Our flight from
on a Monday. Without looking at any signs, you would know the city you were in
by the lines of slot machines in the airport corridors. We stayed at the Aria
Hotel, a new hotel with over 4,000 rooms, which sounds immense until you learn
it is only the fifth largest in town. Everything in the place was ultra modern.
A remote control unit in the room operated everything including lighting,
clock, television, room drapes, even the privacy sign for housekeeping. We sat
there like two senior citizens trying to turn on the lights while the drapes
kept opening and closing. The view of the city was breathtaking from the 25th
floor, and we needed to pack sandwiches for the trip to the elevators. There are
16 restaurants in the hotel, most ridiculously overpriced. I was afraid my
fumbling with the remote might cost us thousands in room service charges! McCarran International Airport
We saw two shows, a theatrical magician named Criss Angel at the
Luxor, and a sensational version of Jersey
Boys at the .
Being foodies and looking for any way to stay out of the casinos, we had some
wonderful dinners and companion wines. The service in Vegas is impeccable since
the whole economy revolves around tourism. Walking the strip at night is like
being in a mile-long Paris Times Square. The heat
there can be daunting so walks are usually confined to early mornings and
evening hours. They should get the folks handing out the nudie cards off the
streets; it gives the Strip a "Midnight Cowboy" feel that I could
have done without. When we finally did hit the casino, I played video poker as
usual and hit a Royal Flush jackpot for $1,000 bucks which is highly unusual.
We also toured the Hoover Dam, an incredible engineering project that literally changed the landscape of the southwest. "Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between the states of
Nevada and .
Considered to be the world’s largest dam and an engineering marvel at the time
of its construction in the 1930s, Hoover Dam brings much-needed water and power
to the Southwest. Damming the Colorado River created Arizona Lake
Mead, a National Recreation Area managed by the National Park
Service. A spectacular four-lane highway bridge arching across the
Colorado River opened in late 2010 and carries traffic between Nevada and .
The older two-lane highway across the dam could no longer handle the 14,000
vehicles that travel here each day. Below the dam, you can launch paddle
craft for a trip on the Arizona Colorado River or take
a guided river tour." (TravelNevada Website)
Travel can be tiring but it does allow you to see our magnificent country.
is a very
intense place that sucks you dry (in more ways than one) but the sensation of
being there is like going over the top of the highest hill on the Cyclone
roller coaster. You hear those last few rickety-ticks and then plunge straight
down, pinned to the back of your seat and screaming your head off. That pretty
well sums up Las Vegas . Las Vegas
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