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Nearing Parenthood and other updates!

Well, its been a long time since I wrote here. Its the first post of 2008!!! Hope all of you had a great new year.

Well, all is good at our end. Baby is due pretty soon, and both me and Chitra are geared up for the big event! The official due date is 21-Feb-2008, but anything + or – 2 weeks is considered as a ‘term’ baby.

It has been kind of hectic the past month or so… shopping for baby stuff, childbirth classes, baby shower(s) :) …. and so on. Well, the child-birth classes were pretty informative and helpful. Things like these are unheard of in India. In a way its good, and in some ways, its bad – as-in they give too much of information! Well, shopping for baby stuff is another story …. All in all, its been hectic and fun so far :)

Life would go for a spin for sure, pretty soon – for the good!!

Well, I also realized that I am not really finding time to play with the Wii that I bought a few months back.

Wii

So, decided to put it up for sale on eBay. Its a amazing game system, but I don’t really see myself sitting and playing given where I am in my life! :). So, if you are interested, bid for it! BTW, its still hard to find Wii’s here in the US! This thing still has very high demand!

Also, up for grabs on eBay is my Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens! I would be upgrading to a new lens pretty soon (Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM)

On the work front, I am still working for the same project that I was in. The work load is decent. Not too bad.

Well, the next couple of months would be exciting! :) More updates as and when I get time!

Toledo Bend, Zwolle & Natchitoches – Louisiana

Here are some snaps from the Labor day long weekend trip (Sep 1st – Sep 3rd). We had been to a place called Zwolle. Well, it sounds like a African name, but its a very small place in Louisiana. To be more precise, we went to the Toledo Bend lake area and stayed at one of the resorts (Wildwood Resorts) on the banks of the lake.

This place is on the border of Texas and Louisiana. Actually, the Toledo Bend lake is formed due to a Dam which is built across the Sabine River. This river kind of forms the border between Texas and Louisiana! The lake itself is pretty big, and I read on one of the websites that its the largest man made lake in the South (of USA).

Here are some snaps……..

Fishing Pier at Wildwood Resort - Toledo Bend
Fishing Pier at Wildwood Resort – Toledo Bend

Fishing Pier at Wildwood Resort - Toledo Bend
Fishing Pier at Wildwood Resort – Toledo Bend

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Las Vegas – The Strip

This is Part 3 of a three part series of our trip to Las Vegas.

Links to Part 1 and 2 can be found here :

The next 2 days, we spent at the Las Vegas Strip – Going from one Casino to other :)…. It was fun.

Life of Las Vegas is centered around one road popularly called “The Strip“. Almost all the Casinos are on The Strip! Majority of these properties on The Strip are owned by MGM Mirage or Harrahs entertainment!

Check out the Snaps of the Hotels and Casinos …..

This is where we stayed! – Monte Carlo.
Monte Carlo at Las Vegas
Monte Carlo at Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Newyork Newyork – Hotel & Casino… There is a huge roller coaster around this Hotel.
Newyork Newyork at Las Vegas
Newyork Newyork at Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Newyork Newyork at Las Vegas
Newyork Newyork at Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Statue of Liberty at  Newyork Newyork - Las Vegas
Statue of Liberty at Newyork Newyork – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Casino Royale - Las Vegas
Casino Royale – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

MGM Grand Lion at Las Vegas
MGM Grand Lion at Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas Convention Center – Click to Zoom

Stratosphere and Public transit system at Las Vegas
Stratosphere and Public transit system at Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

One of the Casinos in Las Vegas
One of the Casinos in Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

The famous Stratosphere – the tallest structure in Vegas!
Stratosphere at Las Vegas
Stratosphere at Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

And this is a ride on top of the tallest building… and we did sit on this one. Was an Amazing experience!! :)
Big Shot - Ride on top of Stratosphere - Las Vegas
Big Shot – Ride on top of Stratosphere – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

One more Thriller Ride on Top of Stratosphere - Las Vegas
One more Thriller Ride on Top of Stratosphere – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

The Las Vegas Strip as seen from top of Stratosphere
The Las Vegas Strip as seen from top of Stratosphere – Click to Zoom

Circus Circus as seen from top of Stratosphere
Circus Circus as seen from top of Stratosphere – Click to Zoom

Harrahs - Las Vegas
Harrahs – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Buck and Winne at Harrahs Casino - Las Vegas
Buck and Winne at Harrahs Casino – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Venice in Las Vegas! – Venetian – Mind blowing stuff!
Ceiling Inside Venetian - Las Vegas
Ceiling Inside Venetian – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Inside Venetian - Las Vegas
Inside Venetian – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Gondola Rides inside Venetian - Las Vegas
Gondola Rides inside Venetian – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Treasure Island - Las Vegas
Treasure Island – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Wynn - Las Vegas
Wynn – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Mandalay Bay at Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay at Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Monte Carlo at Las Vegas
Monte Carlo at Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Effiel Tower in Las Vegas…
Effiel Tower at Paris - Las Vegas
Effiel Tower at Paris – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Luxor at Las Vegas
Luxor at Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Bellagio at Las Vegas
Bellagio at Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

Bellagio Fountains - Las Vegas
Bellagio Fountains – Las Vegas – Click to Zoom

We did not gamble much – since we did not know much about how to play – but it was fun!….

