Hope you are all well and have had a good couple of weeks! Apologies I haven't been consistent with the blogs, I have recently taken up acting again and I have been away for 10 days on what I would describe as the best holiday I've been on! My Dad booked for myself, my Sister and my Brother-in-Law to go away to Arizona for 7 days and Las Vegas for 3 days. The journey started at London Heathrow and we flew into Dallas to get a connecting flight to Tucson. I personally find Airports quite stressful, as I'm sure most people do. However... going on 5 planes in 10 days was SO worth it. We stayed at The White Stallion Ranch in Tucson. This was an amazing location with the most scenic views I've ever come across. Our building looked out over the desert and the stables:
We began the holiday by having a nice chilled Sunday. This is the one day the Wranglers have off, so it gave us a great opportunity to explore and relax around the pool. On the evenings, we were served the most amazing all inclusive meals... I couldn't fault anything and I hoovered my plate every night, along with a dessert (and anyone else's who wasn't finishing theirs). This was also the time of the evening we would book for horse rides the next day; our first one was a slow breakfast ride (a slow ride to a destination in the desert where pancakes, baked sweet potatoes, and scrambled eggs with sausages were served along with orange juice and coffee - lush! Now... I had never ridden a horse before... so naturally I was quite nervous. All I kept thinking about was City Slickers when that dude knocks into a cactus and he thinks a rattle snake has bit him in the ass (that would blates be me). Luckily this never happened! We were assigned a horse for the week and I had this guy:
Dusty! He was gorgeous! They say the horses match the owners... When Dusty was brought out he was literally dragged out by the Wrangler... My Bro-in-Law said "Yeah... that's your Sister's horse." I'll be the first to admit I'm stubborn, but he took the piss out of me a bit! I would kick him to move and he would just stay there! Ha! In the end I was given a crop (a sort of soft whip if you will). It doesn't harm the horse, it was just an extension of my leg as he wasn't responding to me. When I used that he went flying! We took our Fast Test on day 3 and passed with flying colours! This allowed us to go on fast rides and it was honestly amazing - by far my favourite experience of the holiday! Even though we would get up early and go to bed early, the ranch was a proper relaxing part of the entire trip. On top of this, the weather was absolutely amazing! In the 30's most days but not so hot that it was uncomfortable. We had to wear cowboy hats and long, light shirts in the desert (especially me and my Sis otherwise we would have ended up as one massive freckle).
I would recommend this destination to anyone! You have the option to be really active or to just completely sloth and relax. Amazing food, entertainment every night (such as camp fire singing and line dancing), brilliant staff and service and the most perfect weather - you just can't go wrong! http://www.whitestallion.com/
After our 7 days here, we then got a plane from Phoenix to Las Vegas which took a whopping 45 minutes. By the time we were up and relaxed it was ready to hit the hustle and bustle again. When we landed... I loved it. Now I work in gaming and I used to test games, so you'd think I would f**king despise the idea of gambling... But I was like a fat kid in a sweet shop when I arrived. I'm a city gal, so I love the busy atmosphere that comes with it. I love New York as you all know and Vegas wasn't too far off there in my opinion. We stayed in the Aria hotel, which is a fairly new hotel. Now most of the hotels in Vegas have a theme... The Venetian is like Venice:
And the Luxor is like Egypt:
The Aria didn't have a theme in particular, but by God was it plush!
I felt like a feckin' movie star! First thing we did was explore the strip. We went to New York New York where we went on the roller coaster on top of the hotel:
I bruised my shoulders... but it was worth it! We went to the Excalibur for lunch the next day in a place called "Dicks"... And it was exactly that - full of dicks! They basically prided themselves on being rude and obnoxious - it was hilarious! My Bro-in-Law was looking at a map to see where to go shopping... This waiter directed him to where we wanted to go with a marker pen... He didn't draw an arrow though - he drew a massive penis. It was a memorable lunch to say the least! Lol! A lot of Vegas was about exploring the different amazing hotels and shopping like we were feckin' Paris Hilton. Maybe that was just me and my Sister but... yeah it was awesome! And let's not forget the gambling... My usual game is Blackjack, however... My sister and I lost $100 in 5 minutes. So I changed my game to Roulette. I didn't win... But I also didn't mind losing in Vegas! If you go to Vegas though... You just CAN'T miss the fountains at the Bellagio hotel (by far my favourite hotel). They go off every 15 minutes to a different song and it was just breathtaking:
I can't brag about this experience enough... And after this holiday I feel so refreshed!
I will leave you all with the song of the holiday...
This tune was played by an AMAZING acoustic guitar player and singer in Arizona and by a Mariachi band in Vegas.
P.S. My Sister and I will be doing Race for Life again this year for our angel, Mammy. Please give all you can to this worthy cause! https://www.justgiving.com/patriciabaxter
Have a great week guys!