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Mini ATV and Las Vegas

Ivan and I checked out of the Purple Sage Motel on 11:30 am on April 15, 2010.  Ivan wanted to rent an ATV.  So, we drove to Kanyon ATV.

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Ivan rented a Rhino (2 seater 4X4) for half the day.  We were given a few trail maps.  We drove out towards Dixie National Forest.  It’s really pretty there. 

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We drove through the forest.  Ivan loves to drive fast.  It was a bit bumpy, but lots of fun!  We were the only people riding out there.  It got muddy in some areas too.  I got to drive the Rhino.  It’s a little hard since I’m short.  But, I put my heavy jacket behind me so I could reach the pedals better.  I had so much fun driving. 

Video of me driving the Rhino:

Ivan was informed by the guy at Kanyon ATV that some people got stuck up a mountain.  We kept trying to go up a mountain, but we didn’t think that was the place where everybody got stuck.  Ivan spent probably 30 minutes trying to get up the snowy mountain.  It seems we kept getting stuck in a wedge.  After trying several times, we gave up.

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It’s great fun riding mini ATVs in the desert.  We want to come back some time in the near future.  Hopefully, they’ll be a lot more people riding their ATVs next time.

I drove us towards Las Vegas.  It took us 3 hours to arrive.  Ivan booked the Imperial Palace for the night.

I pulled into Valet.  Ivan got out with his backpacks since there was a line for Valet.  He started headed towards the entrance.  The Valet guy approached me and asked if I was a guest.  I said yes.  He wanted to see my room key.  I said I’m checking in.  He said give me your confirmation number.  We never write down our confirmation numbers because they can always look you up by name.  I pointed at Ivan and said We’re checking im, he has bags.  Jeez, I was going to give this dude a piece of my mind if he didn’t let me park.  I was going to say to him, I drove 3 hours from Panguitch, Utah and I can’t even park at Valet because I don’t have a confirmation number.  Give me a break!

We chilled in the room.

We walked to the Paris.  We were going to see the Anthony Cools hypnosis show.  I was so hungry at this point.  We got crepes for dinner.  I had mushrooms with cheese and Ivan got a dessert berry crepe.

We sat down at Anthony Cools show.  Ivan went up to get hypnotized. Anthony picked him and he was part of the show.  It was hilarious because every time the song Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash was played, Ivan thought that his ass was on fire.  So, he was rubbing his bottom (butt) all across the floor.  It was a very funny show.

We walked around the Strip.  We checked out Aria and Crystals at the City Center.  We didn’t really see anything new.  The casino there is still dark and uninviting. 

Ivan and I went back to the hotel and got some much needed rest. 

It seems that almost every city or town, you’ll see the same places like Denny’s, McDonald’s, Burger King and Auto Zone.  On this road trip, we’ve tried to see unique things.  It’s great to see the museums, but we usually tire of that.  So, we visit places that are cool and a bit different.  It’s great to explore the city to see what you can find.  Visitors Centers are great to get brochures on cities you’ll are visiting.  It’s been a great road trip.  I think one of the best part has been the couchsurfers.  They have showed us great attractions and fun times.  It’s amazing to see that kindness still exists in people.  I’m so glad I got to meet up with my friend Roscoe.  It was great to finally meet my online friend after all these years.  He was so sweet to us in San Antonio.  

Thanks so much for reading our road trip blog!  I hope you enjoyed it.  We had an awesome time!

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Horse Ride and Panguitch

Ivan and I started headed towards Panguitch, Utah at 10:45 am on April 14, 2010.  We were going on Highway 12 with beautiful views.  Ivan kept stopping every few minutes to take pictures. 

We drove to Escalante Staircase – stopping at Kiva Coffeehouse.  Ivan had a tasty egg salad sandwich with soup.  I had a Southwestern Huevos Rancheros.  They didn’t tell me that the tortillas weren’t available.  We found out when we got the bill since they didn’t charge us for it.  It was a good meal.

We drove to Bryce Canyon National Park.  We were taking a horse ride with Canyon Trail Rides.  It was $25 entrance fee for the park.  Canyon Trail Rides failed to mention this when Ivan booked the horse ride.

Ivan and I got two horses that were friends.  I had a hairy horse named Newt who looked like a llama. 

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Ivan’s horse was named Rob.

It’s really scary going down into Bryce Canyon.  The horses seem to go near the edge and you think you could fall at any moment.  The views of the canyon are just gorgeous.  Wow, it’s really amazing! 

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We were in a group of 9 people.  My horse was going really slow.  I think Newt was kind of old because he had gray hair.  In the middle of the ride, he started going faster.  I think he might have taken an energy drink when I wasn’t looking.  The 2 hour horse ride was lots of fun.  I can’t believe there’s still snow up there.  I guess it’s not hot enough to melt it all.

Here’s a video I made while on the horse in Bryce Canyon:

We started driving towards Panguitch City. 

We checked in to the Purple Sage Motel in Panguitch.  It’s #1 on Tripadvisor.  The lady at the front desk was a little weird and wasn’t too friendly.  The room was nice and it smelled good.

We chilled in the hotel for awhile.

We went to dinner at Cowboy’s Smokehouse Cafe.  Our waitress was very friendly.  Ivan and I got smoked trout with crackers and a spicy spread for a starter.  Then, we had a nice 1/2 chicken dinner with their homemade spicy bbq sauce.  For dessert, we got the delicious apple cobbler.

We walked around town to get some exercise.  Then, we arrived back to the hotel.  We watched an episode of Spooks before sleepy time.

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