Marching Along

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

In honor of our Armed Services I am marching in 2 local parades. The first in my hometown, and although the weather started crappy the crowds came out in full force to cheer us on.

Next up we head over to a neighboring town to march for their local fire dept.

After all that is done it’s home to finish prepping for Meat-a-Palooza. It has become our tradition to have a picnic and the main course is Smoked Meat. This year we are having pulled pork, brisket, chicken, and a salmon. The hubby has been tending to it since 12am.

Whatever you do today, enjoy your day!

Airport

Sitting in the airport. Waiting on our 2nd leg of the flight home. Been up since 3:30 am Vegas time. 3 hour layover in Chicago. I hate the travel day part of vacation.

I will do my best to get the last 2 days of the trip posted as soon as I can. If I can’t sleep on the plane maybe I will type them up and post later tonight.

Vegas Day 5

Day 5 and the fun is still commencing. Weds was the Hubby’s Birthday and we had a jam packed day planned.

We started the day by sleeping in. Once we got up and dressed an moving, the first agenda item was lunch. Since we knew we would be having a good dinner we opted for a quick lunch. Del Taco was the final destination. I know it’s not some gourmet or even semi-gourmet place but we don’t have Del Taco at home. A Taco and Burrito later and I can scratch that place off the list of places we haven’t tried before.

After lunch we headed out to Ms Nail for Mani-Pedi’s, neither of us have ever had them before so it was a good treat. The pedicure was very relaxing and I must say after all the walking from the previous days felt very good. Once the Pedi part was done it was on to the Mani’s. I can say that after the Manicure my fingernails do feel a little smoother.

We had separated from our friends for the morning so once we were done with our stuff we called to see where they were and if they wanted us to pick them up. We had taken the rental car and they were out via shuttle and foot. We found them and met them at The Bellagio, Valet’d the car and hopped on inside. After we found them and they cashed out of the slot machine we made a bee line for Jean Philippe Patisserie and had some Gelato. Along with the Gelato we partook in the oohing and ahhing over the chocolate fountain.  We made a stop back at the Cirque De Soleil gift shop for some cups we had seen there then headed back to the Condo.

Since we still had a couple of hours to kill, we opted for a drink and a dip in the pool and hot tub before heading out to dinner.

Here is where the best part of the day/evening begins. This was the only night we had preplanned where to eat for dinner. For the last few years we have gone to The Cheesecake Factory for the hubby’s birthday. So prior to our trip I researched and found one at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Our friends had never been to one. As much as the place is a “chain” (closest one to us at home is 40 minutes) the food there has never disappointed me. Surprisingly there was no wait (any other time we have been to one there is usually a 45min to 2 hour wait). After much menu scrutiny I decided on the Fire Roasted Artichoke for an appetizer, the Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo for dinner, and the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert. All washed down with pomegranate Mojitos.

Once dinner was over we had a very long walk (although it was only across the street) to the Venetian Casino where the Blue Man Group Theater is located. The hubby’s request for his birthday for this trip was to see Blue Man Group. None of us had ever seen this show so we were all looking forward to it. The show was fast paced and fun. A bit of education thrown in with some comedy and a dash of audience participation.

The show was over and we called it a night. A very late night…..

Vegas Day 4

Another long and busy day here in Sin City. Slept in again since thats what vacations are for. Then we piled in the car and head off on our grand adventure to the Hoover Dam.

One quick stop at our friends mom’s house so she could visit then the rest of us headed on out for an afternoon of sightseeing. After a nice lunch at Mel’s Diner, I had the chicken fried steak, hasbrowns, and scrambled eggs, we continued on to the Dam. We opted for the tour of the dam after we just wandered around. It was fun to be in both Nevada and Arizona in a mere matter of seconds. After the leisurely walk across the Dam we headed inside for the tour. It was actually very interesting learning about how they made the dam.

After a visit to the Dam gift shop we headed on back to pick up our other friend, grabbed an Ice Cream at Dairy Queen and then off to Vons. Since we are staying at a condo with a kitchen we decided to cook in this evening. The hubby and I went for a quick swim and soak in the jacuzzi before we made dinner. We had a lovely dinner of Shrimp, Salad, sauteed mushrooms, potato salad and coleslaw.

Now it’s a leisurely night in the condo drinking and relaxing.

Vegas Day 2

So Sunday was a slower paced day. We slept in a bit, picked up a rental car, had a pretty good lunch at In-N-Out Burger (I had mine Animal Style), then stopped for some groceries and Booze.

After all the errands were done we had some quality time at the pool with our new found drinks.

