Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What happens in Vegas...

Just got back from visiting my dear friend Kelley in Las Vegas. We have been best friends since fifth grade...and without going into how old we are, that's a l-o-o-o-n-g time.

Sharon and Kelley copy
That's me on the left, Kelley on the right.

I don't have a single picture of the Strip to show you. Frankly, I was kind of appalled by it. It is pretty--in a way--but I just kept thinking that only in America could there exist this kind of excess, extravagance and over-indulgence. Still, I think everyone should see it at least once.

Kelley treated me to LOVE, the Cirque du Soleil show set to the music of the Beatles. I have to admit that when the show first started I thought 'I'm not going to like this.' But it just got better and better (and more and more trippy) as it went on and I wound up absolutely loving it. And of course, the music was amazing. There is a little video clip on their website that hints at how cool the show is. If you ever go to Las Vegas, I highly recommend it.

Image courtesy of MGM Mirage

On Sunday, we drove to Zion. I didn't realize that Zion National Park, along with the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and others, I'm sure, are just a few hours drive from Las Vegas.

Sandstone bluffs at ZionDeer grazing at ZionYellow flowersIMG_2954IMG_2963Twin peaks at Zion
Golden peak at Zion
Red peak at Zion

Now I ask you, how can the Vegas strip compete with this?