Now, onto the fun:
|Hoover Dam looking from Nevada into Arizona|
|Hoover Dam looking downriver toward the new bridge (which terrified me)|
|Ethel M. Chocolate Factory: cactus garden (pretty, but so not my lush, green, allergenic grass)|
The one big thing everyone told us we had to do in Las Vegas was see a show. Shows in Vegas are expensive, or at least more than I'm used to paying in Oregon. We were shocked that some shows cost as much as $200 or more per seat. Ouch. We decided we'd go to a show on our third night, so that morning I started looking for tickets in a price range we didn't hate. We all settled on going to a Cirque du Soleil show, so after comparing prices and seating availability, I suggested the Mystère show at Treasure Island. At the last minute, I was able to find seats at center stage in the third row. AWESOME! Later that night, after standing in one of the longest lines I've ever seen, we wound our way into the theater for what amounted to an incredible, fantastic show. The stage was great, the costumes and makeup were perfect, and the changing acts really kept a great pace. While the aerial acts made me feel a bit lightheaded, I loved the Chinese poles, the hand-to-hand gymnasts, and the trampoline series. We're all very glad we went to see this show. The music--all performed live in the theater--was also incredible. If you get a chance to see Mystère, GO!
That's about it. Between flights, too much food, hours and hours of walking and seeing casinos, taking in sights along the strip, relaxing in the pool, and visiting the things mentioned above, we had a very full vacation. I am so happy to be home, though, as there really is no place like home.