Yesterday was by far, the most exciting and crazy day of this road trip. We started the day by going to the Grand Canyon. I wish that I could find the words to express the beauty of this landmark, but nothing I could say would do it justice. At the first lookout, my eyes immediately filled with tears. It was the most breathtaking sight I have ever seen.
I kept looking around, expecting to become underwhelmed eventually, but it never happened. I could have stared at the Canyon for hours, days even, and it would not have lessened in awe-inspiring beauty.
If you have the chance to go to the Grand Canyon, don’t pass it up. I promise you will not regret it. A friend told me that it “would change my life” and it certainly did.
After the Grand Canyon, we began our drive to Las Vegas! The drive was a quick one in comparison to the last few days, which was a nice change. Once we got to Vegas, things got crazy and stayed pretty crazy for the entirety of the day. I thought being in Las Vegas for July 4th would be incredible (and it was), but I was not ready for the people. So many people. Everyone on Earth must have said “you know what we should do? Go to Vegas for the Fourth of July.”
4:00pm: Get to Vegas. Boy howdy.
4:30pm: Hotel registration/check-in
5:30pm: Finally get to the check-in counter after an hour in line. I thought I was at Disney World.
6:15pm: Drive to In-n-Out Burger. This was my first time, so I couldn’t wait. Scott had heard about a secret menu, so before we got there we decided to get our burgers “Animal Style” which means extra pickles, sauce, and grilled onions. It exceeded my expectations and definitely beats any other fast food burger joint.
6:50pm: Drive back to hotel and look for parking.
6:55pm: Enter parking garage.
7:00pm: Make our first loop and don’t see any open spots.
7:10pm: Still driving around, hoping someone will leave.
7:12pm: See someone get in their car to leave. Put turn signal on in anticipation.
7:13pm: Car has yet to back out.
7:14pm: Still nothing.
7:15pm: Flash lights, politely honk. Those jerks will not back out.
7:16pm: Pull off in a rage.
7:17pm: Back to square one.
7:18pm-7:35pm: Drive around parking garage at least 10 times. Get in almost 2 accidents. Find additional parking lot. Parking lot is full. Finally find a street spot. Holy crap.
7:45pm: Get back to room in a pool of sweat.
9:00pm: Leave our hotel to head to the Bellagio hotel to see Cirque du Soleil “O”.
9:15pm: Get a taxi because the road we need to walk down is closed because of the fireworks show.
9:20pm: Stuck in terrible traffic, while we watch the fireworks from the back seat of a cab.
9:25pm: Dropped off early, so we can walk the rest of the way to the hotel.
9:28pm: Literally almost die on an escalator because of the crowd of people at the top of it.
9:29pm: Push past people watching the fireworks to get to the hotel. Again, a near death experience.
9:50pm: Get to theater. Get a beer.
10:00pm: Watch show. Incredible.
11:30pm-2:00am: Leave show. Walk around. Almost pee pants after being scared by a person disguised as tree. Get back to hotel. Walk through casino. Get pizza. Sleep.
Vegas is certainly an interesting place.
Road Trip Day 4 by numbers:
– 276 miles driven
– 5 billion people
– 115 degree weather
– 2 near death experiences
– 1 Grand Canyon
– 1 incredible burger
Today, we are headed to Los Angeles. This will be my first time in California! We are staying right on Venice Beach, so I’m sure it will be beautiful and much better weather than it is in Vegas.