Our trip to Las Vegas was very spur of the moment. Our original intent had been to start our drive home and stop in Primm, NV. Vegas won due to the fact that it was closer to where we were at the time.
The first thing we did was drive down the Strip. The casinos are tightly clustered, and the taxis there are not thrilled when they are behind someone gawking at them. Therefore, once we checked into our hotel, we decided to walk.
Vegas is set up with several pedestrian overcrossings. Considering the traffic, this is a good thing. These overcrossings have stairs, escalators and elevators. By the end of the walk, I was glad for the latter. Those casinos are a lot farther apart than I thought.
We spent quite some time looking around in Caesar’s Palace. There are a lot of decorative fountains and interesting statues. A replica of Michelangelo’s David is one of them. We didn’t find out until later that we missed an animatronics show and a fountain with a lot of fish in it. We did see the curving escalator.
The most enthralling thing we saw on our walk was at the Bellagio. They have a big fountain in front. As we came up to it, music started to play and fog started to roll out on the water. Then, the fountains started to jet to the tune of the music. Some of those spurts seemed to be as tall as the casino itself. It was gorgeous.
There were several street musicians, ranging from an accordion to a set of drums. There were also a lot of people dressed in costumes. Some would probably scar a kid for life…Winnie the Pooh drinking a bottle of beer somehow doesn’t seem right.
The most annoying thing on the Strip was the folks handing out information about “gentlemen’s clubs.” There I am, walking beside my husband and they kept trying to give him their little cards. You can see the ground littered with these little flyers.
On the amusing side, one of the folks asking for money had a sign that read, “Why lie? I need a beer.” I’m left wondering if he got one…
There are two things to keep in mind if you choose to “walk the Strip.” One is the heat. Because it is a dry heat, and there are so many things going on, it is very easy to get dehydrated. Make sure to bring water. If you run out, there are enterprising folks with ice chests, selling them for a buck each. It’s worth the buck.
The other is the distance you’ll be walking. It’s very deceiving when you’ve driven it, but those casinos are big. Wear some good walking shoes so your feet don’t get tired.
Some may wonder if it’s worth it to do all of that walking. I think it is, I saw a lot of very interesting things. I saw a few disturbing things (like Winnie) and a saw some very beautiful things. I might even be willing to go back; there are more freebies that I missed.