Our next adventure was to Lake Tahoe to visit my dad during memorial day weekend. Tim had never been there before, and since I was born there, I figured it would be nice to show him around somewhere so beautiful and so familiar to me. We spent the night at my aunt's house in South Lake Tahoe the first night, and met up with my dad in Gardnerville the following day and took a little road trip to Reno to pick up my brother. Tim was able to witness all of the awesomeness that the Carson Valley and Reno have to offer. The next day we went hiking up near Kirkwood, to Winnemucca lake. It was a beautiful hike and we even saw snow and my brother shoe-skiied down a snow patch :) Tim and I drove to the stateline in Tahoe to walk around the casinos and quaint shops. It was a perfect evening, but home was calling, and our 7 hour drive was ahead of us.
The very next weekend, we flew out of SLO on Friday night to Vegas!! We didn't get to Treasure Island until after 11, so we grabbed a bite to eat, gambled a bit, and passed out in the most comfortable hotel bed I have ever experienced. Tim woke up early to bet on sports, while I slept in like the princess that I am. The weekend began with a long walk down the strip all the way to Luxor. We stopped to eat at a buffet in the Monte Carlo, and again for huge daquiris from Coyote Ugly in the New York New York. We walked through the MGM, and back to Ceasars to visit my friend Audra who works as Cleopatra. She was soo beautiful! I hadn't seen her in three years, so we were all smiles, and I could see the real Audra underneath the costume. Tim insisted on getting a daquiri refill back on the other side of the strip, so I agreed and the minute it touched my lips, I knew I'd made a big mistake. We had to take the monorail back to Harrahs, and the walk from Harrahs across the street to Treasure Island was excruciating. I felt like I was going to explode from too much liquid and alcohol. I went back to the room, got sick, and passed out for a few hours. Dinner was impossible, as I still felt sick to my stomach, and every single restaurant was either about to close or packed. Finally at 10:30 we managed to find a mexican restaurant that would have been really good but the second I took a bite, I felt nauseous again. I had to lay down again, and slept until Audra called at midnite. She and her boyfriend came to our room and we had some drinks, and went out to the Tangerine. It was crowded, and the drinks were 10-12 bucks a pop, so we didn't stay long. Sunday, Tim and I walked around the Venetian shops, and went to the Wax Museum and took pictures with all of the "celebrities". We also ate at a quaint sushi restuarant, walked around the new Wynn Hotel, and went to see Mystere, a cirque de soleil show at Treasure Island. It was AMAZING. Oh my gosh, it was the best show ever. Those people are incredible talented, and I honestly can't figure out how they do what they do. GO SEE IT!! Unfortunatly the weekend was over, it was time to go to the airport. It was one of the best weekends ever (besides getting sick), and I miss Vegas already!!!
Since then we've been relaxing at home in SLO. It's nice to just sit and enjoy our little town, but I do love to travel and experience other places. Now school is starting for Tim tomorrow. It's weird seeing all of the incoming freshman and everyone walking around looking for parties. I feel like I am left out in a way, but at the same time I am so happy I don't have tests and homework to worry about. I actually like the autumn season. The air becomes crisp, the town is alive again, and I get to cozy up next to my love and fall asleep with a cool breeze through the window. Life is not so bad.
"when autumn comes it doesn't ask
it just walks in, where it left you last
you never know when it starts
until there's fog inside the glass around your summer heart"