With only a short drive from Kingman to Las Vegas, I decided to make the trek on my motorcycle. What should have been a short ride turned long as I missed my exit off interstate 40 and took the longer “scenic” route through California. My detour turned colder and windier than I was dressed for as I got into higher elevations and caught myself shivering as I rode. Although a much longer ride than planned, it was good time for me to do some much needed reflecting. Now that we have traveled down the east coast, around the gulf of Mexico, and across the west almost to California, I’ve been starting to think, what next? How do I want to use the rest of my time after we’ve spent some time on the west coast?
As I descended closer and closer to Las Vegas the weather turned to a beautiful warm sunny day. The air started to feel like a warm blanket rather than frigid needles. I arrived to meet up with Ryan, Mom and Shannon at the Club De Soleil, a time share given to us for the week by good friends of the family, Dan and Karen. This is the way to experience Vegas; a great two bedroom apartment just down the street from the main strip. What an amazing gift…thank you so much!
After taking some time to rest and get my core temperature back up from my detour, we headed down to the Las Vegas strip for dinner. My cousin Michelle recommended the Bellagio’s buffet, so that’s exactly where we went. This was my first time in Las Vegas and I was blown away at the no expense spared mentality of the casinos. The buffet was no exception with just about everything you could ask for: Kobe beef, crab legs, sushi, sword fish, great pasta dishes, fruits and cheeses, and a huge desert station. I don’t know what the best tactic is to maximize the buffet, fasting beforehand or eating slow/fast, but I walked away feeling like I wished I could have eaten more.
After dinner we stopped in to the New York, NY Casino to do some small stakes gambling at a blackjack table. Mom started by watching as Ryan and I played a few hands until she better understood the game. She never did enter, just as Ryan and I shouldn’t have. We were both up at points, Ryan by much more than me, but in typical gambling style we didn’t know when to walk away.