Prompt: Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?
For as long as I can remember, people have told me how much fun Las Vegas was. No matter who I talked to the review was always the same. You’ll love it they said, I can’t get enough of Vegas they raved, You have to go! With all of this build-up I dreamed of going and then one day my opportunity came. My husband’s uncle was getting married and his father really wanted us to come out for a visit. I was super duper excited and I did soo much research online that I knew exactly how I wanted the trip to go. Our stay was for several days so we were able to do the tourist thing before attending the festivities.
Doug’s family made annual trips out to Vegas when he was growing up and his father had just moved there. Since this was my first go around Pops was kind enough to show me around. We toured the Hoover Damn and then proceeded to tour several different big name hotels on the strip. My favorites were the Bellagio, MGM, Luxor and the Venetian. Even with all of my research, I had no idea that it would be soo hot! At the time we lived in North Carolina and the weather gets pretty hot in the summer, not to mention the humidity so I thought I was prepared. Well I wasn’t; the desert heat is dry and it felt like I was walking on a volcano!
The tourist thing was ok and I enjoyed meeting a dolphin and seeing the tigers at the Siegfried and Roy Secret Gardens. I had no idea I would see such beautiful animals in all that heat. The big cats were sleeping and would not move. The dolphin was pretty friendly, but I felt bad for him. He had no chance for escape in the middle of all that sand.
After a day or two the scene really got old. I detest gambling so the casinos really were not my thing. I did give them a try and just as I imagined I hated it. Those places are filled with sad people pouring their life’s savings into slot machines and smoking their lungs out. (Those were the locals) The tourists are just there to have a little fun and lose a lot of money. I decided I would not be a stick in the mud and played a few slot machines. I did not win anything, but I didn’t lose either. I spent the rest of my time people watching while my husband and his father did most of the gambling. The worst part was all of the cigarette smoke and the best part was the free cocktails. I did enjoy some of the buffets with all of the amazing food for next to nothing, but even that got redundant. We are not big partiers so we did not go to any night clubs nor did we partake in any wild adventures like in the movies.
The wedding was so- so and I was ready to go home by the time they said I do. Overall I hated the town and I have no desire to return. I have been back twice, once to visit Pops and once to bury him. As far as I am concerned What Happens in Vegas Can Definitely Stay In Vegas!