Monday 9 November 2015

Las Vegas (USA)

I was in Las Vegas last month for a week. In fact, I go there every year. This was actually the 10th time I have been to Vegas in an 8-year span. And believe it or not, Vegas is a place where I can relax and, at the same time, have fun. Many I tell this to cannot seem to understand why the Sin City is a relaxing place for me, but it truly is. Elara Hilton Grand Vacations is right on the Strip, and is connected to the Miracle Mile Mall, just as Planet Hollywood. This alone spells 'c-o-n-v-e-n-i-e-n-c-e'. The hotel suite we get year after year is about 900 sq. feet. It has a full-functioning kitchen, a jacuzzi in the bedroom, a washer/dryer combo, 4 flat screen TVs, a projector TV, and a huge dining table where I can freely draw while watching a series of shows on the TV over it. Vegas also never sleeps, meaning you can go out any time at night and you are bound to find many stores that open late. There is also an unlimited supply of entertainment (no, not that kind of entertainment).

Valley Of Fire State Park
In the previous 9 times I was in Vegas, I have never been to the Valley of Fire State Park. As a matter of fact, I have never heard of it. We drove there in our rented car, but can't remember how far it was from our hotel. A couple of hours maybe? Right before you get to the park, you will find the visitors area where you're required to pay $2 per person if you came on a bus or $10 per car. There was no attendant present when we were there. You're supposed to deposit your money in the adjacent box where the map is located. It's an honour system. The money is used toward the maintenance and upkeep of the park.

We took many photos at the park. The colours of the rocks were vibrant. But we didn't last long because it was super hot. Vegas has been breaking record heat that week, and 35C was just too much for us.

After leaving the Valley of Fire, we went a little further and exited into Mesquite, still part of Vegas. We had lunch at Peggy Sue's Fifties Diner. If you have been to the Peggy Sue's 50's Diner (notice 50's vs Fifties) in Yermo, California just outside of Vegas, you can immediate tell which restaurant is more authentic or has the 50s feel. These two locations are not affiliated to one another, and quite surprising that they are both named exactly the same, well, except for the 50's versus Fifties. They're located in separate states, so obviously there was no infringement. There was no Peggy Sue in this restaurant, but I know for a fact there is a Peggy Sue in the one at Yermo. She is the owner of that restaurant. The food in this diner in Mesquite was nice and warm, but the person who waited on us was a little cold on the personality side. But that did not deter us from enjoying our meal.


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