To nevada, arizona and back

Trip Start Jul 29, 2006
Trip End Aug 14, 2006

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

this morning, i saw that my brother got on the airport shuttle for LAX. he flew back to northern california. as for me, i got in the car and drove to las vegas. that's right, vegas, baby, vegas. . .

i arrived in north las vegas to my best friend's house. aggie and her family were awaiting my arrival. after unloading my things and putting a cooler in the trunk of the rental car, i hit the road again but with aggie's family (aggie, dennis, and their two kids nikolas and dennis-boy). we then drove to the grand canyon. on the way there, we pass by hoover dam. as we entered into arizona, i could see dark clouds in the background and lightning would strike on occassion. quite neat to see. i also began to notice the gas was running low but believed a gas station would show up soon enough. however, we went for many many miles with no gas station in sight. we finally saw a sign for "GAS" but it was a very old run down gas station no longer in service.

fortunately, about 30 miles later, getting mighty close to empty, we arrived in Kingston and filled up the tank. after kingston, we continued driving in arizona. and, it began to rain. yes, rain! and, it wasn't just a mere sprinkling here and there. it was pouring down hard. at times, it was quite challenging to drive on the road, the water was coming down so hard. as we neared the grand canyon, all we could see were dark gray clouds hovering above.

hours later, we arrived at the gate of the grand canyon national park. it was quite cold outside. aggie and her family were not quite used to such low temperatures living in the hot las vegas and all. none of us were prepared. none of us had any sweaters or jackets.

when we got out of the car and walked to the canyon, it was a spectacular sight. it is indeed quite grand! though, it was quite windy standing out over the canyon. after taking our pictures, we wandered over to the information center/gift shop. away from the canyon, the sun was shining and it was getting a bit warmer. at the information center, we read that the canyon changes throughout the day and that it would turn reddish around 7pm.

so, we wandered back to the canyon and as the sun was lowering, the canyon did become a brighter red. and now, the wind and rain had passed so we were able to enjoy it more. but, i'll say it again, it was quite the spectacular sight standing at the grand canyon.

after a bit, we got back in the car and headed out. we stopped at a restaurant for dinner. after dinner, i grew sleepy so i had dennis drive. on the drive back, we got stopped by the arizona police for speeding. i find it amusing that the whole trip and the whole way out to nevada and arizona, i didn't get stopped by any cops (and i wasn't driving slow either) but when i have dennis drive, he gets pulled over. =P

also on the way back, we had to go through an immigration check point. they have these road blocks (like DUI stops) where they stop your car and check that you aren't hauling illegal immigrants in your vehicle. this was interesting as i had never seen this before.

close to midnight, we got to the Nevada/Arizona border where Hoover dam sits. We parked the car and got out for a few pictures. It's quite stunning at night. And less crowded so that's nice.

i'm now back in las vegas (rather north las vegas) and will remain here for a few days before flying back home to davis. it should be enjoyable. i enjoy seeing my godson nikolas and his brother dennis-boy. they're three and four years old. also, vegas is vegas! fun times! but, in about two weeks, i have traveled into five states (washington, oregon, california, nevada, and arizona) and my car has racked up about 3000 miles traveled. it's been a long road trip. fortunately, i shouldn't have any more long drives. . .=)

(sorry i don't have pictures up but i'm on dial up here and i don't have a digital camera anymore but will try to put some pictures tomorrow)
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