Well, we survived another trip to Las Vegas. As always, we had a great time at the country's adult Disney World and even did a few new things ... hard to believe that is possible after probably close to two dozen trips to Sin City!
With my renewed interest in photography, I took my camera along and played "tourist" a bit more than we have done in several years. We checked out the Bellagio fountains and the newly upgraded Mirage volcano, which is truly bigger and better as advertised. We also made first-time visits to a couple of new places that have opened since our last trip - Encore and the Palazzo, which honestly are not all that different from the hotel/casino siblings Wynn and The Venetian. And we also checked out the monstrosity that is the MGM Mirage $8.6 billion (funny how that no longer seems like a lot of money!) City Center project ... that is currently having some financial woes due to the economic downturn. Construction at Caesars and Venetian has also been halted as well due to the recession.
But oddly enough, we didn't feel one bit that there is a recession going on or that Vegas is having the same financial problems that much of corporate America is experiencing. Traffic was insane as we have ever seen it... and we were definitely wrong in thinking a mid-week trip would mean less crowds... there was tons of folks that were seemingly throwing money into gambling, food and booze like it was any other time we were there. When I asked the hotel check-in guy at Caesars about it, he said business has been good of late and we were experiencing a mix of folks on spring break, NCAA March Madness, and even some convention business... which is the area I suspected Vegas would be taking the biggest hit... though it seems like the throngs of "normal" folk would make up for it... but who knows anymore!
I won't go much into my gambling... it ended up being the worst-case scenario. Had a good, stay-even day but that was destroyed by a none to pleasant start and finish to our gambling adventures. I tend to start out a bit too enthusiatically and without a good win under my belt there tends to be more desperation as our time draws to a close. But, again if you go in expecting to win... you're already in deep trouble.
The highlight of this trip was seeing Bette Midler's show at Caesars "The Showgirl Must Go Own"... if you follow my Twitters or Facebook you already know what made it extra special... but that deserves a post of its own, so look for the soon... and I'll make that a vague 'soon' ... as I am still trying to get back into the swing of things here and thankfully there is some "real" work to sort through here.
In the interim, I have started posting pix from the trip. Not a crazy amount of photos (my intention to look a Vegas through a new photographic "eye" didn't quite gel), but I am pleased with what I am posting so far... particularly our half-day trip out of town to the Valley of Fire State Park, which is about an hour's drive northwest of Vegas... but worlds and worlds away! I have half of the VoF pix up right now, more will be coming in the next day or so... and I should wrap up all the trip pix hopefully by the end of the week.