Red Rocks and Costco
Trip Start May 21, 2013
10Trip End Jun 02, 2013
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Larry hooked up to the WiFi on board and pulled up Flight Tracker on his I-Touch. He watched our progress all across the country
Then we drove out to a parking area that was down a stone road. I can’t remember the name of it. But we decided to hike the Keystone Thrust Trail which is 1.1 miles and was supposed to only take 1.5 hours. We got our hiking boots on and I got my hiking poles out and we took off up the trail with our little bit of water. The trail was rated as moderate but it was pretty easy going. There was a good breeze that kept us cool most of the time. We went down into a gully and then out of it. On the way up the other side a bird caught my eye. We both watched it for awhile and then I looked it up. It was a Rock Wren. While I was looking it up Larry saw another bird fly in. We both got our glasses on a Scott’s Oriole, a life bird for both of us. It is a beautiful shiny black and bright yellow. He even flitted from his far perch and came within 12 feet of us and gave us a good show eating a huge grasshopper. When we reached the top of the ridge we saw the trail go down into a ravine, across the red rock and up another hill. We headed down and lost our breeze for a few minutes. But it soon picked up again and by the time we got down into the ravine the breeze was stronger
We headed out of the park and in Charleston Ave. to Costco. We stopped to get a few things for our trip to the Grand Canyon. We rented a house near the rim and it has a kitchen, so I am going to cook most of the nights we are there. So we got Gatorade, a case of Fat Tire Beer, cereal, a huge bag of Doritos for taco salad, salty snacks (Sun Chips) and trail mix for hiking, muffins and bananas for breakfast the next few days here in Las Vegas, and some macadamia nuts just for the heck of it. From Costco we headed down 215 to Tropicana/Las Vegas Blvd. and headed to the Excalibur where we are staying. We drove up to the door and unloaded our stuff, including all the food onto a hotel trolley which they took away to store while we checked in.
The Excalibur is so big it has many places to eat. We decided to eat at Buca de Beppo. Larry had eaten there in Columbus but I had never been. The food is served family style so we had to order the same thing because a small family size is to serve two people. Larry got a beer, Peroni, and I got a frozen Bellini. The waitress brought us bread with olive oil/balsamic dip. We got Fried Calamari with a very spicy sauce for an appetizer, the best I’ve ever had. We got Caesar Salad to split and lasagna to split. We ate it ALL. After supper we took a walk around to see everything here. We found a 24 hour store where we can get OJ for breakfast and ready-made sandwiches for our day tomorrow. We also found a Box Office where we were able to get our tickets for the Beatles Love show on Thursday night. When we had seen what there is to see in Excalibur we took the walkway to the Luxor. By the time we got back our suppers had settled a little. When we got to the room we figured out that we don’t have WiFi but a hard wire for internet access. So I can get on the internet but Larry’s I-Pad won’t. While I typed this blog Larry laid down on bed beside me. He is now under the covers fast asleep. We are making an early night of it as we are both pretty tired.