10.04.15 Flamingo Casino and Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sunday, October 4, 2015 – The next leg of our casino tour took us flam 1 (Medium)to the Flamingo Casino, then to Sprinkles Cupcakes.

On the strip there are several locations where escalators take you up and over then down a street which cuts down a lot on street crossings and helps gain access to second floor locations from outside.  Here’s one of the many

First up with lots of pictures is the Flamingo Casino.  The casino/hotel is known for their beautiful tropical gardens with flamingos,  black swan and beautiful Koi fish.  Here’s the outside first!

flam3 (Medium) flam 32 (Medium) flam2 (Medium) flan 29 (Medium)Here’s the tropical garden area, the gospel chapel, and a couple of videos.

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Here’s some pictures of the casino.

flam 5 (Medium) flam 10 (Medium) flam 6 (Medium) flam 4 (Medium) flam 27 (Medium) flam 28 (Medium)From the Flamingo Casino we went to Sprinkles Cupcakes an upscale cupcake, doughnut and soda shop where I got a root beer float and Roy got a coke.   Mostly we got to rest our legs for a bit in the shade.  It was 100 degrees all day which didn’t help our growing tiredness but since we were in the shade of the buildings a lot it didn’t feel 100.  Thank Goodness~

sprink 4 (Medium) sprink 1 (Medium) sprink 2 (Medium)sprink 3 (Medium)We were on to Caesar’s Palace from here.  It is the largest of the casinos we visited so it needs it’s own post! That will be shared next time!

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10.06.15 Caesar’s Palace Casino, Mirage Casino, Venetian Casino, and Circus Circus Casino

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Our wonderful New Orleans Saints won their first game! Yes I am happy even though they have an 1-3 start!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – I am about to burst wanting to share the Grand Canyon with ya’ll but first I need to wrap up all we saw in Las Vegas on the strip.

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I could never capture this in a photo so I got it from the internet. All of the buildings, except for the Mirage which is the building in the upper right hand corner, are all part of Caesar’s Palace.

The last post ended with enjoying our time at Sprinkles Cupcakes.  From there we went to Caesar’s Palace which is the largest, grandest place on the strip.  Big gawks at this one!  Here’s some pictures of SOME of the outside which covers at least three city blocks.

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Another aerial photo from the internet of the swimming areas!

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Interior videos and photos!

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Panoramic photo of the aquarium behind the check in desk!  Click on it to see it full size!20150930_154721 20150930_154956 20150930_155401 20150930_155614 20150930_155730VENETIAN  CASINO AND HOTEL – Delightful place!!!  Indoor and outdoor waterways with gondola’s going up and down the waterway singing songs and delighting their passengers!  There are living statues that look like stone statues (until they move, blink, flinch or whatever and scare the dickens out of you), costumed musical troupes while strolling down the hallways, beautiful shops and just a carefree Venetian atmosphere.  The photos below are just a tiny representation of this casino.

Inside some of the casinos look just like you are outside.  The skies here outside are usually blue with maybe a few clouds so it’s hard to tell sometimes in a photograph which is inside and which is outside!

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CIRCUS CIRCUS CASINO AND HOTEL  We were pretty worn out by this time so we saw a lot but didn’t get many pictures.  There is a short circus show on the second floor every hour or so.  We made our way there and rested while we watched the show.  Really cool show!

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The sign below is what we saw when we left.  Kind of appropriate since we were exiting the Strip for the last time!20150930_200203This concludes our stay in Las Vegas.  Now that we’ve also seen the Grand Canyon I have to say that I doubt God’s hand was involved in creating any of Las Vegas and the Strip but I know for sure His hands created every square inch of the Grand Canyon!

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10.01.15 The Chauvins are High Rollers!

high roller 2 Thursday, October 1, 2015 –  Oh my goodness – what an amazing place the Las Vegas Strip is!  We did and saw soooooo much today! I know it’s known as Sin City but I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be if you choose to not do all that.

We went to the Bellagio, Mirage, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Ceasars Palace, Paris, Venetian and finished the day up by eating and watching a Circus Act at Circus Circus!! We started early and ended late and took our time so we could enjoy all we saw.

We easily walked 5 miles today since these casinos are huge and the high roller 3space between is sometimes great.  A couple of days ago we went to the MGM Grand and New York New York casinos so I think we’ve covered a lot of what Vegas has to offer. I am a happy girl!

The absolute highlight of our day was not one of the casinos or even the strip.  It was a new attraction here called High Roller!

Here’s a bit about High Roller from the internet:

High Roller is a 550-foot tall, 520-foot diameter giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip.  It takes 30 minutes to make one complete rotations.  It opened to the public on March 31, 2014, and is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. It is 9 ft taller than its predecessor, the 541-foot Singapore Flyer.

night high rollersThe passenger cabins (or capsules) are mounted on the wheel’s outboard rim and are individually rotated by electric motors to smoothly maintain a horizontal cabin floor throughout each full rotation. There are 28 passenger cabins, each with a 40 passenger capacity for a total capacity of 1,120 passengers. Each 225-square-foot cabin weighs 44,000 pounds, has a diameter of 22 feet, includes 300 square feet of glass, and is equipped with eight flat-screen televisions and an iPod dock. At night the wheel is illuminated by a 2,000-LEDhr1 (Medium) system which can display a single solid color, differently colored sections, multiple colors moving around the rim, and custom displays for special events and holidays.

