Monday, June 21, 2010

First Impressions

I'm here. And I'm settled into our very nice hotel room. Larry got here several hours before I did and is over at the HP conference, which is the reason we're here.

The flight over was terrific. I had a seat on the right side of the plan which meant that I got to see the Grand Canyon from the air. Fabulous. Actually the terrain we flew over was fascinating. I need to check and take a look at where there's a forest fire in New Mexico or Arizona. I'm assuming it was New Mexico, simply because the mountains were forested heavily. The mountains closer to Las Vegas are bare.

Another surprise was the absolute vast emptiness of the country we flew over. Roads and dwellings disappeared for the most part. At one point flying over an area not too far from where the Grand Canyon started, I could definitely see it as having once been a part of an ocean based on the patterns formed by the earth.

As for Las Vegas, I thought Houston was flat, but Vegas takes the prize. It's just this vast flat plain surrounded by mountains.

In a minute, I'm going to go and explore the hotel before meeting up with Larry later on. I would have already headed out, but I made the mistake of checking my email after I unpacked and had to send several emails out on work issues. Obviously I suck at taking off from work. I will try to do better tomorrow.

Vegas baby...

In about 10 minutes, I'll be leaving for the airport to go to Las Vegas. Larry's been to Vegas quite a bit over the years, but this is my first time to go. I'll be on my own much of the time, due to Larry being busy w/ classes and events at the conference he's attending. Should be interesting.

I never thought of myself as a Vegas kind of person, but who knows? I may love it. On my plans are a day trip to the Grand Canyon. I've been assured by my children that this is a must see ("It's not just a big hole in the ground Mom!"). So, I'll be doing that on Wednesday.

I will have access to a computer, so I'll hopefully be able to post about my adventures.

Off we go!