After visiting Joshua Tree National Park, we were headed to Utah to visit the five national parks there. Las Vegas was on the way, so we stopped for a week’s stay.
There was really nothing on the way there from Twentynine Palms, CA. We stopped at the only gas station for miles and had to pay $4.00 a gallon for gas! We also stopped at the abandoned town of Amboy to take pictures the the cool Roy’s Motel and Cafe sign and check out the interesting “art” on the side of the road.
We got to Canyon Trail RV Park in Boulder City in Sunday, April, 16. Mike has family in Las Vegas and has visited many times, but this was my first time. I’ve never been a gambler, so the town never really appealed to me, but I was looking forward to seeing a new place.
One of the first things we did after getting set up was check out Boulder Dam Brew Pub in Boulder City, which was just a few minutes drive from the RV park. The cold beer and pub food hit the spot after a long day of travel.
The next evening, we were able to get together with Mike’s family. He has an aunt and two cousins and that live in the area. We met them for dinner at Pizza Rock in Downtown Las Vegas.
After dinner, we walked a block over to Fremont Street. That place is crazy! Lights, screens, and sounds everywhere, people flying on zip lines over head. I felt like I left the real world and walked into an alternate reality, but that’s Vegas!
Mike’s cousin Karen and her husband, Jason took us to a surprisingly low key Irish pub, Hennessey’s Tavern were we hung out for a while. Mike’s other cousin, Lauren met up with us there later in the night.
That Friday after work, we drove down to the Vegas strip. As I said before, it was my first time in Vegas, so it was all new to me.
We had dinner in Mandalay Bay at Kumi Sushi. The sushi and sake were good, but of course, over priced. I found getting around Mandalay Bay really frustrating. It was like a big maze with flashing lights everywhere!
After dinner, we walked around the strip. It was fun for me to see some of the things that I had only seen in movies and on T.V. The Bellagio fountain was really cool.
We at the end of the night, we got gelato at Caesars Palace, probably my favorite part of the whole evening. 🙂
Before we left, Mike put 5 bucks in a slot machine, which was all the gambling we did in Vegas.
On Saturday, we visited the Hoover Dam. We did the Powerplant Tour. For $15 it includes a 30 minute guided tour and admission to the Visitor Center and Powerplant.
We were kind of underwhelmed by the tour. Our tour guide lacked personality which I think made a huge difference in our experience. We took the elevator down to underground room and looked a big pipe and listened to the guide give a very rehearsed speech about it. Then we went into the generator room (pictured above) and listened her talk some more. We went back up the elevator, and that concluded the tour.
We honestly could have skipped the tour. Walking across the dam was the best part of the visit. It was fun to go out to the middle and be in two different time zones.
You can also walk across the the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge to get cool view of the Dam. We were going to do that on our way out, but unfortunately, we ran out of time and didn’t get to do this time.
The Hoover Dam is a huge feat in engineering for sure. However, it was Earth Day on the day that we visited, and I had to wonder how much impact it has on the environment.
It turns out we should have planned more time in the Las Vegas area. We had planned for it to just be a stop over, but we kept finding more things we wanted to see and do. We are going to make a stop back here this winter so we can see some more and not be so rushed.