Since we won’t be going to Arizona this coming January we decided to take the month of November to get a respite from winter. By leaving the end of October we felt safe in changing the route we usually take and instead traveled along the Columbia Gorge to Boise and then cut down on Hwy 93 at Twin Falls.
I’ve been on 93 as far as Wells Nevada quite a few times but it’s been a lot of years since I’ve been on it into Ely. We saw a smattering of snow and Ely was experiencing some really cold weather. We spent the night there and it was supposed to get to -7 the next morning. Karen and I dug out sweatshirts and winter coats, but it didn’t last and as we got closer to Vegas we were on the side of the road getting back to t-shirts.
Travel traffic was good until we got to Vegas. Oh my gosh, we deserved a couple of gold stars for that part of the drive. Their freeway design looks like a bowl of spaghetti. The navigation was almost continually pointing us to take exit this, then a left, then exit that, we finally landed off the freeway and found ourselves in a downtown area. The navigation was still trying to direct us back into the freeway system, but about the time we were ready to give it another go we spotted ‘Las Vegas Blvd.’. Ah ha, Luxor, where we were staying, is on this street. We turned north, wrong, and after what seemed miles we turned around and started south. Now at least the distance on the navigation screen was reducing, but it was still trying to get us back on the freeway. 7 miles out we puttered down the Blvd watching as the distance between us and our destination decreased. All this time the navigation kept chattering. The bright side of our driving adventure was that Karen hadn’t been to Vegas for years and was enjoying the view. Me, all I could see was cars and more cars. It was early afternoon but it looked more like it was in the middle commute time.
So Vegas, we bought a bus pass that enabled us to hop on and off all day. The route took us down the Las Vegas strip. A friend had told Karen to be sure and see the Venetian. I agree it’s a must see. If you go take a look at the shop area’s ceilings.
Another must is the Bellagio. The conservatory defies description. Pictures don’t do it justice, but here’s the link for them. They change the theme with the seasons and the tigers were there when we were. They are one of the animated displays. We played a little and browsed the Conservatory gift shop. Then had a drink at the piano bar under a ceiling of Chihuly glass. Loved our time there.
Linda (friend since second grade) and I were in Vegas in 2016 and had happy hour at Trevi an Italian restaurant in Caesar’s Forum shop area where the ceiling looks like the sky. Karen and I found it on this trip and it was as good as ever. I had a salad … the picture it says it all. We had a Trevi Bellini drink, a repeat of 2016. Believe me if you go to Vegas you won’t want to miss at least stopping at the Trevi for a drink.
From Vegas it would have been a short day to Glendale even with going through Oatman. It was Halloween and we expected to get in early and stop for candy but hit construction. They closed the freeway so it turned out to be a two hour detour. Again, a real driving experience.
We’ll be heading back after Thanksgiving but have so loved Arizona in November we may do it again. A lot of pool time and lazy days.