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I'm realizing I haven't posted since we got back! I'll do a quick recap. I've never found an easy way to upload photos here, but if I can figure out how to do it directly from tapatalk, that would be a game changer.....
Day 1 - Reno, toured the city
Day 2- Camped 2 hrs from Vegas. Toured Death Valley with short hike. Had to go back to camp for DH's forgotten bedding. Got to Vegas around 8pm. Groceries, hotel, sleep.
Day 3-Toured Luxor, Manalay Bay, and Excalibur inAM. Solo trek to Golden Tiki in PM. NY NY, Aria, Belagio in PM
Day 3 expanded. I've really got to figure out how to upload pictures in a way that doesn't take forever. And I need to figure out how to upload from a phone. I'm clearly nearly 40, if I were 20 I'd have this figured out. But if I were 20, I wouldn't be posting on a forum, I'd be doing some other fool think I don't have time to care about as a 40 year old!
I was disappointed to miss out on strip time on the night of Day 2, but there was nothing for it. We got waylaid by having to go back for DH's stuff. And we knew that Vegas could eat our bank account alive, so we needed to go grocery shopping. It was nearly 9pm when we got to our little HoJo room, and we were beat.
So, on Day 3, we chowed some breakfast in the room and headed out to the strip. The HoJo is on Tropicana, so we walked till we hit Excalibur, then took the tram to Mandalay Bay. MB doesn't have an impressive lobby, that we found at least, but they have that outdoor waterfall area that's really pretty. We had to get creative to figure out how to access it, but eventually we got it figured out with the help of some staff (not CMs, but all casino staff were very welcoming and friendly throughout the trip). We really enjoyed this area, and it wasn't at all crowded.
Next up was the Luxor. We walked through the elevated walkway to visit. Although the elevators up say "floors 22-30, guest rooms only", you don't need a key to get in and go up. So up we went. These elevators go SIDEWAYS. They made me feel sick last time, and this time I got a little of that as well, but I tried not to pay any attention to it.
I think the 27th floor was the top floor that has windows and balconies. It took us a few tries to figure it out. There are windows that look down onto the food court area that forms the base of the internal pyramid open area. DH marched right over to the window and looked down. DS was a little hesitant. I was going "no effing way" and clinging to the wall about 8 feet back...when DS started to follow my lead. I told myself "NO. Do not encourage your son to get attached to fears." And I forced myself over to look. I didn't like it, but I kept a calm exterior. Good mommy! We also peeked over some open air balconies up there, and got a glimpse of some rooms that were open for housekeeping. It was pretty impressive.
Next up was Excalibur, before heading back to the room to rest and eat lunch. Not much to say about Excalibur, but I enjoyed the theming as a relic of the history of Las Vegas theming. I really thought it was charming, but there wasn't any huge "WOW" moment.
Back to the hotel, this is when I found time to leave the family to visit the Golden Tiki, which I described earlier. Well worth my visit, although I didn't think much of the drink I chose.