Las Vegas - Grand Canyon Trip
This is more or less a laundry list of what we did on our
trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon to place Marshal Minter's
ashes in June/July of 2013. We also met Lindy, a Schneider
cousin from Chicago. I am busily working on adding pictures.
June 27 - Thursday - Deb and I drove to Grant's pass, past Mount
Shasta, where we usually stay in the Best
Western. We did our usual thing which is to go to the "Wild
River Brewery and Pub" for pizza.
June 28 - Friday - we stopped at "River Bend Farm" which is run by some distant
relative of Deb and Peg. We enjoyed meeting the folks and seeing
their beautiful little place.
We stopped by Wood Village city hall to see Peg
at work. We then went over and visited Amber (movie) for a while. We
stayed with Peg.
June 29 - Saturday - This may be the day we setup
Peg's new scanner. This may also be the day we tidied up Peg's
rug - a major operation. We had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings,
turns out we have one near us in SJ. Later, after picking up a
new grill top, we had steaks on the grill
for dinner at Pegs.
June 30 - Sunday - A wonderful breakfast as a quaint old house
restaurant called "The Truffle Hunter". We then went to the
Portland Art Museum. They had an interesting bicycle exhibit
that had been mentioned in "The Smithsonian" magazine.
July 1 - Monday - Spent most of the day at Amber's. I
assembled a small no-pedal bike for
July 2 - Tuesday - Spent most of the day at Amber's. We went out
to the berry farm on
an island north of Portland. We had fun picking berries.
July 3 - Wednesday - Most of the day was at Amber's. The kids played in the
water. It was a really nice day.
July 4 - Thursday - Cleaned up Peg's patio. The kids came over
for some burgers and hot dogs on
July 5 - Friday - Flew Alaska airlines to Las Vegas. Picked up
the rental car then Peggy and went to the Stratosphere. There
was a big fire visible. We couldn't
check in until 3 so we spent the day hanging around and
gambling. Went up to the bar in the
tower. We met up with Lyndy. Had dinner at Roxy's Diner. We had
possible tickets to a show but it was at 10:30 and the seats
were not guaranteed so we went to bed.
July 6 - Saturday - Hung around the casino
for a while. Went up in the tower again and had lunch. Hung
around some more. Dinner at Fellini's Italian restaurant - quite
July 7 - Sunday - We drove to the North
Rim of the Grand Canyon. We took two cars because Lindy gets car
sick if she doesn't drive (she could have driven all of us). It
was quite a drive and at the entrance to
the park we saw some buffalo and a deer. After we settled into our nice
rustic cabins. Of course great
canyon views. We scouted out the lodge.
We got a reservation for dinner. We ate at the lodge. Nobody
seemed totally happy with the meal. Oh well.
July 8 - Monday - We drove around and scouted out places to dump
the ashes. After several stops we found the perfect place right near the road
so not much hiking involved. We took pictures. Deb got in position and poured the ashes down into the
canyon. Very beautiful and very moving. I'm sure Marshall would
be happy with the place we
chose. Later that evening we took a little train
thing out to a Cowboy dinner and show. It was perhaps a bit more
rustic then expected but fun and entertaining.
July 9 - Tuesday - We drove back
to Las Vegas. The fire
was still going. Lindy had left early because she had an early
flight. We turned in the car and flew to
Portland. Apparently Peg was on another flight. We met Peg and
took a Taxi to her place. The taxi driver took a wrong turn and
took much longer then he should have so I gave him a poor tip.
July 10 - We went to Amber's place and took care of Brandon while Amber and Daniel took Robbie
to the Doctor.
July 11 - We drove to Yreka California and stayed at the Best Western. We had dinner at Strings. The waitress said she remembered
us from a year ago. We then went to a little bar
called "The Miner Street Sports Bar" where the bar girl said she
remembered us from a year ago. What the heck? Were we nude or
July 12 - An uneventful drive home. We listened to a Steven King
Loved seeing Lyndy. The cousins got along like peas in a pod.
In real life Lyndy really goes by Lynda.