Tanya's Daily Scoop
Covering the West Coast & the World
CURRENTLY IN: DENVER, COLORADO
HEADING TO: SACRAMENTO, DALLAS, NEW ORLEANS, TAMPA
NEXT TRIP IN 10 DAYS: CROATIA
Elisa's Daily Scoop
Covering Long Island & NYC Boroughs
CURRENTLY IN: LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
NEXT TRIP IN 31 DAYS: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
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From SoCal to Denver to Vegas to Sacramento?!
GREETINGS from Denver!
And I might as well greet you from Las Vegas or better known as Lost Wages!! (Which I'll be arriving at soon...)
Yuppers, if you've been following along, we (Dave Y. and I - tee hee that sounds funny!) left SoCal yesterday morning...
We actually made a stop in Las Vegas of the way out and then were on our way to Denver by way of the interstate 70 and interstate 15.
And now with less than 24 hours in Denver, we are heading out again and back through Las Vegas and finally onward to Sack-of Tomatoes or better known as Sacramento.
Whew. Are you keeping up?
Not much to tell about the road trip. Some lovely scenery, but nothing too exciting.... Maybe because I've done this stretch of road so many times.
I still take pics anyhow, because that is just what I do!
We stopped at our trusty go to Tiabi for some scrumptious waffles and my Blue Moon Almond Milk Drink.
Then back on the 15 for hours and hours more. Through Nevada, then a bit of Arizona, Utah and finally Colorado...
Stopping at Historic Cove Fort in Millard County, Utah - because I needed to pee!
The site for Cove Fort was selected by Brigham Young because of its location about halfway between Fillmore, then the capital of the Utah Territory, and the nearest city, Beaver. It provided a way station for people traveling the Mormon Road.
The fort is a square, 100 ft on each side. The walls are constructed of black volcanic rock and dark limestone, both quarried from the nearby mountains. The walls are 18 ft high and 4 ft thick at the base, tapering to 2 ft thick at the top. The fort has two sets of large wooden doors at the east and west ends, originally filled with sand to stop arrows and bullets, and contains 12 interior rooms (six on the north wall and six on the south wall.)
As a daily stop for two stagecoach lines, as well as many other travelers, Cove Fort was heavily used for many years, often housing and feeding up to 75 people at a time. In addition to providing a place to rest, a blacksmith/farrier resided at the fort, who shod horses and oxen, and also repaired wagon wheels. With its telegraph office and as a Pony Express stop, it also acted as a regional communications hub.
But once the sun went down there was really no need for me to be snapping away any longer...
BTW did I mention that I lost my point and shoot camera - sooooo not happy about this!
And onward we went...
Back at ya tomorrow,
NYC, Vegas, Disney World and Mexico for Elisa
Hello and Happy Tuesday.
Guys, I speak for both myself and Tanya when I tell you how sorry we are that we have been so inconsistent with our blog lately.
Since Tanya took her job, she is trying to readjust to her new schedule and get into a routine.
As for me, I cannot tell you how much I'm dealing with - all at the same time -- AND most importantly, ALL GOOD!!
First, I found a wonderful family to buy my home - FINALLY!!! What is most exciting about this to me is that me and my girls can move on and start a new chapter.
While I have the most amazing memories and feel tremendously blessed to have lived in such an incredible mini-mansion for the past two decades, it is really time to leave this part of our lives behind and move on. It has exclusively been me and Gianna and Kelsey 24/7 for the past four years and now this will close the book on our past life and allow us to begin anew.
Now that I will be moving forward with a buyer, I need to find a new abode for me and the girls!! I've been hustling all weekend and again today, later this afternoon, to look at potential homes that will fit our family and our budget!
Wish me luck!!
ADDITIONALLY, as you know from my previous blog the other day, my car lease also came due at the same time, so I had to get things in order with the return of my current Hyundai Santa Fe and making arrangements for my new car, a Jeep Grand Cherokee!! The best part?
Not only will my payments be going down, but, so too, with my insurance. And it's a good thing since I'll have lots of expenses in the coming year with Kelsey's graduation and Gianna turning 16!
There is a ton more happening (cleaning out my house for the move, arranging for light fixtures to be removed, final packing, and a slew of other "to-do's."
HOWEVER, travel is still on my upcoming horizons!
Now, unfortunately, this past Sunday I had to cancel all my plans in light of the inspection of my home was scheduled late Saturday evening for Sunday.
That was a real disappointment since we had both Fall Birding and The Arthur Avenue (Bronx) Ferrogosto on Sunday. Bummer!!!
Moving ahead, I do have some great stuff:
Waitress on Broadway - September 2019
This coming Saturday, me and the girls will be celebrating Kelsey's birthday (again) which happens to be on that day by trying our hands again at TKTS for Waitress tickets.
Las Vegas, Nevada - October, 2019
Super psyched about our October trip to Sin City! We'll be seeing Tanya and gang to celebrate Cosette's 18th Birthday! We've got a bunch of fun sights to see, restaurants to eat at and a day trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area!
Last winter Tanya traveled to Red Rock and said it was truly enjoyable. Now it's me and the girls' chance to visit Red Rock, which is conveniently located about 15 miles west of Las Vegas, and is easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip.
Disney World, Orlando, Florida - November 2019
This will be our second trip to the most Magical Place on Earth! It will be a quick trip, which we've scheduled over Thanksgiving weekend.
We will only be spending 2 days in the parks (Magic Kingdom and Epcot) and the other two days at Disney Springs and relaxing at our hotel. The great thing about our Disney trips is that Kelsey completely takes over the planning! So, all of our dining reservations are done as well as the list of fast passes we will need once we are within the advance timing to book them.
I've created a trip planning maniac just like her mom!!
Riviera Maya, Mexico - June 2019
This year, Gianna is turning 16 and we decided rather than a Sweet 16 Party, we will be traveling to Riviera Maya, Mexico for a week of beach fun and relaxation.
One of Gianna's friends was having a destination Sweet 16, to which my daughter a few other girls were generously invited. I decided since I had to go anyway to accompany here (I am not ready for Gianna to travel to another country without mom just yet), I would bring Kelsey along and we'd make it a family vacation.
It also happens to be Kelsey's 8th Grade graduation this year as well, so it seemed like a perfect way to celebrate!!
These are our three major trips so far, unless I come into a huge money windfall!! It's a year of many expenses, so most of our "trips" will be local daycations and local events throughout the next year.
I thought you might enjoy this YouTube video about The Top 15 Best Beaches in Mexico:
Enjoy your day and see ya back tomorrow!!