June 9-12: Nevada

A new state and a new kind of adventure was the plan for the weekend. The drive from Springdale, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada was our typical 2 1/2 hours with nothing too crazy along the way. It was exciting to see the restaurants, shopping, oversized hotels, and casinos on the horizon. This stop would allow us an entirely different type of exploration. Addie has been talking about all the great food to eat here for at least the last month!

We arrived at our campground early in the afternoon while temps were warm but not unbearable. The dogs were excited to have some actual grass to relax on as well as snack on. This was a unique campground as it had a huge casino by the entrance. It is Vegas after all….

For our first night we had dinner at an “authentic” Mexican restaurant that included a full 8 member mariachi band. We love our Mexican food. Addie was thrilled!

With it being Ella’s last day with us, the girls were eager to get to the strip and check things out. The fountains at Bellagio were a have to!! Both girls were thoroughly impressed. Anyone who has spent time with Addie knows that she is very knowledgeable and passionate about the Greek Gods, so you can only imagine how excited she was to take in all the statues in the lobby of Caesar’s Palace as well as the decor throughout the shopping corridor. And then there was Hell’s Kitchen… She adores Gordon Ramsey. You would have thought it was her special day.

Everything in Vegas is on a grand scale, stroll through the casinos lobbies you see how each hotel tries to impress. Bellagio is our favorite. The lobby has an amazing display of Chihuly glass on the lobby ceiling. It also has a rotating display in the conservatory & botanical garden of live floral art. The current display celebrates summer and is titled “Majesty: The Grandeur of Nature.” It is absolutely magical!

Vegas is known as an adult playground with all forms of entertainment. Shannon and Ashley have been there a few times before but the kids were always too young. We were excited to share our favorites with the girls. We got cleaned up and headed to the MGM Grand for a big night out with dinner and a show. Addie was again in heaven as we enjoyed an awesome dinner at Morimoto. She had watched YouTube videos of all the best restaurants and this one was at the top of her list. Then it was off to see our favorite Cirque du Soleil show, KA’.

After two amazing and very busy weeks with Ella, we had to say goodbye. She was headed back to Boone to get packed up and enjoy her last few weeks before driving out to Oregon to start her new job at Amaterra Winery. Way to go Ella!

As a surprise to Addie, we planned our last night in Vegas at the AGT Superstars show. We have watched the show off and on for many years. Ashley and Addie were very excited to get to see some of their favorite performers.

What a grand adventure we had the past 2 weeks with Ella!
Time to take a few days to rest and prepare for our California adventures!

3 thoughts on “June 9-12: Nevada”

  1. I think this was a very special trip for Addie and having Ella close by made it even more exceptional. We agree the Bellagio fountains are great as well as the statues at Caesar’s. We are excited for Ella as she begins her dream job! Sending love to each of you!

  2. The adventures, shows, meals, mountains, sights! What a great way to live life! Eyes always seeing new things! Way to go, AVENTIS!

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