American Adventure Day 9 - Red Rock Canyon

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you can just imagine clint eastwood riding into the distance!

I` d agreed to go hiking through red rock canyon with Melanie and RJ.  Taking into my account my genetic lazyness and the 100F Vegas heat, i`d obviosuly not been sober when signing up to this foohardy idea.  After being assured by RJ that there were no mountain lions in the canyon and we`d ONLY be hiking a measly 3 miles we set off.

The scenary within the canyon is nothing short of magnificent.  As someone who has grown up watching westerns, this felt so unreal to be seeing this landscape first hand.  However the heat felt VERY real and the incline of the trail was hard going.  Eventually we reached the end of the trail which consisted of a rather smelly pool of water and a couple of frogs! I managed to resist the temptation of pushing RJ into the pool and we all headed back.

  It would have been nice to see a little more wildlife.  All we managed was the two frogs, who i still believe had been placed there against their will and a lizard who was more than happy to pose for pictures! 

later Melanie and I joined up with Sal, RJ, Eric, and Ryan for some Sushi.  After taking the wise move of letting Sal order, what Sal doesn`t know about Sushi isn`t worth knowing, we all tucked into a great meal.

In the evening myself and Melanie paid another visit to the strip.  This would give me a chance to have a look around all the Casinos and see the strip properly in all its glory.  I have to admit that Vegas has a mixed reputation in England.  Some see it as disneyland for adults while others see it as the height of tackiness.

the water show outside the Bellagio
   Entering the Bellagio I was blown away by the opulence and the scale.  This and especially the Venetian are genuinely beautiful buildings with their marbled floors and incredible frescoed ceilings.  I especially loved the gondalers in the Venetian.  Outside the Bellagio they have a water show every 15 minutes which is choreographed based upon the particular music.  Its totally free to watch and is brilliantly done with the Casino itself making a great backdrop to the grand finale.

One thing that really did stand out walking round these luxurious surroundings was the informality towards visitors.  I had expected their to be some sort of dress code and everyone to be wearing tuxedos.  yet there were many people casually dressed in shorts and t shirts being treated like they had as much right to be there as anybodyelse. If the Bellagio was in Engalnd it would be run by snobs and you would have to be atleast fourth in line to the throne just to get in!!

 

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you can just imagine clint eastwoo…
you can just imagine clint eastwo…
the water show outside the Bellagio
the water show outside the Bellagio
my good friends RJ and Melanie
my good friends RJ and Melanie
a very tall chocolate fountain
a very tall chocolate fountain
the bellagio in the background
the bellagio in the background
the ceiling of the Venetian
the ceiling of the Venetian
having sushi with Eric and Sal
having sushi with Eric and Sal
RJ, Melanie, Ryan, me, Eric and Sa…
RJ, Melanie, Ryan, me, Eric and S…
in the Venetian by the gondaler la…
in the Venetian by the gondaler l…
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