The first time I went to Las Vegas, Nevada, it was for a work conference. I wasn't sure if I'd ever make it back to visit again, so I wanted to make the most of it while I had the chance. I'm not a gambler, and I didn't want to pay hundreds of dollars to see a live show, so I entertained myself with a challenge: see and do as much as possible ... for under $20. Over the years, I returned to Vegas for a few more work obligations, but Mike and the boys had never seen it. It seemed like a fun change of pace after days and days of hiking and national parks, so we headed that direction on our way from the Grand Canyon to San Diego, California. We began our adventure at the place where my first Vegas adventure started — the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. What was the same? The giant bronze lion statue at the entrance. What was different? The trip to the emergency room. Click the link to read more on We Married Adventure!
The copper-colored sandstone monuments of Capitol Reef National Park were stunning against the sapphire blue sky, and we were in awe as we wound our way around the park's driving tour. That's the beauty of America's national parks — there are so many different ways to explore and enjoy them.
One of the great things about an epic cross-country American road trip is that you get to visit friends you might not otherwise see very often. Mike planned our route with a stop in Golden, Colorado, to visit his friend Steve, who'd recently moved there for a new job. Steve and his kids love to hike, and they'd explored dozens of great trails in and around Denver. His favorite of these was Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon, so we took a day trip to see it for ourselves.
Our epic cross-country adventure began in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where we headed northwest through Nashville toward St. Louis, Missouri. When planning the route, we were aiming for as many national parks as we could hit on our way to San Diego and back, plus a few national monuments, state parks, and other sights along the way. The first of these encounters was the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. Completed in 1965, this national monument is the world's tallest arch as well as the tallest manmade monument in the Western Hemisphere. Plus, it's space-age cool.
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On my way to Morocco last April, I scheduled a long layover in Paris. I'd never been there before, and as a general rule, I try to pack as much into a layover as possible, even if it's somewhere I visit frequently. No sense in staying at the airport and missing an adventure!
Today is my birthday, and we're giving you the gifts!
As Mike wrote, everything old was new again this time he visited Greece, and our experience was so wonderful that Rhodes is currently in our top three possibilities for a new home. He put together this awesome video of our adventures in Turkey and Greece so you can experience them along with us!
Our week of sailing the Greek isles on our private yacht was coming to an end, but we had one more stop to make after diving Pserimos and heading out of cosmopolitan Kos: we wanted to see tiny Tilos.
After leaving the volcanic island of Nisyros, the next stop on our yacht tour of the Dodecanese was Kos. Kos is known for many things, including being the home of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. This was fortunate for me, since I was running low on Dramamine, a very necessary thing to have when one is sailing on a small private yacht and being tossed about the sea like a damselfish in distress. To further soothe my pain, there was no shortage of elegant cocktail bars on the island. Thank goodness for small miracles.