Ruth, whale watching in Iceland. Photo taken October 4, 2012.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Vegas at night

Yesterday morning we went for a hike with Mick. Their house on the outskirts of Henderson is on the base of a hill overlooking Las Vegas.

The land behind the house is all public land and park space. Of course this is the desert, so there's not much vegetation, but it's scenic in it's own way.

View of Las Vegas from Mick and Sandy's house.  

Mick and Ruth on a hike

After the hike, they took us for a short drive over to Lake Las Vegas. This is an entirely man made development with a lake and a hotel and casino, and condominiums and shops and golf courses. The whole thing was built just before the housing crisis and it's had some real problems. Even now, there's hardly anybody around even though it's open and operating. The man made lake also has some expensive homes owned by celebrities like Celine Dion. It's a nice spot, but the price point is probably still to high.

Lake Las Vegas even has a man made white sand Caribbean beach!

None of this water existed 15 years ago!

We made sure we were good and hungry by the time we went back to the Fiesta Casino for brunch. The lunch time prices end at 4:00pm so we arrived there about 3:30pm and ate till we were stuffed for $12.95 for the two of us!

Then we drove down to the strip. We had a lot of different buildings to visit, and Friday night on the strip is pretty busy. We visited only two casinos for the purpose of signing up for their players clubs and turned their free play money into $31 cash! Now we are up $78 cash without ever having gambled any of our own money.

The flowery entrance to the Wynn casino.

The strip at night.

Inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino they have a canal system built to make it seem like you are wandering the shops of Venice during the day. Absolutely amazing!

The free pirate show at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino is really well done. Lots of special effects and pyrotechnics and scantily clad women and muscled men!

Two of the "wenches" in the show.

Did I mention this show is totally free?!

Lots of people on the strip on a Friday night.

The half-scale replica of the Eiffel tower at night.

The shops inside Caesars Palace have one of the worlds very few circular escalators.

We did a TON of walking. It was after midnight by the time we left the strip and exactly 1:00am when we crawled into bed exhausted! Actually slept until 8:30am this morning...longest sleep in for a LONG time. I think today will be more of a relax day!


  1. Another great night seeing the sights. We we especially loved the Venetian, Tresaure Island and all the lights at night. Like you said before, lots of free parking in the area. You could walk for days and not see everything.
    Keep on wining.

  2. Getting us more excited everyday. WOW...$78 already. Good luck today! ~wheresweaver

  3. So glad you are having fun and what GREAT photos.... You're doing good on the wiinnings....
    Have fun & Keep safe

  4. I tried this once and it didn't go through...
    Glad you are having so much fun and your photos are GREAT! Wow you are really doing well with all the free money from the casinos...
    Have fun

  5. Nice pics. You guys certainly covered more ground than we ever did. Wow. So thanks for taking all the pictures.
    Somehow we missed the circular escalator at Ceasar's. Didn't know about that one.

  6. Thanks for great photos and comments...making your Vegas trip fun for all of us!!!!


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