. Other than ranching, what do these people do for a living? WE traveled through another time zone, so now I'm really confused. Gaining an hour x3 was nice, I don't know how I'll react when I have to give it back. We decided to visit Hoover Dam today because we were doing well with time. It was overwhelming in size. We didn't take the tour, I'll have to watch the program about it's construction when it comes on PBS again. When we first got out of the car, we were blasted by a hot wind. We walked around, but were glad to get back into the car for the a/c. We came on to Las Vegas, and went directly to the Mexican restaurant (which I had a certificate for...I love restaurant.com). I was tasted good, had huge portions, great service, and was inexpensive. We came directly to the hotel, parked and checked in without a problem. I still can't believe that we didn't even have to circle a block! WE came to the room for a while. Jose was happy with the large wall screen tv, but was unhappy with having a limited choice of channels. I and the kids went across the street just in time to catch the Bellagio fountain show. It was really beautiful- especially with the background music. We came back to the room, showered, and hit the beds.
The beds were really comfortable, and I slept well until 5 am. Then, I was awake. It seems that I'm still on east coast time. I tossed and turned for a while, then figured, 'what the heck'.....I left the room and went down to try my luck at some video poker
. It took me about ˝ hour to loose $20, so I decided to cut my loses and asked the security guard about the nearest 'quickee mart'. He pointed me half a block down the street. I went ther to get sodas and snacks for the folks still sleeping back in the room. It still took them a while to get up and out. WE wandered through some of the hotels, but had difficulty finding our way around. I think they really don't want you bothering with the shops and such. The only thing that's convenient is the casinos. We never did find the shops inside the Venitian. We're staying at Bills (next to Flamingo), and we started walking north. We enjoyed looking at the outside décor of hotels. I had a hard time convincing the kids that the Circus Circus and Stratrosphere were very far away. "Come on Mom, it's right there". I think they were relieved however when I said that I was buying us bus passes to get back. We wandered around Circus Circus, but they decided the rides were too kidish. Decided not to do the Strat after all. Jose is NOT having a good time with all of this, and is making that very clear. Came back on the bus to visit the Auto Collection at the Imperial Palace. Very cool, old and expensive cars. Next we went to the Mac King Comedy Magic Show. He was both hilarious and amazing. Decided that we needed a break from walking in the 104 degree heat. Came back to the room, ordered the internet and a movie for later, and we'll be off again soon. I'll give you another update in the am.
Our night in Deming was uneventful. It rained all night and into the morning. Not until we were into AZ did it stop raining. I've decided that the rain is ok, as long as it's drivable. It has kept the temperatures down. This morning in Deming it was 66 degrees, by the time we got to Hoover Dam it was 104 degrees. We all again enjoyed the scenery- ever changing. We stopped at a rest stop at 'Texas Canyon" in AZ. It was very cool, as there were huge boulders all around. Jose and Christian attempted to climb them, but discovered that there was a fence to stop them. Bethany was glad about that because she was a bit freaked out by the warnings about poisonous snakes and insects. We also started to see those huge cacti- they were amazing. I decided to change our route to get off the interstate, and drive north on route 93. It was just amazing that there was so much undeveloped land. Not even a gas station for 150 miles! Also, we couldn't understand how these people live out in the middle of nowhere