Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Visions of the Southwest: Boardwalks, Pyramids, Flamingos, Bats, Magicians and Palpable Immorality in the City that Really Never Sleeps~ Las Vegas: Wordless Wednesday ( Road Trip 2014 }

Welcome friends  to another in my
Visions of the Southwest series~~!
One of the stops on our westward journey
wasn't historic, cultural or natural....
It was just plain fun!
An oasis in a vast desert...Las Vegas:
Here we go~~~
A glimpse.....

Yeah, it was a bit hot!

A buffet, after our hiking, trekking, exploring:

Just a pretty lobby as we walked all over the Strip~

Taking a break on the Champs-Elysee!
This was at about 2:30 AM.
We're from NY, the "city that never sleeps."
Guess what, V-e-g-a-s is really that city.
So much to see and do...I think it was 5Am by the
 time we finally called it "a night!"

The next day:
walking the Strip~

Right at home on the Brooklyn Bridge!

THE name in Vegas, right?

Where we stayed!
The height of Egypt-ness~
The Luxor

...and from the inside of the pyramid:

...pool !!! 

and as we were about to depart that evening around dusk,
 a tiny and adorable BAT flopped right into the pool!
The guys had a crowd of kids around them oooh-ing and aaah-ing at 
this cute little critter.
My hubby and kids,
ever the animal lovers, 
placed him in a  tree off the beaten path
so he could catch his breath and resume  flying when he was ready.
He's very tiny:

How sweet is this little guy?
My kids are still wondering how he's doing!
Of course, my little man wanted to bring him home
to take care of him and  "be sure" that he was okay!

During our time in Vegas we saw TWO pretty jaw dropping
magic/comedy shows:

My posts on the truly wonderful events of illusion and magic are here:
Nathan Burton at Planet Hollywood

Go over and read more about the events!
Both were truly wonderful, unique and left us with a 
feeling for days!
I do have to add that although these pictures reflect 
cavalier, unique fun,
Ls Vegas is not a city we would seek to visit again.
If your 11 year old says,
"Could people in Noah's time been worse than this
when God wiped everyone off the face of the Earth?"
...then just  wow.
He could "feel" the clawing filth.
The streets, the signs, the brochures, the hawking of "entertainment" 
by sidewalk vendors?
And attempts to pass pamphlets with graphic pictures and
 contact info to my boys, ages 11 and 14
as we walked along the street 
at midday??? 
Well, the whole town is drenched in palpable immorality
and while we hated to leave Vegas, simply becasue 
it meant another of our travel stops was done,
we were happy to drive away.
The saddest part is that no girl,
willingly participates in this.
No girl, any where, says that this is what she wants to be when she grows up.
Yes, it's legal.
Yes, it's everywhere.
Yes, it's accepted.
But how much damage is done to these girls' psyches?
It's painful to even consider.
We have to pray as families for those who found themselves
drawn to these horrible ventures, for they must have been broken.
And life did not get  better for them once they became a  part of it.
This is one <big> part of  Vegas that your travel agents
will leave out.
They don't call it "Sin City" for nothing.

I've intermittently been blogging our western trip 
for over a month and still,
there are sooooo many more posts to come!
Lots of places to share, yes.....
But the best part is chronicling our adventures here and 
re-living it with all of you!

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spending some of your precious time 
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  1. Chris,

    I was very interested in your photos. An Aussie friend told me she went to Las Vegas and the city wasn't as she expected. Yes, the casino dominated, but she was surprised to found out there is so much more to the city. I'm not sure I could cope with a city that never sleeps. I like going to quiet places! But that pool sure looks inviting. And I might like to meet a bat... but only if it's a small one!

    1. Hey Sue~
      I definitely hear you! Though I must say, even though the hotels are mini cities, complete with theaters, fast food restaurants and entire department stores.....( ! ) once you're in your room, you don't hear a thing!

      And you would have adored the bat! Oh my gosh, it was just adorable!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      "See" you soon, friend!

  2. Oh, that bat is so cute! And I can't believe I'm saying that. My younger son would just love it! What an amazing experience in so many ways, educational in ways I wouldn't have imagined. Love seeing all your photos! Is that a huge dripping ice cream cone?


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