Monday, April 27, 2009

Life In Las Vegas – Lake Mead

[Random: I’m writing this post with extremely heavy eyelids this morning. Since Spring has sprung, the cats in the neighborhood have chosen the space below my window in the bedroom as their ‘make-out’ point. Eeew.]

This past weekend was pretty enjoyable for my family. The weather was so good, we decided to take a walk to the park. HBL played some basketball, while Monkey and I cheered from the sidelines. It was a beautiful weekend, and it made me actually enjoy living in Las Vegas.

You may be wondering how I came to live in Las Vegas and how I continue to live here, what with the temperatures matching the surface of the sun in the summertime and it being the capital of car thievery. It sure doesn’t lend itself to being a place to start a family and raising precious babies, either.

Well, four and a half years ago, I had to move here for work. HBL and I were just dating at the time, so thoughts of babies and marriage were far, far, faaar from my mind back then. The move was very uncomfortable for me, a hard transition to make, since I was used to living in or near big cities, like San Francisco and NYC. It felt claustrophobic here because it seemed the only thing happening in Las Vegas was The Strip. Everything else was one, huge suburb.

I remember my first drive around town and wanting to cry because it was so ‘brown’. I remember my first workout at the gym, and seeing every size, shape, and color of boob job, threatening to burst, while jiggling on the treadmill. Spray tan parlors were just as popular as Starbucks, and a trip to the grocery store meant wearing full make-up.

Ah, life in Sin City!

But never mind all that! I want to bring a different point of view to the table, because when you live here, you have to find ways to keep your sanity. And when you find those people/places/things that help, surprise, surprise, living in Las Vegas can actually be quite enjoyable.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is HBL’s most favorite place in Las Vegas. This place is huge, stretching 110 miles away from Hoover Dam. When HBL goes there, he can actually forget that we live in Las Vegas. He loves to visit this place every chance he gets to fish, swim, boat and relax in peace and quiet, far from The Strip.

You can't hook these carp because they're located at the Marina, where fishing is not allowed

HBL and Biscuit

It breaks our hearts that the water levels are the lowest in its history and still sinking, but it’s still such a wonderful place to visit.

Look out for more about life in Las Vegas!


ModernMom said...

Hey I loved that little bit of info about your home town! All I know about Las Vegas is the strip..cause that's as far as we have made it! Great pics!

Sherry said...

Nice post, Jennifer. :)

Veronica Lee said...

I agree with Sherry. That was an awesome post.
I'm giving you the blogger buddy and chicken zombie awards. Grab them form my blog.

Angie Marion said...

Nice post! Thanks for sharing a day in your life with us. That water level is scary! I'd love to live in AZ or NM... for now, stuck on the East Coast! LOL

Banteringblonde said...

My husband and I spent several days in Lake Mead about 10 years ago before we had kids. Beautiful area - I remember this one place but we always kid around about the name so I'm not sure what exactly it is called. We call it "fire in the belly" state park!

BrnEyedGal said...

Wow Jennifer...what beautiful pictures! Lake Mead does sound absolutely gorgeous...I would love to visit Vegas someday and definately Lake Mead and Hoover Dam!
It was nice to hear about where you live and what areas you love to visit!
(PS...I LOVE cute.)

The Daily Dean Chronicals said...

Thanks for sharing! Vegas is one of the places I have yet to visit! That is on my list! Thanks for showing the pics! Happy Monday! Ps. I love the image of cats mating outside your window! It made me smile!

Tami said...

Your so right! Nothing to do there and 99.9% of the women all have FULL body make-up on (I feel like I'm the Vegas shows) when I'm at the grocery store heh heh.

I live at Walmart when I go visit my mom. LOL

Jenjen © GottaLoveMom said...

Jennifer, I can't wait to see your post on Red Rock Canyon. I didn't think Las Vegas can be that remarkable. Thanks for "educating" me =D

Quiskaeya said...

Wow I had no idea Vegas had so much more than casinos, casinos, casinos to offer. Awesome pix!

Kristen Andrews said...

Lake Mead looks very pretty! We also had good weather and now it is cold and rainy.

Deb said...

I agree, Lake Mead looks awesome, no wonder it's a favorite place to visit. I've only been to Vegas a couple of times, but there's so much sound and light and people and gambling and cocktails that I can't process it all.

I am looking forward to your next post, maybe next time we visit we can see something other than the commercial aspect :)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I love visiting Lake Mead anytime I'm in Vegas...your pictures brought back some great memories! ;)


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