Day 15 - Viva Las Vegas
Trip Start May 11, 2010
70Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Grand Canyon to Las Vegas
Busy day today, early up for the helicopter trip. The hotel was good, we had a suite for some reason which was pleasant. Best bed so far. The shower was weird though, I reckon you could write a book on the different ways the showers work. Anyway, after sorting out that we headed for the Express Breakfast which is a little weak, but the restaurant was full of germans so ve left and ate in the room instead. We were staying about 5 mins from the tiny airport so arrived too early and sat and watched the comings and goings which was fun. Ours arrived and we were on our own, must have been short booked that slot. So the next 30 mins or so was pretty spectacular and a fantastic way to see the canyon. To top it off we took off to Hey You, so I did find Pink Floyd after all although that was a little bittersweet for Tina especially
Great flight though, clear blue skies – plenty of pictures to bore everyone with, nothing static quite catches the moment.
Yesterday we wanted to know if there were any genuine ghost towns nearby and today after seeing an aircraft museum wondered where that airplane graveyard is. Turns out there are hundreds of ghost towns, mainly from gold and mineral prospectors who found the minerals ran out – there is even a ghost town website. If we get a chance we'll take a look. They must be more interesting than the many 'historical markers’ we passed today which just point ½ mile into the desert at nothing in particular. The airplane graveyards are in Tucson which is too far south in Arizona for this trip. Shame.
Also, forgot to mention in Page we were next to a street which had at least 12 churches all next door – Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Unitarian, Episcopal, Nazarene, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Immaculate Heart, First Assembly of God, Latter Day Saints. Amazing, just about every major Christian movement except catholic in the space of about 200 yards…
On the subject of forgetting, we were taking a nice evening walk round the south rim of the grand canyon behind two old hikers who were chatting away about tomorrows hike when one turned round, 70 at least this guy, and snot-rocketed about 10 yards from mum
Anyway, after the helicopter we headed off for a 4hr 30m drive. Two roads and 200 odd miles. Nothing exceptional en route sadly, After an hour or so we stopped at Bearizona to get some bear pictures having failed dismally in Yellowstone. At least these ones can’t hide! The cubs were cute. The park was nice but only about 25% finished. Never mind, another time. The staff were all very friendly…
After another hour or so we had a stop off which turned out to be a decent and cheap buffet. More bug removal which Tina keeps snapping. Then back on the road for another couple of hours. Tina keeps asking who put the kipper in the washer water. It does seem to reek of fish after each bug washing session so she is now convinced they use fish somehow in the water (the tea was a bit fishy for a few days too but that was probably the microwave). Just down the road I realised the seat had moved so was fiddling around, Tina reminded me this was not such a great idea as in SLC I’d idly messed with the headrest and couldn’t get it down. Spent the next 5 miles with my head cricked looking over the top of my sunglasses to drive. Haha serves me right.
Got to the Hoover Dam which is big. Very big. We’d seen a making of film a few days earlier so it was good to see it up close. The guy that ran the project brought it in more than a year ahead of schedule and got a $4m bonus (in today’s terms). The average worker’s wage was 75 cents per hour. After a trip around the visitor centre we were off again, just another 25 miles or so to Vegas
The roads gradually widened from one lane to seven in town but the drive was pretty easy. The town was in a bit of a haze so not easy to see from a distance. Arrived at the MGM Grand suites and we have a lovely one on the 28th floor. Puts old faithfull lodge to shame at $150 per night.
Headed off onto the strip for a walk in the evening lights. Very nice too. Stopped off at Bellagio’s for the fountain display and did some touristy things. Picked up some dinner and back to the hotel ready for tomorrow in town!
Going to see if I can find my uncle who is a tattooist, famous apparently, and I haven’t seen for 10 or maybe 20 years. Might get the flame tattooed down the side of my face that I’ve always wanted. It is time for a mid life crisis surely.
Thanks for all the messages. Gwen – hope it gives you a laugh before school, Meg – just like Mars! Vic – Mum really is driving and yes, it is Nan B who comments a lot, she is getting to grips with email. Thanks Mum/Sue – hope that you enjoy the journey with us – we spotted Dave walking the dog in Boulder City… also t looks a lot like the Canaries in Nevada!, Sarah – Vegas & Grand canyon is worth a trip. Maria, many more postcards to come for the girls… Amanda, we miss you too x. Barb/Mum – we rest each night a bit don’t worry… some special pictures of the kerbside for you…
Safe sound and happy!
Mark & Tina