Springtime in Vegas

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As promised, I’m here to speak to you about Las Vegas. The party in the desert. An oasis in a sea of brown.

Flowers in the The Bellagio in Las Vegas Nevada

Boom! That’s what I’m talking about.

Flowers. Flowers everywhere. At least, in the Bellagio.

When in Vegas, I always make it a point to visit the conservatory just beyond the lobby inside the Bellagio. They change it seasonally, so there’s usually something new for me to see. This time, it was spring on steroids. Awesome. It smelled all flowery, there were gorgeous water features, and incredible botanical art pieces.

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See?! And! There was a turtle…

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It was just so lovely.

If you’re looking for a free thing to do, and need to escape the heat, head inside the Bellagio and relax in nature. Breathe in the zen and happy.

Bonus: Go through the hotel’s lobby. The blown glass sculpture is breathtaking. I get dizzy staring at it, and love it.

Blown glass art sculpture inside the Bellagio in Las Vegas Nevada

Art sculpture at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Nevada

An Apology and Coffee Excitement.

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I screw up a lot. Like, all the time. I usually learn something from my screw ups, though. This particular time I learned that for one to operate a travel blog one has to… ahem… travel.

So we did!

We took a little stroll on down to the bay area of California. And what a time it was! I do want to apologize to all of my lovely followers, though. I’m sorry I wasn’t around for a week or so to dazzle you with my mad blogging skills. I do hope you can forgive me… I’ll be posting properly about California later, worry not!

But first, I have to tell you about this thing I did.

Yes… Yes… I did a thing.

To preface this, I feel it’s important to inform you that I am a coffee lover.

“Lover” is a pretty subjective term, so let’s just say I need it. All the time.

To combat my road trip, middle of nowhere, coffee blues Boyfriend and I purchased a coffee maker for our car   and believe you me, it was a lifesaver! It plugs right into your cigarette lighter and BAM, 15 minutes later you’ve got your self a precious little pot of coffee.

I got a fresh coffee on I-80 in the middle of Nevada (and if you’ve ever driven that particular stretch of highway, you know there is little to NOTHING there).

Anywho, I was one happy little traveler. So happy in fact, I even shared my coffee with Boyfriend.

Woah.

Lehman Caves

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THIS is where we spent last Saturday.

Jealous?

Oh, you should be.

Within Great Basin National Park, one can tour the gorgeous Lehman Caves. And, believe you me, if you live anywhere in the area, it is worth the drive. From Salt Lake City, it was about four hours (it shouldn’t take quite that long for most, however, we had to take a slight irrelevant detour). Let me tell you, that was one of the greatest investments of our time. Eight hours (four there and four back) was well spent for our 90 minute tour of these fantastic caverns.

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I honestly thought we stumbled into a fantasy novel’s nightmare realm. But, like, in a good way. Trust me, it’s cool. We were there the perfect time of year, too. The snow is melting off the mountain, so it’s dripping in the cave. Not only was this filling up these lovely little crystal clear pools throughout the cave, it also gave it that extra special drippy sound effect I imagined a flawless cave should have.

Another super duper fun fact about Lehman Caves, are all the shield formations. According to Ranger Peter, our friendly park ranger guide, there have been over 1000 documented caves in the US of A, but under 100 of them have shield formations. Thus… LEHMAN CAVES IS SPECIAL AND DON’T YOU FORGET IT. Anywho, this particular shield formation below is huge and famous and is on a bunch of postcards in the gift shop (and I got these gorgeous photos with my celly-phone, because I’ve got mad skill)…

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Aaaaaaaand close up!

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Lehman Caves.

Great Basin National Park.

Hurry your little bums over there.

I cannot stop bragging about its wonder and awesomeness.