The first time I was in Vegas was when I was sixteen. My family drove there. There was a race through the dessert called the Mint 500 and my father was helping in the pit crew with radios (good old walkie talkies). Do those things exist any longer?
We actually camped in Las Vegas. The campground was not like any I had ever seen before. Most campgrounds are in the woods with lots of trees. This campground was a parking lot. There was a pool, a Jacuzzi and even a casino. I don’t remember what it was called but my bet is that it doesn’t exist any longer.
Visiting Caesars Palace late one night, we saw a big cock roach in the hall. It may have a different name in Vegas, these things live in palm trees I am told. We also went to Circus, Circus which was a lot of fun. I don’t remember a lot, but I do remember I got to pull on some slots. They were one armed bandits at the time. The slots I have seen recently just have a button that you push. Not the same thrill to me.
The second time I was in Vegas, it was on the way to Los Angeles when my oldest son was first going to school. He was only 18, not old enough to gamble or drink and we had other agendas anyway. Pierce was skateboarding everywhere we stopped on the way to California. I was checking out the art scene and found an opening scheduled for the day we were there. Pierce had a great time skating a couple parks and I enjoyed talking to a lot of artists in Vegas.
This time, we were just passing through, not planning on doing any sightseeing. But, I wanted Dillon to have the chance to see the strip and our host suggested we wait til dark. Then she told us where to start to see the whole thing. I hadn’t seen it all last time. It was quite amazing! The lights, the people, the man made volcano, we got to see a lot while we sat in traffic. If I hadn’t been so tired from driving all day, I might have ventured inside the Stratosphere. One of my teachers bungee jumped off of it last year. I just want to see the view.