Easter Vegas vacation, day 4

IMG_0836Our final day in Vegas was subdued. Our flight left late afternoon, so there really wasn’t a lot of time to do big adventures. I started out the morning with a 4 mile run along the wash, however this time I took a different fork and ran along the south side instead of the north. This ended up bringing me to this really cool overlook that resulted in the panorama that I set as the featured image in this post. The overlook was basically a small hill with a path leading up to the top, but it was fun to climb and had a great view.

IMG_0840Once I got home and cleaned up, the wife and I headed over to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. My wife is into birds, and this was only a few miles away from the apartment, so it was a perfect final day activity. The bird preserve consists of various ponds that used to be a part of the wastewater treatment plant, but had since been segmented off just for bird viewing. They offer loaner binoculars, which was awesome, but once again I regretted not packing my big camera. Next time I’m out there I’m bringing a nice big lens.

IMG_0841We wandered around the preserve for a good 90 minutes as we watched various birds that we never see in the Midwest. Because these were ponds, there was plenty of waterfowl to be seen. However, we also got to see a few other neat birds like a yellow headed blackbird, and multiple hummingbirds. One humming bird even sat still in a tree branch near us, giving us a great view of something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in Minnesota.

Once we finished at the bird preserve it was time to return to the village to pack and wait for our flight. We had a few hours to kill, so we spent it resting and talking with family. Soon it was time to head out, and so we loaded up some cars with the luggage, while we returned the rental car. Our flight home was uneventful, although with the time difference it meant we weren’t getting into bed until close to 1 am.

IMG_0842Overall, this was a good trip, and we had some fun. Unfortunately, when you get a couple dozen people together for a family event it’s hard to call a trip “restful”. There’s simply so many things going on that it gets hard to just chill and relax sometimes. That aside, I’m very glad we were able to go and spend time with everyone. As families age, and people move, it becomes harder and harder to take time to be together. Spending time with family when you can is vitally important, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity on this trip.