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VIVA Las Vegas

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Hello All,

So this past Thursday and Friday I moved myself to Sin City. It is kind of nuts that I will be living in a town that is meant solely for the purpose of staying a week tops and then going home.

My last week in Reno was pretty bittersweet. I was staying at my friend's apartment that she so affectionately calls the Mexican Bario and I had started to make the Biggest Little City my home. We only really worked Monday-Wednesday and we were in South Lake Tahoe working at Cold Creek Trail. It was a pretty easy week especially for the fact that I couldn't do much work wise because of my hairline fracture on my left ring finger. I guess I didn't divulge that information in my last blog... About two weeks ago I was working on chiseling some rock and smashed my finger in between the rock and my singlejack. Yeah ouch, but I'm fine and I wear a very stylish silver and blue splint.

So for now I do whatever I can that doesn't require me gripping things for long periods of time. But luckily there is still plenty for me to do.

Come Thursday, I was packing up my car and heading down 395 towards Las Vegas. I left Thursday afternoon and found some hot springs along the way. It was just about dark when I got there so i set up my tent, made myself a sandwich, got out a beer and went in the hot springs for an hour or two. It was pretty amazing. It was so dark expect for the light from the moon, along a cold little creek and I was there by myself sitting in a natural jacuzzi. I could not have asked for a better time.

The next morning I got up around 6:30 and went back into the hot springs for another dip before heading the rest of the way to Vegas. I hit the road again around 9:30 and was at Mono Lake within the hour. For those of you who don't know what Mono Lake is, it's a lake on the east side of Yosemite National Park which LA used to get all of it's water from and nearly destroyed the lake because they did not regulate how much water they took. In my last semester of school, I did a research paper on the Lake and the water management that went into recovering the Lake. So it was pretty awesome to actually get to see the Lake that just 6 months ago I was researching.

The rest of the drive was pretty spectacular. I have officially fallen in love with the Southern Sierra's and will definitely be making trips back to the area on my days off while I am in Vegas. There were just snowcapped mountains after snowcapped mountains and it was just absolutely gorgeous. I finally made it to Vegas by 4 and got settled into my Apartment where I am living with my friend Jen, Rob and Matt. The rest of the weekend we just hung out, explored a little and got settled in.

I head back to work Monday at 6 and will be working for 4 days out in death valley. Should be fun!!

Peace and Love
MJ

Posted by MJMatson 10:51

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Have fun in Vegas, I even did (although I think Jill and Laura had a better time)...check out the Vodoo lounge if you can... and you have some one to "dance" with just look for passes before you go.

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