Due to High Roller’s size you can see it from everywhere in Las Vegas,  however from a distance it looks like it is standing still, no rotation seen. As we got closer to it hr3 (Medium)throughout the day we realized it is moving just very very slowly. That caught our interest and Roy agreed to splurge a bit and ride it!!!  I am normally uneasy with heights but this felt so stable and went so slow there was none of that!

Even though the cabin can hold 40 people there were only four in ours!  Two really nice guys, dad and son, from Texas took the ride with us!  They were so nice and took pictures of Roy and I for us!

As we went higher and higher the city belowhr2 (Medium) looked more and more different!  This is so very worth doing if you’re in Las Vegas.  Not really cheap, but worth doing! The pictures below are from various elevations throughout the thirty minute ride.

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I always think videos show so much more than a photo could ever show so here’s 5 videos showing various aspects of the High Roller experience.

I’ll share about the casinos in the next few blogs.  We took so many pictures (both of us) that sifting through them and uploading them will take a while!

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09.30.15 Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and more!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 –  We rested all morning and took a ride hersheys onto the Las Vegas Strip to visit Hershey’s Chocolate World, M&M’s World, MGM Grand Casino and Hotel and New York New York Casino and Hotel.

They are all on the same block so it made for a good first outing! This will probably be one of the most colorful posts with all the colorful chocolates we saw!

mmmmmmWe parked at New York New York and walked through the casino in search of Hershey’s Chocolate World which is a two story amazing world of chocolates!

First pictures from New York New York

mm6 (Medium) mm28 (Medium) mm26 (Medium) mm7 (Medium) mm10 (Medium)Hershey’s Chocolate World pictures.  Yes Roy did get his 5 pound bar of chocolate, I got an assortment of Kisses, Reeses and Jolly Ranchers. Madisyn got stuff also!  First is the Hershey’s store sign seen from within New York New York Casino and Hotel!

mm11 (Medium)The Chocolate Bar in New York New York, just outside Hershey’s.

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Various flavors of Hershey’s Kisses – this is where I spent time!!mm18 (Medium)

mm19 (Medium)Jolly Rancher’s area!mm25 (Medium)   mm21 (Medium)Roy’s giant super duper 5 pound Hershey’s Chocolate Bar!  We’ll be using some of it to make more of our homemade caramel, pecan and chocolate turtles! I’m thinking Madisyn may want a big bite out of it when we get home!

mm51 (Medium) mm54 (Medium)mm17 (Medium) mm5 (Medium)  The wonderful young ladies who checked us out and saw us spent a fortune on chocolates!! Ya’ll were great ladies!mm52 (Medium)  The Reese’s Floor

mm22 (Medium) mm23 (Medium)mm24 (Medium)Giant size Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and York Mint Patties!mm15 (Medium)

mm16 (Medium) We went through the Hershey’s store twice before making our purchases.

MGM Grand was cool too! It’s a huge place and I’m pretty sure we only saw a bit of it.

mm43 (Medium)mm44 (Medium) mm45 (Medium) MGM_Casino_in_Las_Vegas mgmall mm1 (Medium)We stopped in the Coca Cola store where we took photos with the Coke Bear.  We bought the photos and when they are scanned we’ll share.

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mm61 (Medium) mm60 (Medium)We ended our time with a visit to M&M’s World where we were treated to a 3D movie, got to see Ms. Green M&M, picked up several gifts for Madisyn and really were like two kids in a candy shop here. It is a four floor M&M chocolate heaven!!

mm32 (Medium) mm62 (Medium) mm34 (Medium) mm48 (2) (Medium) mm35 (Medium) mm38 (Medium) mm33 (Medium)  mm39 (Medium)Do you see a trend towards loving the Chocolate stores and just going through the casinos!!!  What a wonderful chocolate day with a couple of casinos thrown in.

Below are some random outdoor Las Vegas Strip photos from high up and from street level.  It’s a lot classier place than I thought it would be.  It’s clean and very attractive, people aren’t wandering round obviously inebriated and the temperatures weren’t overwhelmingly hot.  It is 100 plus degrees here right now but the city didn’t feel like it.

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Here’s another of the Oxygen Bars.  Maybe one day we’ll find out what they are about. mm31 (Medium)We’re resting today which is Tuesday and will go back to the strip on Wednesday!

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09.29.15 Hoover Dam in Boulder, Nevada

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – Hoover Dam is a testimony to this country’s ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure.  Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada.

Okay, that’s what I found on the internet.  I have to admit I don’t know much other than that but what we saw was really cool!!

We saw some nice scenery on the way there as we got into a very mountainous area.

hd2 (Medium)hd3 (Medium)hd1 (Medium)We stopped along the highway at a place where we could walk along the highway over the area where the dam is located.  You could see a lot from there and it was extremely windy walking across.  This bridge goes across the Nevada / Arizona border which is also where the time change from Mountain Time to Pacific Time.

