I knew when we booked our Anniversary trip that it would be loaded with lights, drunk people, homeless folks and rampant consumerism… That being said, I was overwhelmed by the smell, the lack of variety in food and drink, and the overall falsity of the strip. I don’t want to categorize all of Vegas this way. All I saw were the touristy bits: the strip and the Fremont experience.
We had a good time, we saw lots of interesting things. The detail that goes into the reproduction of landmarks was awesome. Mostly, we spent a lot of time together, holding hands, walking.
There was a lot of shopping options, although we didnt do a lot of shopping. Mostly we walked. We learned a little late into our trip to use the Deuce bus, and to wear different shoes. (my feet are still in recovery, and I have a couple of blisters.)
Most of our enjoyment was in people watching. There are all types, and a
lot of international visitors. Living up to the cliche were a lot of
wedding parties, bachelor parties, bachelorette parties and college
kids. Which meant stumbling scantily clad ladies.
I was surprised by the number of families with YOUNG children. I would not take my kids there. its dirty, yes, we can handle that. Its the constant stimuli, the up all night hours, the second hand smoke: everywhere. Its not a kid vacation. They have some kid oriented activities and shows. We went to the Tournament of Kings and the boys would have loved that, and the wax works. They would have wanted to be in the pool all day also. But the other shows? My kids would have passed out hard by 7 pm. that is not a Vegas sleep time, unless its a nap.
To each their own. It would have been hard for me to have my babies there though.
We had a great time at Madame Toussad’s wax museum. Lee was a little unnerved (although he got to “see” his fav Gwen). I found it fun and corny. They are very life like.
Lee and the Rock gave “that” look and Brad is shorter than I would have thought. It was surprising, seeing how small they all are in real life. I suppose celebrities are just regular people. who would have thought (snort)?
We decided the best souvenir we could do was wax hands in sign language for I love you, which we call I love you fingers and have been using forever as a goodbye wave to each other. Its something my family does, and the boys adore it. Now we have a set of Lee’s cast, and myself. They are sitting on top of the piano by the guitar looking rather perfect.
We come from a nearly pristine environment of natural beauty. This place was
not natural beauty. It was frightening, exciting and intense. It was
an… experience. There is no reek of sewers and ashtrays. There is nobody playing insanely loud club music 24 hours. There isn’t a pervasive smell of alcohol.
But, I suppose we went for those things. But we are mighty happy to be home. I dont think we will ever go back to the strip. If we make it to Vegas again, it will be for Red Rocks, visiting friends that live there, or on the way through from Hoover Dam/ Grand Canyon car camping adventures. That’s more our style.
Have you ever been to Las Vegas? what did you think?
I shall celebrate earth day by sorting my recycling, turning manure into my garden beds, taking out the compost, walking the dogs, and unplugging what is not in use. my carbon footprint was dramatic just by being on the strip. so lets bring it back down.