Vegas Trip – Grand Canyon

This is Part 2 of a three part series of our trip to Las Vegas. Links to Part 1 and 3 can be found here :

As planned on Day 2 of our trip, we headed to the Grand Canyon. For the uninitiated, Grand Canyon is a natural wonder located in Arizona.

Grand Canyon is around 5 hrs drive from Las Vegas, NV. So, we started early in the morning at around 5.30 AM. We decided to go to the south rim of the grand canyon since the north rim was closed and we could not find much information on the west rim (nor we had time to be adventurous)

Lake Mead from a Distance
Lake Mead from a Distance – Click to Zoom

The drive was pretty cool. Its flat land. Desert. The roads are straight and you can see miles of straight road ahead of you! … it was a great experience to drive ! :). We reached Grand Canyon at around 10.30 AM.

Here are some snaps ….

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Cliff at Grand Canyon
Cliff at Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

At the Grand Canyon South rim, there are buses which take you to different View points along the Rim of the canyon. And they are free (i.e, the cost is included in your entrance fee to the National Park)

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Pathway to one of the view points at  Grand Canyon
Pathway to one of the view points at Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

You can see the Colorado River (which carved the Grand Canyon!!) in the snaps below…
Grand Canyon
Colorado River at Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Colorado River at Grand Canyon
Colorado River at Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Colorado River at Grand Canyon
Colorado River at Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Grand Canyon and Colorado River
Grand Canyon and Colorado River – Click to Zoom

More snaps…
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Desert View – you can see the desert at the distance…
Desert View at Grand Canyon
Desert View at Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

River Again – Zoomed in …
Colorado River at Grand Canyon
Colorado River at Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Cliff at Grand Canyon
Cliff at Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

A Guy sitting on the Rim at Grand Canyon….
A Guy sitting on the Rim at Grand Canyon
A Guy sitting on the Rim at Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

A couple enjoying the (cold) sunset at Grand Canyon…
A Couple enjoying the Sunset at Grand Canyon
A Couple enjoying the Sunset at Grand Canyon – Click to Zoom

Well, by 5 PM, it was pretty dark, and all of a sudden, it became very cold!
We started to head back to Vegas at around 6 PM. We reached back our Hotel at Las Vegas by around 10 PM.

More on Vegas trip in the next post….

Vegas Trip – Hoover Dam

This post was long due! Memories from our Las Vegas Trip! When I look back at it, its almost 6 months now since we had been to Las Vegas!!! Wow. Time runs so fast!

Anyways, Since I had lots of photos to post, I have split this one big post into three posts.

Well, it was a 5 day trip and it was fun. Here is the photo essay!

Las Vegas is the land of casinos. Don’t be surprised to find slot machines when you come right out of the Terminal Gates at the airport! You can find slot machines every – from Gas Stations (aka Petrol Pumps!!) to Superstores! More about Las Vegas in part 3 of this post.

Welcome to Las Vegas…
Welcome to Las Vega
Welcome to Las Vega – Click to Zoom

We landed in Vegas in the afternoon, and immediately we were on our way to Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam is around 30 mins drive from Las Vegas. Hoover Dam is considered to be one of the greatest engineering works in history and is a must see!.

Here are some snaps…
Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

We could go under ground !! (i.e, base of the dam where the generators are located) – Check out the massive generators!
Power Generators at Hoover Dam
Power Generators at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

This is one of the massive water intake pipes. It can house an entire school bus within it! Everything about this dam is BIG!
Water Intake Pipes at Hoover Dam
Water Intake Pipes at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

The power stations as seen from the top of the dam…
Power Station at Hoover Dam
Power Station at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

Power Station at Hoover Dam
Power Station at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

This is the Visitor center which was built recently…
Visitor Center at Hoover Dam
Visitor Center at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

View from the dam…
View from the Dam
View from the Dam – Click to Zoom

These are the water intake towers ….
Water Intake Towers at Hoover Dam
Water Intake Towers at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

Water Intake Towers at Hoover Dam
Water Intake Towers at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

And the dam…
Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

There are two spillways at the Hoover Dam. This one is on the Arizona side of the Dam. The spillways at the Hoover dam are Massive, and they have been used only once when there was major flood.
Spillway at Hoover Dam
Spillway at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

Since this was in late November, it was pretty dark by 5 PM… and we could not spend much time. We started back to Las Vegas and headed back to our Hotel (Monte Carlo).

Check out the Wikipedia entry on Hoover Dam.

More on Vegas trip in the next post….