Saturday, October 22, 2011

Only in Vegas

Ron and I caught up with some WIN friends (and a relative) at Boulder campground - a great spot right outside of Boulder City, NV, and right on Lake Mead. Since my sister Diana already posted our trip to Hoover Dam, I'll save that and post our trip to downtown Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience.

In 1994, five blocks of Fremont St. were closed to traffic and a canopy, 90 ft. high and 1500 ft. long, was built over the road. Light and sound shows using 12 million LED lights and 220 speakers are presented hourly. It's a spectacle unlike any other.

Between shows the zip lines were busy.

Ron and I took advantage of the photo op with a pile of money.

And I saw a renegade from Kiss. (I don't know who the cowboy is.)

While Ron fought off a casino monster.

But then it was time for the 8 o'clock show which was a tribute to Don McLean's classic American Pie.

We all sang along during the chorus. (I'm showing my age again.)

Although it was getting late, we did a drive by of the 'Strip.' These are my 'action' shots.

And we even saw the volcano erupt at the Mirage.
(If you want good pictures, you'll have to wait for Diana to post hers.)

Another day we biked a 'rails to trails' from near the campground towards the Hoover Dam.

The railroad was used to transport materials and equipment during the construction of the dam, but now it's a scenic trail.

It has great views of Lake Mead along the way.


  1. Loved your post and pictures. Although we have visited Vegas we have never made it to the Fremont Street experience. There's no shortage of things to see - that monster shot is priceless.

  2. I'm surprised that monster didn't have his hand in Ron's pocket! Casinos are always coming up with new ways to separate you from your money...

  3. I think we all love that Don McLean song and the classic line of "drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry"

  4. VEGAS is very well lit!! FUN in SIN
    I see Ron doing the Monster Mash thats too cute and What a sweet bike trail!!! Looks like a ton of fun.
    American Pie is one of my favs too.

  5. That Ron is quite a ham! My picture of the monster is really boring compared to yours. Great fun sharing the evening with you guys.