Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Viva Las Vegas!

So, this blog post is a good two months past due. Honestly, my trip to Vegas seems like years ago, not just months.  Life has been insane, and thrown us more curve balls than I ever could have planned in the past couple months.  But that's another post that I'll get to soon.

Right now....Vegas!!

Oh my goodness, I had SUCH a blast!  Once we got all of our luggage (aka, crap) loaded up, we drove 4 hours south and stopped in St George to have lunch with Jenny, another of our friends from high school.  Lunch was delicious, and after a quick fuel fill-up we were on our way again.  



Now, Vegas is about a 6-hour drive from Spanish Fork, and being that it was my vehicle we were taking, I drove the entire way.  I was doing just fine, and have driven long distances before, so I didn't think much of it until we got out of the van at our hotel.  My left leg, with my AFO, was so insanely swollen that it was hard even getting the AFO off. My back was also killing me.....thank you, scoliosis.

Anyway, we got settled into our super-nice room for a bit, and got all ready to hit the town for the night.  We had a super delicious dinner at The Steakhouse at Camelot in the Excalibur.  So.  Delicious.  Oh, and as a side note, when driving down the strip at night, especially during rush hour, give yourself A LOT of extra time to get where you're going.  You'll thank me for this advice later, I promise.

After our super yummy dinner, we headed off the strip to the Red Rock Hotel & Resort to go bowling.  They have the largest bowling alley in Las Vegas, and it definitely did not disappoint!  We bowled 2 games, and had a blast!  








We started our Saturday morning off with a nice, peaceful trip to the Las Vegas LDS Temple.  We finished up there around lunch time, and headed down to the south end of the Strip to the gigantic outlet mall.  We snagged some lunch, and then hit the mall to do some shopping.  This is where my decision to bring my wheelchair with me after all came in super handy!  All of the travelling and exhaustion from the day before hit me full force while at the outlet mall, and my amazing friends were more than willing to push the wheelchair through the crowds of people.  After the outlet mall, I was then pushed around M&M World and the Coca-Cola Store, both of which made me feel really claustrophic. It was so crowded!  Despite the claustrophobia, and the fact that the main elevators were having problems, it was much easier being in the wheelchair than worrying about losing my balance in the middle of the throngs of people.

After our shopping excursion, we rushed back to our hotel to freshen up a bit, and then navigated down to Treasure Island to see "Mystere" by Cirque du Soleil.  Another CMT-related trick I've learned came in super handy at this point.  Whenever I'm vacationing somewhere new, I do a lot of research.  I research things like where the closest parking lots are, if there are lots of stairs, valet parking, etc.  If I can minimize the amount of time on my feet, even by just a little, it will save me in the long run.  Anyway, back to the show.... We were running a little late due to traffic and me taking a wrong turn, so we were lucky that we knew exactly which parking garage would put us right by the theatre.

For anyone who has never seen a Cirque show.....go do it now!  Mystere is on the cheaper side of their shows, and we got some cheaper seats, so we weren't entirely sure what to expect.  It was absolutely astounding!!  I can't even describe how cool all of the stunts were, and they just kept getting more amazing as the show went on.  And honestly, I really enjoyed our cheap seats because it gave us a view of everything!  So. Freaking. Cool.

After the show, we headed downstairs to the buffet for dinner.  I think that everyone's favorite part was the dessert bar....we got cotton candy!  On our way out of the hotel, we popped into a gift shop really quick, and had a little too much fun playing with all of the pirate stuff. (We were most definitely hopped up on sugar!)  Once we left the hotel, we drove all the way to the south end of the Strip, took a picture at the Las Vegas Sign, then drove all the way back to the north end and our hotel.





Sunday morning, we kind of took our time getting ready and getting out of the hotel....none of us were super anxious to get home!  3 of us had quite the entertaining time loading all of our luggage into the luggage carrier on top of the van, so much so that one of my friends had to climb up on top of the van, eliciting very strange looks from the other people in the parking lot.  We encountered a lot of backed-up traffic in the canyon outside of St. George, but other than that, our trip home was fairly smooth.  We had a late lunch in St. George, and stopped in at Dairy Queen in Beaver for ice cream and a picture on the giant chair.





It was seriously such a fun and much-needed getaway.  I got to spend some quality time with my besties, get some sunshine, and recharge my batteries a bit.  We're already talking about our next girl's weekend, and I can't wait!