Thursday, 3 November 2011

Birthday? Let’s go to Las Vegas!!


Jackie and I just got back from a quick trip to the USA. It was her birthday and on the day before, her daughter’s birthday, so where could we go for a joint birthday celebration? Why, Las Vegas of course!

As it was a family holiday with Jackie and myself, son Jeremy, daughter Mish and her husband Des, along with their son Talon, we rented a house in south Las Vegas and treated ourselves to a week of fun and Oh Boy, did we have some fun!

Never having been to Vegas before, Jeremy seemed to enjoy himself mixing with the locals....





















We rented a 1959 Cadillac Convertible, which sadly after just 24 hours developed a huge gas leak. It was great fun driving it around for that first day, although, well lets be polite and just say it was well worn....


I didn’t realise kitty litter was a fantastic way of soaking up leaking fuel! There was so much fuel coming out of the car, the gas station called the fire service!

The house we rented had a putting green in the yard....


Jackie watching the majestic fountains at the Bellagio...


I adore these fountains and could stand there and watch them for hours. Instead, I took a video of one of the shows.....




The Paris hotel, seen from the Bellagio.....


Caesars Palace is a spectacular hotel inside, especially the shopping areas....


Curved escalators, an engineering wonder (as in, I wonder how they work)....


What is this a picture of?.....


I hope you said a parking garage, or something similar. Actually it isn’t, it is a model car shop....


Me, standing in front of the famous Las Vegas sign, holding a headlight that I collected for a pal of mine (you cannot buy these LED headlights in the UK)....


Hoover Dam, with a shadow of the new bridge we were standing on....


We went to see a classic car collection at the Imperial Palace Hotel. I fell in love with this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible. Some of the cars were for sale and this Bel Air was in immaculate condition although the $145,000 price tag turned as many heads as the car....


Do you remember the film American Graffiti? Richard Dreyfuss played a young guy who fell in love with a mysterious blonde driving a white Ford Thunderbird. Here is a 1957 T-Bird that was for sale at the car collection. I was VERY tempted to buy this car.... it was a truly beautiful car....


Mish wanted to go zip lining on her birthday, so we trooped off to the Nevada mountains and went to Bootleg Canyon. The zip lining was bloody marvellous! Here is a short video....



Of course the main event of the trip was Jackie’s and Mish’s birthdays. Happy birthday girls!.....


We crammed a lot into a week’s trip and I think it is fair to say, everyone had a great time. Now, were shall we go next year....?

20 comments:

Oz said...

What an awesome trip. I love the zip line. Since you came all this way you should enjoy all you could. Glad you enjoyed the trip. Great photos.

Trobairitz said...

What a great vacation.... Love the zip line video. The wind was really blowing up there. I think they should have included a dual sport for riding back to the top.

Aren't the Bellagio fountains amazing? We loved watching them when we were there last year. Never made it to the Imperial Palace or Hoover Dam though as we were only there for 2 nights.

Looks like you all had a wonderful time. A great way to spend the family birthdays. Thanks for sharing.

Raftnn said...

Awesome trip Gary, terry and I went last year, and for a couple of lads from NZ it was a real eye opener. But I will say I loved the place and had a real blast...when ever I get to tour the country I will diffinitly stay again.

bobskoot said...

Gary:

what a great place to celebrate a birthday. We were there a few years ago and walked down the strip going in and out of the casinos, so much walking, they are so large. We also spent some time looking at that car collection.

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Geoff James said...

Fabulous Gary,

Glitz, glamour, the city than never sleeps....

Hope you didn't lose your shirt on the tables... ;-)

Brady said...

Gary,

Lots of people have told me to visit Vegas, but nobody has ever told me why, but for the first time someone has actually shown me some of the other things to see and do in the area.

The cars were beautiful. I wonder if the same thing will be said about 1980 Grand Prix in another 30 years. If so, I should have kept the old bucket. Somehow I have my doubts.

Brady
Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

Charlie6 said...

Gary, outstanding photos and videos as usual! I've never been to Vegas, having never been bitten by the gambling bug, but this preview makes me want to go.

thanks

dom

Redleg's Rides

Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

SonjaM said...

Wow, you really stuffed a lot in one week. Love the zip lining.

We both traveled Las Vegas maybe a few days apart from each other...

Lucky said...

Great stuff!

