Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

It's taken a little longer for me to get around to writing this post than I intended, it's been a crazy-busy three weeks since I got out of the hospital - which is a GREAT thing!

As many of you know I missed my trip to San Francisco when I got sick last time. I was disappointed because Katey and I both had been looking forward to our vaca and the CF conference. Knowing that I was kind of bummed about missing a chance to fly across the country (I have a serious case of the travel bug), my aunt came up with a great idea ... VEGAS, baby!

Our one reason for going? To see the Phantom Of The Opera at the Venetian where they've created an amazing replica of the Paris Opera House (for my review of the show, click here.)

In one word, our vacation was QUICK - we flew to Vegas on Friday, spent Friday night and Saturday doing the Vegas thing and flew home on Sunday.

The "Vegas thing" included the Stratosphere, casinos galore, The Fremont Street Experience, pool time at the Golden Nugget, lots of great food, Madame Tussaud's, a gondola ride at the Venetian, and, of course, Phantom. This was Alex's (who just turned 21) first trip to Vegas. He fell in love with the roulette table and did pretty good the first day. Then he found out that to win big you have to play big. And then you end up losing big. =)

I've posted a few of the highlights from our trip:

If you click on this pic, it will take you to a video of our ride (Big Shot) at the Stratosphere. We did the "Thrills!" package which included tickets on all three rides (Big Shot, X-Scream, and Insanity - The Ride). The Big Shot is a "free-fall" type ride that takes place 1000 feet above the city. I loved this!

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This video is from the Fremont Street Experience - the light show that takes place over downtown Las Vegas.

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We had a blast. This is the first of many vacas that Cheryl, Alex, and I have done together and only one of many, many more.