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March Madness is a tournament we really enjoy watching.  For the past 13 years we have managed a march madness tournament bracket challenge with our friends. One of this years I am hoping to actually win the darn thing!  It’s a lot of fun and the same group of friends join us year after year.  Recently, the past couple of years we have started a new tradition.  We have traveled to Vegas with a group of our friends, most are in the challenge, to watch the games the first weekend.

Its a chance for us to get away and spend time together without the kids. It is also a chance for us to spend time with friends we do not see as often as we used to. Some of our friends travel from the east coast for this weekend get-a-away.

This year, we invited my mom to go with us. It was her birthday the Monday prior to the tournament starting. We thought it was the perfect timing for her to enjoy a weekend out of town for her birthday.  She had a lot of fun watching the games with us and gambling with me on the slot machines. She used to travel there often with her mother and it brought back memories for her.

We took our time getting there, stopping in Barstow for our tradition In-N-Out lunch. When we arrived at the state line we stopped again. This time for some outlet shopping. My husband hits the tables and watches games while I cruise the stores. I hardly shop these days being so busy with the kids. Its the great opportunity for me to get a couple of new items for work.  After we leave state line we usually go straight to where our friends are hanging out; checking in later in the evening.  This year we met them at the Hard Rock Casino. When we got there, I immediately saw a couple of light fixtures that I wanted to photograph. This is one of them. I just love the colors and the shadows in this photo.

Vegas Lights