Thursday, January 12, 2012

Vegas, Baby!

As many of you know, my sister Molly got married in Las Vegas. It wasn't a "destination wedding" since her and her husband live there, but for the rest of us it was!  Chris and I arrived just two days before the wedding which gave the us time to catch up with the family and help Molly get ready for her big day.

We all stayed at Southpoint Hotel & Casino which was a pretty nice place. It was off the strip a ways but it had everything you would need (including blinking lights and smoke in the crowded casino). But seriously, it had a movie theater and a bowling alley too!

On Friday night, after the rehearsal dinner we went out on the strip with my siblings and my cousin Stephanie. We had a really good time together catching the free shows. We saw the water show at the Bellagio which was incredible:

On Sunday night we saw the "The Sirens of TI" show (basically pirates) at Treasure Island. There were cannons, a sinking ship, and fireworks. We also went to Gulley's for some two-stepping and line dancing! We hadn't been dancing (other than at weddings) in over a year and I had a great time! I could watch line dancing (well, any kind of dancing really) for hours!

Inside the Venetian is a pretty popular night club (Tao); on Thursday I attempted to have Molly's bachelorette party there but even though we had tickets and got in just fine, it was so crowded and noisy we couldn't even find a place to stand! We left early. I was pretty bummed that my plan didn't work out, but we had fun going back to the hotel and playing games. 

I had never been to Vegas before; I really didn't know what to expect. It was definitely more lively than I had expected. I don't think I expected there to be casinos in every hotel, and I know I wasn't expecting there to be smoke! It has been so long since I had been in a smoke-welcomed building! My eyes were not a fan (the smoke just made them burn). 

I really enjoyed the water show at the Bellagio. Our hotel was really great and the time with family was wonderful . . .  it kind of felt like one of our old family vacations except we weren't camping! 

I'm sure I could fill the rest of this post up with negative things to say about the city and the strip and all the dark things happening there, but really, I don't want to go there at the moment. I was there for my sister's wedding and I really did have a great time on and off the strip!

1 comment:

Stephanie Erickson said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures! I had a great time too:) Wish I would've known about the dancing at gulley's, would've been so fun! Heather and I took the roller coaster ride at New York, New York Sunday night.