10.14.15 From Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

I am still in the process of getting use to my new responsibilities with RVillage and we are still at my boss’ house in Arizona. I had a couple of frees hours today so I thought I’d start the catch up of our journey!  We now plan to be back in Louisiana by October 29th so we can go to our church’s Family Fall Festival with Chip and Madisyn.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – The drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon takes you from Nevada into Arizona then into Utah then back to Arizona. These mountains really make a straight drive any where unheard of. The scenery changed a lot along the way and here’s some photos of that journey. 20151002_085744 20151002_090058 20151002_090242 20151002_092030 20151002_100137 20151002_100239 20151002_100658 20151002_100857 20151002_101530 20151002_102019 20151002_111908 20151002_112214 20151002_112329 20151002_114531 20151002_114646 20151002_114920 20151002_114926 20151002_115252 20151002_120317 20151002_120605 20151002_122431 As we got closer to the North Rim there were more huge pine deep green trees and a lot of gold shimmering Aspen trees mixed in. Quite a difference from the desert look going on in before that in Nevada and Utah. 20151002_131632 20151002_131648 20151002_141134 20151002_141510 20151002_141632 20151002_143319

Here’s some videos showing our drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.

Next comes the Grand Canyon North Rim and then Grand Canyon South Rim. Two totally different places in most all aspects.

The North Rim is much cooler, more beautiful tall trees along the roads, not any visible animals that we saw, and can be seen in 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace and for some reason it is not at all crowded.

The South Rim is still cool but not as cool as the North Rim, not nearly as many trees but lots of bushes with flowers, several elks were seen and we only saw a portion of it in about 5 hours at a brisk pace and it is crazy crowded! Several big shuttle buses travel several different routes to all the spots where you can see different parts of the canyon.

Roy developed a habit of saying “Yep another big hole” when we’d look down from a new location. He was affected by his beauty but that’s his sense of humor!

I did a lot of research on where to stay and other information about the Grand Canyon. While there is a lot out there, until you actually go there the published information just doesn’t connect.

I wouldn’t mind coming back here sometime and planning a week of short day outings to see more of it.

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10.06.15 Checking out for a bit

Tuesday, Octob er 6, 2015

Hi all!  Just wanted to share that I’m stepping back from posting our travel blog for a week or so.

I’ve been offered additional work time with RVillage during the week and I start tomorrow.  I want to devote my time to that so that I learn what I need to do and how to do it well.

My laptop screen broke (my fault) and Roy ordered a new one.  It came in and is not working correctly so Roy is working on it.  I’m using other computers and find that trying to keep track of RVillage work, blog posting and facebooking on different computers is more than I want to do right now!   Hopefully I can get a new DELL laptop ordered soon!

We had a fabulous time at the Grand Canyon which I will write about when I come back into this little blogging world.

We are currently parked at my boss Curtis’ house in Casa Grande, Arizona.  We’ve loved our time getting to know him in person and I don’t think we’ve scared him off!!  Always a good thing!   Curtis sang with the New Christy Minstrels years ago.  He just came in here and played a few songs for us.  What a treat!!!!  What a blessing his has been to get to meet him in person and get to know him better.

20151006_140834Curtis is leaving for an appointment out of state in a few hours and we offered to keep his little doggie Augie while he’s gone.  Don’t remember exactly what type of dog Augie is but he looks like white fox terrior.  He likes us and has 2 acres here to roam during the day so we’ll have fun and hopefully take excellent care of the boss’ dog while he’s gone!!!  It’s very nice here, he’s on a lake with a boat dock and an amazing house and he has RV hook ups we will use once he disconnects his Prevost bus from them.

20151006_094548 Roy and Augie bonding!  20151006_111930 I’ll say see ya later and leave you with some of the views we are enjoying here!

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10.04.15 Flamingo Casino and Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sunday, October 4, 2015 – The next leg of our casino tour took us flam 1 (Medium)to the Flamingo Casino, then to Sprinkles Cupcakes.

On the strip there are several locations where escalators take you up and over then down a street which cuts down a lot on street crossings and helps gain access to second floor locations from outside.  Here’s one of the many

First up with lots of pictures is the Flamingo Casino.  The casino/hotel is known for their beautiful tropical gardens with flamingos,  black swan and beautiful Koi fish.  Here’s the outside first!

flam3 (Medium) flam 32 (Medium) flam2 (Medium) flan 29 (Medium)Here’s the tropical garden area, the gospel chapel, and a couple of videos.

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Here’s some pictures of the casino.

flam 5 (Medium) flam 10 (Medium) flam 6 (Medium) flam 4 (Medium) flam 27 (Medium) flam 28 (Medium)From the Flamingo Casino we went to Sprinkles Cupcakes an upscale cupcake, doughnut and soda shop where I got a root beer float and Roy got a coke.   Mostly we got to rest our legs for a bit in the shade.  It was 100 degrees all day which didn’t help our growing tiredness but since we were in the shade of the buildings a lot it didn’t feel 100.  Thank Goodness~

sprink 4 (Medium) sprink 1 (Medium) sprink 2 (Medium)sprink 3 (Medium)We were on to Caesar’s Palace from here.  It is the largest of the casinos we visited so it needs it’s own post! That will be shared next time!

