RV Life – week 17 – Las Vegas

I am not a gambler, I have never gambled once in my life. When I turned 18 my Dad took me out for coffee to celebrate and asked me if there was anything I wanted to do. I told him I wanted to go to a casino, since I was now legally of age. I flashed my newly minted “of age” ID and strolled through the casino floor and right back out the front door.

I had visited a casino, and never had any interest to go back.

Las Vegas on the other hand of course, is the capital of all things gambling…. among a few other things, and our next stop on our RV journey.

Flights from Las Vegas were dirt cheap, and as we had a few things we needed to wrap up in Canada, we took advantage of $80 return flights pp to Detroit.

But before we flew home, we took advantage of some of those famous sights in Vegas – minus a few 😉

We strolled the Strip checking out all the elaborate Casinos and lights. It certainly is the “Amusement Capital of the World!”

We saw flamingos, aerial dancers, a mock Paris, Venice and Trevi Fountain. Lily even managed to redeem herself with a new coin toss into the fountain since she threw it the wrong way in Rome last year. Apparently you have to turn your back and toss it over your head in order for it to work – so we tried again and made a new wish.

We saw the famous fountain show at the Bellagio and even saw Santa Claus swim with a mermaid – what can I say – it was one for the books!

Now you can’t visit Las Vegas without a few side trips, one in particular to the Hoover Dam.

The Hoover Dam, although built in 1936, remains a feat of architecture and engineering. The dam itself impounds Lake Mead, the largest fresh water reservoir in the United States. (We ended up camping on Lake Mead a few weeks after when we returned – it was gorgeous!)

The dam also generates power for Nevada, Arizona and even California!

We even managed a quick visit to the 7 Magic Mountains, an open air art exhibit by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone before departing the city.

Ugo created created seven colourful towers of painted boulders over 30 feet high. It is a striking pop of colour set out in the middle of the desert.

It was beautiful to see at sunset, although the kids were more interested in climbing the rocks than appreciating the art.

Las Vegas was certainly a city worth visiting, but you know us – we just aren’t city people. Upon returning we had immediate plans to grab our tiny house and hit the freeway for some boondocking paradise.

And that is exactly what we did!

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