Man I feel like I am becoming a local with how much I’ve been traveling to Vegas lately. But when it is so close and it’s the love of your life’s hometown, you end up there quite a bit. At least Kyston is from somewhere fun and not a random town in the middle of nowhere!
So to start, can we all agree that long distance is literally the worst thing there is. It was hard and I hated it but I am so happy to say that the long 8 weeks is finally over! I flew out to Vegas to meet up with Kyston and drive home with him back to Provo. We thought it would be fun to make a little vacation trip out of it.
Kyston picked me up from the airport Thursday night, we headed out to dinner at BJ’s and had pizza and cazookies. This was one of Kyston’s favorite restaurants back in high school so being back there together was a little glimpse into his past. After we drove up to this beautiful spot that overlooks the entire valley and talked. The Las Vegas Strip is beautiful from far away!
I’ve been dying to see the Neon Museum for quite a bit and booked Kyston and I a tour. So Friday morning we headed over to downtown Las Vegas and saw all the old vintage neon signs. It was actually really cool! The tour was pretty educational and gave some great insight to Las Vegas history. There is one sign that says “Wedding Information”. Our tour guide shared a story about how earlier this year there was an older couple in one of the tours she was giving. When they stopped at this sign, the woman started crying. The tour guide for sure thought she was experiencing heat exhaustion and was ready to call for help. But the older man raised his hand and said he wanted to share a story. The couple met in Las Vegas years ago at a divorce ranch, they fell in love and wanted to get married so they were told they had to go into Las Vegas to do that. Even though they had nothing and knew no one, they headed into Las Vegas and this was the first sign the saw. So they walked into the wedding information booth and were married that day. To make the story even sweeter, this trip was their last trip to Las Vegas (it is getting harder to travel in their old age) and they were visiting Las Vegas for their wedding anniversary. The couple had no idea the sign was at the museum but thought they would book a tour as a trip down memory lane! I loved the story and found it to be quite romantic. Knowing that little bit of information made this sign my absolute favorite in the entire boneyard!
After our tour Kyston and I picked up his younger sister and went shopping in Downtown Summerlin. We grabbed lunch and ran a few errands before heading back home. We then packed up the Jeep and headed down to St George. We got to St George just in time for Kyston’s birthday dinner my mom hosted. After we went to Tuacahn to see Tarzan. It was so fun to be back at Tuacahn for a bit. It is so crazy to think that this time last year I was starting my first day on the job at Tuacahn!
Saturday we woke up early in the morning and headed on a hike through a slot canyon. My dad found this hidden slot canyon and it was beautiful! There were a few dips of water in the slot canyon and my dad accidentally fell into one! It went all the way up to his ears! After hiking through the slot canyon and caves we headed back home, grabbed Orange Peel (tradition) and then laid out and swam all day. Saturday night we had dinner with my cousins and hung out in downtown St George.
Sunday we went to church with my parents. While we were there there was a former mission president couple who served in New Zealand. They were thrilled to find out that is where Kyston is from. The mission president started talking to Kyston in traditional Maori and Kyston kept smiling and nodding. When we walked away I asked Kyston what the mission president said to him and Kyston replied “I have no idea!”. I was dying laughing! After church we had dinner, packed up and headed back to Provo.
This little weekend getaway has been so much fun but lets be honest, I am just SO excited Kyston is home!