A Travellerspoint blog

Las Vegas

Thursday 29th Jan - Monday 2nd Feb

As if a 10 year old is not impressionable enough, we introduce Alyssa to Stefan and Lydia Zema. Lydia is Nick’s cousin and they are hosting us for 5 nights. Stefan instantly had Alyssa travelling the world with every mischievous story he told and he and Lydia’s recount of their days in movies, stage shows and dance shows in New York, on cruise ships and in Las Vegas is something she will remember forever. In particular, their retelling of the “McGyver’d” wetsuit and use of a pole to keep Stefan underwater whilst repairing their pool will be something she will always recall…..but that is another story!

This brings us to “The Strip”. I am not even sure where to start with Las Vegas. Bright lights, big city! Nothing is half way with Las Vegas. The sin-city’s reach is all inclusive and when we took Alyssa to “The Strip” at night, she was literally like a kid in a candy store with a pocket full of $50’s. But I guess that is how everyone feels on their first visit. The Eiffel Tower, New York New York, the canals of Venice and the choreographed dancing fountains of the Bellagio didn’t fail to leave Alyssa’s eyes wide like saucers and her mouth open in awe and amazement.

las-vegas-strip

las-vegas-strip

20150201 Las Vegas (1)

20150201 Las Vegas (1)

On Saturday Stefan and Lydia took us to see their good friend Ray. Although now retired, Ray was previously the lead clown at the Ringling Brothers Circus and has travelled the world as the clown ‘Anchor Face’. In fact, Ray is a member of the Clown Hall of Fame. (I googled it, it does exist). So Ray shows us how to make balloon animals (those who were able to blow the darn balloons up), teaches Alyssa a magic trick and also introduces us to his latest project, as a ventriloquist and his friend Ronny. He even gave Alyssa a chance to operate Ronny, which after some trepidation, turned out okay. Safe to say we left Ray’s house with a bag full of balloon animals…..almost all created by Ray.

Anchorface

Anchorface


20150201 Anchorface (1)

20150201 Anchorface (1)

On Saturday night we went to the Fremont Experience. “Experience” is probably an apt way to describe this 4 block stretch of retro feeling casinos and restaurants and of course its overhead canopy that runs light shows regularly throughout the night. Local bands play on various corners, zip lines zoom past overhead and if you dare to look at eye level you can see street freaks performers ranging from bad belly dancers, barely dressed cupids, contortionists, wanna be dancers (all genres) and the odd movie character. All seeking to make a quick buck. It was definitely a multi-sensory experience.

freemont

freemont

Sunday morning we decided to do something a little different. We visited Red Rock Canyon. This dramatic red landscape is the perfect antidote to Vegas’ artificial brightness and provides a striking contrast to the big city lights. Spring Mountain Ranch, once owned by Howard Hughes, is also along this 65klm loop which is just 27klm from downtown Vegas. With its spectacular scenery, Red Rock Canyon is a much appreciated reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Vegas. This picturesque drive offers a grand view of the desert and mountains, with Las Vegas thrown in for sizzle.

20150201 Red Rock Canyon (3)

20150201 Red Rock Canyon (3)

On Sunday night, as if a finale or encore was needed to reinforce our visit to Las Vegas, Stefan and Lydia showed us a video of a comedic dance they had done for television in the early 70’s and once again we failed to make our designated curfew.

Monday morning we pack the car yet again and after bidding farewell to our wonderful hosts, we take Highway 93 toward the Grand Canyon, firstly to take in the landmark energy producer: the Hoover Dam and the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. This Bridge is the second highest bridge in the US and provides a birds-eye view of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead behind it.

Hoover-Dam

Hoover-Dam


Bridge

Bridge

Tomorrow....The Grand Canyon.

Posted by V3USA 07:22

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Comments

Well guys you are certainly packing it all in to those short months they gave you at entry…..you are constantly on the go and loving it. The photos are wonderful, keep them coming. Canada on the west coast is having an early spring….avoid the east…it is way deep in snow!!!! xxxx

by Gennesse Beadman

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Login