So, I actually wrote a whole Vegas post on Monday but I didn’t publish it at that time because I hadn’t yet put in the pictures. Then when I went back to the post I didn’t really like it anymore. I’m not gonna lie. It took SEVERAL days to mentally recover from the shock of going between Las Vegas and Bethel. Instead of feeling refreshed and ready to face the snowy weather and flat landscape, I was just sort of pissed off about it for a few days. How dare it be slipping back into the deep negative temperatures in Bethel when I just left a place that had flowers and green grass? My brain couldn’t deal with it at first. I think I feel fully recovered now and can go back to posting instead of wallowing. Not that I am enjoying the current weather conditions. And not that I will ever prefer any flat landscape, no matter how nice the sunsets, to an obstructed view. I much prefer to see hills, trees, or jagged mountains surrounding me than endless expanses of anything.
Now back to the intent of this post. How was Vegas as a family vacation destination? Great! Who knew?
We shopped at outlet stores, Old Navy, and World Market. We ate at In n Out Burger and White Castle. We saw robot gods at Cesar’s palace and dancing fountains at The Bellagio. We watched a volcano erupt at the Mirage and saw a little 3D movie at M&M World. Rosalind was thrilled.
We rode the High Roller and ate ALL the ice cream Vegas had to offer. We played on city playgrounds in light jackets and just enjoyed the sunshine even if was unseasonably cool for Vegas.
We drove out to Red Rock State Park one day and got some sort of snow hail combo on the way. Then it got sunny. Then it rained. We did a small hike down to the creek and waterfall and then drove around. We saw two wedding parties being photographed with the rocks as their backdrop. I hope they didn’t get hailed on.
Another day we overslept and missed our chance to drive out to the Grand Canyon so we opted for Zion National Park instead. We still drove over two hours both ways, but it was nice for us since we are all hemmed in on Bethel roads. Eliot seemed to enjoy sleeping in the car so much. In fact, Eliot may have enjoyed this trip the most of anyone. These pictures don’t even come close to capturing the experience of Zion. Everything looms over you and you feel completely surrounded. It’s really nice if a little unsettling. This was the warmest day we had and it felt so luxurious to just be walking around without coats.
We ate as much food as we could fit in our bodies and then ate more anyway, so we felt mildly ill much of the time. We also exclaimed over how cheap and plentiful everything was. Bethel will change your perspective on price/quality/quantity real quick. We had China Poblano as our early anniversary dinner, but also had thai, unlimited sushi, Hooters, The Cheesecake Factory, and everything in between. I have misgivings about photographing my food but I had to in order to sustain myself over the next three months. Lucky for you guys most of the pictures ended up on Sergio’s phone. This is just a sampling. Four words: Bone Marrow Soup Dumplings.
And also fried pickles.
Did we win a cent? Nope. It’s hard to do when you don’t bet a cent. Not even once for kicks. It just never seemed like the right time. Everyone else was wandering around the lobby with daquiris that reached their knees and we were stumbling through with a five year old and dog. At night when Sergio might have gone off to a poker tournament we were all so exhausted from the day that we were already fast asleep. We did manage to spend over two hours in a comic book store off the strip though. Priorities.
All in all, a success. I really enjoyed staying at The LINQ because we stepped right out into the little pedestrian outdoor shopping area and didn’t have to worry much about Rosalind. It was where you found the most families. We had a Starbucks right there, so that was useful. It was also nice to find that if you take a child to Vegas you get complete immunity from those people that hand out naked lady cards. They go so far as to hide them behind their backs and quit yelling while you pass. I found that really thoughtful. I would totally go back again as it is the same price as going to Anchorage but offers more to do and a little warmth. So there is my endorsement for Vegas as a serviceable family destination.
Since I’ve already gone nuts with the amount of pictures in this post I figure I’ll just go ahead and throw in a few more. Why not?
We call this last one “sleeping on a plane hair.”