Las Vegas Trip History


Mark & Jeanne stayed at The Venetian as part of the celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary.  The hotel was awesome with the rooms clearly beating anywhere we’ve ever stayed.  The single room had a sunken living area that contained a couch and two easy chairs.  It was perfect for watching the Penn State game during our stay.

The hotel also had seven pools, though the one we used didn’t get much sun until mid-afternoon.  We had a great time at the pools, particularly on one day when we struck up conversation with a young lawyer from Argentina.

We rented a car and drove to the west rim of the Grand Canyon.  Mark walked the skybridge.  It was surprisingly expensive – $75 per person.  Check that one off my bucket list.

On Sunday night, October 1st, there was a shooting down near the Mandalay Bay casino.  59 people were killed and about 500 were injured.  Jeanne and Mark were near that area just prior to the shooting, but decided to walk north instead of south.  We saw the ambulances, but didn’t hear about the shooting until the next morning.

We saw the Cirque Du Soliel show “KA”.  It was awesome with a huge spinning, rotating, elevating stage and amazing acrobatics.  We also saw a musical mashup of the music from Baz Luhrman films (Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet, The Great Gatsby).


BellagioMark & Jeanne stayed at Bellagio as part of the celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary.  We didn’t plan anything for the entire week and it was the most relaxing vacation ever.    Oddly, while we stayed at the Bellagio I don’t recall that we watched the fountains at all.  We DID enjoy their pool area and the rooms were very nice.

One evening we ran into a gentleman who looked exactly like Guy Fieri from the Food Network and famous for “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”.  He looked so much like him that I struck up a conversation.  He was very affable and told us that he met Guy at one point.

One of our favorite past-times when at Vegas is to watch the people.  Its amazing to see some of the younger folks and how they dress for an evening in sin city.  There is so much activity with much accompanied by alcohol that all I can say is “amazing”.

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