As we left the intoxicating smell of pine forests in The Grand Canyon National Park we couldn’t be heading towards a more different destination, the party town in the desert, Las Vegas.
We had to backtrack nearly 100 miles to the interstate and by now we had learnt regardless of the speed limit, everyone goes faster except for the RV’s so we had quite a few people overtaking us even though we were cruising along at 125-130km/h. What we weren’t expecting again was the amazing scenery on the interstate (you would have thought that we should now expect this, but no we are still surprised by how beautiful the drives are).
As we descended back towards sea level the fauna moved from forest to scattered trees to dry desert, passing mountain ranges and plateaus until we finally hit the state border of Arizona and Nevada, marked by the Hoover Dam. We stopped for a look and while it may not be the biggest dam in the world, or even America, you still feel like an ant in comparison. It is a true engineering feat, god knows how they build this concrete behemoth into the solid rock that surrounds it all the way back in the 1930’s. Even more concerning was looking back at the bridge we just drove over the border on, perched 100’s of meters above the Colorado river.
Not being the gambling types we were heading to Las Vegas for different reasons to most, relaxation. Our first afternoon we head out of town to Red Rock Canyon. We were both exhausted and didn’t manage any hiking but there were at least 20 trails to explore by foot and one 4wd track teasing us. If we were more into hiking we could easily have spent our entire 4-week trip spread between Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon and Sedona and still not cover all the trails available.
The remainder of our Las Vegas stay was dedicated to relaxing, wandering the strip, shopping and music. Before leaving home we found out that Snoop Dogg and John Mayer were both going to be playing while we were in Vegas, how could we not go… these two musicians like the start of our trip couldn’t be more different a little symbolic you could say. We spent our first night at a pool party, yep typical Vegas, even had a sand beach (check out Mandalay Bay hotel) with Cypress Hill and Snoop Dogg; This was everything we thought it would be and more. Our second night was spent singing along to John Mayer and he is one very talented man! Both amazing artists in their own right and we’re so glad we got to see them both.
You can’t go to Las Vegas without wandering through a few casinos along the strip, funnily enough we didn’t even put one bet on, bad people I know. We had mixed emotions as to all the buildings, on one hand some replicate the original place so closely and in such detail, it’s quite amazing. On the other hand, it is entirely fake. We loved people watching here as we wandered up and down the strip until the early hours of the morning, anything goes here, you can act and wear (or not wear) however you want. The strip is looking dated, but it exceeded our expectations, not sure we will be rushing back anytime soon though.
Until next time...