This Christmas we decided to head south to warmer weather for awhile rather than hunkering down in cold and snowy Canada. Our first stop was the sunny desert city of Las Vegas, Nevada. From there we drove to Phoenix, travelling along Route 66 and making a pit stop at the Grand Canyon. If you missed the blog posts I wrote about those experiences, be sure to check them out.
I’ve travelled through Las Vegas before but have never spent a significant amount of time there. We were there for 3.5 days and I must admit that I was ready to leave by the time the final day arrived. Yes, it was fun but it was also exhausting for this farm girl. Las Vegas is coined The City That Never Sleeps – and is that ever true. It’s non-stop action. Throngs of tourists crowd the streets making it difficult to get anywhere. The bright lights at night and the constant noise of not only people but of the casino slot machines is almost too much for me. I’m also not much of a gambler which is a big reason why many people go to Las Vegas.
We eased into our time in Las Vegas by starting with some “country” experiences. We checked out Gilley’s, the famous country saloon in Treasure Island, and took in the Country Superstars show. We also enjoyed breakfast at the popular Hash House a Go Go in The Quad, which serves “twisted farm food.” I really liked the decor which included old farm photos on the walls and wheat sheaf bouquets on the tables.
As I look back on my Vegas experience I can’t help but think that the farm girl in me definitely came through. The farm girl who often prefers wide open spaces, the sound of silence, natural light provided by the glowing stars and no one around (except maybe some animals), felt a bit out-of-place among the crowds of people, bright lights and loud noise of The City That Never Sleeps.
Some of my Sin City highlights are captured in the photos below.