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Briefly Las Vegas

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 in Nevada
Briefly Las Vegas

I’m on a flight from Denver to Las Vegas, looking out the window and trying to read the terrain below. I’m hoping to spot Zion National Park, which the pilot announced we’re currently flying over. It takes me a while to find it but eventually my eye comes to rest on the dramatic colors and deep canyons of the iconic park. Although Zion is my ultimate destination, I am on my way to McCarran International Airport where I’ll meet Phil who has been in Las Vegas for a long, dull week attending a business conference. Our plan is to rent a car and drive to La Verkin, a sleepy town in southwest Utah about a twenty-minute drive from Zion National Park. We drive northeast out of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. Not far out of the city we pass through the Moapa River Reservation.

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Assortment

These Old Houses
These Old Houses
I arrived at the Sheraton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire a day early. Since I don’t have to leave for Appledore Islands until tomorrow, I took this opportunity to relax and explore the town, taking pictures of old houses.
Imperial War Museum Duxford
Imperial War Museum Duxford
Today we went to the Imperial War Museum Duxford, an aircraft museum that hosts a collection of more than two hundred aircraft as well as an impressive assortment of tanks, boats and other military vehicles.
Gem Lake
Gem Lake 1
Since today was only our second full day in Estes Park and we were still exhausted from our busy schedules leading up to this vacation, we set low expectations for ourselves.