I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Back To Las Vegas
Welcome to Vegas
Las Vegas was never a place I really
wanted to visit. I just figured that we are not gamblers so why go to Vegas?
During our RV trip this summer we
wanted to see the Grand Canyon and this put Las Vegas conveniently on
the route, so we booked a campsite at Circus Circus, and had an
overnight in Vegas. It was a bit of a rush, but if you read the blog
entry on Las Vegas you will remember that although it was a rushed
visit, we enjoyed ourselves and decided that a return visit to “Sin
City” might be in order.
Kurt Bush is in Town
My wonderful “Travel Planner”
decided that it was time that I finally actually got to see a NASCAR
race and since Las Vegas hosts both the Nationwide and the Sprint Cup
races in March, we could see Las Vegas at a more leisurely pace and I
could get to spend a weekend watching NASCAR in person instead of
just on the TV. She found a fabulous deal on flight and two weeks at
the Tropicana for less than the cheapest rates for the flights or the
resort, and we were booked for a March Break in Las Vegas.
We arrived late in the evening, so
decided to let others braver soles enjoy the Las Vegas Night Life,
and waited until we had a good night sleep to start exploring. The
Tropicana is at one end of the famous Las Vegas Strip. You look out
one side of the hotel and see the airport and the desert beyond, but
the other side (Our room faced this way) looked out onto Las Vegas
Blvd. So we were able to see something of what we could expect. There
was a resort that looked like a giant castle on one side, the MGM
Grand was shining in green chrome on the other, and straight ahead
was the Statue of Liberty with New York; New York behind it.
It was cold cloudy and windy when we
arrived, but the morning dawned with clearing skies, but once
outside the hotel it was still cold and windy, and we retreated to
don extra layers – so much for escaping the cold up north.
We walked down one side of the 'Strip”
and back the other, just getting he feel of the place. We will go
back later to really explore some of the casinos and resorts. The
newer casinos are at this end of the boulevard, and the further you
go towards “Downtown” the older the hotels get. The problem is
though, they can't go much further this way, because the airport is
here, but you can see how huge tracks of land have been cleared of
buildings back down the other end and are waiting for bigger and
fancier places to go up. You can't help wonder however, how far can
it go. How many gigantic hotel complexes can they build before they
reach the saturation point. There is one huge new building down the
other end that looks like construction has stopped, and rust is
forming on the steel. Perhaps the tipping point has already been