here we go, Las Vegas, pt 4

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At McCarran Airport

Las Vegas here we go!  It was a super early day for us. We gotta catch our Frontier plane at 6 am, which means waking up at 3:30 am to get ready.  The top this, its was snowing and windy in Denver.  Will we make it on time?  Do we have the time to drop off our rented Chevy Cobalt car?  Aside of being bleary eyed and tired, we made it.  Mother Nature had other plans bec our flight was delayed for 1 hour. 

As soon we landed you can feel the heat for the Nevada sun.  We are over dressed - wearing fleece jackets.  I didn't want to leave the airport unless I got the photo with the big 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign.  I finally convinced my gf to do it since it was her first time at Sin City. Now, we gotta get a taxi and tell the driver how to get to my friend's house which is located in South Vegas.

The famous welcome sign at the Strip. See wedding couples taking photo with Elvis
  I only had a map printed from MapQuest.  Of course, we got lost a bit, we couldn't find the street a few blocks her house.

I haven't seen my friend Lovy since three years ago when they visited NYC.  Her husband, Ted, and son was home to greet us.  Ted make us some authentic Pilipino breakfast which is longanisa and rice + fish.

Krystal wasn't ready to hit the Vegas strip yet so she took a much need nap.  I spent time with David, the son, and played some Playstation 2, 'Starwars: Battlefront.'  By around 4 pm, we were ready to hit the casinos.  We don't gamble so the thing was to just sight see.  We are excited to watch KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at the MGM Grand (http://www.

mgmgrand.com/ka/) on Friday night.  This would be my gf's second Cirque.  Her first was one 'Wintuk' this past Christmas.  I told her that this version had more adult content not the PG version of Wintuk.

The streets in the strip are LONG!  The weather in Vegas was cooperating, it was about 60 to 70 degrees and breezy.  We wore our comfortable shoes that day.  My favorite hotel is Mandalay Bay.  As a non-guest, unfortunately, I coundn't take my gf to see the wave pool.  The shark reef was also an attraction which we missed.  She loved the Luxor hotel.  I still don't like it because I always get that claustrophobic feeling inside.  The Bellagio never lets you down bec the fountains are there to enchant the visitors everytime.

The faux Eiffel Tower
  Finally, I'm watching the fountain show with my gf - very romantic at night.

For our last day, Lovy & family took us to Red Rock Canyon for some day hike.  The hike won't be complete without stopping for a breakfast buffet at the Palace Station hotel.  Lovy said that this is the best & affordable place to go.  I sneaked out with apples & oranges with me before with left.  By around 11:30 am Red Rock was already crawling with people and cars trying to find picnic areas or parking.  We saw owners walking her dogs and families with children in tow.  We were to suppose to hike to the water falls - a 3 hr trek.  Of course, we went unprepared.   Everybody only brought 1 bottled water, except me, I had two.

Where Cirque 'Mystere' is shown
  The were even laughing at me bec I brought a knapsack which had my extra bottled water & long sleeve shirt. 

After 2 hours of trekking, we threw in the towel.  People where hungry, David, Lovy's son, was having a foot ache.  Hence, we never saw the water falls.  We got some great photos of the rouge canyons + the petroglypes etchings from the Indians.  Back to the Visitor Center, a volunteer had his big telescope which was pointed to the moon.  I was thoroughly impressed with the scope bec I was even able to see the craters, very detailed indeed.  I even took a picture from the eye piece.  The day was rounded-off with a hearthy dinner a Thai restaurant.  Aloy ma! (as they say in thai)

sylviandavid says:
nice blog.... sounds fun....
Posted on: Apr 23, 2008
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At McCarran Airport
At McCarran Airport
The famous welcome sign at the Str…
The famous welcome sign at the St…
Cheers at Bill Saloon Bar
Cheers at Bill Saloon Bar
The faux Eiffel Tower
The faux Eiffel Tower
Where Cirque Mystere is shown
Where Cirque 'Mystere' is shown
At Lovys house with David and Ted
At Lovy's house with David and Ted
Cirque du Soliel At MGM Grand Hotel
Cirque du Soliel At MGM Grand Hotel
The lion sleeps tonight
The lion sleeps tonight
Etching on the rock
Etching on the rock
Me and my friend Lovy
Me and my friend Lovy
A hot day
A hot day
The Red Rock Canyons
The Red Rock Canyons
The big telescope
The big telescope
See the moon!
See the moon!
Our last dinner at a local Thai re…
Our last dinner at a local Thai r…
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