VEGAS, BABY!! You'll get sick of it but I won't!
Trip Start Feb 07, 2010
10Trip End Feb 25, 2010
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Earlier I was hungover and smelly, then I was clean and mostly recovered, now I'm tired and winding down (I’ve been writing this blog in bits and pieces lol) ...but we can come to this in the proper order right?
Yesterday morning we packed up at the Bug and left Yosemite behind. We had to backtrack towards San Fran before going South, then East, then North again – it was all quite roundabout and slow. All because the mountain pass going straight through was shut in winter. Ahh well. At first it was amusing, we’d all sit about and chat or joke or read or watch the scenery, etc. But after about two hours that little seat became a crampy hell XD So we had to stop to “pee” quite regularly!
We crossed the Sierra Nevada mountains finally, and I was so surprised! On one side of the pass it is green (a little white from snow too lol), trees and plants all over, rocks jutting out of the ground, and generally beautiful. On the other side, it was suddenly big flat desert! It makes sense, I know, the mountains are so high they have different weather on each side (the term Foehn wind occurred to me as well) but for me it was still a shock.
So we stopped for lunch in the desert, which I think is more of a semi-arid region as there seems to be plenty of water still, at a town called Mojave (Mo-Hah-Vee). Subway was a nice reminder of home, although I confused the poor woman when I asked for capsicums! Oops “peppers” around here :P A local man decided we should 'take Obama with us when we go home because he is a socialist and no Americans want to be communist so he’s gonna ruin the country, worst thing to ever happen to usa’, blah blah... Everyone chose not to get involved with his strange ideas, and smiled and nodded politely! Sometimes it’s safer to not correct others or speak your mind haha.
Many hours more driving later, we finally arrived in ... Las Vegas, baby
The Super 8 motel is large (the largest in the USA, as they keep telling us) and looks like a nice spot. The rooms are HUGE and each individual gets a double bed! That’s crazy talk, at first I thought it was just cos it’s Vegas, baby! But we have been assured this is normal for this kind of motel.
After a brief respite in our rooms, showers, changing etc, we ate some Korean takeout in one of the ladies’ rooms, and had some drinks too. Then we went out for some “Vegas Fun”, as planned by Mike – for $25 each, we got to cruise the strip in a stretch hummer limo for an hour and a half! We stopped also for a cool light show involving the American pie song, a pee stop, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, a pee stop, and finally the enormous fountain at the Belaggio. It. Was. AWESOME. The cheer, “VEGAS BABY” got used until my throat was coarse haha... So yeah, I drank a lot, and had a simply fantastic time hanging out the window making random strangers give me a thumbs up
So we basically got the rest of the day to do what we wanted. After doing our laundry, I took a nap in our room while Matt caught up on the news, we also lent the laptop out for others to use :P I am pretty sure we agreed to lend it to more than 2 people, but the timing must have been out a little. A few other ladies were seeing The Lion King tonight, so we figured that it was time to see a show in VEGAS BABY!
Speaking of dinner, Matt wanted steak, as usual, but we couldn’t be arsed waiting for a seat in the steakhouse that was recommended to us so we stopped in at Blondies bar in the shopping centre. It was an amusing place, full of sports videos and waitresses dressed at cheerleaders. Guys were enjoying drinking games in the corner and the music was way too loud! So Matt got his steak, and I wanted lemonade to help my stomach but forgot that it’s basically lemon cordial here
Now we have walked back to the hotel, and just winding down. Tomorrow morning there’s another long bus ride to the Grand Canyon, where the weather report shows it might be a bit chilly... good thing we got snow geared up in VEGAS, BABY! (I’ll never get tired of this)
Have a great night y’all, I needa rest up and drink up (only water, don’t worry ;) )
Oh and one last thing... VEGAS BABY! YEAH!