Rim Hugger: Las Vegas

In a new feature to our site, we added all of the details about a project I have been working on for about six months – my Rim Hugger list! Hit the link to see the full list as well as the entire description of the project. Basically though, I’m finding cool, new places to run whenever I travel for work or for fun. We also added some new links in our redesign so make sure to utilize the new category buttons on the right side to keep track of my project! I was lucky to be selected to present at IBM Edge 2014 in Las Vegas, NV this year. The conference overlapped with my birthday and I knew it would be a great opportunity to use some of the SkyMiles that I had been adding up. Mandy joined me and ended up turning it into an epic trip that we will never forget. I mean how can any other birthday compete with TWO family surprises across the country?! 2014-05-18 17.20.04 Before all that though, we had decided to seize the opportunity to cross another new location off of my Rim Hugger List. I used some Hertz points, rented an incredible Mercedes-Benz, and we headed across the desert to the Hoover Dam. 2014-05-18 15.57.51 This run felt like we were in an oven. Neither of us had ever experienced heat like that before. We are used to the sticky, humid heat of the South. Let me tell y’all – this was nothing like that. It was way hotter than we are used to, but it actually took a while to start sweating. Honestly, I felt like I was cooking rather than sweating. 2014-05-18 16.05.42 We started on the Nevada side of the Hoover Dam and ran across the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge into Arizona. You may not notice it in the photos, but I was about to wet my pants the whole time. I really don’t like heights! 2014-05-18 16.05.26 After the bridge, we headed over to the Historic Railroad Trail for a nice hike/run. From the photos on the website, we knew we were in store for some really cool sights. What we weren’t prepared for was how far away those sights would be from the trailhead. After almost giving up two miles in, we finally saw the old railroad tunnels that had been blasted out of the mountain. This trail was originally the railroad used to build the Hoover Dam and it has now been turned into a hiking trail. Those tunnels were totally worth the long run and mild sunburn! 2014-05-18 16.46.02 The real gem of this trip though was found when we decided to run on to the second tunnel. We came through the other side and were greeted by the most epic view of Lake Mead! My biased opinion says that my beautiful wife is the prettiest thing in this photo, but it’s a pretty close race. 2014-05-18 16.47.04 Check out the rest of the Rim Hugger List for more info about our past adventures and check it out on social media at #rimhuggerlist!

About Conner Volpe

I'm an aerospace engineer and I love to do woodworking projects in my free time. We love living in Suwanee, Georgia and serving the Lord in our community. I really enjoy swimming, running, cycling, and anything active. Look for my posts about our house, the Fox Den, for more info on projects we have completed!
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