Las Vegas Rocks!
Trip Start Aug 31, 2010
20Trip End Jan 04, 2011
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Our room was very plush, although because we opted for the cheap deal (only £38 a night, including tax) it was on the 5th floor, which meant the view from our window was a flat roof with maintenance buildings on it -we kept the curtains closed. However, we did get to go up to the observation deck on the 107th floor for free and the view from there at sunset was amazing. One of the weirdest things about staying in a casino hotel is that you walk through thousands of slot machines, blackjack, craps and roulette tables on the ground floor to get to the elevators to go to your room - and there are people drinking and gambling there at all times of the day. Darrell was very disappointed that slot machines nowadays don't take coins - you can feed in dollar bills or swipe your credit card - so you don't hear that lovely k'ching, k'ching, k'ching of coins pouring out when somebody wins.
We stayed there for 2 nights. On the Monday night, we walked down Las Vegas Boulevard, aka 'The Strip' and saw a few of the free spectacles - a circus act, a cheesy swashbuckling pirates and lasses drama, and an incredible water fountain display with music (might sound strange, but it was like watching a firework display). It was all a bit overwhelming - so many people, so much noise and light - not what we've been used to with our usual evening entertainment in front of a campfire!
On the Tuesday night we headed north up Las Vegas Boulevard, to 'Downtown' and the Fremont Street Experience. It's 4 blocks of a street that are covered with an arched roof that has a zillion lights in it, and every hour they have a music and light show that defies description. We saw two of them, but the best was the full 6 minutes of American Pie with stunning graphics that keep changing and moving overhead. There were also street performers, people in fancy dress, scantily clad women and numerous Elvis impersonators.
In fact, scantily clad women (or less well clothed) are a common theme in Las Vegas. From the vans advertising "Hot Babes Direct to Your Room" to the hordes of people in T-shirts proclaiming "Girls, Girls, Girls" thrusting cards with phone numbers at you (and thrusting them at both men and women!), you can't escape it.
On Wednesday, we headed back for the life we're more comfortable with - camping out at Red Rock Canyon, just outside Las Vegas. We had 3 days climbing there on what can only be described as...red rock! It's a beautiful sandstone outcrop - some of it is just red, and some of it is pink and white striped - and then there are bigger mountains beyond, as well. From one of the higher points, we had a view back down over Las Vegas - if you look carefully at the photo, you can just make out the Stratosphere. Talk about worlds apart!
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