Just had to comment on the kitty litter - it is the best for soaking up vehicular fluids. Gasoline, oil, powersteering fluid, coolant... it works great and keeps the fluids from staining your concrete. It even pulled some of the old oil stains out of the concrete in my garage.

And if you're working in the garage and need to make a pit stop of your own... well, I won't tell anyone.

Kitty Litter - keep some handy.

RichardM said...

Nice vacation and renting a house away from the "Strip" is a great way to stay there. Just about all of the times I've been there in the last thirty years or so was work related so I never spent much time exploring. Except for the one day I rented a Sportster.

I'm not sure I would have wanted to travel that far just to go to Las Vegas though. A stop along the way, sure, but as the destination? The zip-line video was pretty cool though there wasn't much screaming. Did you make it up to the rides on top of the Stratosphere?

Richard

mq01 said...

ah...i LOVE vegas! im itching for a trip! soon! happy birthday!!!

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Gary:

You can easily see why Las Vegas is the Number #2 business destination in the US. It has great meeting facilities.

I have always gotten lucky on my trips to Las Vegas.

Glad you had a good trip.

Fondest regards,
Jack/reep
Twisted Roads

Gary France said...

Oz – Coming all that way did indeed means we wanted to see and do as much as possible, and oh boy, did we!

Trobairitz – Luckily they had a bus to take us nearly to the top of the mountain, but we had a 20 minute climb to the top carrying our gear, including the tackle that hooks over the line itself. Sliding down the four lines to get to the bottom was much more fun than going up! Yes to the fountains being amazing. Last year, I stayed in the Bellagio, just so I could watch them from the hotel room.

Roger – It really is a terrific place. Some love it and others hate it, but if you can look beyond the depressing bits, it has a lot to offer for a visit. I can certainly see why two NZ’ers would have wide-open eyes there!

Bob – Yes, a lot of walking in those huge hotels. They don’t look so big when you drive down the Strip, but they really are.

Gary France said...

Geoff – LOL, no I kept my shirt. I don’t gamble because I can think of much better ways of parting with my cash!

Brady – To limit a visit to just the strip, the big hotels and the casinos would be such a waste. There is a lot to do in the area and we kept busy for the full 8 days we were there. Sure, the strip is full of life and great fun, but only for a few days! Old cars are just wonderful to look at.

Charlie6 / Dom – It is worth a trip, a short one at least.

Sonja – Yep, we tried to do it all and nearly succeeded! It was funny that we were both there just a few days apart.

Gary France said...

Lucky – With your nickname, I wonder how you would get on in Las Vegas? That is good advice about keeping kitty litter in the garage for spills, but not such good advice about needing it for personal use! LOL.

Richard – Our group would have needed 3 hotel rooms for 8 nights. That would have been way too expensive, so renting a house was not only cheaper but much bigger and better as well. Exploring the strip area is easy, but the real rewarding stuff is just outside of Vegas itself. Yes, a long way to go from the UK, but the others in our group came from Seattle, so not so far for them. Us English don’t go in for screaming that much! As for the Stratosphere, no we didn’t get up there.

mq01 – I enjoy going on just about any sort of trip. Travelling is the spice of life.

Jack – Vegas has that curious mixture of business people and those on vacation, all brushing shoulders. They don’t tend to mix that well though. Lucky, huh? In Gambling, sex or both? Having read some of your stories, probably the latter!

Mishy Moo said...

Thanks for a fabulous trip and the awesome video SLD. You ROCK!

Gary France said...

Mishy Moo - I am glad you enjoyed the trip and the video as well. I had a great time in Vegas too!

BeemerGirl said...

What a wonderful looking trip. So sad that the Cadillac sprung such a horrible leak. Did you actually go on the Hoover Dam tour?

And I had no idea Vegas had zip lines. Quite a difference from the zip lines through the tree canopy here. But...if that's all you got there. hehehe

Gary France said...

BeemerGirl / Lori – It was a shame about the Cadillac, but to tell you the truth, the car was a pile of junk. It was such a shame that the rental company didn’t look after it well, as cars like that should be cherished and not just a money-making machine where the lives of the people that rent them are put in danger! The zip lines were tremendous fun and all the members of my family now only want to go to places in future that have them. It seems I am destined to be doing this for years to come!

Anonymous said...

eww that first picture the girl on the right is so fat !!! she should not be a showgirl !!!