First the walk up to and from the bridge.

hd4 (Medium)hd5 (Medium)Look at the bridge and the beautiful scenery!  This was the  Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge built in 2010.

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Nevada and Arizona welcome signs!  We lost and gain hour in the matter of minutes!

hd20 (Medium)20150927_161802 (Medium)The Hoover Dam

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hd30a (Medium)This was the  best part – people throw change over the side and we discovered where by looking over the ledge.  Here’s a bunch of coins and the second picture is Roy checking it out and trying to figure out how he could get to it!!

hd25 (Medium)hd26 (Medium)We’ll be  heading to the Las Vegas strip the next couple of days. You can imagine how much gawking we’ll do and how many pictures we’ll take.  Hopefully it will not take long to process all those pictures before we can share them with you guys!!

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09.28.15 Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada

Monday, September 28, 2015 – We went to the Fremont Street Experience Saturday evening. The light shows there start fs13 (Medium)at 7 pm and a different one is presented every hour between 7 and midnight. We left home early enough to be there for the 7 pm light show and we stayed around till the 8 pm show.

All of the parking lots around Fremont Street displayed a sign that said Event Parking $20…… There is a Life is Beautiful event in town which we weren’t going to but it affected the parking price. We saw the Binion Casino which I read allowed you to fs7 (Medium)take your picture with a million dollars in cash. We pulled in there and the attendant said that if we gambled, ate or drank any casino would validate your parking and it would be free! We took the elevator down to Binion’s Casino with a nice man who lived in the area and gave us some guidance as to where Fremont was from where in the middle of the Casino.

I compare Fremont Street to sort of the French Quarter. Some sights were blushable, but it was overall a big street party for adults with doors leading into some casinos, some restaurants, lots of stores and a flying zip line going overhead. If the zip line hadn’t been $40 each I’d love to have done it! In the pictures of the ceiling canopy you can see the zip lines.

We went into one of the casinos and Roy put a dollar into a slot fs1a (Medium)machine. He made 15 cent and lost it quickly, but that got our parking ticket validated!!!

We saw several entertainment spots along the walk through the several blocks that make up Fremont Street. Some singers, dancers, dancing indian puppets, balloon makers and others. It is closed to traffic mostly which made strolling through it nice. Music played and there was some street dancing. The place probably gets louder and rowdier later but we stayed from 7 – 8:30 and headed home!!

There are several videos near the end that I hope you’ll enjoy!!!

First picture is of an Oxygen Bar. Don’t have a clue what this is about but it was picture worthy! These people had little tubes going into their noses from the colored bottles in front of them.

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We can now check Fremont Street off our Vegas checklist and head for Hoover Dam tomorrow!

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09.27.15 Getting settled in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Sunday, September 27, 2015 – On Friday we arrived in Las Vegas Nevada and are staying in Las-Vegas-Strip-map.mediumthumb Riviera RV Park. Wikipedia says “The Las Vegas Strip is a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South in Nevada. The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles in length, located immediately south of the Las Vegas city limits in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester (however, the Strip is often referred to as being “in Las Vegas”). ” I did not know that the Vegas Strip is not in Las Vegas, did you??

locationMap_smallNow that we’ve had our educational update, let’s go on to cooler things! Not cooler as in the weather, which by the way here is hot as Hades at 102 today (Friday) but cool as in Vegas things that are cool.

Our RV air conditioners are both running but the one in the front has only cooled us down to 79 degrees and the bedroom one is at 81 degrees and it is almost 7 pm and dark here…….. Sure hope the casinos open their doors and cool down the strip for us while we’re here.

Our plans for today are to do my RVillage work, then around 6 pm to head to Freemont street where they have a nighttime light show – a different one each hour! Sunday we will go to the Hoover Dam which is only 20 minutes from here after doing my RVillage work.

It is absolutely a blessing from God to have this job with RVillage. I’m working right now in my pajamas and took a bit of time off to finish this up and blanch the remainder of the tomatoes. We can still see a little of the area we’re in during the day as long as I get my hours in and take care of my responsibilities.

During the upcoming week we will go to the Vegas Strip to see several casinos, eat at a couple of buffets, and see all the free things we can see.

Now back to the tomatoes we scooped up on the side of the interstate on our way here!

I soaked all the road dirt off of them overnight. Friday evening I blanched them, soaked in ice water and peeled about half of them. I did the same this morning (Saturday). I chopped and squshed them up and put them into three quart size ziploc bags and froze them. That’s a bag for chili, a bag for spaghetti sauce and a bag for Chicken Geraldine!! I ate several of them throughout the process and roadside tomatoes are really good!! Here’s the first batch ready for bagging.

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Now on to the pomegranates. I ate the one pomegranate that I purchased at the farmer’s market to find out about the process of eating them. They are unlike any other fruit I’ve eaten and am enjoying the bowl of shiny seeds I got out of the one I opened. I’ve read you can use them in salads and other things. I have eight of them so I’ll find out what I like them in once I get time to cut all those open!

My pictures are not cooperating so I’ll deal with them and share Fremont Street and the Hoover Dam with ya’ll next time!

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