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This is a collection of my blog entries related to short or long trips I, or Jennifer and I went on.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for the more recent trips that I have recorded in blog entries:

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2010/11/25 Trip to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas
π 2010-11-25 00:00 in Trips
Jennifer and I flew to the Grand Canyon via Las Vegas (which we overflew on the way there, and stayed at a few days on the way back). Below I have pictures and links to the flights we did, the backpacking, and pictures of Vegas.





Here's a quick overview:

  • Flight from Palo Alto to the Grand Canyon
  • Arrival at Grand Canyon South Rim, Sunset
  • South Rim Sunrise
  • Backpacking down and back up
  • Flight to Vegas
  • A few days in Las Vegas
  • Flight back to PAO
  • Georef Map


  • Flight from Palo Alto to the Grand Canyon

    Trying to fly over thanksgiving was going to be the luck of the draw, but thankfully we got great weather for flying to the Grand Canyon. We got there in less than 4h, including some slower flying and scenic loops (otherwise it would have been about 3H). The best part outside of the view, was of course not having to deal with all the TSA shit and being able to fly with gas canisters (which are disallowed both as checking or carry on, on airlines).
    Here is a link to the Flight to the Grand Canyon through Las Vegas.



    Arrival at Grand Canyon South Rim, Sunset

    Jennifer got us a room at the Bright Angel, and right after checking in, we took the bus to Hopi Point on the South Rim Ridge to see the sunset:



    Plateau Point, with view on the river
    Plateau Point, with view on the river






    my nice google ski hat :)
    my nice google ski hat :)


    and we went for a nice dinner after that :)

    just the dessert I needed :)
    just the dessert I needed :)



    South Rim Sunrise

    One good thing about going during the winter was that sunrise was at a very reasonable 07:12, so we went to see it (on en prend une du lever, une du coucher, et on se casse :) ).





    Bright Angel Lodge
    Bright Angel Lodge

    Bright Angle Trail going down
    Bright Angle Trail going down




    Backpacking down and back up

    I have a different page you can read for Out Backpacking down the Grand Canyon and back up.



    Flight to Vegas

    Then, I have yet another page with pictures of our flight from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas.



    A few days in Las Vegas

    Once in Vegas, we spent 3 days there to see some shows, enjoy food, and we used the time left over to visit some hotels and see what's changed. Below are a few choice pictures:




    A few night shots:





    The Wynn's decor is really nice
    The Wynn's decor is really nice

    shot from the Effeil Tower
    shot from the Effeil Tower

    shot from the Effeil Tower
    shot from the Effeil Tower

    shot from the Effeil Tower
    shot from the Effeil Tower

    shot from the Effeil Tower
    shot from the Effeil Tower

    We also had a look at the Mandalay Bay Aquarium:





    We also went to see one show every night (choice was limited due to sunday and monday being dark for most shows).
    We first saw Criss Angel. The show wasn't bad, but it didn't feel grandiose either (and a bit expensive considering).


    The next day, we went to see Le Rève. That was much better. I had seen it before, but Jennifer hadn't and we both quite enjoyed it.



    And the last day, we went to see Penn and Teller. Their show was stilll really good and they get points for chancing their tricks over time, so that you don't see the same show every time.




    Last, but not least, let's not forget about food. Jennifer tried to practise her buffet restraint skills. She's still working on it :)
    We tried the Aria the first night, the Wynn buffet the second night (2 best buffets in Vegas), and we had the tasting menu at the Effeil Tower restaurant the 3rd night. All 3 were really great :)

    We had just climbed up from the grand canyon that morning, flown to vegas, and seen a show Jennifer was hungry at the Aria ;)
    We had just climbed up from the grand canyon that morning, flown to vegas, and seen a show Jennifer was hungry at the Aria ;)

    The Wynn buffet's King Crab legs also 'got it' :)
    The Wynn buffet's King Crab legs also 'got it' :)

    And our tasting menu at the Paris was both good and reasonably priced considering.
    And our tasting menu at the Paris was both good and reasonably priced considering.




    Flight back to PAO

    After 3 days in Vegas, it was time to fly home, a nice scenic flight past Bishop.



    Georef Map

    If you wish, here is a link to a big georeferenced map of Vegas/Grand Canyon Trip.

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