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Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I blogged because it’s been only about climbing. But Dave and I finally went on a vacation together (the first once since we’ve been back – yes I’ve been going crazy!). It was sooo nice to get away. I really miss the travelling life.
Last week was March Break for me so we decided to take off to Las Vegas. Whohoo! It was neat because last year we lived in Vegas for a month with our friends Adam Seely, Ashley, and Shaq and when we returned to their house just now, it felt like we never left. We were right at home. Back in our old room, putting our things in the same spots, and joking and hanging out like old times.
We chose Vegas for a few reasons: we have lots of friends to visit (in addition to Adam, Ashley, and Shaq, our friends Karissa and Jason from Portland were meeting us there for a few days and our friends Max and Liberty already live there); we could climb in Red Rocks; we could enjoy Vegas (i.e. go shopping, eat at good restaurants, enjoy the shows, etc.); and it wasn’t too expensive. So those are exactly the things we did.
Of course our first day there we headed to Red Rocks to climb. I didn’t climb much, but believe me, I didn’t mind. It was just sooo nice sitting outside in a tank top with the sun on my face. Ottawa is cold and full of snow. Why do I live there again? Oh yeah, free health care, good pensions, …
The boys doing shenanigans… so who’s is biggest?
(from left to right: Max. Adam, Jason, Dave)
Dave and Jason… too cool for school
As I already mentioned, we enjoyed the good food of Vegas while there. The BEST is the Mexican tacos. There is a taco truck called Cuki’s not far from Seely’s house and it is soooo goood! The tacos only cost $1.25 and they are authentic, good tacos. There is always a line-up of Mexicans outside and one man told us this truck is the best Mexcian food in town and I believe it.
We also enjoyed a dinner at “Hot & Juicy Crawfish”. Adam and Ashley took us there and this place was crazy! The way it works is you order your choice of seafood (crawfish, shrimp, crab, lobster, etc.) and your choice of seasoning (louisiana style, cajun, garlic butter, etc.) with the seafood and its all by the pound. Then they drop a bag of seafood on your table and you have to just eat it with your hands. Everyone wears plastic bibs and gloves and the tables are covered in plastic because it’s so messy. It was super fun! Dave and I tried the crawfish, shrimp and some crab (our favourite). It was my first time eating crawfish. It’s ok, tastes like shrimp to me. This restaurant was actually featured in the show “Man v.s Food”. Here’s a link to that episode on youtube.
Ashley, me, and Adam getting ready to eat with our bibs on
Dave and I getting down and dirty
We wanted to see a show while in Vegas so Adam got the four of us tickets to Zumanity. It is a Cirque du Soleil show but with a twist. It shows the sensual side of Cirque (so it was all about sex) with amazing acrobats and what not (by what not I mean boobs and butts everywhere). It was hilarious too – a good time.
Afterwards we met up with Jason and Karissa at the duelling piano bar in New York, New York. It was their last night and we all hit the town. The piano bar was lots of fun. Two people play songs on the piano by request (and for cash) and everyone else gets to sing and dance. They work hard at trying to get you to spend your money, of course. At one point they realized there were Canadians in the bar and started a battle between us and the Americans to see who would pay more to get their songs played. We won for a while without having to spend to much because there were a lot of Canadians to pool our money together. We got them to sing Oh Canada, and Brian Adams (summer of ’69) – it had to be Canadian of course. After the piano bar we headed down the strip to do some dancing. I LOVE to dance! It was good times. We… ah, ah, remember: what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas ;)
The crew at the piano bar (from left to right: Ashley, Dave, Karissa, me, Jason and Adam in front)
Dave and Jason look suave
Karissa and me looking hot
Dave had lots of fun bouldering. He was able to get out 4 days in total and managed to climb a lot even in the heat (the temperature was in the 30′s while we were there – that’s in Celsius. For our American friends, that’s in the 80′s). Here are some of his thoughts:
Even though I only got out 4 days I had a blast. Bouldering in Vegas seems like home to me. I climbed a number of new problems but didn’t put down anything hard. I almost did Wet Dream V12, but one day on it was not enough. Next year I’ll get it. Did some fun short problems, sat in the sun – it was great. I did 1 of 4 problems on my to-do list. Not bad at all. Climbing with Seely, Max, Karissa and Jason brings back good memories.
The highlight of the week for me was seeing all our friends. I wish we all lived closer to hang out all the time. Thanks everyone for such great times! Well, I thinks it’s your turn to come visit us now. Ottawa is beautiful in the fall…