Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Invitation to Larry's Party...

It's A Fiesta!...

Tawnia & Larry...

The food was authentic & wonderful!...

Larry enjoyed the cake & the margaritas...

He really enjoyed the margarita's!!!

His buddy Eric rode his new wheels to the shindig, nice!....

Pic from the Bodies Exhibition....

Lily, decked out for Easter...

She's so darn cute!...

Boarding pass for the Titanic...

Back of boarding pass...

Wow, it's been awhile since I posted! We have been busy finishing up the last few things we needed to do since I last wrote.

Larry had his last dental appointment. We made the trip to Ely, unloaded, had lunch with my mom & sister Lori & then took my parents out to dinner for their 58th wedding anniversary! Yep, mom had me when she was 12! LOL

Arrived back in town Thursday, just in time to have dinner with friends Bob & Patty. Bob is the poker room manager at the Cannery & was my boss off & on for many years. We went to Nine (inside the Palms) & the food was wonderful. Unfortunately, the noise wasn't! Tough to have much of a conversation, but we still enjoyed the company guys!

Discovered that the diamond in the center of my wedding ring was rocking back & forth so took it in to have the prongs redone around it. Lucky I didn't lose my stone during all this packing etc!

Picked up a filter for the lens on my new camera! I finally decided on a Nikon D50. Sort of the middle of the road model but seems to fill all I need for now. I can't wait to take photos on the road with it...

Larry has been working towards finishing up our taxes. Should be done tomorrow. Another year down...

On Saturday it was our son Larry's, 36th birthday. We had a Mexican fiesta. What fun! We even had a margarita machine & a pina colada maker for the kids. Well, the rum was available to add if you liked! I scanned the invitation Tawnia sent out so you can see how talented she is! She really wants to open her own printing shop & she would be great at it! So artistic. Any backers out there???

Easter Sunday morning we went to church with our niece Cindy, then to the swap meet for an hour or so, & then met the kids for a wonderful dim sum lunch. Afterwards we went to the Tropicana Hotel hotel to see a GREAT exhibition. Previously on display in cities across the world including New York City and London, "Bodies...The Exhibition" has finally made its debut in Las Vegas.

Twenty-one whole-body specimens are on display throughout the exhibit in various poses illustrating the body in motion. Poses include throwing darts, conducting music, pitching a baseball and hurling a discus. There are also more than 260 organs and partial-body specimens on display.

The specimens are preserved using a method known as polymer preservation, in which all tissue and water is replaced with silicone rubber. Polymer preservation gives visitors the chance to view the beauty and complexity of the human body as they never have before.

"Bodies...The Exhibition" is broken down into several displays based on anatomical systems including muscular, nervous, circulatory and digestive systems as well as special displays including fetal development, how disease affects the body and more.

In the portion of the exhibit focusing on bones and the human skeleton, visitors can view a fetal skull and the tiny bones which can be found in the ear. It is also in this portion of the exhibit where guests will learn that human bone is five times stronger than steel and that children's bones grow faster in the spring.

Corrosion casting is used to demonstrate the circulatory system in the human body. In corrosion casting, blood vessels are injected with a colored polymer which then hardens. Then the remaining tissue is removed to reveal an unobstructed view of the circulatory system (comprised of 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body). Samples on hand include arteries of the upper limb and of the stomach.

Perhaps the most eye-opening display in the exhibit illustrates the respiratory system. Visitors learn that every pack of cigarettes takes an average of two hours and 20 minutes off a person's life. A nearby display case houses a set of healthy lungs and heart alongside a smoker's lungs and heart, leaving no doubt about how much smoking affects the organs.

An area of the exhibit dedicated to fetal development is particularly intriguing but can be bypassed if the subject matter is too upsetting. One display depicts the gestation of an embryo from the chorionic sac to 32 weeks into pregnancy. Another provides examples of various birth defects including a set of conjoined twins.

In addition, several of the specimens illustrate the damage caused from over-eating, lack of exercise, forms of cancer and heart and brain diseases. Examples include a liver showing the effects of cirrhosis, the damage to the brain following a stroke and the brain of a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Visitors to "Bodies...The Exhibition" will experience a range of emotions throughout the exhibit, from fascination and discomfort to disbelief and amazement, but one thing is for sure, it's an exhibit that will leave a lasting impression. I snuck in a picture so you might have an idea. Got in a bit of trouble, no pics allowed! But, they didn't confiscate my camera, fortunately!

We finished up an awesome Easter Sunday with a family dinner of baked ham at Cindy & Bill's. What a full, fulfilling day! We arrived home to find a couple of pics of Lily in her Easter finery. So cute! Hope you all had a fun, safe, blessed day also!

Monday we met friends Marsha & Dennis for dinner at the Outback. The food was great as always. It seems all 4 of us are trying to watch our diets, so we had to make good choices & skipping the "Bloomin' Onion" was tough! But, I spent too many $$$'S going to this new doc to not follow his advice. My new meds for heat have not kicked in yet girls, will let you know when they do. I really have to work on my triglycerides, they are over 1000, not good. So, no sugar, white anything (bread, rice, pasta, potatoes etc) anymore. But the veggies & fruit have been fun this past week as there is plenty of great fresh stuff at the markets right now. Hope to find some good farmers markets on the road.

Tuesday we went to the kids for dinner. Afterwards, we headed back over to the Tropicana exhibition hall to see the second of the exhibitions available, Titanic.

Although the "ship of dreams" met its demise nearly a century ago, the spirit of the Titanic and its passengers live on through "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition."

Described as a floating palace, the incomparable Titanic was deemed "practically unsinkable" by the White Star Line and its builders. But on a calm April night in 1912, the massive luxury liner struck an iceberg and slowly sank into the North Atlantic.

Since then, many items from the wreckage have been recovered and added to "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition." The 25,000-square-foot exhibit features numerous items from the Titanic, including luggage, the ship's whistles, floor tiles from the first-class smoking room, a window frame from the Verandah Cafe and an unopened bottle of champagne with a 1900 vintage.

In addition, the exhibit features a full-scale re-creation of the Grand Staircase as well as a newly expanded outer Promenade Deck, complete with the frigid temperatures felt on that fateful April night.

The personal artifacts on display offer haunting, emotional connections to the forever-altered lives of those on board the Titanic. Visitors even have a chance to walk through authentically re-created first- and third-class rooms, with furnishings by original manufacturers.

The passenger list for the Titanic's maiden voyage read like a social register for the time, including names such as John Jacob Astor IV, who built the Astoria Hotel in New York; women's rights advocate Molly Brown; businessman Benjamin Guggenheim; Isidor Straus, of the L. Straus & Son fame, and his wife; and many others. There also were a number of immigrants on board, pursuing the dream of a better life in America.

Of the 2,228 passengers on board; more than 1,500 of them died. The exhibit concludes with a memorial wall honoring all those who lost their lives that fateful night. Here, you can compare the Boarding Pass each visitor received when you entered to see if you were one of the fortunate survivors or one of the deceased.

The subject matter is somber, but "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" details an important chapter in maritime history that will leave a lasting impression.

Wednesday we shopped all day! Costco was a killer...LOL...but time to stock up on nutrition, sundries, food etc. We are heading out on Monday morning. Our itinerary is still a bit iffy, alot depends on the weather. But Arizona will be our first stop. We have hitch-itch...Onyx too...but, we'll keep in touch!

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