Escape to Vegas

Trip Start Sep 03, 2008
Trip End Oct 01, 2008

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Where I stayed
LaQuinta Inn Las Vegas tropicana

Flag of United States  , Nevada
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Here we are in a hotel with Internet service (and running water too).  You may have noticed that last night really creeped me out.  In addition to the place being something out of the 40's and way overpriced, it was 7,500 feet up!  That's half again as high as Denver.  I have trouble breathing at night anyway (sleep apnea), and the elevation had me gasping for the stale air of the fleabag motel.  I woke Sandy up at 6:30 (She didn't know there were 2 of those in the same day!), and we were on the road by 7:00.  We did get to see a beautiful sunrise over Mono Lake (at 70 miles an hour out of town!). 

Victoria gave us the choice of 2 roads, the fastest (435 miles of interstate) and the shortest (370 miles of who-knows-what).  We chose the short way, and did NOT regret it this time.  The roads were either 2 or 4 lanes, straight, and flat, flat, flat! There were a few, very few, old mining towns or railroad towns of less than 1,000 people along the way, and each of them had a 25 MPH speed limit through town.  I have never heard of a 25 MPH limit on a Federal Highway, but they were there. We managed to keep the speed down in almost all of them, almost all.  In the other one we met the Nevada Welcoming Committee who asked for a $65 donation for the privilege of going 30 in a 25.  Do you know the difference between a Nevada State Trooper car and a cactus?  Cactus has the pricks on the outside!

Moving on, we saw an ever-changing landscape of desert and mountains,  The mountains began to vary in both geology and color.  There was quite a bit of mining going on, and we passed the spot where they used to test A-bombs.  They must have filled in the hole.  There were some thermally-active areas with steam rising from hot springs, which we did not expect.  We saw a lot of the Nevada State tree and State flower.  A lot!

We rolled into Vegas about 2:00, and spent the next 2 hours in various traffic jams shooting photos out of the sunroof.  Great Urban Fun.  We overate at the Buffet at Excalibur, down the street, and here we are; tired, full, and ready to get a good night's rest in a hotel with a positive star-rating.

Tomorrow it's off to Lake mead, the Grand Canyon, and Williams Arizona.  If the Holiday Inn there has internet, I'll blog you.
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