Not really a vacation. The AIUM meeting was on in Phoenix and Cassandra and I took the 6 hour drive over. It was pretty desolate country but well worth the drive to see all the cacti out there. We stayed in quite a nice hotel/resort but unfortunately we didn't take many photos on this trip.
Memorial Day is a holiday in USA where they remember those who have died in the nations service. Its also a long weekend and we decided to set off to see the sandstone slot canyons at Lake Powell. Its an 8 hour drive to Lake Powell and we tried to set off early enough on Friday afternoon to beat the traffic. But we failed so we didnt even make it to Las Vegas on the first night. We decided to stop in Vegas for a buffet Lunch the next day. But made a big mistake when we decided to try out the MGM buffet instead of our favourite Belagio. Belagio is still the king of buffets.
This year the American Society of Echo meeting was moved from Toronto to Las Vegas because of ARS fears during the organizing period. This was bad news for us because were looking forward to seeing Toronto. But in the end it worked out very well bacause our friend Peter called and said he could tack a few days onto the end of the trip a perhaps we could go and see the grand canyon. It turned out to be