This year I took dad to New Mexico for Father’s day. We headed to Albuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico with stops in Flagstaff, AZ, Winslow, AZ and a final stop in Sedona, AZ on the return ride home to Las Vegas. By car this trip takes about 8 to 9 hours to Albuquerque from Vegas so I feel better splitting up the drive and spending a night half way along the route. We considered driving to Kingman, taking an Amtrak and renting a sleeper room, but the cost didn’t justify the investment so road trip it was. Flagstaff is the perfect stop for such a short night trip. We stayed at a Courtyard Inn by Marriot which is well maintained and close to the 40 freeway exit. I ordered takeout BBQ and had some amazing chicken wings that you can see below in the gallery of photos. The next day we hit the road at about 11 am and drove an hour to Winslow to see, what else? The “Standing on the Corner” exhibit made famous by the rock & roll legends the Eagles. Needless to say the place is pretty cool, with several dining options and souvenir shops that you’ll most likely go into when you are there. We had tacos at BoJo’s that was served with rice and beans. The food was tasty, but it was time to move on to our destination. From Winslow to Albuquerque it’s another 4 hours of driving, but it’s a nice desert landscape with plenty of options to stop and buy Native Indian jewelry and visit the reservations. However, we just wanted to get to our hotel, eat and rest so we could explore Albuquerque. Keeping to our tradition of ordering takeout during the pandemic, we chose Italian. The place we chose is called Saggios. The restaurant is located at 107 Cornell Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. They have pizza, pasta, salads and also serve beer and wine. The location was just a few miles from our hotel at the Fairfield Inn and right across the street from the University of New Mexico. The next day I played golf at the University of New Mexico’s golf course which I’ll write about separately in another blog post. We ended up staying in Albuquerque 3 nights, then drove through the turquoise trail with a stop in Golden, NM and a final stop in Santa Fe. I wish we had more time, but we spent just one night in Santa Fe and it was time for us to drive back. Next time I visit New Mexico I would like to visit with a date and explore more of the dining options. In addition, I would like to learn more about the native Indian population since we didn’t get to do a lot of that. Until next time New Mexico! Thanks for having us and treating us to some good food and awesome photo opportunities.
Ocean views, crocodiles, iguanas coati-mundi(raccoons) and one hell of a practice facility the Reserva Conchal Golf Club should be on your bucket list in Costa Rica if you enjoy golf as much as I do. This is a Robert Trent Jones designed layout that offers golfers a fantastic experience and challenge for players of all levels. My favorite hole is the number 4 par 5 that faces directly into the pacific ocean. The view is just spectacular off the tee and gets better as you approach the green. I was lucky enough to be one of the only golfers on this course during a nice, but very steamy hot day. I really enjoyed the golf cart as it had a terrific GPS system and also the staff in the bar & clubhouse who treated me like a king. You can book a tee time by calling or on their website, and you will receive a discount if you are a hotel guest at the W or Westin resorts. The Reserva Conchal is ranked 2nd in Costa Rica according to Top 100 golf Courses and you can find the Reserva Conchal at Playa Conchal Guanacaste Cabo Velas, 50308, Costa Rica.
I got a message from my friend Rocky about an upcoming PGA pro-am event sponsored by the Iowa PGA. I was happy to say yes to an amazing event held at 3 of Las Vegas’s premier courses. One of which has been on my bucket list for years, Southern Highlands. The other 2 Rio Secco and Cascata I had played before, but my round at Cascata was cut short due to inclement weather so I was happy to get back out to Boulder City to enjoy another 18 holes. It was great to hang out with my friends Frank, Rocky, Tilly and a new friend Jeff. I had not seen them in years and we had the chance to catch up on old times. We didn’t play that great, but we made up for the lack of scoring at some nice restaurants in town including Nora’s Italian cuisine and STK steakhouse at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.
