Sleepy in Sin City

When did I get so old? I was in Vegas and all I wanted to do was sleep! Seriously. I am not kidding.

Day 12, June 8, 2016 – Leg 1: Grand Canyon National Park to Hoover Dam – 247 Miles

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When we first entered the dam area we went through a security clearance and we were asked to pull over to have our vehicle inspected by guards… I guess we looked like terrorist because of all the stuff we had on top of the Explorer, on the trailer hitch cargo carrier, and piled inside.  HoweIMG_1826ver, once we opened the doors for the guards to inspect, and all our crap went falling out, I think they regretted choosing us for inspection! Also, one of the guards was (overly) impressed with David’s retractable ratchet straps. After asking all sorts of questions about the strap, they let us go on through without further inspection. I guess terrorists don’t pack like the Griswolds or have cool retractable ratchet straps?

I thought Watts Bar Dam was a big dam… not even close.  The Hoover Dam is one remarkable man-made structure. We did the power plant tour and learned the amazing history behind the construction.

Day 12, June 8, 2016 – Leg 2: Hoover Dam to Las Vegas, NV – 33 Miles

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By the time we arrived at the New York, New York Hotel, checked in, and waited on the bell hop to deliver our luggage (so embarrassing the amount of STUFF we had on the cart!), we all needed a nap/rest in a real bed.

After our rest, we went and had a quick bite to eat in the hotel and then headed to the Luxor to see the Blue Man Group show! As an ex-percussionist, David was enthralled, and as a performer, Gillian was captivated. It truly was an impressive production.

Day 13, June 9, 2016: Las Vegas, NV:

I was still exhausted the next morning! We didn’t even leave the hotel room until around noon! We decided to take a walk on the strip and try to find somewhere to eat… that lasted about 15 minutes and we were back at our hotel eating.  It was unbearably HOT – 112 degrees to be exact.

Following lunch, we went back to the room and I took a nap for several hours! Gillian watched Netflix and David rested for a bit and then he went to the casino. By the time we all regrouped it was 8:00 pm!

Gillian and I took a ride on the Big Apple Roller Coaster at the hotel, and then we decided to take a cab to Fremont Street.  We walked around for a little bit and then back to the room we went!

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Gillian on Fremont Street, Las Vegas

There would have been a time in my life (around two weeks ago) that I would have laughed at someone going all the way to Vegas and sleeping the entire time! Well, to all you youngsters out there… your time will come also – when sleep is so much more important than partying all night long. In my defense, I think I need to visit Vegas when I haven’t been traveling for two weeks in a car with my husband and 13 year old daughter, camping for the three nights before arriving in Vegas, and when it isn’t insanely hot… those are my excuses for being so incredibly sleepy in Sin City!

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Melisa, David, & Gillian in front of the New York New York Hotel and Casino

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