Las Vegas baby...
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Woo hoo, Las Vegas for me meant it was time to meet my parents who had text me a few weeks before to let us know their flight details. After a night in LA, we picked up the car and being the map navigator extraordinaire that I am, I single-handedly directed us out of crazy LA and safely onto the freeway that would take us straight into Sin City. Well actually it involved a lot of shouting from Nick (I cannot work under such pressure I proclaimed) and a few wrong turns before we were on the right road. But we were headed for Vegas baby and I was like a kid at Christmas - and annoying the hell out of Nick for the next 5 hour car journey.
Heading through the Mojave desert, the temperature was steadily increasing and was soon in the high 90's.
We arrived in Vegas about 5pm and were soon checking into our hotel. At $30 a night, we were staying in one of Las Vegas' older, shabbier hotels, but it was clean, lively and still on the strip. Whilst checking in, you had the opportunity for a 'free roll' of the dice, with prizes including $100, drinks vouchers and a room upgrade. Feeling lucky, I snatched up the pot and rolled a perfect straight, much to the amazement of the guy checking us in.
Up with the lark, i was jumping about the place ready to explore. We were not picking mum and dad up until the evening so had plenty of time to see a few sites. We decided we had better replace our camera, so the next few hours, much to my delight was spent in some of the biggest shopping malls I had ever seen - I could seriously move to this place. Back at the hotel, we checked into our new suite and were not disappointed. However, we did suspect that this had once been the set of an 80's porn movie with the decor consisting of mirrors, mirrors and more mirrors.
By mid afternoon, I had a couple of texts from mum and dad saying the plane was delayed due to bad weather right across the states. By late evening and still no mum and dad, I was starting to worry. Dad phoned a few hours later letting us know the plane was probably going to be cancelled and all the flights for the next day were practically fully-booked. Dad now had his hands full, with a crying daughter on the phone and a crying mumra next to him. Not good. Nick soon kicked into good-boyfriend mode, and with a very upset girlfriend on his hands, we opted for a night in with Pizza and TV.
With no news from mum and dad the next morning, decided to take the monorail down to the other end of the strip, exploring some more of the magnificant hotels.
Anyway, just before lunch and me now seriously thinking my parents had returned home, my mum calls. They are at the airport and on their way to the Monte Carlo. Hooray!!!!!!!! I drag Nick, practically running along a very very hot Las Vegas strip to meet them there. After hugs all around, they go to change and we meet them at the hotel for a late lunch full of drinking, eating and lots of catching up, perfect.
Meeting my parents for breakfast, we headed down the strip with them towards Caesers Palace, stopping along the way to admire the stunning Belagio. After a refreshing beer it was back to the Monte Carlo and Nick took the opportunity to take part in a poker tournament. Hitting the slot machines with mum and dad, we thought we had a least a good hour to kill before Nick would be done. However, a mere thirty minutes later, Nick returns, $40 bucks down but with a smile on his face. After catching a few rays by the pool later that afternoon, we met mum and dad for dinner that evening and walked back down the strip, stopping-off for the water fountain show at the Belagio and the Pirate battle at Treasure Island.
The next morning started the day the best way I can think of, a trip to the nearest shopping mall. The afternoon was spent with my hand in a vice grip around Nick's knee as we soared through the air in a helicopter. As a birthday treat for us both, mum and dad had surprised us with the flight over the Hoover Dam and through part of the Grand Canyon, which was absolutley priceless. The first time for me and Nick in a helicopter, the view over the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam were incredible and definitley one of the highlights of our trip. Back on terra firma, tonight we planned to go down to Freemont street, old Las Vegas town, where they had a massive overhead light display every evening rounding the day off nicely.
Another early morning and we could not believe this was the last full day with mum and dad. Having booked tickets to see Penn and Teller that evening, we headed off to look through the Excalibur and the Luxor. Ending up in Mandalay Bay where they had an aquarium (which is fast becoming my favourite pass time) with some wicked fish and sea monsters (sharks big enough to give my baby brother nightmares). Meeting for a pre-show dinner, we headed to the Rio for the Penn and Teller show which was a fantastic end to an awesome few days in Vegas.
The next day, picking mum and dad up, we dropped them at the airport and it was a very emoitional goodbye. Needless to say, dad and Nick had their hands full (again) with two crying Greenies!! Thanks Mum and Dad for an unforgettable time in Vegas xxx Em