Leaving the Grand Canyon
One of the most important things to remember while traveling west is the change in gas prices. When I left South Carolina, the average gas price was $2.49. As we were making our way to Las Vegas, we stopped at a gas station and this is what I saw about 50 miles outside of Vegas — still in Arizona on Hwy 93. I don’t think I was mentally ready for the jump.
Even though it’s not my first time to Nevada, it always seems like the first time. I really don’t know what else there is to see in Nevada – or anything I really want to see – outside of Las Vegas. However, the Hoover Dam is a sight to behold. I am always astonished by the construction of historical structures (e,g. The Great Pyramids, The Ancient City of Rome, The Great Wall of China), even the Hoover Dam. Unfortunately, there is a obvious reduction to water levels. I am not sure the true cause of the lower levels, but it’s just another reminder of the continued depletion of our natural resources.
As the saying goes, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!”….well, not quite. 😂 We took a little time to unwind and regroup. Some of that included sitting by the resort’s pool and enjoying the mild to increasingly hot Vegas temperatures. We had conversation while sipping Mimosas and eating over-priced bar snacks. Eventually, I found my way to Zen Foot Spa. Babyyyyyyyyyy!!!!! When I tell you….WHEW! I was pounded, pulled, pushed, rubbed, and massaged into a new life. Honey, I gave myself the best gift ever…60 mins of heavenly torture for $36. For a second, I thought I was back in Korea (LOVED IT!). This type of massage is what I need in my life daily.
**Note: when you tell them you want a deep tissue massage, please know what you are asking for…you must have a high tolerance for pain.
Even though I do not smoke, I occasionally enjoy a social setting of cigars and brandy. I was referred to Lali Smoking Shop II, off the strip, for a good cigar. Honestly, there are cigar bars all around Vegas, so take your pick. The Havana Honey Vanilla cigar did not disappoint. It was smooth and nice for non-smokers. I was left alone to enjoy the smoke since my travel partners do not partake in my occasional hobby.
We decided to try Joe’s Prime Steak and Seafood at Caesar’s Palace for dinner. The a la carte restaurant was only okay for us. My pasta was cold and undercooked, the asparagus was a little tasteless, and the salmon was quite small for the price. Other than that, the service was amazing and timely. I definitely prefer Homestead Steakhouse over Joe’s Prime Steak and Seafood, however, it’s only my opinion.
Since we have family almost everywhere, I was grateful to see one of my cousins living in Vegas. We met at Bahama Breeze. I guess she was biased since it’s her place of employment. But it was her day off, and it was a great choice. Her co-workers spoiled me with a Coconut Mojito and Jamaican Chicken Wings. OMG!!! You must try those wings!
While I was salivating at Bahama Breeze, everyone else went to Fremont (old town Las Vegas). Needless to say, I think they were surprised by the free-spirited night life (not recommended for children). I guess they were able to finally understand what is meant by the famous motto — “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!” 🙂
We’re off to Death Valley!