Wednesday, October 31, 2012

No well-dressed guys robbing casinos

We spent most of yesterday on the Las Vegas “Strip”-- the four-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that has most of the area’s big casinos. Per Wikipedia, 15 of the world’s 25 largest (room-wise) hotels are on the strip.  The hotels are big; every time we went inside one we pretty much has no idea where we were and exited only by accident.  I thought the plot behind that ploy is to keep you gambling, but it seemed the casinos actually offer more shopping than slots.

We walked by or in Planet Hollywood, Bally’s, Flamingo, Venetian, Palazzo, Wynn, Treasure Island, Mirage, Caesars Palace, Bellagio and a bunch more.  We had lunch in some sort of shopping/restaurant causeway between the Venetian and the Palazzo.  We shared a burger and fries and paid $80; we also had two drinks each and one dessert, but still. 

Jim’s only previous trip to Vegas was three years ago when we drove the rig home after purchasing it in California.  I wanted to visit the Strip.  Jim said he’d drive by but didn’t want to stop because he wasn’t dressed appropriately.  I couldn't talk him out of that opinion even though I pointed out two two shirtless guys on the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd wearing only cutoffs and beer guts. It's not all "Oceans 11".

Neither of us gamble or like crowds, so the Strip is not our cup of tea (or glass of IPA, in Jim’s case.) But we do like to see interesting places, and the Strip certainly is that.

Flowers and lights somewhere in the Venetian or the Palazzo (I'm not sure; I was lost.)
The Bellagio fountains.

1 comment:

  1. If you are not going to gamble, how are you going to double your savings account?

    Regarding the hurricane; you were right, it seems that all of Lancaster has been waiting for one named Sandy. Personally I've been navigating the waters of Hurricane Sandy for over forty years all by myself, it seems to me that a few million East Coasters should be able to deal with it for a couple of days.

    Two Words -- Red Rock Canyon (I know, I know)