Dinner was at Tony Roma’s down in Old Las Vegas,  we wandered Fremont St and played some Slots. I put in $20 and left the casino with $19.82.

Just a nice relaxing day, after all we are on vacation

Vegas Baby

The day started early (4am) with our trip from the Hotel to the airport for a 6am flight. We flew from NY to Philly, then onward to Vegas. Our flighe left NY at 6am and we were in the ground by 10am Vegas time. So we pretty much gained a whole day. Once we arrived we luckily able to check in to the Condo way earlier than normal. We had a few hours to kill before our Bowling Wives arrived to join us for our fabulous vacation. We dropped off our luggage and hopped the shuttle to NY NY and then just started walking.

Our first course of action was to find some food. The hubby found some reviews for a Noodle shop that served Dim Sum so we stopped there. Noodles at the Bellagio was Fabulous! We ordered Steamed Pork Buns, Shrimp wontons, Peppered Short Ribs, and then a bowl of Barbecue Pork Noodles. The hubby had a beer and I had this fabulous drink called a funky monkey. After lunch we wandered through the casino taking in the sights. When we left to move on to the next stop we timed it just right to see the Fountains of Bellagio show. It was pretty amazing during the day but I want to go back and check it out at night. After the water show we just walked and walked and walked, and people watched. So far the tally is 2 bachelorettes and 1 Elvis sighting.

We finally stopped walking when we hit Caesar’s Palace. I played my first $10 in the Penny Slot machine, we decided we were tired and headed back to NY NY to get the shuttle to our condo. Nap time commenced, then it was time to hunt down some dinner. Naturally we had to eat at a buffet. Since the Condo offers a Shuttle to either The Orleans or NY NY we looked to see what the Orleans had to offer for a buffet. It was actually pretty good. So after satisfying our dinner craving we headed back to the condo to await our friends. They finally arrived and after some catching up and chit a chat we retired to bed as we had been up for like 20 hours.

Sunday is here and I am enjoying a cup of coffee and some relaxation before we begin the days journey.

Vegas Day 3

Monday was a super busy and super early start to the day. We were picked up bright and early by the tour operator and whisked away to Coyote Springs for an ATV adventure. What an awesome experience, after a brief introduction on how to use the ATV off we went onto the Desert Trails. It took a little getting used to but I managed to enjoy myself driving these monsters.

There were 10 of us total out for the adventure so they broke us into 2 groups of 5. The Hubby, our friends, and I were in the first group of 5 to go. Off we rode over peaks and valleys on the trails in a single file line. Man was it Dusty! After our first trip around we took a break in the shade while the other group went out for their first ride. After they got back we went out for a second ride while they had lunch. Once we got back, they went out again and we had lunch. Then it was back in the van for the hour+ ride back to our Condo and a nice Shower to get off all the dust.

Once we all showered and felt better, we needed to decide what the night had in store for us. So a quick trip to the Strip was decided and off we went. The first stop was the Tix 4 Tonight booth to see what was available for shows. The one show I had my heart set on seeing while we were here was Zumanity. They had tickets but they couldn’t tell us exactly where the tickets were. Thankfully the Ticket booth was right across the street from New York New York where the Zumanity Theater is. So we walked across the street (not an easy feat in this damn city). After much back and forth (literally and figuratively), we finally purchased the tickets that I wanted! Duo Love seats for 2 front row.

With tickets in hand we headed back across the street and hit up the M&M world store.  A few souvenirs in hand and off we went back to the condo to change for dinner and the show.

Dinner was Fabulous, so far one of the best meals I’ve had. We ate at The Grand Wok at MGM as it is right across the street from NY NY where the show was. I ordered Kim Chee and Mandarin Beef Noodle Soup. Both were a bit spicy but so delicious. We had about an hour to spare between dinner and the show so I sat at a slot machine and donated my $20 for the day to the one armed Bandits.

If you only have time for 1 show then I would say Run don’t walk to see Zumanity. This show was all it was described and more. Aside from all the topless women, but to make up for it there were plenty of nearly naked men too! Thrown in as filler between acts were some pretty funny little skits of comedy with some audience participation. I won’t go into too much detail because I wouldn’t do it justice. Spend the extra money and get the sofa seating the view is amazing and it makes the experience that much better!

So it seems Monday was our busiest day so far. Watch for more to come later this week.

Disconnected

So as hard as The Hubby tried he was unable to figure out a way share the wifi we would have to pay for here at the Condo. Therefore blog posts will be limited to short ones mostly with pictures that I can tap out on my iPhone. I will prepare longer posts on my laptop and post once we get back.

So for now enjoy this picture from today as we headed out to the pool.

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