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Las Vegas, Nevada is some times called Lost Wages, and is a place that I have been to many times over a number of years. Last week I visited and as usual, did not come home with any of their money.
But, if you are going to Las Vegas with the notion that you will strike it rich, I have another idea for you. Go there to see the sights and not the gambling. I am of the opinion you have a better chance of winning at our local Indian Casinos than the ones that I visited in Las Vegas last week.
But go to Las Vegas to see the sites, take in a show or just see Fremont Street. Fremont Street is some distance north of the “Strip”. The Fremont Street Experience is a five block long pedestrian mall with attractions in downtown Las Vegas that occupies the western most area of that street that once was called “Glitter Gulch”. We enjoyed Carrot Top one evening.
I was on Fremont Street last Friday along with some thousand other people, fun people, crazy people, old people, young people, partying, gambling, drinking, street performing, enjoying the free music, light shows, zip lining and just having a good time. I did not take in all of the above.
The Fremont experience showcase is a light show canopy that covers the entire street for a distance of over three-quarters of a mile and is 90 feet above the street and acts as a motion picture screen. This is a must see attraction if you get to Las Vegas.
Paula and I were at Fremont Street two years ago where she fulfilled an item on her “bucket list” and that was to zip line down Fremont Street. We were there the day that Covid-19 closed down the casinos.
But, even if you are not a gambler, Las Vegas is a costly place to visit. I visited our hotel bar and ordered a mixed drink and brought out a ten-dollar bill from my wallet and the bartender, stood and looked at me with a funny look on his face before he said, fourteen dollars and nine cents. However, if you are playing any of the gaming devices, drinks are free, you should only tip the waitress.
Food prices are out of this world. Twenty bucks is at the bottom of your food list. A small food counter at the hotel where we had our morning coffee; of three cups of coffee and a sweet roll that was our order, twenty-eight dollars.
In the four-day visit, we could not cover anywhere near what there is to be seen and what to do. If you have time, take a side trip to Hoover Dam it is well worth your while. Be sure to take a walk on the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tilllman Memorial Bridge. This bridge takes traffic off and bypasses the dam and is above and downstream from the dam, and if you walk out onto the bridge, you get a great view of the dam and Mead Lake. So take your camera. By the way the bridge is some 900 feet above the Colorado River. I let you know that just in case you have a problem with heights.
Thanks for reading! ~Carlton