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Bonnie Springs

Today I decided to get out and do something rather than spend my whole day off doing nothing. Thomas and I went to Bonnie Springs for breakfast. I've never been, but apparently he used to go all the time when he was little. I was excited to see all of the Old Nevada memorabilia when we first pulled up; covered wagons, old west looking hotels, and even a little Locomotive train we could ride. We started by going into the restaurant and eating breakfast.

I ordered the Pancakes, and this is the "smorgasboard" they brought me! I made it almost all the way through before calling it quits! Then we decided to look around outside. There were Peacocks everywhere! I didn't know that peacocks could live, or would want to live in the desert, but here they do, and they are not shy of humans. I was trying to get this guy to show me his feathers and so I put my arms up, and he did the same!!!! It was awesome!

After walking around for a bit, we saw that the park offered Horse rides. Of course we had to do it. It's been forever since I've ridden, and I felt like getting my cowgirl on. We had the best time! The weather and scenery was beautiful! The tour guide wasn't much of a guide, so we entertained ourselves by pretending to be cowboys and singing the theme song from Bonanza! We also played "I spy" for local wildlife, such as snakes and lizards. And I had a little dance off in the saddle. (I'm always dancing anyway, and the motion of the horse practically forced me to rock out). "Funny man" Thomas behind me was full of jokes, which made the ride all the more enjoyable. However, I wish my horse wasn't so old, she would not go faster than a slow walk, no trot, no gallop, nothing.

This was some of the beautiful scenery. We don't see this kind of stuff in Las Vegas everyday, so it was nice to take advantage of the view. I also had just seen a documentary on the History Channel (I watch it 24/7) about Nevada terrain. Did you know that Nevada used to be covered by ocean, and the red rocks of Red Rock National Forrest were formed by a volcano? Nevada also had perfect conditions for dinosaur fossilization, so next time you go hiking, keep your eyes peeled!

After our ride, we walked through the petting zoo. I took pictures, but decided there were too many to post. I love zoos, but petting zoos are a little different. First off, you're not actually allowed to "pet" anything. All the cages had signs on them saying "keep hands out" and "don't feel the animals". The "animals" too, were a little disappointing. The Zoo was filled with chickens, guinea pigs, and mini horses. There was also a porcupine, some wolves, llamas, and goats. AWESOME. Ha ha ha. It was fun, and something to do, but basically they were mostly dirty rodents that smelled like pee.

On the way home, we took the 215. As we pulled up to the Summerlin Pkwy exit, we pulled up behind these guys:

How clever are these kids?!?!? Stupid, mind you, but clever nevertheless. This blow up pool was held in the truck bed by nothing more than 1 bungee cord. And yes, it was full of water!!! Thomas was a little upset that he had never thought of the idea, while I was groaning about how illegal it is to ride in the back of trucks on the freeways.

It was a great day that ended in swimming and family dinners at Grandma & Grandpa's house! I hope everyone else had a great weekend!

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