Trip 6: Fourth of July Weekend Getaway with my Puerto Rican girlfriend and colleague
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I have had a fair share of visits to the Sin City as it is popularly referred to. It is America's Independence Day (4th of July), two days after my mid-life birthday and I go spontaneous again. By this time of course my work colleague Maria and I have driven a little over 410 miles from Tucson to the Grand Canyon and from the Canyon to Las Vegas. The sun was setting in the west when we began our decent to Hoover dam which is located in Boulder City in the southwest of Las Vegas. The view quite something to see: breathtaking indeed. Maria and I had earlier on switched seats and I was in the driverâï¿½ï¿½s seat.
The drive down was slow as the road is winding and for security/ safety the speed limit is reduced literally to 15 miles an hour. You have to drive there to understand the dire need for less speed, lol! Besides being security prone, the whole place is currently tapped as a construction zone because the construction of a high profile bypass bridge is in progress. We successfully crossed the dam and headed south on Hwy 93 and soon we were on 215 headed towards the Marriott Residence Inn hotel on the East Side of the Las Vegas strip. The choice of hotel was not deliberate, given that the whole 3 day Grand canyon-Las Vegas-Hoover dam trip was a spontaneous thing, Maria and I had bid for a hotel room on priceline.
Saturday July 05, was the actual tour day for Las Vegas. We had breakfast at the hotel at about eight. The buffet breakfast was inviting as I had taken my last meal at 4:00 p.m. the day before at the Grand Canyon. The part of this whole trip that was frustrating was the part when we spent the whole morning and part of the afternoon trying to find a charger for Mariaâï¿½ï¿½s FUGI camera. No electronic shop within a radius of 20 miles either direction had a charger that could work for her. My patience was really tried at this point as I sincerely tried not to show my frustration; once we decided not to worry about it anymore, we began to look for a place to eat. It was a little after 3:00 pm. and 5 stops later that we finally decided to stop at the Paris hotel and dine at Mon Ami GABI. Out of the car, out of the heat and under a shade felt so refreshing.