An unexpected stopover

The fact that I’ve been holed up in a suite at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas for the past two days makes me laugh out loud.  It has been a most unexpected pleasure and just what I needed when I didn’t even realize I needed anything.  Let me tell you how it came about.

I was sitting in a “heat event” in Bakersfield, California (113 degrees) and was perusing my Atlas and Google Maps in an effort to choose a route to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and looking for something to catch my interest as a mid way stop as I really only enjoy driving half days or so.  Las Vegas kept showing itself as the perfect stopping spot being immediately on the route and roughly halfway.  With it being so hot, I definitely needed a place to plug in my van so I’d have air conditioning.  I checked the area RV Parks and saw that many of them were ranging from $75 a night to $115 a night.  Good Golly!  

So I began thinking…if I’m going to pay that much, I may as well stay at one of the many over the top hotels as I felt sure I could get some sort of deal one of the many “hotel deal” sites like Priceline or the like.  In a matter of minutes I found a deal at, The Venetian for an $88 dollar suite and since my reservation at the Rim doesn’t begin until Tuesday, I booked in for two nights.  Fun!

Some of you may know I once lived a very different life.  One filled with business suits, pantyhose, laptops, client meetings, endless conference calls, etc.  The whole corporate shebang.  Well, for years, I lived on the East Coast and worked for companies in Silicon Valley.  As part of the gig, I attended quite a number of annual sales meetings held in Las Vegas.  I’ve stayed at many of the hotels and seen many of the shows.  Additionally, I loved playing Blackjack while here.  It was lots of fun…at the time.

Life moves on and if we’re fortunate, we evolve as we go.  Well, it seems my evolution no longer permits me to enjoy the cacophony of Las Vegas, so I instead reveled in my quiet, air conditioned suite with king bed and a soaking tub really only leaving to get food or coffee.

So there you have it ladies and gents.  Viva Las Vegas!!!

Reception:  as crowded as our National Parks

When one is traveling around the country in a camper van, one tends not to have luggage readily available, so I had to use my reusable grocery bags as luggage.  Ha!

My van was too tall to fit in the hotel parking deck, so I had to park in a regular open lot a few black asphalted blocks away and walk over in the hot, hot heat.  I arrived looking like a very overheated bag lady and was a bit nervous showing up at such a nice hotel in this state.

Well…let me tell you, my fears were allayed immediately. It is Las Vegas afterall.  I fit right in and am often surprised by how people, as a collective, show up in public these days, myself included!  No one looked twice at me with my many bags strewn over shoulder and arm.

Once through the snaking line at check-in, I understand The Venetian has 1,900 rooms, I made my way to suite 18-220.  You can see my “luggage” in the photo below.  

I did venture down and into the fray to have a quick look around, take a few pictures and get a pistachio gelato before scurrying back upstairs to the crisp, clean, quiet, spaciousness of my room. 

Thank you Las Vegas for a really lovely respite.  Until we meet again…

My helluva deal suite

The Grand Canal inside the hotel, complete with singing gondoliers.

As we had hoped, Elo sent a few great shots from Joshua Tree National Park.  She said it was hot, but who knows how hot.  As I’ve mentioned, this general area has been having a “heat event” which has caused normally high temperatures to soar even higher.  I asked if she saw U2, but alas, she did not.

Elo amongst the Joshua Trees

Revelling in Joshua Tree

I really love these pictures and think the one she took of her Revel van belongs on the cover of a Vanlife page somewhere.

Well, I’m off shortly to the North Rim followed loosely by Durango, Pagosa Springs, and Taos and am really excited about it, particularly the higher elevations and cooler temps.  I was there at the North Rim about 10 years ago with my brother, Hill and while there met a wonderful Ranger with whom I’m still friends on Facebook.  Hi Gaelyn!  Let me see if I can dig up a photo of that meeting.  Its fun.  Hill and I were attending her Ranger talk on Condors.  

Ah, there it is. Gaelyn is now Rangering at Bryce Canyon and is nearing retirement.  Let’s all thank her for her service!  I believe being a Ranger, especially for an entire career, is a labor of love. 

So that’s it for now.  Thanks for tagging along.  I just heard from  Elo who is apparently also seeking higher elevation and cooler temps.  She’s been in the Flagstaff area and is headed to Sante Fe, so stay tuned.

Until next time..



  • Silver Hjellen

    August 18, 2021

    I loved your story of your Las Vegas stay. I, too, have visited there many times in years past and today, would also not think of venturing out of my room other than food/coffee. Yes, my “my evolution no longer (would) permits (permit) me (either) to enjoy the cacophony of Las Vegas”. I never lived “The whole corporate shebang” as you once did, but I have definitely evolved. To think I would hang around in the casinos looking like a real gambler just to get a free drink!!! (and also for coupons which I have heard they no longer give out as an enticement). And back then people smoked right inside the casinos –they probably still do.

    Loved the “great shots’ of Joshua Tree and story of Gaelyn. Years ago I, too, enjoyed Joshua Tree.

    Enjoy the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

  • Anonymous

    August 18, 2021

    I literally LOL sitting alone reading your post. The vision of you as the very overheated bag lady was all to clear!!! What a journey you are in my friend. Keep us posted…..

  • Tena

    August 19, 2021

    What a place for a bag lady to land! Gorgeous and over the top! Looking forward to Grand Canyon. I was there decades ago on my one cross-country journey. I’ll go back some day I think.

  • Melissa Lucas

    August 19, 2021

    Woweee…I loved this post so much! I didn’t know about your corporate past…similarly I was in Vegas a lot on Mortgage Banker Association conventions etc. I’m so glad you had a respite from the heat and found a great deal at the Venetian! Safe travels as you continue on to the Grand Canyon!

  • Gaelyn

    August 20, 2021

    Thanks for the lovely compliment. Wise choice on the room.

  • Rusty Hunt

    August 21, 2021

    Of course, I immediately thought of Ouiser Boudreaux, but then again, she had nice luggage! I love your posts!

    • Margie

      August 21, 2021

      Of course you did!
      You know I love you more than my luggage!


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