Viva Las Vegas

Leaving Lake Mead and traveling to Las Vegas was a breeze. Only about 25 miles! The KOA at Sam’s Town is very nice. All the amenities plus a short walk to the casino, 2 free drinks each night if we buy 2, free shuttle to the strip plus the usual pool, hot tub, etc. After setting up we walked over to enjoy our drinks and donate some money, I mean play the slots. A lovely evening’s entertainment.

Celebrating my birthday on Tuesday, went to the swanky restaurant, the Angry Butcher. I had the scallops and shrimp with wilted spinach swimming in lemon butter and Tom the steak with mashed potatoes. The scallops were perfect, the shrimp excellent and Tom enjoyed his steak. Then a few dollars into the machines and a drink at the bar before bed.

My gift to myself came on Wednesday, the Cirque Du Soleil Love, The Beatles, at the Mirage. We took off for the Strip about 2:30 on the hotel shuttle planning to check out the other casinos, the fountain display at the Bellagio, and have some dinner before the show. The Strip was crazy, people everywhere, music, noise, lights, it was a bit overwhelming but fun. The water display at the Bellagio was great, Elvis singing Viva Las Vegas, the water jets send the spouts up over 400 feet. Great fun.

The Cirque du Soleil Love was terrific. It really isn’t something that can be described. Acrobats, aerialist, dancers, choreographed to match the music. My favorite was Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. The aerialist was superb. Enough said: it was perfect.

Our last two night on the strip we just enjoyed watching the craziness, visited the fountain at the Bellagio and the Bellagio’s Gardens inside the casino. The ceiling display of Chihuly Glass was amazing, and the animated swans were too. We squeezed in two more of their fountain displays also. My favorite was Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Animated Swans

Chihuly Glass

We enjoyed our time in Vegas, but the heat was overwhelming. We hibernated during the day, poor Gracie could not walk on the blacktop, she had to wear her boots to protect her feet. We realized, after checking the weather maps, that there was no relief in California. That combined with the fires required a complete remapping of our trip. Where is it cool in California right now? San Diego. San Diego, here we come.