A canyon, a Strip and a broken knee...

Trip Start Jun 15, 2010
Trip End Jan 27, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Friday, September 17, 2010

As the plane banked and began our decent to the airport, I saw the bright lights of Las Vegas. The numerous movies I had seen depicting the excitement, decadence and depravity of The Strip flicked through my mind as we were greeted by the extravagant Casino's and hotels on our way to Bally's where we would spend the next 4 nights. 

Our first stop the next morning was The Bellagio, across the road from our hotel, for their champagne brunch. When we finally made it in there (after cuing for about an hour) we were met with a feast, from pancakes, french toast, hot breakfast cooked to order and freshly baked breads to roasts, desserts and seafood. The friendly bar staff kept our glasses filled and we even managed to get some free cocktails (jannihilators of course!). When we finally rolled out of their at 4pm, we were so full we had to retire to our suite for a lay down before getting dressed up to check out some of the casino's

After the sun went down we stopped at the Bellagio again, this time to watch the fountain, which goes off regularly (a la Oceans 11 style) complete with music. As we wandered over to Cesar's Palace to have a drink, we were given free entry and drinks to Pure nightclub by a hotel rep. We stopped to listen to a Latin band at one of the hotel bars and then checked out the Pussy cat dolls gaming tables, where they had managed to combine pole dancing and gambling. Interesting...
When it got closer to midnight we went into Pure nightclub and I welcomed in my birthday on the dance floor. When our feet were aching and we had fended off enough guys trying to bump and grind us, we staggered back to the hotel. On the overpass between the two, we stopped to sing along with a busker who took my request for House of the rising sun. He and Faye then launched into Happy Birthday for me before we retired to bed, via the pizza shop. 

Dragging ourselves out of bed the next morning we hit the shops. The day was spent wandering through the cobblestone paths of Paris and then the stores of Planet Hollywood. That night we went to see a magic show 'The Mentalist' that Faye had been given tickets too and then headed down the strip to explore some more. When we got into 'New York, New York' we were again approached by a rep who gave us entry and free champagne at Rok bar. In the vain of positive life choices we headed off for our free drinks and the night disappeared on the dance floor once again with fuzzy memories of talking to people from all over the world and Faye smashing her knee when she stacked on the way out of the bathrooms. 

The Grand Canyon awaited us the next morning and we rose early, feeling very sorry for ourselves, to meet the tour bus. The tour guide was one of the funniest and best informed I have come across in all my travels and I think him making me laugh was the only thing that stopped me from being ill on the long bus ride! I began to feel better after a rest stop and some greasy food and was able to start taking in the beauty of the landscape around me. The Arizona dessert, with its rocky mountains, Joshua trees and beautiful shades of orange and earthy browns was amazing to see up close. 

We stopped briefly at the Hover Damn for pictures (while I informed Faye that this is where they are hiding Megatron) before being dropped off at the Grand Canyon. From the entrance we were ferried with the hundreds of other tourist to two different lookout points (Eagle point & Guano lookout) where we got to explore and take in the grandeur for the next 3 hours. It was huge, belittling and beautiful beyond description. Truly a highlight of our trip. We settled back into the bus for the ride home as the sun set over the desert, the horizon cast with a kaleidoscope of colours as the light disappeared. 

Back in town we headed to the Flamingo, where we watched duelling pianist and then saw the gondola's at the Venetian and the Volcano erupt at the Mirage. I proved I could lose $20 in two minutes on a roulette table (my only real foray into gambling) and eventually called it a night with our late night dessert crepes. 

Finally, we could avoid it no more, Faye and I had to say goodbye to each other and our amazing summer together. She was headed back to New York briefly and then home to the UK and I was off to Vancouver to see my little sister and try to set up shop there for a while. Faye is such an awesome person and getting to know her better over our travels together means I will always consider her a close friend. 

So after hugs and goodbyes, I started my trip up north. Excited to see my sister, sad to say goodbye to Faye and completely exhausted, I promptly passed out before the plane had taken off, farewelling an unforgettable summer in the United States of America. 
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Lalene on

Wow Grand Canyon pictures are breathtaking..,. Do you see Megatron in there? xx

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