This morning it took a considerable amount of effort to open my eyes. Let alone roll out of bed ! A quick shower and the horror at the thought of missing breakfast soon sorted me out! After rushing to get ready we had plenty of time to peruse the breakfast buffet and get the oddest breakfast imaginable, followed by low-fat frozen yogurt. I think my stomach is going to wonder what has happened when I go back to normal food at the weekend!
We then had a look at the pool, which is nice, before getting on the bus to go to the Grand Canyon and Fairmont Street. We only made it to Fairmont Street as there was a problem with the planes and we had to split the group in half. We were eight hundred pounds too heavy so we volunteered to go tomorrow. We got to explore a large gift shop and pass all the white chapels.
There was even a drive through chapel! Don’t worry Mum or Kay I still haven’t managed to get Luke in front of Elvis
yet. I don’t know whether to be offended or not! Maybe I should find a drunken stranger just to say that I have been to the Elvis Chapel?
After saying goodbye to those who were going on the plane we unloaded and went to get an attraction pass. This meant that we could look around three exhibitions on our free day. We chose the Bodies exhibition and Titanic exhibition. The last choice we decided upon was the roller-coaster that spiralled around New York starting at Coney Island and whirling past the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.
I only decided to do this for Luke as I have more than a strong dislike for adventurous roller-coasters. I approached the line feeling like a bag of nerves with a strong possibility of being sick. We got in our portion of the roller-coaster and as the bars came down, not tight enough, I had an overwhelming urge to shout out that I wanted to get off. I was just about to when the control man waved at us and told us to enjoy the ride. Yeah right! As we headed up a steep incline towards the sun I decided to close my eyes and that is the position they remained in throughout the ride. I think I was the loudest screamer , especially when we did the upside down loop. Oh yes, there is a loop. This isn’t just a tame hotel ride this is my worst nightmare. Finally it was over and I got off the ride feeling bewildered and stunned with legs like jelly. Luke caught the expression on my face afterwards and knew he was in for it. I think a picture really does speak volumes. Just look at my happy, bright, cheery expression!
Never again I told Luke and I informed him I had only gone on because he likes roller-coasters so much. He replied to this saying he doesn’t really mind about going on them and would have been happy going to see the Spongebob 4D show. At that point, I’m afraid to say, we very nearly almost lost Luke. Forever.
We then ventured to the inspiring Bodies exhibition. There was intricate displays of vessels, skin and vital organs. There were real bodies that you could walk around, in wonder, and every time you looked at their toes you were reminded that they were real and this had been a person with a personality. It was fascinating and very educational. Did you know that your preference for salty or sweet is innate? I knew there was a reason I can’t stop eating pretzels! Then it was off to another humanistic exhibition in the form of the Titanic. At the beginning we were given a boarding pass and we got to find out at the end whether the person on our pass survived or not. I thought this added a very personal touch to the exhibition. It was fascinating seeing the recovered artefacts including a panel from the Titanic. We also got to walk out on deck, see the grand staircase and touch an iceberg! At the end we found out that I had lived and Luke had died, as many men did.
Feeling that we had received a sensory overload we went for a nap before dinner at The Mandalay Bay Hotel. Before dinner we went on another new exhibition but this was in the shape of an ice bar called Minus 5. It was fascinating as well as freezing!
Thankfully we were given gloves and a snow coat before we entered a room that was completely ice except for the floor, which was a good thing as I had kept my heels on so I didn’t feel too much like a child dressing up in my parents coats. There were ice sculptures, including a bear, and an ice bar. We even got our drinks served in thick ice cups and we drank them sat on some fake animal skins that were thrown over the ice benches. It was very surreal. I would love to stay in an ice hotel
but I don’t think I could control Luke. He already tried to lick the walls of the bar so who knows what an ice hotel would turn him into! We left, a little bit shivery, and went to have a drink at the restaurant before the others arrived. We did play on a roulette table first and won ten but then lost ten when it landed on zero! Apparently this is rare? However at the end of the night we lost again as it landed on zero for another time. How odd! Well actually zero is not considered an odd number in roulette but you know what I mean.
This meal was our last meal altogether and it was a Tex-Mex affair. A fellow passenger, from Indianapolis none the less, summed up the feelings of the night with a nice toast to our fantastic host and to some pretty great memories. I now have the feeling I have eaten too much on this holiday but I did manage my dinner. It is odd eating inside here because you are a lot colder than you would be if you ate outside. It is freezing in most indoor place. No wonder I have the sniffles! Only I would get a cold in the Nevada desert
After a nice meal we ventured onto a tram, once Luke worked out it was indeed free, and caught a connection onto the monorail.
Our destination was the volcano show at the Mirage. We finally made it in time no thanks to my heels, which were killing my little toes! We had a near miss with some ants on the railings and then took a step back, a very large step, and admired the volcano. I loved it but Luke thought it was a bit cheesy! (please see my blog containing just videos from the Las Vegas
strip). It was then on to the famous Bellagio, barefoot this time as my little toes were screaming out in anguish, to be able to enjoy another famous Vegas spectacle ; the fountain show. It was very beautiful with lots of lights and water swirling in all sorts of directions. It was one of the highlights of Vegas at it was just so calming compared to the rush of the casinos. Yes I know that people come to Vegas for the casinos but they can get a bit stuffy and you can easily find yourself lost in them. I think they design them like that on purpose so you get lured into going on just one more slot machine. We almost didn’t fall for this trap but then we got back to Luxor and Luke and I, plus very muddy feet, had one last go on a computerised roulette table.
What number do you think came up? Why a zero of course!