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Plan B...

Just to be sure that a trip into the Grand Canyon in February wouldn't be utter folly, for the past two weeks, I have been faithfully following the weather conditions at the Grand Canyon both on the Weather.com website, and a live webcam that shows the current view of the canyon from Yavapai Point. Each time I checked, the weather was ideal and the view expansive. So when we arrived in Barstow on Thursday evening, just for a lark, I clicked on the Grand Canyon webcam link and, as expected, got only a dark, blank screen. Jokingly, I said to Rene, 'Wanna see what the Grand Canyon looks like right now?' as I pulled the neck of his black t-shirt up over his eyes, and we both had a good laugh.

On Saturday morning, when we woke to find the world blanketed in snow, I clicked on the Grand Canyon webcam link once again, only to find the exact opposite of last evening's view: a pure white screen with no distinguishing geographic details whatsoever. Once again, I jokingly said to Rene, 'Wanna see what the Grand Canyon looks like right now?' as I pulled the neck of his white t-shirt up over his eyes... and once again, we both had a good laugh.

But upon waking in Flagstaff to pretty much to the same weather conditions as yesterday morning, and after much remorseful deliberation, we decided to scratch the Grand Canyon trip altogether and point the car toward Las Vegas, with a promise to make a separate trip to see it under more clement circumstances at some later time. Next October perhaps...

After a remarkably short and easy trip on Highway 93, which landed us at the Hoover Dam around 4 p.m. for a quick tour, we arrived in Las Vegas around 7:00 this evening. We attended the NCN mixer, where we met up with lots of familiar faces, and have now retired to our room on the 10th floor of the Palace Station Hotel and Casino overlooking Sahara Boulevard, with a stunning view of the Stratosphere Tower. Lots of neon, and city lights as far as the eye can see. Viva Las Vegas!