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Cruising Nevada


{EAV:f5b0199590437af2} Sunday 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.


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.


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.


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.