Day 3 of our trip started in California's Mojave Desert. Our first stop was the China Ranch date palm farm. This place is in the middle of nowhere, down a couple miles of a one lane dirt road. Though my son had been there before, I didn't think anyone else could possibly find it. Upon entering the store, a guy asked if we were with the other folks from Ohio. (His clue that we were Buckeyes was the Browns' shirts both the boys were wearing.) Can you believe there was another couple in the store from Ohio ~ and they live in a town about 15 miles from me??? It really is a small world.
From the date farm, we headed to an abandoned mine. My son's passion is exploring mines. He often will rappel down hundreds of feet to the bottom of a mine shaft. Thankfully the War Eagle mine in Tecopa, California, has tunnels to explore without having to climb up or down.
The darkness of the mine was something I've never experienced before. And quiet. Nothing other than the sounds of us walking through. Eerily quiet.
At one point, we did go down to the next level (at Jake's request) but came right back up. It was a long way down but seemed even longer on the ascent!
Based on my Fitbit step count, we walked about 3 miles in the mine.
Day 4 took us to Red Rock Canyon, a short drive from Las Vegas. Got to use my senior national park pass for the first time :)
I was unable to capture the beauty of the rocks.
Next up was another trip to the Strip. For an unknown reason, some of my pictures from the Bellagio just vanished. POOF. Gone from both my iPhone and iPad. I just don't get it . . . sigh. Here is one of the fountains in the lobby.
Can you believe?
Waiting for the fountain show to begin. That is the Bellagio in the background.
The show was very disappointing. We think they did not have the regular show because it was so windy. The water did not shoot up high at all :(
The stall doors in the ladies' room at Caesar's Palace.
The Golden Knights are Las Vegas' new professional hockey team. The team was just assembled a few months ago and they made it to the finals. They did not win, but what an accomplishment. People ~ and statues ~ are crazy for them.
Day 5 ~ The last thing we did on vacation, was a zipline down Fremont Street. You exit the building to start your ride where those four square things are near the top.
Hanging around waiting your turn.
And you are off. It was overpriced but fun. I'm guessing the ride lasted about a minute. Not nearly as scary as I thought it would be. Jake (and my son) loved it and that's all that mattered :)
Thanks so much for letting me share my vacation with you. My readers are the best and to show my appreciation, I'm having a little give away. Just in time for the 4th of July, this flag measures only 5" x 6 3/4". As always . . . the only rule is leave a comment on this post or send me an email with give-away in the subject line. The winner must contact me within 3 days. (Please no sharing on any social media.) I will choose a winner Wednesday eve.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
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