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Cruising Nevada

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{EAV:f5b0199590437af2}┬áSunday was our car day. We used Hertz reward points to get a free one day rental. We picked up the car at the Cosmopolitan. First stop was Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Ben loves the show, and we were right here. It’s not much to look at, in the old downtown area.

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Next we were off to Red Rock Canyon. We got a little lost and were half way to Death Valley, but we got it straight and made it there. There is a 13 mile circular drive, and the rocks really are red.

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Ellen had seen signs for In-N-Out burger. She had never been, so we made going there for lunch a priority. She enjoyed it immensely.

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Last stop of the day was a 70 mile drive to the Valley of Fire. It didn’t take that long to get there, as the speed limit on I-15 was 75. It is near the top of Lake Mead, and has amazing rocks and ancient petroglyphs.

We took a scenic route home along Lake Mead. We made a quick stop at Ethel M Chocolates. . We had stopped there last year on the way back from Hoover Dam and wanted to get some more chocolate.

Our last dinner was at Spago. We had a great dinner, Ellen started with a mushroom salad and had veal. I had beef short ribs. The food and a couple glasses of champagne and we were doing well. For dessert, I had a lemon-blueberry baked Alaska. Unique!

We gambled a little at Caesers, then headed back to the hotel.

Ellen got up early for her flight home. I change hotels today to Caesers, then get to work for the HIMSS conference that sparked this trip.

Last year was my first trip to Las Vegas, and I was disappointed that it didn’t live up to the Hollywood hype. Now that I accept Vegas for what it is, I kinda like Vegas. It is tacky and fake and done to excess. It suffers from sensory overload. But it is unique and can be fun—in small doses.