Iain and I are in our room at the New York New York hotel in Las Vegas.
It’s reverse-L-shaped with the door at the top of the L.
Two complete sets of drawers, and a view of the roller coaster and the mountains.
Leopard acting up again.
So I am using Iain’s MacBook, which is quite a nice machine.
I love the built-in iSight.
Much better than lugging around a separate bulky camera. Yesterday we were in Death Valley, and one spot we visited was “Artist’s Pallette”.
The reason for the name is the incredible variety of colour in a small area.
Reds, yellows, blues, purples.
Spectacular. I decided to climb up to a higher hill than I should have.
When I got to the top i definitely felt dizzy, much moreso than the climb itself could cause.
Dizziness is one of the symptoms of heat stroke that you are supposed to be watchful for,
so I headed back down and found some shade, where I rested a while.
But then the coughing started. Basically I had a bit of an asthma attack, which I’ve never really had before without being really sick.
At the time I thought it was strange that it would happen in such a hot, dry place.
Later I rememebered that one of the ways you make coughing go away is to sit in a humid room,
so really it shouldn’t have been a surprise at all. It was very worrying for a bit.
I got back to the parking lot and stood in the shade of the toilet there, waiting fro Iain to come.
I had to really concentrate to breathe, but since I wasn’t exerting myself at all, I was sure I was going to be okay.
It wasn’t a pleasant 5 minutes though. When Iain came to the parking lot, I hoarsely asked him to open the car.
I think I freaked him out a bit.
It’s times like this that I wish they taught American Sign Language to us all in school!
He seemed a bit confused, since the windows were open so I could have gotten in myself.
So I rasped out that I wanted the A/C on, and he sprang into action.
🙂 To make a long story short, I got better, and stayed in the car at the next spot — Badwater salt flats.
But I was able to get out and see the next spot after that okay — Dante’s View. For more fun, I took over the driving from Dante’s View to Las Vegas with my left eye stinging and red.
I proabably shoudl have asked Iain to take over the driving, but since it was pretty monotonous, straight driving
I felt like I could handle it, and I did. So today here we are in Vegas, and it’s 1:30pm.
I’ll probably go out for a bit to grab some lunch and some Diet Coke, but I won’t see as much as I would like to have.
I feel like I’m still recovering a bit from yesterday.
Ah well. Luisa suggested that we go to the Star Trek 40th anniversary, which is in town this weekend.
Our flight doesn’t leave until 11pm tomorrow, so we could maybe squeeze it in,
but we will be spending the day visiting areas around Vegas like Mojave, so I don’t think we’ll be quite organized enough to get around to it in time *and* make it to the airport. Good times.