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Off to Vegas

In just under three months, I’ll be on a plane heading to Las Vegas. Sin City. Capital of Second Chances.

Las Vegas

Bright lights! (courtesy Pedro Szekely)


Yet it is only my second trip to Vegas ever (which apparently is very odd to many, many people) and frankly, not being a Vegas expert has me a little worried.

Where do I find the deals? Who must the wife and I make sure to see? Will I come home rich, or possibly with a tattoo I don’t remember getting?

So many questions!

So what say you world? While I know it’s generally recognized that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” I’ve been known to keep a secret! And our new wondrous world of social media has already let the cat out of the bag! I know there are deals! I know you have favourite places to stay! I know you know how to get sweet airline deals!

And it’s all that first-hand knowledge I want access to!

And while we’re at it, if I get stuck in the airport on my way home, I’m so going to make a video that rivals this:

A Maui Sunset

The sunset on our first day in Maui

#MauiLyte – Day 1

View from the Lanai

Our west-facing view from the lanai at Kamaole Sands


Aloha! With LCBD here gathering dust again, I thought I would do something different and use it as a journal for my trip. Makes sense, right?

So how are things back in Vancouver? When we left summer was still hanging in there, so I imagine there aren’t too many of you jealous that I’m typing this on my lanai in Maui. But if you are, apologies in advance! Anyhow…
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A Weekend on Saturna Island

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Courtesy of Tim Gage

I’ve only been to Saturna Island a handful of times, yet find that as soon as my feet carry me off the ferry I’m instilled with a sensation of peace and relaxation. Maybe it’s the fact I’m a “big city” boy whose idea of taking it easy meant kicking back in front of the TV, but there’s something even more special here where I find myself somewhat off the grid.

Now off the grid is relative. Sure we have power, but it’s pure – Marnie’s aunt and uncle have a full solar & wind generation system set up. And while I might be able to reach out to you via LCBD, we’re staying in one of a handful of houses located on the southeast exposure of the island and would likely have to hike for over an hour in any direction before we’d run into another person. There’s a pub and general store, but they’re much closer to the ferry terminal than us, so quite a bit of thought is needed before hopping in the car to head there.

So it’s just me and the goats (there’s quite a large population of feral goats on the island) and I’m okay with that. We’ll hang out, enjoy what we see in front of us, and reflect on all that we can do – relax, recharge, and refocus.

Never Been to Las Vegas

This may come as a surprise to a few of you. I’ve never been to Las Vegas before.

Welcome to Las Vegas!

Welcome to Las Vegas – courtesy of Dan Doan

Mind you, I’ve also never really been further south in the US mainland than Seattle so maybe it’s not that big of a surprise. And even though it’s a relatively easy destination to get to from Vancouver (and can be bloomin’ cheap when flying out of Bellingham), I’ve never really thought of heading down south to sunny state of Nevada. So suffice to say, I’m pretty darn excited.

Now to give you some info, I’m actually heading down with my Uncle to a mutual friends wedding. The only details I have about the wedding itself is that Elvis will somehow be involved, so it will definitely be an interesting experience. Beyond this though, I don’t know much more and the only thing that Marnie has asked (as she isn’t coming) is that I don’t try and reenact “The Hangover” while there. We haven’t yet decided on a place to stay (the wedding party is staying at Imperial Palace – we’re not really sold on that idea), but hope to find somewhere decent and/or fun for a reasonable rate. And I’m still trying to figure out if I should stay an extra night (I’m heading down Friday, the wedding is on Saturday, and my Uncle is leaving Sunday – I don’t have to be back to work until Tuesday).

So what should I do? Where should we stay? What say you all?

This happens to be the first post in the “Never Been” series – a variety of posts about places I’ve never traveled to, but wish to hit up at some point. If you ever think of somewhere that I should go, please drop a line – I’m always looking for inspiration.

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