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Road Trippin PT 3

After the Grand Canyon, we head west from Las Vegas towards California to visit some old friends. I had never driven like this in the west and first stop was the Mojave Desert and saw some rest stops with Native American markings. It was around 35-38 degrees and it was cold in the desert, right after the Mojave we had passed through the Death Valley.

Death Valley, though it was empty and dry, was amazing but you have to be careful in the highway when driving here. It is very windy and dangerous here and it’s tough to look for a rest stop for miles. Do NOT get stranded here because you can’t get picked up and signal is rough here.

After driving for 4 hours, we got to Los Angeles and had lunch with an old friend. I was always told about how “crazy” or “insane” Los Angeles traffic is. In my opinion during my stay here was nothing compared to New York traffic. Traffic in general is annoying but since I’m so used to driving in Manhattan, to me this was nothing. You move here and there with the traffic which wasn’t bad.

We went to Santa Monica next right after lunch in LA, and it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. Before my wife got sick, I have not missed a day working out unless I was sick and even when I travel for work I managed to work out. When I saw the beach, I saw so many people working out and fit, that I felt so out of shape (I haven’t worked out in 2 months.)

There are a lot of food places in the area, there is a ring swing (there are 2 in the country, New York is where the other ring swing is). Driving isn’t New York City bad either. I wish I stayed a day or two more but we had plans for the next day.

 

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Las Vegas Road Trip PT. 1

It was a long year for my friend and I, since my wife got sick  we decided to go to Las Vegas for a week to take our minds off the stress in the East Coast.

The first day, which was the 26th of December, we went to La Guardia Airport. My friend took Delta and I had Spirit Airlines. My flight was supposed to leave at 8:30 am but it was delayed and I had a connecting flight which was leaving at 11:30 in Detroit that morning which meant I was going to MISS that flight.

The customer service person said they can give me a refund and go somewhere else. Which meant I was going to spend more money for this flight. The lady who was training another girl (who was helping me) rolled her eyes on me because she said I should take my business somewhere else. Eventually after talking to the new person, they took care of my issue and gave me two vouchers for $14 (well talk about this more in a second.)

The flight that they booked was at 3:30 pm which meant I had to wait for a while. I walked my friend to his terminal since he is leaving first, after going back to my terminal, the gate I am boarding had tons of people because a Spirit Airline caught on fire. Okay, this made me feel safe about my flight.

Everyone finally boarded, my flight got delayed to 5:30 pm. Once I got on the plane, these damn vouchers didn’t even work. The seats were TIGHT and for some reason, when you get your ticket, you get a random seat. That’s right a RANDOM seat, even after I chose my seats online.

I didn’t get to Vegas until 10:00 pm that night (Pacific Time) and it was a rocky trip.

My friend and I eventually met up and went to our hotel. I had reserved an all inclusive stay at the Westin Lake in Henderson, Nevada. That too was a lie, I paid for an all inclusive which I thought included some food and other stuff. All it included was a damn paddle boat. The food vouchers were separate and I felt betrayed by my purchase online. This was a rough first night but there was an adventure ahead of us.