Friday, March 8, 2013

Las Vegas and Death Valley: The Trip Home

Today we head for home, we hate to leave, but all good things must come to an end.  The high winds of yesterday evening had abated so we had breakfast out on the dining room terrace and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  After breakfast, it was back to the room to finish packing, checkout and hit the road.  As we were loading the car we were surprised to see Michael and Mikie getting ready to leave.  They are earlier risers than we are and we expected them to be long gone.  We said our goodbyes again and we all hit the road. The trip home was an easy drive with very little traffic.  We left about 9:30 and were home a little before 4:00.

This turned out to be a great trip (as usual).  We had fun in Las Vegas and an even better time with Michael and Mikie in Death Valley.  The contrast between the crowds, noise, excitement and non-stop activity of Las Vegas, and the laid back atmosphere and the desolate, stark, but beautiful landscape of Death Valley was striking.  There is a place for both and we enjoy each one for different reasons.

My only regret of the trip was we didn't have more time in Death Valley, there are so many places to explore, we could have easily spent a week there.  Staying at the Furnace Creek Inn was wonderful, it is an expensive place to stay, but I have to say, it was worth it and we would stay there again.  The weather during our stay could not have been better, the days were warm and comfortable and the evenings were balmy and clear, perfect for sitting out on the deck or terrace and enjoying the company of good friends.  Michael and Mikie were once again great traveling companions.  They just go with the flow, stay flexible and are so easy to get along with which is really important if you are traveling in a group.  So all in all a great trip, maybe this should be an annual event.

Our next trip will be our 30-day Hawaii / French Polynesia cruise starting near the beginning of April, so until then, that's it for now.

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