The Grand Canyon courtesy of Southwest Air
As soon as we got in, we met up with Dudley's mom and sister for a show. Dudley's mom has a friend who works for one of the Cirque shows and was able to get us tickets. I'm not sure how aware everyone is with the Cirque shows, but they all have different themes: The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Water... Well, this one had a more adult theme. It was called Zumanity. Without going into detail, this show is "centered on erotic song, dance and acrobatics." While not X-Rated, it was definitely raunchy and not for people who are easily offended. The show was really good, but just something funny to go see with your 80 year old mother-in-law!
Yeah...he has chains.
The rest of the weekend was mainly spent oohing and ahhing at all excessiveness that is Vegas. Neither Dudley or I are gamblers, so we kind of just wandered through all of the casinos looking at all of the people. Well, I did a LITTLE gambling. How could I not when I saw this:
I spent all of three dollars on this slot machine. Big spender, I know. I'm sure I had to be quite the spectacle for experienced gamblers though. I had NO clue as to how to work this thing. I was just randomly pressing buttons to see what would happen. Yes, I guess I was kind of expecting old school slot machines with a pull-down arm. I need to get out more.
While I didn't get the chance to run the trail half-marathon as I had originally hoped while I was in Vegas, I did get out and run Saturday and Sunday. I don't know Vegas at all, so I just ran up and down the Strip. It was hysterical because I went around 7:00 am both mornings when a lot of people were still out from the night before. They were all staggering around with their giant beers and empty hurricane glasses and I'm all "On your left!" I wore my GoPro on Sunday to capture some of the ridiculousness, but the footage is too wobbly and would make everyone sick if I posted it. Again, as an FYI, Vegas has an obscene amount of stairs on the Strip. The traffic is horrendous there so they have pedestrian crosswalks that go over intersections. It's great for walking around, but really messes with your running pace. Plus - stairs. Ouch.
HAD to go see the sign.
New York, New York
Ceiling at the Venetian
The Strip at night.
The weekend was a blur, and a lot of fun. I'd like to come back out and check out a few more shows, as well as the Hoover Dam, and maybe take a day trip to the Grand Canyon. I obviously have to come back since I didn't get to mark Nevada off of my half-marathon list this time around, right?! But it will probably have to wait until next year as my race season is fulling up quickly! I'm officially signed up for Flying Pig in May, and for 70.3 Raleigh in June. And then...the NYC Marathon in November if it all works out! Woo Hoo!
See you on the roads!