Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Vegas Weekend

I was in Vegas this past week for work. Wednesday evening, my mom-in-law picked me up at the end of the day and we went to Town Square for something to eat and drink. The Loco Cantina was a restaurant we had never tried (and it just so happened it was still Happy Hour) so we sat down on the patio for margaritas and the taco sampler. The food and drinks were surprisingly good but the restaurant wasn't very busy (perhaps because it was mid-week) and so we hope business will be good for them and that they'll be around for our next visit. It was a lovely evening and we had a great time shopping afterwards.

The Loco Cantina restaurant and patio is on the second floor overlooking the shops.
Since it could be a while before the next time we'll see my parents in-law again, my husband John flew down Thursday and I would stay for the weekend in Vegas instead of returning home.

So he and his mom went to Town Square and had lunch at the Lazy Dog (another place we've been meaning to try. I couldn't get away from work so they sent me some photos to look forward to until the next time.

Friday, John and his dad went to the Carrol Shelby automobile museum and afterwards, had lunch at the Lazy Dog (again). I guess I'll have to wait to be part of the club ;-)

I had some things on my plate for work so there was no fun for me but I did take breaks to sit by the pool at the house and listen to the quiet of the world outside.

Then the weekend came and it was all a blur. We did go to the National Atomic Testing Museum (a really neat place located near UNLV. If you haven't been, we definitely recommend.) We played cards and ate a lot of good food (it is hard not to because my mom-in-law is a GREAT cook!!). The weather was really nice so sometimes we ate dinners outside.

My mom-in-law makes fabulous pancakes from scratch.

I'm not a great cook but I can make fruit salad!

Shortly before we started playing cards. Our favorite games: Canasta and Five Crowns.

I love Moscow Mules.

An apple torte my mom-in-law made. It was DELICIOUS!!

A Sugar Pumpking from my parents in-law's garden. We got to take one home!

John joined the card playing fun. He caught on quick and won the game.

Then it was time to go home.

Flying over Walker Lake.
It is always hard to leave because we enjoyed spending time with each other and had such a great weekend. But I have been away from home for an entire week I was ready to be back in Reno and see our kitties too. Soon enough, I'll be back in Vegas again.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Day Trip to Sacramento

John and I needed a few items from a home improvement place in Sacramento so we drove over the hill for the day. We both wanted to take a little road trip anyway and driving is a nice change from the flying I have been doing.

My very first visit to Sacramento, California was actually over three decades ago when I was a little girl. My parents had friends who had lived here and wanted my parents to consider relocating. But my parents thought the city was too big for our family of young children and raised us in a small southeastern town in Washington instead of moving to the state's capital.

Here we are, today, in Sacramento. Who knew I would be living a couple hours away in my adult life.

Before we could do any shopping, we needed to stop for lunch. So I picked some place casual: Joe's Crab Shack in Old Sacramento.

It located in a really neat historical district filled with local shops on cobblestone-lined streets and restaurants along the Sacramento River. Street parking is a limited commodity, and although there was a public parking structure in the vicinity, John and I opted to park on the other side of the river and that way we could walk along the Sacramento Tower Bridge. Then we would have a nice half-mile walk back to the car after lunch.

You can also take a ride on a river boat, on a carriage or wagon or take a railroad excursion out of the California Railroad State Museum. I would like to take the bike trail that runs along the river the next time we visit!

View of the historical district from the Sacramento Tower Bridge.
Lunch was uneventful. Even though the restaurant was packed we did not have a long wait before we were seated on the patio. In the meantime, we went to the bar and grabbed a couple of drinks while we waited.

John had fish (and shrimp) and chips. I went for the hot bucket of shrimp and added a side of snow crabs. From the patio, we watched the boats going by on the river. It reminded us of when we used to ride our boat on Lake Mead and Lake Havasu. But boating where we live is not practical for us. The summers are so short and we are not around often enough to enjoy it.

After lunch, we walked back across the Tower Bridge and continued on with our day of shopping.

A path on the other side of the river where we parked and was way less crowded.