We have been very busy the past few weeks. After we left the Yellowstone area, we travelled to Provo, UT for a couple of days. They have a really nice Paleontology museum on the campus of BYU and a gorgeous trail to Bridal Veil Falls. We took the opportunity to visit both of these spots while we were in the area. The RV park, Lakeside RV, was nice with a dog park and walking trails. It was also close to the Provo State Park and lake.
We headed out on September 15, the day before Sean’s BIG birthday – the BIG 5-0! We made our way to the Arizona/Nevada border and set up at a nice RV resort with a pool and LOTS of luxury amenities. We spent the day of his birthday lounging by the pool and eating whatever he wanted. (NORMALLY we eat vegetarian meals, but Sean wanted bacon for breakfast, so bacon we ate!) Sherry made a cake (if by made you mean bought); Sean’s favorite is German Chocolate. Sherry also made a favorite for dinner – tofu stuffed pasta shells and asparagus. Nom Nom!
On September 21 we headed to Vegas to celebrate even more! We boarded our furbabies at the Animal Inn in Vegas and we stayed at New York New York. Sherry had never been to Vegas and Sean had not been there since he was a teenager with his grandparents. Our room was great and the atmosphere at New York New York was fun. We joked that for the last several months we have been in quiet, forested, park areas, Vegas was a shock to our senses. The lights, noise, and sea of humanity was overwhelming at times. We enjoyed spending time touring the inside of New York New York. They have “streets” indoors that are similar to those in NYC (Greenwich, Times Square, Broadway, etc). Vegas has the feel of a theme park like Disney – it is designed to be visually appealing and make you spend money. lol. This whole trip has been about decompressing and decluttering our lives, so maybe Vegas was not the obvious choice for a getaway. We felt the whole place was a little anti-climactic. Sherry wanted to see the Gondolas at the Venetian, but was disappointed that they weren’t as grand as they were on TV and photographs. We both enjoyed the fountain show at the Bellagio – they played “All That Jazz” from Chicago, one of Sherry’s favorites. Sean wanted to see some of the old hotels that were there when his grandparents took him there, so we trekked down to Circus Circus (on the monorail that Sherry thought would be a good idea – it wasn’t…) and it was not the fun, bright hotel of yesteryear. It was a little “house of horror” looking. It looked run down and tired. We think the appeal of Las Vegas that is shown on TV did not come across while we visited. Maybe we just aren’t Vegas people…
However, the big excitement was the show that we booked! We saw Zumanity, a Cirque Du Soleil show at the New York New York. It was a sensual, funny, heart-stopping type of show. There was a little person who did a stunning aerial silk act that we couldn’t believe! It is only for 18+ though, so don’t think about going with kiddos – or if you tend to be offended by sexuality and language. We had a great time. 😉 Sherry was disappointed, however, that people didn’t seem to dress up as much as she thought they would in Vegas. Being involved in theater, she always follows the rule that you dress for a show. Sherry wore a nice dress and heels and Sean wore a suit. The ticket person at the door commented that he loved to see attractive people dressed up for the show, and no offense to Sherry, but he prefers a nice looking man in a suit (wink wink). Sherry felt pretty lucky to have such attractive arm candy. It was odd to see many people show up in what they probably wore all day – shorts, tees, and athletic shoes. Maybe a different show or hotel draws a different crowd. It was also disappointing to see not many people dressing to go out at all. We spent two nights visiting the dueling piano bar in the hotel and other restaurants around town, and people were dressed casual or less than casual. Sherry assumed Vegas would have more pizazz and stylish people roaming around in the evenings – it understandable during the day because of the heat and amount of walking, but at night it’s supposed to be glamorous and sexy time! Lol. We guessed we just weren’t visiting the right places. We sure didn’t want to spend the money for that kind of style either. We did have a little luxury by the pool one day when we rented two cabana chairs. They came with cushions, iced drinks, and a pool raft. Even though we weren’t gambling at the tables or shopping at overpriced stores, we still had fun eating, drinking, and people watching. Sherry thought the food was the best part of the whole Vegas experience. We didn’t have one bad meal! We also visited the aquarium at Mandalay Bay. We realized as we were visiting hotels that many of them have selfie booths that take your picture and send it to you through email. Sherry decided that it was a mission to find as many as possible and get a picture. These are from all the ones we could find (minus the one from Linq because their machine had a window directly behind us that whited out the picture…):
All in all, Sean had a fun birthday and we added another experience to our adventure. We still think that we prefer what mother nature has to offer over the man made stuff. We are still considering going back to Vegas one more time before we leave the area to see another show. We would both really like to see Book of Mormon while it is there.
Many (but not ALL) of our pictures from this trip were taken with our phones. We really didn’t want to lug the good camera around while we trekked the streets of Vegas, so if you would like to see what we got, visit the gallery on our website: