DAY 1-June 22, 2007

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Beautiful water from the plane.

DAY 1-June 22, 2007

We got there around 1:00pm Pacific Time and then had to menuver through the McCarran airport, get our baggage and set up our shuttle to our hotel.  By the time we left on our shuttle it was around 2:00pm and about 108° outside!  Then all the sudden on one of the busiest streets I've ever been on, our shuttle bus breaks down!! (see photos) Our poor driver had to rush us and our luggage across the street (in 100+ degrees remember!) and we had to wait for another bus to pick us up...it made for an interesting way to start our vacation!

Then we finally got to our hotel, the Stratosphere, we checked in and made it up to the 23rd floor!  Our view was amazing and we had a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom, of course we forgot to take pics of the room, but it was awesome!  We were pretty much starving so we wandered around the hotel looking for restaurants and finally found them!! We ate at Roxy's Diner, which was a 50's style themed restaurant that had the coolest food choices and they actually got up and sang oldies and stuff.

Pretty mountains from the plane.
  Derrick had sliders (mini burgers) and I had a triple decker grilled cheese (photos) it was good and very greasy!!

We then decided to venture out into the heat and we caught the Deuce CAT bus all the way down the strip...cheap but it took us soooooooo long to get down there, we were kinda frustrated!  We walked by the Luxor hotel and went to Mandalay Bay where we ventured inside to the Shark Reef.  This was an awesome way to kick off our weekend, they had tons of fish, sharks, sting rays, jellyfish (by far the coolest!), eels, and so much more! (photos) It was the best $15 I may have spent!  We had a blast in this place.

Broke down!

Then we wandered back down past the Luxor to Excalibur hotel where the Tournament of Kings is held.  We had tickets to the 8:30pm show (it was a surprise for Derrick) so we explored and relaxed until then.  The Excalibur is pretty cool, the downstairs, where the arena is, is like a whole carnival atmosphere with carnival games and stuff.  The Tournament of Kings is a show that includes a dinner you eat with your fingers (photos) comedy, jousting show, horses and the whole shebang!! It was so so so much fun, you cheer and yell and get rowdy and it was a blast!  The show was about 1 1/2 hours long.

When that was over we were dead tired from the whole day and the heat so we decided to start to venture back to the hotel.  We walked a little but got frustrated with crosswalks and people and then we caught the stupid Deuce bus again...it took us forever to get back to the hotel, we were pretty grouchy!!  When we did get back though I took the most amazing bath in our jacuzzi and we crashed for the night...hey we're old people, give us a break!  Plus we were still running on Central Time, a 2 hour difference!

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Beautiful water from the plane.
Beautiful water from the plane.
Pretty mountains from the plane.
Pretty mountains from the plane.
Broke down!
Broke down!
Broke down!
Broke down!
View from hotel room.
View from hotel room.
View from our hotel room.
View from our hotel room.
View from hotel room.
View from hotel room.
Roxys Diner.
Roxy's Diner.
Derricks sliders (mini burgers).
Derrick's sliders (mini burgers).
My triple decker grilled cheese.
My triple decker grilled cheese.
They sing to you at Roxys Diner.
They sing to you at Roxy's Diner.
Stratosphere tower.
Stratosphere tower.
Mandalay Bay fountains.
Mandalay Bay fountains.
Mandalay Bay hotel.
Mandalay Bay hotel.
Mandalay Bay entrance.
Mandalay Bay entrance.
Mandalay Bay.
Mandalay Bay.
Croc at the Shark Reef.
Croc at the Shark Reef.
A big fat fish.
A big fat fish.
A big blue fish.
A big blue fish.
Shark!
Shark!
Lion fish.
Lion fish.
Lion fish.
Lion fish.
Stingray.
Stingray.
Jellyfishes!!
Jellyfishes!!
Jellyfish.
Jellyfish.
Jellyfish.
Jellyfish.
Eels.
Eels.
Ugly fish with one tooth!
Ugly fish with one tooth!
Treasure chest.
Treasure chest.
Shark.
Shark.
Shark!!
Shark!!
Shark reef.
Shark reef.
Shark reef.
Shark reef.
Octopus (fake).
Octopus (fake).
Luxor.
Luxor.
Luxor hotel.
Luxor hotel.
Luxor.
Luxor.
Luxor hotel at night.
Luxor hotel at night.
Excalibur sign.
Excalibur sign.
Excalibur hotel.
Excalibur hotel.
Tournament of Kings at Excalibur.
Tournament of Kings at Excalibur.
We were excited!
We were excited!
Soup and margarita (no silverware!)
Soup and margarita (no silverware!)
Yummy food (again no silverware!!)
Yummy food (again no silverware!!)
Bad guy with his horse after the s…
Bad guy with his horse after the …
New York New York during the day.
New York New York during the day.
New York New York at night.
New York New York at night.
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