Shortly after leaving Vegas, we saw a sign to watch for Bighorn Sheep. We weren't very optimistic (or I wasn't at least, but we all kept our eyes peeled... and I saw one!) Philip turned around and he spotted it again, and then after we stopped, we realized there was a Bunch of them! We were able to get a really good look at them with the binoculars and I got some great photos.
This was the main guy that we saw at first (he had the best horns)
...but look! There's Six in this picture!
They are beautiful animals and we felt so blessed to have seen them!
Scenery on the drive
Our first park!
Yup, things are dead around here
(It got it's name because thirteen pioneers on an early expedition during the California Gold Rush died trying to cross it)
This was one of the highlights for us.... it was so HOT!
Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America
(the arrow is pointing to a sign that says "sea level", 282 feet Above us!)
It is a MASSIVE salt flat that stretches as far as you can see!
So. much. salt.
My squinties and I
It was Incredibly bright with the sung glaring off the salt, so the boys were actually walking with their eyes closed on the way back
This part is called "The Devil's Golf Course", because the salt has built up in such deep jagged formations
Philip got me a new wide angle lens for an anniversary present and it has been Perfect for this trip!
Short hike at a scenic viewpoint
The photo doesn't do it justice, but the rocks were So colorful!
On the "Artist's Drive" the road had So many dips!
The colors in the rocks on this particular drive are spectacular, although they apparently look their best around sunset, and we were there right around noon, at the worst time of day for best color.
This spot had some of the best colors
(the white part is the salt flats!)
A cool chick
This was a sweet and surprising moment when Keenan grabbed Philip's hand for this part of the walk
Look at that wide angle!!
Fun mountain top silhouette
Family shot over the valley
Kids on top of the world
How is he so grown up??
I love these ones Keenan took for us =)
The kids each wanted a pose of their own:
The new lens is Great for selfies, too!
Caleb got a scrape on the way down so Philip patched him up
Now it's official
We went back to the house, the kids swam, we showered and then Uncle Bob and his friend, Debra came over and brought Chinese take out for dinner. It was delicious! We had shrimp and chicken foo young for the first time and loved it!
Caleb's fortune cookie was Hilarious!!
After dinner, we drove downtown with Uncle Bob and went to the Bellagio.
They always do an over the top job of decorating. This was all flowers!!
We showed the kids the World's Largest Chocolate Fountain
Caleb Really wanted a sample
...and the famous "Fiori di Como" blown glass ceiling, made by Chihuly, who has a miniature version of this on display at our art museum in Wichita!
Next up was the fountains out in front of the Bellagio. There is a different show every fifteen minutes set to music. It is spectacular.
Caleb was mesmerized
Us between two shows