Sunday, February 28, 2010

Las Vegas!


During late December of 2008, Oscar and I joined my parents in Vegas. They had a few timeshare points left to use by the end of the year, so we joined them at their hotel. Neither of us was intrigued by Vegas since we don't gamble or drink, but we still had a lot of fun. We got the Las Vegas Power Pass, a card that gives you access to all kinds of attractions for a certain amount of time. It was totally worth the cost and we would have spent more than double the money we paid if we'd bought everything individually. The biggest value by far was the Popovich Comedy Theater show, which would have been $40 a ticket. That was a really great show! Not only are there crazy pet tricks, but there's also juggling and stilts and all kinds of impressive stuff.


We got to go on the New York New York roller coaster.

We visited the Atomic Testing Museum.
The pass included a day pass at the Circus Circus Adventuredome



We went up the Eiffel Tower elevator at the Paris hotel. To our pleasant surprise upon arrival, we also got to watch the Bellagio Fountains play water ballet to Christmas Carols. A girl we were standing next to said she'd been waiting an hour. We barely had to wait at all.


We played 18 holes at King Put's black light mini-golf.

And we went to Nevada's Natural History Museum where we learned about flooding. It's a bigger issue in desert climates because the ground is so hard it can't absorb such a large amount of rain water, and the floods can be devastating.



Although we had a car, we still walked the strip a lot since parking in Vegas is difficult and not always free. It was also very cold while we were there. Vegas had had snow recently and the temperature was extremely low compared to usual.


Because they had difficulty activating our passes until halfway through the first day, they gave us an extra day pass. Oscar had to return home, so my mom and I went to Madame Tusaund's Wax Museum. The wax sculptures were very impressive, and they even had a mini haunted house. I must say it was strange to go to a haunted house just after Christmas.

Mom and I also went to the Secret Garden and Dolphin habitat at the Mirage.

And last but not least, the pass included a ride up the Stratosphere. We got there just before sundown so we got to see the city in the sun and at dark.

One of the bullet points they give you to look for is the LDS Las Vegas temple.


Word of warning - do not sit through a time share spiel! We did it thinking it'd be worth 2 hours to get the free gifts they give you, but they were EXTREMELY pushy, it took 4 hours, and they lied about the gifts. They said we'd have $100 worth of gambling at this one place. They didn't tell us that the only prizes you could win were jackpots, so, of course, we got nothing out of that but 10 minutes of pulling slot machine handlebars. They also said we'd have $75 worth of gambling at Treasure Island, but that that could be redeemed for cash. That was a complete lie. We made about $20 off of that bit. And they gave us 2 free dinners to a buffet they claimed was $40 a person. It was actually $18. The disappointing gifts were definitely not worth the time we spent there.

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