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10.06.15 Caesar’s Palace Casino, Mirage Casino, Venetian Casino, and Circus Circus Casino

Our wonderful New Orleans Saints won their first game! Yes I am happy even though they have an 1-3 start!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – I am about to burst wanting to share the Grand Canyon with ya’ll but first I need to wrap up all we saw in Las Vegas on the strip.

I could never capture this in a photo so I got it from the internet. All of the buildings, except for the Mirage which is the building in the upper right hand corner, are all part of Caesar’s Palace.

The last post ended with enjoying our time at Sprinkles Cupcakes.  From there we went to Caesar’s Palace which is the largest, grandest place on the strip.  Big gawks at this one!  Here’s some pictures of SOME of the outside which covers at least three city blocks.

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Another aerial photo from the internet of the swimming areas!

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Interior videos and photos!

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Panoramic photo of the aquarium behind the check in desk!  Click on it to see it full size!20150930_154721 20150930_154956 20150930_155401 20150930_155614 20150930_155730VENETIAN  CASINO AND HOTEL – Delightful place!!!  Indoor and outdoor waterways with gondola’s going up and down the waterway singing songs and delighting their passengers!  There are living statues that look like stone statues (until they move, blink, flinch or whatever and scare the dickens out of you), costumed musical troupes while strolling down the hallways, beautiful shops and just a carefree Venetian atmosphere.  The photos below are just a tiny representation of this casino.

Inside some of the casinos look just like you are outside.  The skies here outside are usually blue with maybe a few clouds so it’s hard to tell sometimes in a photograph which is inside and which is outside!

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CIRCUS CIRCUS CASINO AND HOTEL  We were pretty worn out by this time so we saw a lot but didn’t get many pictures.  There is a short circus show on the second floor every hour or so.  We made our way there and rested while we watched the show.  Really cool show!

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The sign below is what we saw when we left.  Kind of appropriate since we were exiting the Strip for the last time!20150930_200203This concludes our stay in Las Vegas.  Now that we’ve also seen the Grand Canyon I have to say that I doubt God’s hand was involved in creating any of Las Vegas and the Strip but I know for sure His hands created every square inch of the Grand Canyon!

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10.01.15 The Chauvins are High Rollers!

high roller 2 Thursday, October 1, 2015 –  Oh my goodness – what an amazing place the Las Vegas Strip is!  We did and saw soooooo much today! I know it’s known as Sin City but I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be if you choose to not do all that.

We went to the Bellagio, Mirage, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Ceasars Palace, Paris, Venetian and finished the day up by eating and watching a Circus Act at Circus Circus!! We started early and ended late and took our time so we could enjoy all we saw.

We easily walked 5 miles today since these casinos are huge and the high roller 3space between is sometimes great.  A couple of days ago we went to the MGM Grand and New York New York casinos so I think we’ve covered a lot of what Vegas has to offer. I am a happy girl!

The absolute highlight of our day was not one of the casinos or even the strip.  It was a new attraction here called High Roller!

Here’s a bit about High Roller from the internet:

High Roller is a 550-foot tall, 520-foot diameter giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip.  It takes 30 minutes to make one complete rotations.  It opened to the public on March 31, 2014, and is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. It is 9 ft taller than its predecessor, the 541-foot Singapore Flyer.

night high rollersThe passenger cabins (or capsules) are mounted on the wheel’s outboard rim and are individually rotated by electric motors to smoothly maintain a horizontal cabin floor throughout each full rotation. There are 28 passenger cabins, each with a 40 passenger capacity for a total capacity of 1,120 passengers. Each 225-square-foot cabin weighs 44,000 pounds, has a diameter of 22 feet, includes 300 square feet of glass, and is equipped with eight flat-screen televisions and an iPod dock. At night the wheel is illuminated by a 2,000-LEDhr1 (Medium) system which can display a single solid color, differently colored sections, multiple colors moving around the rim, and custom displays for special events and holidays.

Due to High Roller’s size you can see it from everywhere in Las Vegas,  however from a distance it looks like it is standing still, no rotation seen. As we got closer to it hr3 (Medium)throughout the day we realized it is moving just very very slowly. That caught our interest and Roy agreed to splurge a bit and ride it!!!  I am normally uneasy with heights but this felt so stable and went so slow there was none of that!

Even though the cabin can hold 40 people there were only four in ours!  Two really nice guys, dad and son, from Texas took the ride with us!  They were so nice and took pictures of Roy and I for us!

As we went higher and higher the city belowhr2 (Medium) looked more and more different!  This is so very worth doing if you’re in Las Vegas.  Not really cheap, but worth doing! The pictures below are from various elevations throughout the thirty minute ride.

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I always think videos show so much more than a photo could ever show so here’s 5 videos showing various aspects of the High Roller experience.

I’ll share about the casinos in the next few blogs.  We took so many pictures (both of us) that sifting through them and uploading them will take a while!

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