Day 4 – Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert

26 Apr

Las Vegas is important to me. Not because I had a blast there once upon a time with my friends, or because I got blotto after a Cirque de Soliel show. Las Vegas is important to me because it was the only place my mother and I ever went to by ourselves… regardless of the fact that she spent at least a few hours a day on her blackberry, communicating with the office.

I took this picture on my birthday, in front of the Mirage. I walked around with my mother in relative silence as we strolled down the strip. It was Friday, so technically she was still working, regardless as to where she was. I took a tonne of other pictures on the strip that day back in 2007. If you want to see them, CLICK HERE.

While the Friday wasn’t all that great, the rest of the weekend was jam-packed. My mother and I were both HUGE Beatles fans, and so we went to see “LOVE” by the Cirque. We went to expensive restaurants and shopped at Caesar’s palace. For the rest of the weekend by mother was acting like the big kid that everyone knew her to be, and it was all for me. It was my 21st birthday, and not many people can say they got tipsy with their mother while stumbling home from a musical. In all honesty, I didn’t think she would actually enjoy herself as much as she did.

While we were there we stayed at Treasure Island, and driving cross country, I knew that during my stop over in Vegas that was exactly where I was going to stay.

Having spent the day driving through Colorado and Utah, I was tired by the time I got to Vegas, even though it was only six o’clock in the evening. Las Vegas is a busy city, and because 6P.M. is shift change at a lot of casinos, the streets were busy. Once I had finally left my car with Valet, and stood in line at check in, it was nearly 7P.M. before I had made it up to my room – a single with king sized bed and a view of the Wynn Hotel across the street. There was definitely a sense of luxury, but there was also a huge sense of loneliness.

Unless you’re a local, you NEVER come to the casinos alone, and as I wandered around the casino floor, I felt a little out of place. I spent 30$ on slot machines and got room service before crashing out at 10:30 in the world’s most comfortable bed.

I woke up at 6:45 the next morning and snapped this picture.

I had some time in the morning, so I had some Starbucks for breakfast, walked around the “Fashion Show” mall (your one stop shop for all your overpriced clothing needs), and went to Sephora to pick up a few things.

[SIDENOTE! There was a FABulous old man working at Sephora who gave me a handful of samples and spoke with the best lisp I’d ever heard. After a few perfect suggestions from him, I told him he was my soulmate and he hugged me. If you’re ever in Vegas go to Sephora and see if he’s there. He made my trip]

So at about 1P.M I took off from Vegas and started off through the Mojave, and I’d have pictures for you guys, if it weren’t for the 60 mile an hour gusts and sand storms that were roaring through the desert on that particular day. In fact, the ride was so rocky that the four hour trip exhausted me twice as much as any of the twelve hour drives had. However, I did manage to get this video of my drive down the strip, which is a surreal experience.

Upon getting to Irvine, I was very happy to know that it would be a good solid month before I’d have to make the long trek home. But now that I’ve had some time to digest the trip, I’m glad I took it, and I’m almost excited to take it again. My trip back in going to look a little similar, but different none-the-less. I’ll be taking an extra day or two to come back so that I can do more day trips/wait out stormy weather. For a taste, I’ll divulge that I’ll be staying in Sedona, Arizona to see some of the Grand Canyon, I’m have to make it to Woody Creek Colorado, the town outside of Aspen where Hunter Thompson called home, I’m going to try to make it to Yellowstone National Park, as well as Mount Rushmore.

I’ll be blogging a couple more times about California, because… well, I love it here.

This won’t be the last you’ve heard of me!


One Response to “Day 4 – Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert”

  1. Junie April 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM #

    Beautiful blog. As soon as I saw the pic of Sylv I burst into tears. It captures her completely. I miss her so much. You sound like you had a wonderful trip, and I agree, going back is always easier; less stressful. And take the time to enjoy the ride, you probably won’t take the same one in a long while, if ever. xo.

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