"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Viva Las Kiwi!

We met up in Las Vegas for a long weekend to celebrate the birthday of our friend, Mel, who was enjoying her first visit to the U.S. from New Zealand. Ashlee had met Mel in L.A. a week or so before and they had been touring California before heading to Vegas. We stayed again at one our favorite places on The Strip - Treasure Island with a great view of the mountains to the north (photo below).
We spent Mel's birthday, Friday, Jul y 9th, lounging by the pool in our own private cabana (photo above) - a must-have in the 100+ degree temps of Vegas in mid-summer. Also joining us as a surprise to Ashlee was our friend, Brenda, who decided kind of last minute to come out and enjoy a little Sin City with us.

We got dressed for dinner that evening and headed south on Las Vegas Blvd. to another one of our favorite places in Vegas - the Yard House located in the Town Square Mall complex. We had to call it a night rather early due to Ashlee and Mel's early wake-up the next day for an all-day tour to the Grand Canyon.

Sunday we slept in and then went over to the fabulous Bellagio for their always-delicious Sunday Brunch with Champagne - yep, another Vegas favorite for us. We spent a few hours afterwards walking off our meals around the Bellagio Conservatory (photo above) and the amazing chocolate fountain (photo left) - a Guinness world record largest, at Jean Phillipe Pastry Shop. We then took a tram over to the new Aria/Crystals City Center complex to check it out as well.

Later in the afternoon - after a few wrong turns- we headed into North Las Vegas to find the Tenaya Creek Brewery to sample a few of their wares which were excellent. We got caught in a rare Vegas shower on the way back and probably should have followed the end of the rainbow we saw because there are plenty of pots of gold in this town, but it's hard to figure just where they are. After a little more gambling in the evening - but no pots of gold to report - we took Ashlee and Mel to the airport for a late-night red-eye flight that would get them to Nashville early the next morning so Ashlee could get back to work, and Mel could start experiencing the fabulous southern U.S. humidity!

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