What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas judging by my blog. Or in other words my blogging time which was once called Keeping-up-with-my-15-year-old’s-algebra is now known as We’ve-moved-on-to-geometry!
But we actually did go to Las Vegas in March and I’m just now getting around to blogging about it. It was a very quick trip. DH’s aunt was there for a conference, so his mom decided to fly in for a fun weekend with her sister, and invited us to drive down and meet up with them. (Which always sounds like, oh, fun, a road trip! Then the logistics of work schedules and children and lots of driving make it a little more complicated!)
Miracle of miracles, DH was able to get someone to work for him that Saturday so we could be gone for 48 hours. We left Thursday night after cello lessons and drove straight through, pulling in around 1 a.m., which with the time zone change, we kidded ourselves, was only midnight! By the time we got checked into our room and actually fell into bed, it did indeed feel like the 2 a.m. it was in Utah. And of course children woke up at the crack of dawn.
Little A is getting to be like her big brother and doesn’t want to smile for the camera, but was at least happy to hang out with Nana. All those Facetime calls are making Nana familiar.
After watching the dolphins play underwater, we watched them interact with the trainers and get fed.
D especially loves tigers and was thrilled that they had two tiger cubs there, one orange and one white. They were quite playful and watching them made his day!
Then we hiked and hiked and why does everything on the Strip feel like it’s a mile away from the parking garages? Finally we made it to the Cheesecake Factory in Caesar’s Palace where Nana took us out for a late lunch (a belated birthday meal for DH.) We watched the fish in the aquarium while we waited for a table and drank chocolate milk.
The lighting was really weird.
We also watched the animatronic fountain show before hiking back to the car.
Nana and Aunt S had to get ready to go to a show, so we said goodbye at this point and headed back to our hotel. Little A fell asleep in the car and stayed asleep once in our room, so I took the opportunity to rest with her. E was determined to swim so C, D, and DH went with him down to the outdoor pool where they lasted for only a few minutes because the wind was quite fierce just then. It was warm compared to home, but still not quite hot enough for outdoor swimming.
We had stuffed ourselves at lunch and still had quite a few leftovers so we didn’t even need dinner, but ended up at Nana’s hotel where we could spread out a little. She had a kitchenette and a living room. We should have stayed there! There was a basketball tournament in Las Vegas that weekend and we had a terrible time finding a nice and affordable room, especially when we were looking last minute. We found The Hobbit on tv and ended up watching the rest of it. I think our lack of sleep the night before was catching up to us.
We convinced the boys to get up and catch the water show at the Bellagio before heading back to our room to bed. But again, because we had to park so far away and walk out to the street, we missed half of it. I don’t think the boys even cared. Since we were there, I wanted to see the gardens inside. They were still decorated with a Chinese New Year theme.
I also really loved the Chihuly glass sculptures in the lobby ceiling.
Across the way, the Eiffel Tower!
And no, it’s not like almost being in Paris. I don’t care what the ads say. Nothing in Las Vegas feels like the real thing.
The next day after breakfast, we headed out to Red Rock Canyon conservation area. It was nice to get away from the city. We walked around the visitor’s center and exhibits before driving the 13-mile loop. It was pretty warm and looking at the time and knowing we had a long drive ahead of us we didn’t feel we could spend the time it would take to do any hiking. Maybe next time.
So we said our goodbyes and hit the road, missing the quickest turn off back to the I-15. Then we needed gas so DH told me to look for a Costco or Sam’s. We finally found one, but it took a very long time to get off the freeway and back to the Sam’s Club that looked oh, so close from the freeway, and then it took forever to get gas there on a Saturday. Then we needed a recharger for our cell phones which were down to almost nothing battery wise and our other car charger was toast. So we stopped at Walmart. Then we were starving, so we stopped at Smash Burger for a late lunch? dinner? Then we finally hit the road. 6.5 hour drive, plus the time zone change adding an hour, stopping in Cedar City for gas and snacks, at Grandma’s house to pick up my cello, and we pulled in our driveway at 11:15 p.m. And it was the night we switched to Daylight Saving’s Time, so DH got about 4 hours of sleep before he had to head back to work!
Seriously, it was good to see Nana and Aunt S. And D says the tigers were worth it.