Vacation Journal … nearing an end …
So, after leaving St George and the temple, we drove on to the decidedly different-in-feel Las Vegas. Right away, this place had a different vibe from the rest of the nature-centered trip.
In an odd homage to St George perhaps, one of our first sights was a view of those most famous of Mormons, Donny and Marie.
After an interesting 30 minutes or so of navigating our way to the hotel lobby where we were to meet my dad, we made it into the casino. For you see, every hotel in Las Vegas has as its ground floor a huge casino. This was so odd to me. Everywhere you looked, here at 11 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, were masses of humanity playing slot machines. Heck, there was even a machine themed after one of my favorite reality shows!
As many of these casinos as we walked through (and it was a lot!), I never did see the appeal of them. Of course I do however play Farmville, so maybe I can see a bit of the appeal. And these casinos were also very loud. This particular one had some impersonators loudly lip-synching various rock stars.
Once we met my dad, we proceeded down “the strip” to see various hotels and sights. Despite the 104 degree temperatures, it was pretty interesting (and I did notice that 104 degrees of dry heat was preferable to 90 degrees of humid Hoosier heat).
And here we encountered a bit of the disturbing, seedy side of Vegas. There was a very average looking, 30-ish guy in baggy shorts and a t-shirt hanging out with this lady. He would take her picture, then he would pose with her and take their picture together. I was fascinated by the backstory to this. Was this lady a rent-a-date? Rent-a-bride? It was just really weird, yet seemed pretty typical of what you’d see in Vegas.
Later that night my dad took us to a light show downtown. On the way back, things were definitely not kid-friendly. There were all sorts of folks handing out – um – inappropriate cards and photos. Vans drove by, offering you the chance to “buy a girl.” I found it all rather depressing and awful.
And golly – I have so many more photos of Vegas, but this is getting pretty lengthy. I think you get the idea! It was a busy, bright, dark, bustling place of highs and lows. But I guess a lot of life is that way …