Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Viva Las Vegas!

My family has been involved with the Miss America Organization in one form or another for many, many years - since I was a wee little lass.  My parents used to run a local pageant - Miss Northern Virginia - and now help out on the state level with the Miss Virginia Pageant.  Currently, my Dad and sister Shannon are both state field directors in Virginia, and my Mom helps out with the judges at the Miss VA Pageant.

Although they mostly help out at the state level, occasionally they attend the Miss America Pageant, both in Atlantic City (back in the day) and now Las Vegas.  The 2010 Miss America Pageant was last week in Las Vegas.  My parents and brother Todd decided to make the trek from VA to NV for the preliminaries.

Being that Vegas is only a six hour drive from here, I decided to leave Michael at home (OK, he couldn't go because of work ;) and go see them for a few days.  It was nice to be there with a car - we were able to see more than just The Strip, including downtown Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam.  Fun times were had by all.  

Congrats to Caressa Cameron, Miss Virginia... now Miss America 2010!

this is what the drive from AZ to NV looks like for the most  part

 
Viva Las Vegas!

 
Mom at the Hoover Dam

 
 check out the dam/river bypass bridge.  crazy high!

touching the statue at the Hoover dam for good luck

Mom trying on funky glasses at the Hoover Dam gift shop

my favorite funky glasses

 
Lake Mead

Todd sampling sodas from around the world at the Coke store

the weird piece of "art" in the mall outside the casino/hotel, aka "the colon in the sky"

the boys

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