J & I have decided that the older we’ve become, the less tolerant we are for long distance travels. Six-hour plane rides have become grueling. Living on the East Coast was at least more accessible when it comes to European travels. Most countries are about 6-7 hours away via plane. However, from the West Coast the only destination that is 6 hours away is Hawaii, and one can only go to Hawaii so many times before developing cabin fever. So now, we’ve opted to explore areas within driving distance; and Utah National Parks, specifically Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, are luckily within that radius.
We planned a trip for this past Memorial Day weekend, and S & B decided to fly in from NYC last minute for a little taste of Southwest adventures. S & B arrived Tuesday night. Had dinner with one of B’s friend in LA. Spent Wednesday in Little Osaka for some omakase at Kiriko and shaved ice at Blockheads. Then we set off Thursday before noon.
To break up the drive to Utah, we opted to stay a night in Vegas, which is 4 hours away. Since we were checking in on Thursday, rates were lower and we were able to book a room right on the strip at Planet Hollywood.
The last time I was in Vegas was about 20 years ago. Back then, it was all about walking through the casinos and checking out the scenery. Apparently, nothing’s changed much – we walked around Vegas and checked out the scenery.
We met up with one of B’s other friend, who had flown into Vegas from NYC just a few day ago. Since her friend was keenly familiar with Vegas, she brought us around the strip.
Vegas is known for gambling, showgirls, parties, and of course buffet. Getting older with smaller appetites, J & I had completely dismissed the idea of having buffet prior to the trip. Oh how that changed with S & B coming along with us. We ended up having dinner at Bucchanal Buffet at Caesers Palace.
To ease the discomfort from overstuffing ourselves, we went for a walk. Twenty years ago, the Venetian hadn’t been built, and I had always wanted to see how they managed to replicate the Venice canals.
Vegas is most beautiful at night with all the neon signs.
Of course there’s always a side of Vegas that makes some of us terribly uncomfortable, yet we somehow can’t seem to avert our eyes from the shocking.
To be continued…