Las Vegas, Nevada | Thu 7th May 2015 — Ned Martin’s Dot Org

Thursday 7th May – Las Vegas

We drove from Mather Campground in the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, to Las Vegas, Nevada

See Wednesday 6th May – Grand Canyon National Park for Bronwen’s walk into the Grand Canyon.

4:30am

Bronwen and I got up at 4:30 AM. It was far too cold—3°C according to the car. I drove Bronwen to the start of the South Kaibab Trail and left her there to freeze, while I went and watched the sunrise and wandered around some of the canyon rim walks. Last night had been very cold, and I’d had a relatively unpleasant sleep because our airbed doesn’t have any insulation so the cold had come through and bit me while I was sleeping.

Midday

Bronwen got back around midday and we rushed around on the shuttle bus looking at the lookouts we hadn’t yet seen, before driving to Las Vegas.

Driving along Historic Route 66 towards Nevada & Las VegasEntering Nevada on the way to Las VegasOur first view of Las Vegas

Las Vegas

We arrived at the Artisan Boutique Hotel in Las Vegas just after dark, to find it was a lot fancier (or at least, unusual) than we had been expecting, and was also valet parking—which was a bit of a problem as the things we needed in our room were scattered messily all over the car. We found parking on a side street temporarily, packed the car up a bit, and took our stuff up into our room, before driving down to “The Strip”.

The area our hotel was in did not seem very niceOur room at the Artisan Boutique Hotel in Las VegasThe Artisan Boutique Hotel in Las Vegas

The Strip

It was cold and windy and we’d not brought our warm tops. Nevertheless, we walked up and down the length of “The Strip”, had a burger for dinner from Fatburger (which, continuing the trend of things in America not being bigger or cheaper than Australia, was much smaller than an Australian burger, and not any cheaper), looked inside a few casinos, and admired the pretty lights until it was quite late.

We got to bed around 2 AM.

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