Mammoth Lakes is about a 3 hour drive from South Lake Tahoe and was one of our surprise stops since we didn’t plan on going here. The drive is quite beautiful and scenic. We took the NV highway 207 and then the 395 south which is pretty much a straight shot south from Tahoe. I was able to find a decent rate on a hotel room at the Empeiria High Sierra and there was a great little BBQ spot down the street that my dad and I ate at called Uncle Jimmy’s. After checking into our hotel we went for a drive into the mountains and discovered a plethora of activities that people were enjoying including horse back riding, mountain biking, fishing, camping & taking photos. Mammoth Lakes turned out to be one of my favorite spots on the trip to take pictures which I have included below. After our drive I took off on foot for a walk around town to check out the local shops & Golf Course called Sierra Star. As I was walking I ran into some people that spotted a bear which made me quite nervous so I decided to cut through the golf course to get back to the hotel. All in all Mammoth Lakes is a nice quaint sleeper town and I would love to go back and engage in more outdoor activities.
I recently launched a YouTube channel that focuses on travel tips, life hacks, and recommendations about restaurants, hotels, things to do, and golf courses from travels around the world. I just uploaded a recent highlight video from a trip to Mexico City & Teotihuacan. Take a look…
Like an angel from heaven my friend Antonio came to me with an amazing opportunity to become an independent travel agent. I’ll be up front, because of my love for vacations and blogging he had my ear as soon as he said travel. After hearing him out and going over the process I signed up and launched my own travel portal where you, your friends, and family can now book flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. That’s right! You can now book travel on caseynolan.com & booking is simple. Click on the Book Travel button on the menu bar above or click here to start planning your next trip. Also, please leverage the information and blog posts on my site to get ideas, and you’re always welcome to reach out to me by email to ask any questions. Happy travels!
One year ago today I was on a flight home from Sydney, Australia to join my colleagues at Tesla to sell through the holiday season and try to reach a new milestone in sustainable energy. A month and half later I was laid off with a severance and decided to capitalize on the separation by taking another trip to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Bali Indonesia, and Singapore. When I returned I had another job working from home and I was let go from that company after just 3 weeks. So I decided to take my dad to Costa Rica and visit my friends Keith, Tim and Veronica and their kids. When I returned from this trip I had another job waiting that lasted through the summer and I got to go to Venice, Florida for training. Needless to say this company dissolved and I received another severance. It was after this layoff I realized God was trying to tell me something and I knew it was time for another trip. This time around the world. I reached out to friends I knew around the planet and asked if I could visit them.
My dream was coming true, I got responses from Gökay Akin in Turkey, Ehab Maher Maamoun in Egypt, Annie Vu in England, and Mayko Chwen Wang in France. I wasn’t able to see all of them due to scheduling conflicts, but I did have the blessing to see Gokay and Ehab on two of the most epic journeys I have ever experienced. I coined this trip the World Tour where I would document as much of my trip as possible and eventually put together a novel. I also took thousands of photos that I will edit and share with the world because this was my wish come true. I traveled to 12 different countries including England, Wales, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, The Vatican, Turkey, Egypt, The United Arab Eremites, Thailand and Singapore. I took 16 flights, 2 trains, 2 ferries, 2 speed boats, numerous taxis, ride shares, buses, subways, and walked hundreds of miles around the world.
Below you will find photos of my last year with pictures of my friends and places I have been. Please enjoy them and remember the moral of my story is life isn’t always what it appears to be, opportunities present themselves in many different ways. It’s a choice we have when we decide what we do with our time. Choose wisely and you can also make your wish come true.
The Italian American Club Ristorante Italiano on East Sahara in Las Vegas is a long standing tradition for Vegas locals and tourists. It has been around since 1960 and serves traditional Italian American favorites like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and a variety of steaks, seafood, and pasta dishes. I had the chicken parmigiana, meatballs, stuffed banana peppers, and a few glasses of red wine. Everything I ate and drank was delicious. I would recommend the Italian American Club if you are in the mood for large portions and a speak easy atmosphere when dining. You can find the Club at 2333 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104.
I’ve been quite active this summer having traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and a few small towns in between. It’s been great catching up with friends and building on memories. I’ve been driving Lyft on the side to make extra money for my travel expenses and it’s been amazing meeting so many people from all over the world. I have truly found a part time business where I can make my own hours and cash in on my rides whenever I want. Las Vegas has been really good to me and I’m really happy here. Anyway, I have been slacking on my blog and have so much to share. I decided it was time to create a consolidated post and highlight some of my best pictures of food, golf, and travel over this amazing summer. I’ll get into details later…Enjoy.