the Radio: Then We Came to the End (audiobook, by Joshua Ferris)
Best Eats: Besides home-cooked meals, Brasserie Four (Walla Walla); Serious Pie & Biscut (Seattle); Prospector Hotel and Casino (Ely); Wicked Spoon (Las Vegas); Wildflower Bread Company (Flagstaff)

Since my last post, our Great American Road Trip has taken us south, first to Las Vegas and then onward to Flagstaff, Arizona, where we are today. We’ve got just over 3,500 miles on the odometer since we left Matamoros on August 1st.

After our first five days on the road, we spent two weeks in Walla Walla, Washington visiting with family and friends, catching up on each other’s lives over meals and drinks. The dry heat was a welcomed change from the humidity of the Rio Grande Valley. We even managed to take a short trip to Seattle to visit more family and friends. Our time in Washington was a wonderful break from our daily long drives and gave me a chance to get to know M.’s family better. I’m not sure what happened to the time, but before we knew it, two weeks had flown by and it was time to pack up the car and make our way south again.

We arrived in Las Vegas on August 21st for my sister’s wedding on the 23rd. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, as neither one of us had been to a Las Vegas wedding before, but we were looking forward to the festivities, more family time, and a chance for M. to meet some of my extended family members for the first time. The wedding was held at the Aria Resort and Casino, one of Las Vegas’ newest high-rises. Following a simple yet elegant ceremony in the hotel’s wedding chapel, we celebrated the newlyweds at the hotel’s Liquid Pool with a “true Vegas pool party”, to quote my sister. Not really knowing what a true Vegas pool party is, I was curious about how that would be. Our group was off to the side, separated from the general public, with lots of great food and bottle service drinks. It was a scene out of MTV’s The Grind, with scantily-clad pool-goers dancing it up in and out of the water, go-go dancers in bikinis and high heels performing on platforms, and an enthusiastic deejay changing the music. I stared out at what was unfolding before me, taking it all in, a bit awe-struck that I was actually there in the middle of all of it. I felt a bit like a librarian at a rave. Anyone who knows me could tell you that this is not at all my scene, but we had a great time. Truly, it was unique, and a lot of fun, especially seeing my sister and her new husband so happy.

Happy wedding party in Las Vegas.

Now in the final week of our journey, we are starting our drive eastward. We’re in Flagstaff for a couple of days to visit more family. From here, we will continue eastward, stopping along the way to see a few more friends and more of our country’s beautiful sights.

Below are some more photos capturing the last three weeks.

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