Monday, July 25, 2011

Viva Las Vegas

When I ventured into Death Valley, I of course spent a couple days in Vegas as well.  July is my birthday month (yes, of course, I celebrate all month..) and the MGM resorts had a promo for a free room upgrade.  Bellagio here we come!





Maybe one of these days I'll be famous enough for all the Vegas hotels to invite me to dangle from their rooves (for free) to take pictures of the strip, but until that time I'll have to live with taking pictures from my upgraded room I guess.  :)

I have a couple more interesting pictures from Mandalay Bay as well, but I still have some post processing work to do on them.  Hopefully I'll get a chance to work on them soon so I can post them.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Death Valley Pt2

I visited Death Valley National Park for a few days, the weather wasn't hot enough the last time, and I decided I needed to experience 115 degree heat, and the rainy season.  I still don't really know what I was thinking going down there during such severe conditions, but I still had a great experience, and still managed to take a few more pictures that I love.





I've uploaded a number of new pictures to the Death Valley Gallery I created earlier in the year, you can check them all out there.

Some fun Death Valley Facts for summer travelers venturing into the valley:
  • I stayed in furnace creek, the hot water temperature taps should be renamed to "really warm" and "hot".  There is little difference between the two this time of year - don't expect any cold showers!
  • I woke up for sunrise and headed out to the dunes, it was the place I wanted to explore the most.  At 4:00AM it was still 90 degrees, by the time I left a few hours later it was nearly 115.  It's not much of a reprieve from the heat when overnight lows are still 90.  Also of note is that there were thunder storms, and there was some cloud cover nearly every day.  It could have been much much worse.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Canada Day!

So it's a day late, but yesterday we celebrated Canada Day with the rest of Vancouver today by taking in some of the attractions down at Canada Place, and wapped up the night with the fireworks display in the bay.



It was really great to see everyone out celebrating, and I'm excited to watch some of the other fireworks displays this summer.