Back from Nevada
07/10/2006 § 6 Comments
We were in Las Vegas this last week w/Asa for a conference. Target picked up most of the bill so we were able to join him. It was great to go as a family. It was Vegas, but when his meetings were done we were able to be together and see the sights. We stayed at the Mandalay Bay Resort. (Trust me, we would've been in the local Motel 6 if it weren't for Target! Thank you Target!) It was simply georgeous! Of course everything was expensive so we had to be very careful w/where we ate. We did eat well though! It helped that Asa'a meals were paid for. We also visited Denny's and Subway and a few other cheaper spots and shared meals too. I highly recommend the Del Taco! It was hard to spend that kind of money, but I can see how people could go broke trying to maintain a lifestyle like that. I'm glad we didn't get sucked in!
Our one splurge-literally, because EVERYTHING was AT LEAST 50$/person, any show or activity-was the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. It was still very expensive for us, but we all got in for the price of one person to a show. It gets really hard to spend money like that when your child becomes 13 and is now the same price as an adult! It was great though. We were able to get a magnet for a souvenir. Everything else was way above our price range and I really wouldn't know what to do w/a shark statue or shot glass!
The resort was great too. It had a wave pool and a lazy river pool and a regular pool and hot tubs next to them and I'm sure 12 other types of pools and a spa. There were palm trees everywhere and the sun was out. I felt like a superstar (who hadn't gotten paid yet!) It is a very tempting lifestyle. My honey and I both agreed that if the Lord were to ever bless us more financially, we wouldn't spend it in Vegas!
We did see some Christian's at the airport doing a Bible study on their break and it wasn't as spiritually oppressive as you'd think. It was more visually busy than anything. Lots and lots to see.
All in all we enjoyed our time and we had an awesome time watching The Fountains of Bellagio show. (It's in the movie “Ocean's Eleven”) It was incredible–and FREE! There's also a free show at The Mirage involving a Volcano and fire. It was neat to see all of the famous casinos in real life. They are truly amazing. There are new ones going up all the time too as well as hotels…
We also saw some of the original casinos from the first days of Vegas like the Stardust, Riviera, the Palms, the Flamingo, the Tropicana, the Sahara and the like. Very cool.
I'm glad to be home.