Leaving Las Vegas

So, the best time I had in Vegas was when we got out of Vegas.  I decided that there is an over saturated supply in Vegas of casinos, alcohol, shopping and shows.  They are all aggressively trying to get your attention and dollars, and to be honest, I am not particularly interested in any of those things.

So, by Day 2, hubby decided to play hooky from his conference and we rented a car and headed for the hills. Red Rock Canyon to be exact.  A valley of volcanic rock, showing many layers of sediment, no doubt thousands and thousands of years old.  It was surprisingly very lush and green for desert land.  Little known fact, the valley is over run with tortoises, wild horses and burros (a donkey type of mule).  Many desert flowers were in full bloom, which was a real treat.

The valley is surrounded by a range of mountains which are quite spectacular. I felt like I could be on the set of a Western, where apaches were going to come out of the pass and ambush me.

Then, on our last day in Vegas, we decided to get out of town again. We signed up for a tour of the Hoover Dam. What an amazing feet of engineering! Built in the 1930s, this endeavor came in before the deadline and under budget.  I wonder - if a job so vast was undertaken today, would those two things would still happen? A beautiful day to wander around, under and above the dam.

One side of the dam is Arizona and the other side is Nevada.  The Nevada side has developed the largest man-made lake in the country, Lake Mead, and it was very lovely.

Finally, we stopped off at a Cactus Botanical Garden.  A lover of plants but not especially cacti, nevertheless it was still very interesting to wander around.

After that all that, we headed back to pack and it was time to hop on the plane and come home.  It does not matter where I travel in the world or how amazing of a time I have had, I'm always, always ready to come home to my bed, my puppies and my regular ordinary precious life.  I’m a bit like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz in that regard!

Have any of you been to Vegas?  What were your experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly? Would love to hear your comments!



We Went to Vegas

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Hubby has that kind of job where he travels to conferences quite a lot.  Sometimes he goes to non-fun places and sometimes he goes to interesting places that I’m happy to be his plus one and tag along.  In that way I have seen Barcelona, Rome, many places in Florida, Hilton Head and of course back to England multiple times.  For a few days in April he was attending a conference in Vegas.  Never really had the desire to go, but I thought I would try it just once to see how it was and say that I had done it.

We left a very rainy Philadelphia and arrived in beautiful sunshine and perfect temps.  The first day, I spent wandering around the strip.  To be honest I was over the strip after one day. It was very loud with piped in music everywhere, lots of show girls with no clothes on advertising their casino, and everybody seemed to be walking around with an alcoholic beverage in their hands.  However, I did see a couple of cool things. 

Bellagio Hotel

The Chihuly glass ceiling at the Bellagio was really impressive and the fountain display was very cool.

Caesar's Palace

I have never seen such a sprawling hotel, it is huuugge

The Big Roller

I have done the London Eye which is what this spectacle is based on but it is bigger and I got some amazing panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. Good photo op!

Bus Tour

I always do a bus tour when I am visiting a new city.  The guided tour gives you lots of information on what to do and see the history of the place.  I saw the wedding chapel district, many mob houses and cool info on all the casinos.


We went to a cool Japanese restaurant called Sake Rok.  In addition to delicious food (and it was really good) The staff burst into song and dance every 20 minutes.  Meet my new friend Jonice.  He really is my new friend.  Very colorful and attentive and he took time (in a very public way) to teach me how to do a Sake bomb.  It was great and I can now tick drink bombing off my bucket list.

Cirque Du Soleil: Zumanity 

This is the erotic very naked version of this troupes show.  I know, go us, these middle aged has beens…. not dead yet.  There was lots of boobies (hubby was very happy) but it was also beautiful and very artistic and we had a really really good time.

After that I was pretty fulfilled on everything I had seen on the strip and the next few days I took the opportunity to get out of the city.  That will be part 2 of this blog post.

Until next time,