Las Vegas, Nevada

Trip Start May 13, 2007
Trip End Jun 03, 2007

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Today, I explored a little bit of Las Vegas. Uncle Bill rented a car. The car turned out to be a Dodge Magnum. We drove down to the other end of the strip to the Luxor, the pyramid casino. While Uncle Bill was on the floor, I went to check out the Shark Reef in the Mandalay Bay Hotel / Casino. After seeing the line, I decided not to check it out. Besides, I've seen sharks at Mystic Aquarium or could just head down to the ocean. Uncle Bill and I then took the monorail over to the Excalibur Hotel / Casino, a castle like building.
While Uncle Bill was on the floor, I walked across the street to the Tropicana Hotel / Casino to check out the Titanic Artifacts Exhibit. They also had an exhibit on the human body, but I skipped that since it was somewhat expensive. After discount and coupon, it cost me $17 to get in. I was not allowed to take pictures inside. Before entering, each person is given a boarding pass of someone who was on board the Titanic. They said that some people are in the exhibit, while most you just look at a list at the end to see if they survived or not. It was a nice exhibit with artifacts, stories, movies, and replicas of places on the ship. One thing I liked most was a replica of the outside deck with cold air, ocean sound, and a night sky showing what it was like that night. At the end, I found that my person lived, but his father died. Out of curiosity, I checked the list for people with last names of Hoskin or Mott. I found a Hoskins, but nothing closer. After getting a book at the gift store, I left to find Uncle Bill.
I find that Las Vegas is not very friendly when it comes to ease of walking around. Casinos and hotels are not built in simple straight lines. There is bends and turns and not easy entries or exit points. When walking through casino floors, minors under 21 are not allowed on the floor. When walking through the complexes, there are no other routes except through the gambling floors. I assume the children are supposed to stay on the path of the carpet, but there is not much distinction between gambling area and walkways. At least at Mohegan Sun there is a loop clearly marked by walls on either side of the walkway. What bothered me most was how difficult it was to walk around. People with luggage, bathing suits, or pool toys were walking through casino floors. When I was at the Titanic Exhibit, even though on the other side of the wall was where I needed to be, I had to walk through the complex back to the other end of the block, use a skyway to cross the road, then walk past two casinos before getting back to where Uncle Bill and I had left the car. I wish they laid out the complexes in simpler terms, or at least allow more entrances and exits to the buildings.
After some miscommunication, we finally met up at the Luxor Hotel / Casino. We headed back to the KOA. I decided that I really wanted to see the fountains of the Bellagio and the Star Trek Experience. There was also the show about pirates and sirens outside of the Treasure Island Hotel / Casino. It was too late for Star Trek, but the fountains run every fifteen minutes after 7pm. Uncle Bill decided that we would stay an extra night so I could go to the Star Trek Experience. Neither of us wanted to be driving through Death Valley in the middle of the day. Therefore, we went to the Bellagio Hotel / Casino for dinner.
When we got to the Bellagio, we caught a show of the fountains. Just before the show, a fire developed in the mulch right on the level below us. People threw their water bottles across the road or dropped in down from above to help put out the fire, which was eventually put out. After the fountain show, we went inside for dinner. The inside of the main lobby was very interesting with an indoor flower garden. After eating dinner at an up class restaurant, we headed back to the main entrance. Uncle Bill went to the floor while I went outside to catch another show of the fountains. Unfortunately, I was too late to get to the road to see the show, but had to watch it from the hotel side. I then made my way to the road. I picked a nice spot. When I saw a mom with a child, I moved over a little bit so the mother could hold the child so he could see. Instead, she puts her child on the post right in front of me. So I had to find another spot and stand behind people to see the show. Good thing I'm tall. After the third show I saw, I walked back around the pond to the main entrances of the Bellagio. I thought I was supposed to meet Uncle Bill inside the lobby, after fifteen minutes, I decided to catch another show. When I walked outside there was Uncle Bill. So we left the hotel and headed back to the KOA. Tomorrow, I'm going to the Star Trek Experience. I may also go up the Eiffel Tower and check out the Atomic Testing Museum. From a thing I saw on TV, I learned that Las Vegas has a high cancer rate since just over fifty miles away was the testing ground for United States nuclear weapons. In the evening, I'll most likely go watch the pirates' show at the Treasure Island Hotel / Casino.
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