The last of the big gamblers
01.10.2008 - 03.10.2008 34 °C
The drive from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas is only about 4 hours. We stopped off at the Hoover dam on the way in to Las Vegas. Quite an amazing structure - built about 70 years ago - and for its time quite an achievement.
The road travel was even more boring than the previous one. Although we feel there are some road workers with a good sense of humour as we spotted a sign - watch out for animals next 20 miles. Well - if there were ever animals out there they've long gone. We kept a fierce watch out - but nothing. We came across another sign that said the same but for the next 10 miles. We put a bounty out there $5.00 if you spot one. By the time we saw the third sign - we were ready for even a dead animal - nothing. Brittany dreamt that night that she spotted a mountain goat - it wasn't enough to get her the $5.00 bounty.
Las Vegas is about as unreal as you can get. We stayed at Circus Circus and Brittany was rapt with the carnival type attractions that she could waste her money on - trying to win a stuffed toy that you wouldn't pay money for. She had another go at the grab thing (jo and Fiona!) that you use an arm to try and grab a toy at - hello in all the times in France she tried and didn't get anything you'd have thought she would have learned! apparently not.
We gambled $1.00 each and simon hit the jackpot - came away with $5.00 - Sarah didn't do so well and spent another $1.00 - mind you we were playing the 1c machine! if you picked it - we're not really gamblers.
Loved looking at all the hotels - Bellagio fountain was our favouite, and the MGM grand with the lions. We also watched a new tv series (jingles - a reality show where teams created jingles and pitched them) - and got some free stuff - but really there is nothing free in Las Vegas - buy one get one free sort of thing. We left the hotel at 9am and got back at 10pm that night - so wished i had my pedometer! it would have gone off the scale for sure. Certainly lots to see and do - and very family orientated if you need it.