Road Trip!

We drove out to L.A. for Christmas and came back a few days ago.

It was strangely warm on the way out there.  Here’s Mike at high elevation in short sleeves!

Colorado Rockies December 2010

Colorado Rockies December 2010

PJ on the road again.

PJ on the road again.

Keep your paws off my Starbucks!

Keep your paws off my Starbucks!

Part of the time they both felt the need to ride up front on the floor in front of me.

Part of the time they both felt the need to ride up front on the floor in front of me.

But most of the time they just rode in back.

But most of the time they just rode in back.

Cool sign from a defunct liquor store in Green River, Utah.

Cool sign from a defunct liquor store in Green River, Utah.

Is this really the Green River Fire Department's ambulance?

Is this really the Green River Fire Department's ambulance?

I guess this was once a sign, reused as siding. Cool!

I guess this was once a sign, reused as siding. Cool!

Next stop was Las Vegas. We stayed at The Rumor Boutique Hotel. It was late December and we might have been the only guests! It looks like it would be a pretty neat place to stay at a busier time of year. It’s not on the strip but it’s right across the street from The Hard Rock Hotel, which has a fun casino.

The Rumor Boutique Hotel mascot, Las Vegas.
The Rumor Boutique Hotel mascot, Las Vegas.
Our suite at Rumor Hotel, Las Vegas. Very trency dark walls and black and white furniture.

Our suite at Rumor Hotel, Las Vegas. Very trendy dark walls and black and white furniture.

In room soaking tub at Rumor Hotel, Las Vegas

In-room soaking tub at Rumor Hotel, Las Vegas

The swanky pool area at Rumor Boutique Resort Hotel in Las Vegas.

The swanky pool area at Rumor Boutique Resort Hotel in Las Vegas.

We met up with my friend Jen and her boyfriend Jason and wandered around the Hard Rock, had dinner, and played some slots. At one point we were surrounded by cameras and realized we were in the middle of the filming of MTV’s The Real World Las Vegas.

Jen and her pancakes at Mr. Lucky's inside the Hard Rock Hotel.
Jen and her pancakes at Mr. Lucky’s inside the Hard Rock Hotel.
I had the hot turkey sandwich and it was delish.

I had the hot turkey sandwich and it was delish.

Mike had the French Dip which he enjoyed.

Mike had the French Dip, which he enjoyed.

Jason, Jen, and me at Mr. Lucky's in The Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas.

Jason, Jen, and me at Mr. Lucky's in The Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas.

We also stopped by The Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, home of the show Pawn Stars. None of the pawn stars were there, tho.

Gold and Silver Pawn Shop from the TV show Pawn Stars
Gold and Silver Pawn Shop from the TV show Pawn Stars

On the way back, we went the southern route to avoid snow. There was some snow, but not as much as if we had gone thru Utah and Northern Colorado.

Snow drift in Williams Arizona
Snow drift in Williams Arizona
A cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico

A cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cookie Puss is sometimes scared in hotel rooms and hides in the tub.

Cookie Puss is sometimes scared in hotel rooms and hides in the tub.

Cookie Puss, we can still see you.

Cookie Puss, we can still see you.

Later Cookie Puss was chillin' on the chair.

Later Cookie Puss was chillin' on the chair.

While PJ was trying to find a way out.

While PJ was trying to find a way out.

I just like this picture of Cookie Puss.

I just like this picture of Cookie Puss.