When JJ Hubby turned 50 in August, we celebrated this milestone by heading to the city of fun, sun & sin, Las Vegas, Nevada. Our son, David (now 27) & daughter, Caroline (25) accompanied us, making the occasion even more memorable. I know a lot of people visit Vegas regularly (something we now hope to do as well), but this was our very first time there and in a word: WOW!
What's interesting is that up until my brilliant idea (if I say so myself) of doing up Dan's 50th in true style, we had no interest at all in visiting 'Sin City'. Our preconceived notions of what Vegas was (insert hookers, strippers, all those stories of people gambling their homes and retirement funds away) had held us back for years from what turned out to be an incredible experience. There's SO much to see and do, that you needn't be tempted to spent even one dollar in a casino, unless that was your thing - some people really enjoy it and are responsible to set and keep themselves within a daily limit.
We took an official tour of the city, saw a number of shows (The Mentalist, Criss Angel & Cirque Du Soleil), visited Hoover Dam and soaked up some rays by the pool. I can't wait to go back just to lie in the sun - it reminded me again of the first time I stepped out of an airport in California many years ago into that glorious warmth enveloping you like a blanket, right through to the bones. For someone who'd always lived in northern Canada, that intensity of heat was seriously mind-blowing.
Yes, but it's a dry heat!
I plan to share few highlights of our trip with you over the next number of posts (not necessarily back to back), including pics from a fabulous botanical cactus garden we toured on our way back to Las Vegas from Hoover Dam.