A party and a rental car

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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 gave up.

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.
Fire Valley
.. the 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.
Fire Valley
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.
Petroglyphs
.. we 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.
Fire valley
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

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