What happens in Vegas...

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Dec 31, 2010

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Las Vegas was not on the original radar. We were scheduled to leave California on Sunday, and drive through to Page, Arizona for our Monday show. However, with Andrew's permission, we decided to take the opportunity to embark a day early so we could spend Saturday night in Las Vegas.
We used one of our Hotels.com credits to reduce the rate of a nice hotel right on the Strip. We got in pretty late—we didn't arrive at the hotel until 11:00pm (It’s okay—we took our time with goodbyes back in California). But Las Vegas never sleeps, so neither will the Domenys!

We watched the fountain and light show in front of the Bellagio, and then went into the Bellagio to check out the lobby. They had an extraordinary lobby display--it was an oversized garden scene--some sort of mix between Alice in Wonderland and Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
We wandered through the casino, and decided to sit down at a penny slot machine. I mean, it's Vegas, right? Well... we weren't very good gamblers. We couldn't even figure out how to play. We even tried to put the penny in the card slot... as we made sure no one was looking. We were complete amateurs. But then again, there would be cause for worry if we weren't :)

We walked around the Strip, browsing a number of major hotel/casinos--Caesar's Palace, Treasure Island, Flamingo. We stopped in Caesar's Palace for a little dinner. Kelsey had a huge delicious bowl of French onion soup, and I had an omelet. We'd never eaten dinner at 1:30 in the morning before! The Flamingo had a conservatory habitat with live flamingos--we walked through those gardens as the time got away from us. By the time we eventually arrived back at our hotel, it was 3:30.

We were pretty exhausted. I was particularly drained. It's tough for a good guy to walk the streets of Vegas. Sin and pornography is so openly advertised. You simply cannot avoid exposure to it. I had to non-stop dart my eyes--not even the ground was safe, as it was literally littered with pornographic advertising. It probably didn't help that we were exploring Vegas between midnight and 3:00 in the morning. We may have enjoyed it more if we were there earlier in the evening. As it was, Vegas just reeked of self-indulgence. A city that prides itself on its nickname "Sin City" is no city in which I can fully enjoy myself.

The next morning, the streets were swept, and the blazing sun took the place of the neon flashing lights. Before heading out of town, we stopped for lunch. There was a restaurant we tried to visit the night before, but we had been too late. So, this morning provided the opportunity. Serendipity 3 is a restaurant affiliated with Caesar's Palace. Kelsey and I opened our order with Serendipity's signature frozen hot chocolate (not an oxymoron--only the absolute best drink I've ever had). I then ordered "A Summer Bries" -- open-faced sandwich with shaved turkey, cranberry mayo, apples, and brie. Kelsey's "High Heel Pump" sandwich boasted buffalo mozarella, prosciutto, basil pesto, fresh tomatos, arugula, and a vinaigrette. Kelsey made the bold claim that it was the best sandwich she's ever eaten in her life. I hope so! The gourmet sandwiches were tagged with a gourmet price, but it was our last Las Vegas splurge. After lunch, we headed out of town to continue our life on the road. But we started this year out with a bang!

What happens in Vegas....

... ends up being blogged right here :)
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