Bright light city, gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire/Got twenty dollars cash that’s ready to burn/So set the penny stakes up higher/There’s a mutt named Monty just waiting out there/And I’m a Cool Aunt named Aimee with lap space to spare/So Viva Las Vegas! Viva Las Vegas! Vivaaaaa, Vivaaaaa Las Vegassssssss!
Boondocking Bill & TWSJ have been road tripping for months now and lucky me, Alaska Airlines offers a direct flight to Las Vegas! We synced up travel plans up to spend a four-day weekend together, catching up and exploring the desert.
Funnily enough, they ran me ragged and I am exhausted now. As they were dropping me at the airport, one of them joked that this was payback for their first visit to Alaska, all those years ago.
First stop: Vegas’ Freemont area, the ‘2nd most famous strip in Las Vegas‘. Funnily enough, it’s the original strip in Vegas and the home of all that famous neon (not to be confused with LED, etc from the other Strip).
Mom and I hit Freemont for Bloody Mary’s, fried pickles and we each blew $20 at the slots at El Cortez, the longest continually running casino in Vegas.
We had good intentions to explore the other, more famous strip – you know, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Harrahs, Bellagio, etc. etc. etc., but it ended up being more fun just to drive up and down Las Vegas Blvd. and watch the crowds and lights at night from the comfort of the breeze through the car windows on a hot night.
Before I left, Mom and I made a mixed-media piece, illustrating this guy we saw getting his picture taken with two Vegas showgirls. Pretty cool, huh? I’ll sell it for $40, to make back the money we lost for the experience. Ha!