Monday, March 01, 2010

Westward Ho!

We went away the w.e. before last.......

To Paris?




New York?




Egypt?




Japan?




Disneyland?



None of the above. We went to Las Vegas where nothing is as it seems. We didn't go for the gambling, or the shows, or the nightlife. We're not much into that kind of partying lifestyle. A cousin, a rarity in the OC's life, was getting married there, and he wanted to show her a little support, as there wasn't a lot of it among family elders! He is very fond of her, figures she's a grown-up and deserves a chance to be happy. So off we went into the desolation of the west.......



The bride was beautiful, and radiant, and in full possession of her wits and her sense of humour!





Since Vegas is likely not a place we'll go again, we hoofed it all around town, craning our necks at all the touristy sights. It was interesting, but all so false, and mercenary, the glitz and bright lights signifying-----what?

We got out of town the second day to see the Hoover Dam. An engineering marvel to be sure.




What I liked even better than the dam, though, was the new bridge they're building.....I have always been in love with bridges, from the humpy-backed little bridge that signaled we were getting close to Granny's when we went on Sunday jaunts out the country long ago, to the Verrazano Narrows in NY to the Golden Gate In San Francisco. This one is scheduled to be finished in September, and, already, it looks amazing!



I'm glad we went to the wedding, though Vegas would be the last place I'd want to tie the knot. Which just goes to show there's room for all kinds of different ways of doing things in the world. If I had it to do over, I'd still head for the hills and the heather. But this was not about me. This was someone else's idea of bliss. And as they were headed off to the Grand Canyon afterwards, I'm sure they had a lovely time. Call me dull, call me boring, the nicest part of going away, anywhere, for me, is coming home to my own cozy nest at the end of it all.

16 comments:

riseoutofme said...

I was wondering where you were ... had forgotten ...

"They" say a change is as good as a rest ...

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Well done. Debit my account one bunny stamp.

The Lass said...

The Lad would very much to go to Las Vegas one day. Even more so, though, we'd like to get married (again) at Rosyln Chapel in Scotland *sigh* I sincerely hope we can do that one day.

Thimbleanna said...

I'm with you Molly! I grew up in and out of Las Vegas as I have family there, and I just never understood what all the fuss is about. A city in the middle of the desert! Take me to your homeland any day!

thailandchani said...

I'm with you! Never saw the appeal of Las Vegas at all.. but I know some people who can't wait to go there for a weekend.




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Wanderlust Scarlett said...

You had a wonderful time and got great shots... and enjoyed the wedding... YAY! I'm delighted!

I am home now, too.

My trip was different but good.

So strange and fascinating to see photos on your page of places that I went to while I was there. We walked the same road at different times.

HUGS

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Percy Bisque Silley said...

I had forgotten where you were... but was wondering...

Stomper Girl said...

Wow. Thanks for showing me the Hoover Dam. I saw a great program on it (Modern Marvels of Engineering or somesuch) and it was a great story behind it.

Meggie said...

Goodness, that bridge would frighten the wits out of me!
I agree, the location for tying the knot would never be my choice, either, though our son once wanted to go there to get wed.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Not bad. It's like you went round the world all in one town!

Isabelle said...

How interesting! That's not how I imagined Las Vegas at all.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

You and I are such kindred souls. I have never been to Vegas and have no desire to go there, and I also absolutely love bridges. I love the concept of a bridge and the engineering feats and the sheer elegant beauty of them. So glad the wedding was a success - I hope the marriage is, too.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I've now gone green at the sight of the bridge . Mind you I used to go green just standing on those weird glass brick bits on pavements too .
You're obviously a must at slightly subversive weddings . How nice you both gave your support and I hope they have a long and happy life together .

Pauline said...

East or west, home is best.

jkhenson said...

Looks like a very busy and fun trip! I've never been to Las Vegas, but my husband would like to go.

Julie's journey said...

I will send you a picture of a beautfiul bridge that I grew up with if I can find a picture and I agree with you about coming home - I am always excited about returning.