Monday, February 23, 2015

Summer Southwest Road Trip

Grand Canyon Road TripAfter a lot, really a lot, of thinking and picking through our choices we have settled on the route of our next road trip. And now it’s all booked. The centerpiece of our trip is going to be Grand Canyon — probably the most beautiful place on earth that I’ve been to. We’re going to visit some other natural wonders that southwest of this country has to offer.

The road trip will start in Phoenix and will end in Las Vegas. Only four of us will go — Arosha, Anna, Alёna and I. We haven’t flown anywhere with Arosha without parents yet, and this time we’ll go with both kids. We’ll have to bring a lot of stuff (like two car seats) and we’re hoping we’ll be able to manage it all. We do have a lot of stops in our plan, but the drives themselves are relatively short and should be easy enough on the kids.

The plan is simple. We fly1 out to Phoenix early in the morning of Friday, July 10th and we will be back home on the late night of July 21st flying back from Las Vegas. Right upon our arrival to Phoenix we rent a car and go an a mandatory tour of the capitol. Without spending the night we drive out to Sedona2 where we are staying for 1 night.

After Sedona we drive to Grand Canyon National Park itself. We’ll spend 3 nights3 on the southern rim staying right inside the park. I only hope that the canyon doesn’t make Arosha experience his fear of heights. He was never afraid of any mountains or anything in nature, but who knows.

After the southern rim we go to Page, Arizona where we spend another 3 nights4 on the eastern end of the canyon. While Alёna and I have been to all the other places of our road trip, this will be one new location for all of us. We want to see the famous Horseshoe Bend and take a hike through Antelope Canyon.

The next destination of our trip takes us to another gorgeous place — Bryce Canyon. Bryce Canyon has a very unique look due to the natural structures called hoodoos. We’ll spend 2 nights5 at Bryce and we’ll take off to our final destination of Las Vegas through a scenic road that runs right through Zion National Park.

And our final 2 nights6 we will spend in Las Vegas which has been becoming a family destination for a long time now. There are a lot of things to see for kids there such as a pirate show at Treasure Island, or a volcano eruption at Mirage. It would be great to go to some Cirque du Soleil show, but Anna is way to little to be able to sit through something like that, so not this time.

Overall our nature loving kids should have a lot of new impressions on this trip and we’ll be seeing all the old places anew through their eyes. Should be a fun one.

  1. Delta flight, non stop from JFK at $334 per person. Anna flies for free in Alёna’s lap. Total price for the flight is $1,002. []
  2. Hampton Inn Sedona, $204 total with taxes included. []
  3. Yavapai Lodge, $548 for 3 nights plus tax. []
  4. Best Western at Lake Powell, $767 total with tax for 3 nights. Not cheap at all. []
  5. Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, $445 total for 2 nights. []
  6. Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations, $260 total for 2 nights. []

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Luxor Hotel

Inside LuxorAs you know we stayed at Luxor during our trip to Las Vegas. This time we ended up staying at the pyramid itself since it costs less for some reason. This time it became really apparent how weird this structure really is.

To get on the top floors you have to take an “inclinator” which runs along one of the corners of the pyramid and goes up at an angle. The pyramid is mostly empty inside, but houses a lot of clubs, restaurants and other places, including an IMAX theater. Continue Reading
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Годовщина

Wedding Anniversary Отмечать годовщину свадьбы мы пошли в тот же ресторан, в котором состоялся свадебный ужин — Luxor Stakehouse. Всё же стейки там ну просто обалденные (даже я, не большой любитель мяса, это признаю). Мы с Данькой заказали шампанское, обменялись нашими новыми кольцами.

Дело в том, что Даньку осенила идея купить что-то памятное на годовщину. Ну, почему бы и не кольца? Мы остановились на 2х одинаковых, относительно недорогих, титановых, с золотой полосочкой. Хотели что-то на них выгравировать, но не нашли где. Данька будет его кольцо носить на смену — обручальное платиновое очень тяжелое, а титан суперлёгкий. А я своё ношу на правой руке — теперь и по американским, и по русским стандартам обручальное кольцо одето на правильном пальце. Continue Reading
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Про Отпуск

Caesars Casino, Las VegasЭто я написала вчера, но не успела поставить online:

Отпуск в Вегасе — это хорошо, но, наверное, мне немного не хватает новизны. Мы так много раз уже были в этом городе, что удивить нас тут практически нечем.

Но всё же отдыхать всегда здорово! Мы долго спим, вкусно едим, довольно много ходим пешком, купаемся в бассейне, играем в казино. Еще, конечно, мы общаемся с нашими друзьями — Эльдаром, Лёнчиком, Сашей. Лёнчик приехал буквально на день — прилетел вчера вечером, улетает завтра утром. Сегодня они пошли в местный (находится в Laxor, где мы остановились) ночной клуб, а мы с Данькой вынужденны были их покинуть. Кажется, Даня простыл и температурит. sad Надеюсь, завтра он почувствует себя лучше.

Если честно, я не большой фанат ночных клубов. Мне намного больше нравится просто где-то гулять, или играть на одноцентовых автоматах, или общаться в более тихой атмосфере. Не знаю, почему я такая анти-клубная. mrgreen

Погодка первые пару дней была отличная. Сегодня значительно похолодало, но всё равно было теплее, чем в Нью-Йорке.
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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Our Wedding Ceremony

We decided to try to load the video into Youtube and post it on our blog for those who wasn’t able to make it to our wedding. Youtube rejected it because it was “too long”, but I was able to upload it to Google without any problems. Of course the quality went down, because I tried to compress it as much as possible, but it’s better then nothing. ) My favorite part is the way Alёna was crying throughout the whole thing. teeth

Update: Trying to upload it to MSN made the quality much better then that of a Google. Who would’ve thought? )
Update 2: MSN is no more. Uploaded the video to Vimeo.
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