Monday, May 14, 2012

Las Vegas Day 2: Sunday

Woohoo! Made it through two days in Sin City and even went to church twice today. One of the things Leah wanted to do on her survey trip out here was visit a couple of churches, so we went to one this morning and the other this evening and loved them both. In between we walked the strip. Don't judge. Here are the day's most interesting moments, with some commentary.

Yes, that's gas for $4 a gallon. When I saw that, I was glad we didn't upgrade to a bigger car. We've been driving all over the place and the gas gauge hasn't moved off of full yet.

After morning church, we changed our clothes and went to visit the famous Las Vegas strip, just so we could say we did. We thought we'd probably be safe on a Sunday afternoon. We were amazed by so much, but mostly by how many people bring their kids here. I can't imagine.

Sensory overload. We learned that you can make money doing anything here. One guy was playing jazz guitar. Another guy had a cooler and was selling bottles of cold water. A woman had a cat dressed in a pink T-shirt that said "Pimp." There was a sign in front of him telling you to put money in the jar and take a picture. Of a cat in a pink pimp T-shirt.

It's a strange place. Right next to a casino you have Ross (of the "Dress for Less" slogan) and Denny's.

This sign in the parking garage may well be my favorite of the entire trip. 

After we parked in the garage, we tried to get to Las Vegas Boulevard but couldn't find our way out to street level. Finally we gave up and walked out the way we drove in, only there were no sidewalks. We wound up hugging a concrete wall and sort of sidling our way along the very edge of the street. Yes, my daughter led me astray here. And I followed.

And then we saw this sign. But you know what they say: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?

Our goal for the day was to find the awesome fountain in front of the Bellagio, the one made famous in the Ocean's Eleven movie. If you've never seen it, do it soon.

The Bellagio.

After an hour and a half, we were ready to get out of there. Rather than illegally walk on the street to get back to our car in the parking garage, we followed signs, crossed pedestrian bridges, and walked through the Aria casino to get there. We were very ready to leave.

More views of the mountains every way you turn.

Our redneck vase of flowers from the Mother's Day church services.

Now it's dark and we are safely cocooned in our hotel room with every lock locked. We'll be out when it's daylight.

Be thankful ~

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