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Happy First Day of Summer!

It’s not summer without a trip to the beach. And for me, it’s not summer without a trip to my favorite beach: Captiva!

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While it has been a bit rainy and cloudy, I still managed to get enough sun to resemble a lobster. This is what happens when you only go to the beach once a year and try to soak up as many rays as you can in a few days. Oops.

Besides all that, it’s still the most relaxing and beautiful place to spend the first day of summer 🙂

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Enough with the Rain, Florida

I get it, it’s been a long time since we’ve had any significant rain in Florida, so we need it but why does it have to rain on my beach day?

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I look forward to this trip to Captiva Island all year long and the last place I want to be in sitting in my room, listening to the rain fall ALL DAY LONG. I want to be out there, lounging on the beach, sand beneath my feet.

However, at least I was blessed with an absolutely perfect sunset last night.

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The sun will come out tomorrow, I hope.

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Viva Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is a fascinating place. While many shrug it off as a place to gamble and drink 24/7, there is so much more to this city.

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If you’ve visited Vegas before, you know it’s easy to get caught up in the magnitude of the hotels and resorts and the various gimmicks that are Vegas.

Case in point…

But, if you are interested in learning more about the history of the largest city in the Mojave Desert, then I suggest touring The Neon Museum where the past becomes “illuminated.”

Founded as a city in 1905, it wasn’t until 1931 that gambling became legal. Originally, it was a home base for to workers constructing the Hoover Dam. Due to the primarily male population, this created a market for large-scale entertainment. Unfortunately, many notorious mob bosses had connections to the building of the first resorts and entertainment venues in Las Vegas.

The Golden Nugget opened in 1946, featuring the date 1905, celebrating the birth of Las Vegas.

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The amazing thing about touring The Neon Museum is that you can see how Las Vegas’ style changed throughout the years. The Golden Nugget sign for example.

And what would be the likely hood of seeing signs like these on The Strip today?

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The museum takes you back to all the glitz and glitter that was old Vegas and showcases some of the most iconic signs.

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As well as iconic traditions…

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It wasn’t until the 1980’s that organized crime finally decreased leading to a new era in Vegas history. Population increased throughout the century, as did tourism. Las Vegas is now a leading travel destination, coming from humble beginnings.

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Viva Las Vegas!

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