Day 3 – Desert Days and Venetian Nights

img_3380.jpgThe morning of day three we boarded a Gray Line Tour bus headed to Hoover Dam, riding through the desert and seeing all of the beautiful scenery that is so very different from where we live.  We passed places with interesting names such as Boulder City.

Our tour guide was a retired pilot and boy did he have an abundance of information to share.   We enjoyed his commentary mixed with humor about every little detail along the way to Hoover Dam including stories about sheep that show up at Burger King  the same time every year and area 51.

Once at Hoover Dam they let us just explore and learn about how the dam was built and how it works to this date.   The expanse of this dam is unbelievable.  Just to think that men built this dam without the use of computer technology to design it is mind boggling.  All calculations were made by people…not computers and was finished two years ahead of schedule.  Cathy had a great affection for going there because her grandfather helped in the building of the dam.  It was here that we got to stand with one foot in Arizona and one in Nevada.

Needless to say on the trip back we were not as talkative as on the way out, especially Deb.  We need our beauty rest wherever we can get it.

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Welcome to Las Vegas!!

Everyone knows that when you go to Las Vegas you must go to the Venetian for a gondola ride.  The Venetian is definitely a place you must see if you are in Vegas.

Then dinner, shopping and after an undetermined amount of time in the casino, we turned in for a little bit of sleep before departing.

(Asking for a garbage bag for take off will always insure no one else but your friends will sit with you on the plane.)

On the flight Debbie asked, “Well girls is this something we want to do again?” and the response was an overwhelming YES!  We passed the test of compatibility for travel!

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Our first trip was a huge success.  Thank you Vegas for a fun, busy, and exciting trip.

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The week after we got home we planned our next adventure. Any guesses where that would be?

Day 2 – The Tourists Have Arrived!

April Fool’s Day began with an all you can eat breakfast at the Monte Carlo and it was wonderful. How can you go wrong with a breakfast bar that runs all night?\

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Lee and Cathy’s breakfast. Debbie did eat breakfast but there is no evidence! Ha-ha.

Now to locate our Hop On/Hop Off tour bus.  If you have never used Hop On/Hop Off Tours, you have missed out.  For a small fee they let you hop on or hop off for one or more days, sightseeing as you go.  In Las Vegas the hardest task was locating the first hop on of the day.  Down the street, over the over pass,  through three different casinos we finally found our first hop on at Excalibur Casino.   This normally would not be hard to find unless you are Lee, Debbie and Cathy from Arkansas.  Upon finally finding it we met our tour guide, Arnesto.

 

Our day was full of sunshine, fun and photos galore on the open top tour bus!

This is day two highlights,  but what did not make the cut for photos was the M&M store, probably because we were too busy “sampling” M&Ms.  Also an “undetermined amount of time at the casino.”

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Debbie’s favorite game, Cathy’s says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

Later that evening we went to “The Las Vegas Show.”   Lots of very talented people who put on an excellent old style Vegas show about the Rat Pack. We are all pretty skeptical about this show but the price was right and it included a before the show dinner at PBR Grill.   We were pleasantly surprised about how fabulous it was.

 

After the show of course we were “snacky” so we returned to El Diablo for an actual cookie sheet of loaded nachos and Debbie and Cathy may or may  not have had to partake in another Mango Jalapeno Margarita.

 

After an undetermined amount of time in the casino, we returned to our rooms to call it a night.

Day three to come….goodnight from Las Vegas.

 

 

Las Vegas… the test.

The day finally came for our first trip and boy were we excited!   With bags packed early, we were ready for our first adventure.   Oh wait.. that’s only Cathy that packs a week ahead of time.  Lee and Debbie pack the night before OR the morning of (Lee.)

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Our signature picture before the trip is always the same,  bags packed in the car and a snap shot before leaving for the airport.

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Vegas here we come…after making it smoothly through TSA we board the plane.  Thank goodness for Southwest Airlines and nonstop flights.

Unfortunately, things don’t always run as smoothly. Upon departing the airport in Vegas we sadly found out that our pre-booked limo ride to the hotel was overbooked and we would have to wait two hours.  So we waited in the cold, believe it or not, in Vegas for two hours.  Then when the limo arrived we were thrown in like sardines in a can with our luggage strapped to the outside.  Oh well, it was a ride to where we were going.

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Really we weren’t quite this mad, but we decided to take a mad face picture for fun while waiting.  Anything we could do to keep body heat going, because as the sun went down in the desert it was c~o~l~d!!

Fast forward a few hours, after being shuttled to the hotel, and this is our fabulous view our rooms at the Monte Carlo.

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Then we hit the town in the city that never sleeps. Literally, never sleep

After seeing all we could see at the end of a really long day we decided to find a place for dinner.   We ended up at “El Diablo.”   Contrary to it’s name, it was heavenly.  We enjoyed authentic Mexican food and of course authentic Mexican drinks for Deb and Cathy.

After an undetermined amount of time in the Monte Carlo Hotel Casino we called it a night and went up to our rooms to get a good few hours of sleep before our first big day in Vegas.

End of day one….day two here we come!

The dinner that changed us….

January 3, 2017

We met at Debbie’s house for a chance to reconnect and enjoy her “from scratch dinner” and  little did we know just how far this dinner would take us together.

We laughed and said, “how about we go on a girls trip?”  Yes, Yes, Yes was the consensus. Now we had to decide where we would pick as our first adventure together as adults…no daughters in tow.

Several locations were tossed around but our final choice was unanimous.  Here’s a clue “What happens here, stays here.”

Yes, we’re going to VEGAS!!

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