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Boulder City: the Coffee Cup & Hemenway Park 2015-10-01

Just hanging with some of the locals, you know? Chilling.
These were taken in Hemenway park, in Boulder City. 
The park has long been known for it’s popularity for grazing among the local Big Horn sheep population. When we initially drove past we didn’t see any of the rams, but after stopping for breakfast at the Coffee Cup diner we were willing to give it another shot. Good thing we did!

First thing first, a girl has got to eat!

If you should ever find yourself passing through Boulder City, the Coffee Cup is a bit of a landmark. It’s been featured on the Food Network show Diners, Dives & Drive-ins featuring Guy Fieri…
While I’m not sure how much I really trust that guy’s reviews, I have spent enough time in Boulder City to vouch for this place.

I’ve always enjoyed the collection of license plates adorning the walls, and the sports equipment is a kitschy but fun touch. 
There is some serious bible thumping going on here, though, with biblical quotes emblazoned in huge letters across a hallway near the bathroom. o_O  huh.
The important thing, though, is the food!
If the food sucked, no amount of cutesy kitch or righteous Godliness could possibly save it for me.

Luckily, the food is good enough. 
I don’t know if it’s really “the BOMB” as Guy Fieri put it (I’m telling you, that guy reminds me way too much of the singer of Smash Mouth and late 90’s college party boys for me to trust the legitimacy of his culinary critiques) but when you’re hungry after a long drive or a night sleeping among the coyotes, it will most certainly fill that void and do it sufficiently well. 
Antho got the chicken fingers, a standard dish for him, and he enjoyed them.
Their bloody mary is pretty damn good, too. Look at that bacon!
Made just for me with a big ol’ J. D’aw. 😉
The olive and celery were on the dry side, but the drink rehydrates them so it’s not a buzzkill.

Louie’s healthy breakfast hash full of veggies~ 

I got the huevos rancheros, smothered in their famous green chile sauce. I’m prone to enjoy green chile anything, though I wasn’t particularly fond of the hash browns as an accouterment. Personally I think I would’ve been happier with rice and beans…so it goes. 
After refueling and doing a bit of thrift shopping where we found some pretty groovy stuff (a new tie-dye shirt for Antho! Cecil B. Demented on VHS! A sailor blouse for me!), we decided to try our luck with the sheep again. Initially it looked like we had struck out, but we waited anyway, enjoying the slight breeze… 
after a few minutes, the sheep began to migrate from a nearby neighbor’s yard and make their way into the grassy lawns of Hemenway park! Hurrah!

One by one they made their way over…

There are signs in the park explaining the purpose of the collars, which are used to monitor the migration patterns and habits of the sheep. Researchers have been using the sheep population from the nearby mountains here to repopulate other areas where the populations have become endangered. Doing so has allowed the sheep to thrive and brought them back from a perilously low population!

Living it up in the lap of luxury. Just look at that view!

Louie actually managed to crawl pretty close to the sheep in order to snap these photos. With two males in attendance we had to be extremely cautious- those horns aren’t just for show! If incited to attack, those big horns can do some serious damage. Luckily he managed to stay far enough away to keep the peace while getting these great photos! Louie’s a boss. 
After getting our fill of staring at sheep, we headed back into the city.

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Arizona: Willow Beach night 2015-09-30

Long exposure photos and glowsticks were a match made in heaven.
Throw in a quartet of silly 20-somethings sitting on a dock in the middle of the desert and here we are.
Photos after the cut!

Once we had expended the entertainment value of flailing glowsticks about, it was time for Mason to head out. We decided to follow suit, but rather than head back into the city we migrated to Lake Mead to camp out. Check back tomorrow for the details!

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Leaving Las Vegas July 8th, 2015

To celebrate our one year anniversary Antho & I ditched the scorching summer heat of Vegas for the cooler breezes of San Francisco for 6 days. It was an all around wonderful trip! As you may have noticed we really like to travel fairly often having gone to Los Angeles in April and hitting spots like the Whiskey, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and Union Station as well as having gone to L.A. last fall. It’s always nice to explore someplace new and when the tickets are going for as low as $44 it’s pretty budget friendly. Hopefully we’ll be celebrating our anniversary with new locations for many years to come!

Shortly after departing McCarran airport you’ll be privy to views like this in the window seats. Since we flew with Southwest, I was able to choose my own seat due to their open seating policy. If you’ve never flown with them before or experienced this, it works by assigning customers into boarding groups (A1-60, B1-60, C1-60) based upon their time of check in then letting them board in that order and choose their own seats. Trying to catch some sleep and don’t feel like gambling your shut eye on the whims of a teething baby? Grab another open spot! The earlier you check in the better your selection.

We had a brief layover in San Diego, which provided beautiful views of the city and ocean as we flew in. I’ve passed through the city a few times but rarely ventured beyond the freeways or airport. Someday we’ll make the trek! 🙂

Leaving San Diego en route to San Francisco. A very brief journey.

It’s always lovely to see the clouds from above.

First views coming into San Francisco!

Welcome to the BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit. A high speed affordable transit system running throughout the city as well as other nearby locales. The BART runs directly to and from SFO so it makes for an extremely convenient option for traveling into the city with many stops throughout various neighborhoods. You can ride from SFO to West Oakland for roughly $9, a solid 40 minute commute one way from the airport. According to their website: 
 BART’s Excursion Fare allows anyone to tour the BART system (all 44 stations) for up to three hours on a $5.55 fare, as long as you enter and exit at the same station. 
That may not sound like much to get excited about, but if you get lost it could be helpful.

Once off the train our senses were confronted with the busy streets of the inner city, vibrant with murals and pretty painted buildings and colorful individuals galore.