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Hoover Dam

Who can go to Las Vegas without a visit to the Hoover Dam? A short drive from Tom & Mary’s home, the dam and new bridge are quite an attraction. On the drive back we circled Lake Mead and detoured through the development named Lake Las Vegas... 

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Tom & Mary

Tom and Mary were wonderful hosts! They have a beautiful home, fed us fantastic meals and toured us all around town. You couldn’t imagine a better way to see Las Vegas. Thanks again for everything!!! ... 

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Red Rock

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is just a few miles west of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert, and so we took the drive. Satisfied by two scoops of gelato, it seemed the perfect time for a drive. The rock formations, natural beauty, and the... 

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Yowza — the Las Vegas strip

Something for everyone here at the Las Vegas strip. Want to have your picture taken with a volunteer Batman? No problem. Need a bail bondsman? Done. Step right up and watch the chocolate waterfall, buy yourself a three-tier divorce cake, stand inside... 

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Home Brew Beer!

My loving family gave me a special gift for my 60th birthday – a gift certificate to Vine Park Brewing to make my own batch of beer. This was a wonderful choice for me as I had brewed quite a bit of beer back in my college days, but haven’t... 

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Adios, Spain

Our final day is without a plan, other than to get ourselves in position near the airport in Madrid by day’s end. But Spain has so much to offer, we fill our day with good things anyway. First, we drive around outside the Segovia city walls to see... 

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Segovia (again!) and Goodbye

With one unplanned day before our scheduled return, we decide to go back to Segovia and take Charlie and Jane with us. It’s on the way to Madrid, which is where we need to be for the flight home. We eat a hearty breakfast at the hotel, and hit the... 

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Bilbao, Spain — A Lovely Surprise

Mike and Liz make it to Bilbao in good time and check into the beautiful Hotel Lopez de Haro in Bilbao. Unaccountably, we’ve been upgraded to a fabulous suite. There is a fairy following us on this trip, giving us bigger, nicer things along the... 

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A Stop on The Way of St. James

It’s our last day at the villa, and we decide to make the most of it. Some morning sunshine gives Charlie and Mike a chance to drive to the top of the mountain and look back down on us. After a group breakfast of scrambled eggs, fried buns, and... 

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Hondarribia (again) and Hiruzta Winery

We head back to Hondarribia to see what we missed the first time we were here, and to eat at La Hermandad, which was recommended by Santiago in Madrid. We tried to eat there on Sunday, but it was closed, so we resolved to come back. The old town beckons,... 

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