What a city!! Even
though we were arriving in the day time, it was still exciting just to
be here. This place was definitely a highlight of our entire trip....I
mean...what compares to Vegas, huh? The Grand Canyon is wonderful in it's own
We took our camper to the Las
Vegas KOA...checked it in, and left it in the campground.
The first thing we wanted to do was find
a chapel and
re-new our marriage vows. We had researched several places on the internet. We
wanted to do it in a drive thru window....So, we went down town and looked for
one. The sights blew our minds and we just couldn't wait till night time to
see those fantastic lights.
I was dressed and ready to go get
married. I wore white clothes, and an animal print bra and hat...lol...how
tacky is that?? No one could see the bra....it was our little secret.
We drove around until we found where we
wanted to go...A
Special Memory Wedding Chapel. They had a drive-thru window and we pulled
up and read the 'menu' of ways we could get married. The drive-thru
was $25 with a mandatory $25 gratuity. Okay....so we rang the buzzer and set
it up...while sitting in the van. We never left our seats. Well, it's
less tacky than getting a virtual
wedding on the internet.
After filling out the paperwork we were
greeted by the Rev. Wilbur J. Wilson. He set a little speaker at the window
and played music while 'marrying' us...it was too cute. He was so
serious, and I was in a comical mood...hissing at Les and making him laugh.
The man did a great job re-doing our vows. Then he gave us a newlywed kit,
full of household product samples, and some candy kisses. After a few pictures
we were off to go to a casino. I had never played a slot machine in my
life...and this was to be my first time. At least I had a first time for something
after just getting married!!
After driving around a few minutes we
knew where we wanted to go...to the one that looks like Egypt...we had seen it
on TV....on the internet, and now we wanted that to be the casino we visited.
That place is called the Luxor.
It was absolutely amazing. And let me tell you, though our camper was back at
Vegas KOA, if we wanted to have brought it along with us, there would have
been parking enough for it. This place goes out of it's way to make you happy
and to make things convenient. And, we never had to pay for parking the entire
time we were here.
These two pictures are postcards.
We went to the wonderful Luxor
and we were in awe of it. This hotel / casino has 4,427 rooms in it. We went
right to the window where you get the change and each of us got $10.00 in
nickels, being the big spenders that we are. We went to the slot
machines. I was soooo green. Les had to help me get started.
I am here to
tell you that I do not have the 'gambling gene' at all....never was
my cup-o-tea'....but, I put the nickels in the slots, pretty much
just to get rid of them. I won a few times...nothing to write home about. Les
was winning bigger than I was. Pretty soon I was out of nickels, which was
fine with me...and I stood beside Les and watched him. He kept trying to give
me more nickels to play, but I was over it. Not interested. He finally hit it
for 450 nickels. So, we not only won back our money, but we beat the house out
of $7.45...can you believe it? We felt so superior....lol... Les has the 'gambling gene'.
After riding around a little more we went
back to the camper to rest up and also to do some laundry. We were just
killing time until the evening hours when we could see Vegas by night.
Night-time finally came and we were
headed down-town....OMG!!! What a place....we were like kids in 'Candy
Land'....the lights were awesome. All we wanted to do was drive up and
down the strip. At night is when the casinos really put on a great show at
their entrances. We were praying for traffic, just so we had more time to look
at each thing.
The above pictures are postcards.
The pictures below are the ones we took
with our camera. And you should have seen how I was hanging out of the van
window taking these pictures while Les was driving.
I know that the above two pictures are
out of focus, but after all, a 'volcano' was exploding....I did the
best I could. We took many more pictures than what I am showing on my
site....but this does give you an idea of some of the things we saw.
Just look at how the Luxor
looks at night (above)....a huge beam of light shoots out at the top of the
pyramid and shines all the way into the sky. Also, little lights shine up the
corners of the pyramid.
York New York Casino, shown above, is one casino....just look how huge it
is...amazing. There are many, many casinos
in Vegas to choose from. I wish we could have visited more of them, but we
just didn't have the time.
We woke up at around 6:30 the next
morning and headed to California.