Christmas in Las Vegas (and San Diego)

My diet since Christmas has consisted of… tortilla chips, queso, French fries, and Dunkin Donuts coffee and I won’t quit.

We departed for Las Vegas on Christmas Eve, hitting ZERO traffic for a nice 3.5 drive. This was my first time back in EIGHT years. Although Vegas is close, I don’t gamble or go clubbing, and there’s always tons of traffic!

We walked the extremely crowded Strip all of Christmas Eve, through all the hotels, and clocked in over 20,000 steps. We ended our night eating pho in Chinatown.

I had a cereal milk soft serve at Milk Bar in the Cosmopolitan and am sooo excited for them to come to L.A!

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On Christmas Day, we slept in and watched “Ocean’s Eleven,” waited over an hour for al pastor fries at Tacos El Gordo (authentic crowd!), and walked around Fremont StreetWe finished off with a drink at The Golden Tiki, an unassuming tiki bar in Chinatown.

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After grabbing breakfast in Summerlin, we did a strenuous 5 mile hike up to Turtlehead Rock in Red Rock Canyon. The hike took us up a steep 2,000 feet and back down.

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We saw all of Las Vegas from there. Next time, we’re going to the Valley of Fire!

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SIX HOURS of driving later, we stopped in Escondido for the night. In the morning, we hiked Mt. Woodson, better known as Potato Chip Rock. The hike has a constant incline but not too steep. We were able to get up to the “potato chip” in 1.5 hours and made it down in 45 minutes. I’m amazed at how fast we were. We treated ourselves to beers at the cafe by the lake.

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We ate more Mexican food at Cantina Mayahuel before a night in the Gaslamp. We loved the rooftop bar at Rustic Root!

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After a night of hard partying, we were done and just went home. I slept most of the two hours home and rested all day when I got home. Thank goodness for no traffic!

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