First I want to explain the reasoning behind the silly hashtag (#Seandreannivegasry) I came up for the pictures I took on vacation. Some of our friends took to calling my husband and I 'Seandrea' in our youth (I'll let you figure out his name), and we HAD planned to go to Vegas every year on our anniversary - plus, it's a Friends reference, if you didn't catch that. The idea of Annivegasries was successful on our first and third anniversary, not so much for the other 10 years. Really, I hardly count the trip on our third anniversary because I was newly pregnant and paranoid with our first child at the time. So, this getaway was sort of a do over/early celebration of our 13th anniversary. Again, I'm indebted to the great folks at RAM Racing for honoring this trip I earned, even though the Las Vegas Hot Chocolate race was postponed. Thanks especially to Josiah!
|the ONE bit of gambling I did - $5 on this hilariously fun Titanic themed slot.|
It's also huge, but I found it easy to navigate. And it was easy to get chairs at the pool, a treadmill at the gym (yes, I put in a mile every day), and a Coffee Bean treat to start the day. We did some strolling the first day, checking out the newer hotels and then spent the rest of the afternoons reading by the pool.
|Fantastic new (to me) architecture seen on our stroll|
For the evening hours, I did buy tickets to see Tiesto at Hakkasan for Saturday night. But we thought we'd play it by ear, because we're many years removed from our days of seeing live DJs. Another thing that's changed in Vegas is the emergence of these massive clubs with big name residencies like Tiesto and Calvin Harris that can, and do, pack in thousands of people. I remember maybe waiting in a line for a half an hour, tops, if you already had line passes for the well known clubs back in the day. Now? Oh MAN, even if you bought tickets ahead of time, the line was the length of a football field. Thankfully we figured this out as we were leaving our dinner at Ceasar's and passed the people waiting to get into Omnia (a sister club to Hakkasan) and realized what an absolute cluster the whole process was - even if you had paid already.
|also seen at Ceasars!|
|But first, a must whenever in Vegas|
|So many yummy concoctions|
|If you're a fan of Brew Dogs, they have the 5a.m. Saint at Public House|
And after the show, my husband reminded me that he has never seen Mystere - the original Vegas Cirque production. Even though I've seen it at least three times, I'm thinking we have to back so that he can see it! Even though we've both changed a lot over the years (let's take a moment to look at this 20 year old pic again)
I've spent more time in Las Vegas than any other city, apart from Seattle and Chicago. I still love it dearly and know that we'll be reunited again one day...