It was 9:20 am on a cloudy, misty Sunday morning in San Diego County. And....we were off, heading north on the 15 toward Las Vegas! The purpose for the trip was a professional conference for teachers of young children, in Las Vegas, but hubby decided he should go, too, so we could both have some fun when I was not in workshops and seminars.
The drive up, which is about 5-6 hours from our home to Sin City, was pretty uneventful. That's the way we like it!!!! However, the comment that we always make for folks traveling between San Diego/Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, still applies. Sunday traffic was pretty awful, especially between Barstow and LV. It got better when we were going up Halloran Pass and the 2nd pass (Mountain Spring?), because there was a 3rd lane for truckers and other slow-bees, and once we crossed State Line into Nevada, where they thoughtfully added a third lane.
The rest area between Barstow and Baker was closed for construction. That put a lot of pressure on the rest area near Halloran Summit, with folks parking on the dirt, two cars in a trucker's parking place, etc. When we got out at that rest area, we noticed that there was heavy weather ahead!
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As we drove, we never got into downpours, but we could sure tell where there had been, because road shoulders were very wet, and we even saw this puddle which was almost a lake:
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Driving into Las Vegas wasn't too hard. Once off the freeway on Flamingo Road, it was "every man for himself". We sat through lights more than one cycle. Finally, 5-1/2 hours, and a little over 300 miles, we were into our hotel.
The conference is being held at The Venetian, and hubby and I made the decision to pamper ourselves a little and go ahead and stay at the conference venue. (Often times, when I go to conferences, I stay elsewhere.) The "Luxury Suite" in this all-suites hotel, is a beautiful room. Ours has a King bed, a "sunken living area", 3 TV's (one in the bedroom area, one in the living room, and a small one in the bathroom (!), a closet, a HUGE bathroom (2 of ours at home put together) that includes a vanity. We did have to ask for a small refrigerator for our own stuff -- having heard about fruit costing $3 for a banana (yep, it's true), I decided I'd just bring my own. It's a "medical refrigerator" for my special diet, because the one in the room is stuffed with bar supplies and woe-to-you if you move something just a little to accommodate the apples or juices that you brought from home. Yes, I'm still a teacher-on-a-budget, despite Vegas prices.
IMG_1900 by jeanniesisters, on Flickr
We spent the evening walking around the hotel and the Grand Canal shoppes, checking out the pools in the place (4, I think), and getting an Italian dinner.
The view from our table, at dinner:
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Hubby's view from the table, which happens to be in St Mark's Square, I believe:
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Sometime, we are going to do this:
IMG_1907 by jeanniesisters, on Flickr