Friday we drove to Las Vegas through the desert. It was supposed to take about 3 and 1/2 hours, but traffic was backed up for no reason in the middle of the desert. It ended up taking more than 5 hours. We stopped and ate lunch at Denny’s and stopped for a snack at Taco Bell near a very large thermometer. The temperature got up to 109 degrees! We finally made it to our hotel just south of downtown Vegas and ate dinner and then cooled off in the pool. Then we got ice cream and took a late night drive on The Strip to see all the lights.
Saturday was the 4th of July, and we started our celebration at the pool. There was a DJ to make it feel like a party. Then we decided to walk around downtown Vegas and see more of the sights. It was VERY hot–103 degrees, and Lexi especially did not enjoy the heat. We ate at Paris Las Vegas and went inside to see the casino that looked like a Paris street. We also checked out the Planet Hollywood casino, Bellagio’s fountains and botanical gardens, and Caesar’s Palace interior and fountains. We called it quits then, because it was just too hot. We drove to Henderson for 4th of July fireworks, and this was much better. Somehow it felt much cooler on the grass in the park even though the temperature was still in the 90s. We spread out our blanket, cooled off at the splash park, shared cold pop and cotton candy, and settled in to watch the fireworks. It was a great fireworks show with a bigger budget than we are used to at home. We drove back to the hotel, where Lexi and I had a late night meal and bonding session in one of the restaurants. Then, I tried my luck at the penny slots, but alas, it wasn’t my night.