What happens in Vegas...

Trip Start Nov 21, 2010
Trip End Nov 01, 2014

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Little bit of gambling, and more shows. Did three shows in two nights.

My claim to fame was taking $20 from the Bellagio on video poker, duces wild. That's about all we enjoyed for gambling...because we lost the rest of what we showed up with. Did win some money on the New England Patriots game, but Doug blew that money at a $5 black jack table after the game.

Saw Cirque du Soliel's Mystere on the second night we were in Vegas, which was absolutely the most impressive athletic event we've ever seen. It would be difficult to imagine that there are more physically fit people on the planet than the performers in this show. It was incredible to see what the human body can do with a lot of practice, timing, daring, and skill. Absolutely incredible. After seeing this show we decided that we had to see a second Cirque du Soliel show the next night.

Saw Blue Man Group, our tried and true entertainment, the following night. Amazing, hilarious, and LOUD performance, as always. Great music. Doug almost caught a marshmallow on the first blue man toss to the audience, but it bounced off his teeth. Basically the same show as the Boston performance, for those of you who have seen it there. (I would have thought that in 10+ years of Blue Man, that they'd change up the show a bit, but it's practically the same as the first time I saw it when I was a kid. Still entertaining though.)

Saw Ka, another Cirque performance, after Blue Man Group. (I don't recommend this, as the two shows are at opposite ends of the strip. See two shows in one night, sure, go for it...just plan their locations a bit better.) Ka was another amazing performance. The engineering and programming for the stage alone was an impressive feat. Google the show and watch the trailer - they have a stage that turns vertical to create a cliff numerous times during the show. Amazing.

Anyway, Las Vegas surely isn't 'our kind of place', but there was a LOT of good people watching, lots to see, lots of lights, lots of sounds, and lots of money lost. It surely is a one-of-a-kind place. And as Janet put it, Vegas will make you enjoy nature and all we've seen prior to a Vegas stop on our trip...the Grand Canyon, petrified forests, the Hoover Dam, the Painted Desert, Joshua Trees, and so on.... Plus, our hotel may have been dog-friendly, but I would still say that Vega isn't a dog-friendly kind of place. Poor little dude sat in a hotel for a few days, but he probably needed some recovery time anyway. Hopefully LA has some good dog parks so we can reward him for his good behavior...and the fact that he had to pee and poop on astro-turf in a parking lot. Ick.

Vegas marks a bit of a turning point in our trip, or so we've realized. We'll be back in civilization now, back in populated areas where we'll be doing city-like tourist things. But we bought a national park pass (good for a year), so we're going to make a point to enjoy everything that California, Oregon, and Washington have to offer. That's it...just three US states to hit before Alaska!
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