Hoover Dam

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.  Iā€™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!