We then started making our way back to Zion Natl. Park, since the last time drove through both our cameras were out of juice! We hit it just before dusk and managed to snap a couple of cool pictures. Beautiful park, especially with a low sun on the red rocks and sand. We went to the same campground were we stayed two days ago. This time we had a great spot right at the river. Did our usual camping ritual, wood fire roasted beans & chili straight out of the can accompanied by some beers
. Next morning we packed and hit the road back towards Vegas. We arrived in Vegas around 3pm and went to our pre booked hotel on the strip. Hotel & Casino New York, New York, which is a pretty impressive replica of the New York skyline. After checking in and tugging our luggage straight over the casino floor (gotta love the way they design these places) and finding the elevator to our room, we hit the strip. We walked from our hotel on the south side of the strip all the way to the Stratosphere at the North side. Obviously we catched a cab back to our hotel. We then hit the Irish Pub in our hotel (the hotel itself is like a small frigging city) and enjoyed some good Pyramid Heffenweizen brewsky's.
We then hit the strip by night to see the real Vegas. Definitely impressive, we had some beers in different spots along the way and then hit the Coca Cola store so Philipp could give in to his addiction and buy half the store. Had a pitcher of beer in the Hooters casino, totally overrated!! Tired by that time we made our way back and hit the sheets.
Next morning, all bright eyed and bushy tailed, first thing we did was get tickets for the comedy Stop at the Tropicana. We then had some great pizza for breakfast and jumped in a cab. "Where you wonna go" The Gun Store please
. Woohaa! At this place you can actually shoot a fully automatic gun! Off course we had to do that. So I shot an M4, Krautz an AK-47. It's expensive and over in minutes but totally awesome! In the pictures you notice they put the targets upside down, that's because you tend to start low and then go high because of the recoil. Walking outside feeling a bit shaky and very awake we took a cab back to the hotel. We checked out the other side of the strip, the Luxor (pyramid), Mandalay Bay and Excalibur Casino. During the evening we decided to have some good dinner and went to the Treasure Island Casino. We just missed the pirate show so we decided to have dinner at Social Club. A great Japanese restaurant overlooking the location of the Pirate Show. This was definitely the best Japanese food I've ever had. 6 Courses with yellowtail, ahi tuna, Kobe beef, scallops, lamb & sushi all prepared perfectly. At the end of our meal we saw the Pirate Show which was great (thanks for the tip Bill!). We made our way back to the Tropicana for our Comedy show. Great show! Better than the one we've seen in NY. Afterwards we decided to gamble a bit, decided we can afford to lose a $100, I played with $70, Krautz with $30. Krautz was done after three rounds of Roulette. I actually managed to double my $70. Guess what, should have stopped right there but instead of course wanted to play some more and...lost it again! But all good, moved on to the Irish Pub and had a fun evening there.
Next day we checked out and drove to the old part of the strip which is really not that great. The casino's are older and so are the showgirls and that's about it. Leaving Vegas and onwards to Death Valley!
So we left you guys updated until Bryce Canyon. So the next day after a good night sleep we took an ATV tour to the north rim of Bryce Canyon. Unfortunately they didn't allow us to go faster than 20 miles an hour, but it was still a fun ride through some hilly terrain. Saw a lot of deer and bucks which was pretty cool. Afterwards we hit Bryce Canyon by car and drove all the way up. Took some great pictures of the canyon but after the Grand Canyon we were slightly underwhelmed by this Natl. Park. We're spoiled!