Trail Canyon Trail

We just arrived in Sausalito! We are staying in the most charming cottage chantey built into the mountainside overlooking the San Francisco Bay and Sam is passed out next to me from an active day yesterday, a late night and then an early wake up call! So I figured this would be a good time to blog. I cracked open the bottle of white wine that our air bnb hosts left for us and I’m giving it a whirl. I don’t normally drink(like) white wine, but since it’s here and we’re on vacation…I figure I’ll be a little adventurous šŸ˜‰ it makes me wonder how many people think ‘oh not red wine‘ when they stay at our lake house…

Anyway Vegas was good. One of my favorite parts of going to Vegas with Sam is a trip to one of the all you can eat Sushi restuarants! Which also includes other dishes, sides, beer, sake and dessert! We all order different rolls and then share everything and keep going until we hit the point of needing to unbutton our pants. Americans at their finest… It really is a treat though! We hardly ever eat sushi in Austin because it can be pretty pricey! So I always look forward to it! We went to Sushi Tachi in North Las Vegas off on Centennial PKWY. Super yummy!  Yesterday on our last day, Sam didn’t have to work so we headed back to the mountains where it was a cool 80 degree, partly cloudy and windy day to escape the 111degree+ heat advisory weather in Vegas!

We went up a trail that we hadn’t yet done at Mt. Charleston, Trail Canyon Trail, a steep two miles up and two miles down. Since it was a Thursday we pretty much had the trail to ourselves and it was super peaceful and really beautiful with a great view at the top! I really recommend checking out Mt. Charleston if you find yourself in Vegas. It’s a nice little break from the neon lights and noisy slot machines and a great way to work off some of that alchy! Or those food buffets! Or that sushi. But really, it’s just a nice outdoor activity.      

 Okay, I’m gonna wake Sam up now! We’ve got some splorin to do.

Sincerely, Amanda

Mt. Charleston & North Vegas

Like I mentioned in the last post we’re in Vegas for the week! Sam is out here working and brought me along because we are going to San Fran from here to celebrate our one year anniversary on Friday!

We hopped on a plane early Sunday morning, landed in Vegas at 7am, got breakfast and then headed directly to Mt. Charleston for a hike up Cathedral Rock Trail. We were feeling ambitious? The hike was a steep 1.2 miles each way, which doesn’t seem too bad until you are huffing and puffing up it. But it’s a really good workout and the view is worth it. AND there are the cutest little chipmunks at the top that come to see if you have food…if you find a quiet place and sit down long enough to enjoy the view, they’ll come! Sam had sent me a video of one taking food directly out of his hand on one of his previous work trips and so I was excited to get to see them.



After the hike we went and ate lunch at the Mt. Charleston Ski Resort because the lodge at the bottom of the trail was crazy packed! I bet it’s good but we were starving. Anyway, I don’t like dogging on places but I wouldn’t recommend eating at the ski resort if you can fight the hunger pains and wait to eat at the lodge. The food was okay at the ski resort, but the service was so bad and they weren’t too friendly. Granted it looked like they were under construction and they were clearly way too under staffed.

Other than the food, it was super cool to see the ski resort! Sam has been boarding there a few times in the snowier months. How crazy is it that there is a mountain with a ski resort in the desert?! There was only a tiny little patch of snow at the top while we were there, but there were SO MANY WILD HORSES roaming around on the mountain side. It was the coolest thing!


When we got back to the hotel we were exhausted! After being up at 3am, flying and hiking a mountain we turned on the TV, ordered two pizzas and literally posted up in bed at 4pm! And on the longest day of the year! We were asleep by 6pm and slept through till morning, it was THE BEST.

While Sam works during the day I am spending my time lounging by the pool. We are staying at the Aliante Casino+Hotel, which is a little bit quieter since it’s off the strip, perfect for relaxing.

Yesterday (Monday) after Sam got home from tracking tortoises in 109 degree weather in the desert, we went to the gym because we are noticing our old age kicking in šŸ˜‰ haha. Seriously though. We eat like we have the metabolism’s of 12-year-old boys…and I for sure don’t.

For dinner we went to Leticia’s Mexican Cocina! SO GOOD! It’s Sam’s favorite Mexican place and now I see why. We shared an appetizer, chips and dips, and some of their tacos and we were stuffed with plenty to take back to the hotel with us!

Our waiter was also telling us about Leticia, the owner, who actually keeps everything there really authentic. The food is made specifically following her grandmother’s recipes from back home and everything seems to have a little extra touch of something that makes it special. Really enjoyed it, definitely recommend it.

Any cool parks in the area or good restaurant recommendations?

Happy officially Summer BTW!!

Sincerely, Amanda


Mt. Charleston

Here is a glimpse of our hike up Mt. Charleston. It was a beautiful trail andĀ there were a healthy amount of other people onĀ it, but not too many that the walk wasn’t peaceful and refreshing, except for the occasional hiker with a portable speaker blasting the top 40s, which I didn’t care for. That totally defeats the purposeĀ of a natureĀ walk! šŸ˜

At the bottom of the park (which is surrounded by quaint log cabins) is a lively pub with patio seating, live music and brews waiting for you after the hike, or before if you need some liquid motivation. It seemed like aĀ really goodĀ place to hang out if you have the time; Sam and I stopped in to use the restroom but had to head down the mountain because we were having dinner at his co-worker’s house, or I would have loved to stay.

Instead we ended our night eating some good carne esada, drinking pumpkin beer, and Scott (Sam’s co-worker) and his kiddos took us on a scorpion and spider hunt. I don’t think I have ever seen so many black widow spiders in my life, all in one place. It was absolutely crazy, we easily saw more than 20 of them along this sidewalk near their house that the kids call “spider alley” and we saw one scorpion. The kids loved it, I’m just glad they know what they look like and to look out for them!

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