Vegas has never been on our bucket list of places to see. It ranks low on the list right next to New York City. So in May, when friends Patty and Greg from Texas (Dan and Greg went to Mason City, Iowa high school together, and we were in their wedding 43 years ago on September 1) invited us to go with them, we surprised ourselves by arranging a trip from August 8-11. Retirement certainly makes it easier to get together now.
|Dan, me, Patty, Greg|
After leaving Hogan with our son and DIL in Austin, off to Las Vegas we went!
And the children. We were stunned at how many families think it's appropriate to take small children through and into casinos - some children were with adults who were gambling - and many adults kept kids up late, like 9:00 to 10:00 to 11:00 at night. Las Vegas sure doesn't seem like a kid-friendly environment, so what are they doing there?
|Casino in New York New York|
|A huge roller coaster is on top of NYNY; we didn't ride it.|
It was hot. Though it was an expected "dry heat," unexpectedly it made my nostrils hurt and bleed. I'm definitely accustomed to, and prefer, Florida's humidity. The temp got to 103 (F), but with strong 35-40 mph winds, it felt like 90-something.
We got a chuckle from seeing of this cluster of ducks by the pond in front of the Mirage hotel. They literally found a
During walks, we went into all the famous hotels - MGM Grand, the Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, The Venetian, The Mirage, Treasure Island, and more. As promised by friends who had already been to Vegas, these hotels are stunning with beautiful things to see.
|Evening fountain show at the Bellagio|
|Chihuly glass on the ceiling of The Venetian lobby|
|Patty and me at the Paris shops|
|Ceiling of Caesar's Palace shopping|
|Patty and Dan, with Greg observing|
|The theater, over my shoulder.|
|The stage in front of me with pre-show flashes of fire|
Our other fun was eating at Emiril's Restaurant. With Dan being the cook he is, this especially appealed to him. It was a unique opportunity for all of us to savor a four-course meal with wine pairings. My favorite course was dessert. No surprise there! The bread pudding was incredible. Dan says that a show and dining at a celebrity chef's restaurant would get him to return to Vegas.
|The Strip at night, photographed from a pedestrian overpass|
Now Greg, Patty and I are trying to convince Dan that we need to go on a cruise together... another activity that Dan says he never wants to do. Who knows? A cruise might be the next bottom-of-the-bucket-list trip we'll do with friends! Ha, ha.
Not having a car, I didn't make it to either of the Las Vegas quilt shops suggested by my quilt-y friend Christa. So, I'll conclude this post with a picture of the carpeting outside our room at NYNY. It could be a quilt. Linda