The Birthday party of a friend inside the Bellagio, the theme was Enchanted Forest, great time (at the beginning before other guests started to come, we took a taxi, they caught a bus)
Our first trip was to celebrate New
Years in 2004. We stayed at New York New York. It's a pretty good
hotel, shaped like the major sky scrapers in the city, it has a
roller coaster threaded through it and is very bright and loud
inside. I'm not one for gambling, but it's pretty fun just the same.
Of course, every slot I touched seemed to break... but then like I
said I didn't feel like I really missed out cause I don't care about
gambling. Besides, they caught me at the penny slots, that's right
the penny slot, big wooping deal, and asked me for my id. Then,
after seeing it told me I had to go get an arm band before I could
continue with my big money penny slots. So, I went in search of the
place where you get the band from, but it's too noisy and busy so I
Birthday Cake at a party, hand sculpted and painted
Meh. Anyway, we went on a couple day tours. One in a
hummer past the Hoover Damn and then to the Grand Canyon, the other
in a bright pink 4x4 to the fire valley which was AMAZING!! Kicked
the Grand Canyon's ass, seriously under rated. I was so excited that
I heard about it and we went, it was funny cause it was in Las Vegas
landed that I started to talk to the lady beside me who's daughter
was getting married in Vegas, the woman had gotten married in Fire
Valley years before and told me how amazing it is. It was also just
after I'd gotten my digital SLR for Xmas so I was looking for
something interesting to try it out on. So, we went we saw, and it
was amazing! I was so impressed, it's red rocks coming out of yellow
earth and the brush was bright green, there were petroglyphs to see,
we climbed all over the rocks and I took like over a hundred photos.
Birthday cake detail
It's totally worth seeing, it was used in several films, a star track
as a different planet, and it really does look like another world. I
cant explain it and my photos really don't do justice even though I
personally love them. I can say that I love my photos because they
bring back such an amazing memory to me, not that they are great or
anything... I look at them and think about standing there on the
rocks in the quiet, in the middle of no where and it really felt like
somewhere far far away...
Anyway back to reality, this last
trip to Las Vegas was for a Birthday party for some friends. I wont
name names cause I didn't ask if it was alright to do so, but the
party was spectacular! It was in one of the ball rooms at the
Bellagio and the theme was 'Enchanted Forest' Jim joked that it
would be perfect if it had scantily clad fairies and sure enough, we
walk in, through the lobby, around to the function rooms and at the
door, which is surrounded with 8 foot told stools and dripping
greenery, are 2 fairies waiting to welcome us.
Carrie and Sean Connery, sort of ;)
We stepped into a
forest with massive butterflys, toadstools that stood over my head,
and a unicorn. Her birthday cake was hand formed and took 80 hours
to paint and form, it was beautiful. We had a fab meal, couple of
drinks, there was karaoke, a couple of caricature artists, Brittany
Spears and Paris Hilton look alike and eventually... my hero...
Shawn Connery (sob... look alike) showed up. It was so much fun!
For this one, I'll break my rule and everyone can see what I look
like cause I have my photo with him! It was great fun, fantastic
party and everyone was nice. We had a great time and then left...
to walk back to the hotel in my heels cause there was over an hour
long line for taxis... we were staying at the MGM Signature condos
and so we head back along the strip, cut my feet up so badly that I
kicked off my shoes the moment we met carpet in the front of the MGM
and had to walk all the way through to the suites at the back.
next morning we rented a car, wanted to check out LA cause we're so
close... so we pull out, go to the left... and there's the
Bellagio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All we had to do was walk across the
street and up and we would have been at the hotel, instead we walk
all the way down the strip and my feet bleed! Gah! The agony, the
pain... meh. Well, we ended up renting the car... back on track,
so we drove out to LA (thanks Jenni for the comment about you doing
it or I might not have!) LA was pretty cool. I thought it would be
like all gangsters and start. Like The Closer meets OC something
like that. But, it's sort of like anywhere else, only it had big
buildings that sparkle in some places and movie stars. It had the
same stores as anywhere else, the same suburb, that sort of thing.
It was fun, not scary so I was glad I went. I also got a new pair of
Sketchers and a Tokidoki Tshirt and wallet out of the deal, I drove,
Jim bought :) Anyway, it was a good time, oh, and for those of you
in on Mr Bear, he was there too. We went back late and stopped in at
a Taco Bell somewhere in the middle of no where. They were still
open so we ate inside, used the loo. Now I wouldn't be sharing that
detail but it's sort of funny. I was at the table waiting for Jim
with our stuff, taking turns ya know? So I'm sitting there, we're
going to leave when he gets back and suddenly the place goes dark!
I'm like 'EH?!' cause I'm tired and still have like 2 hours to
drive. And the workers look cause I make a noise and suddenly start
saying sorry, then Jim walks out of the loo and is like 'Um.
were just leaving?' They were going to lock us in, they forgot we
were in there, here's the guy with the key in the door, the lights
out and we're still there. Though Jim wouldn't have minded, he loves
Taco Bell. Anyway, in the end we made it back to the hotel. It was
a good laugh though. We spent the last day with the car at Red Rock
Vally, which isn't too far from the strip, it was good to see but I
wish I'd seen it before fire Valley cause it was like a mini version.
But, if you don't have the time to see Fire Valley cause it's
further away then Red Rock is something not to be missed. If you
have the time and have to choose, go with Fire Valley cause it's just
stunning. Well that's about it for our trips there. We did stock up
on American food when we were there thought so I was extra glad we
had the car.
Rocks and LA be damned, I got Jiffy Peanut butter,
Cheese-itz and Nutter Butters (and a jar of dill pickles I had 12
hours to devourer, broke my heart to have to leave any of them
behind, sob... sniffle...) We had a great