Las Vegas, NV
One evening during Jessica’s stay with us, she and Pam headed for the Strip for some dinner and to check out a couple of free light shows in front of hotels. John had seen them before so he stayed home to rest his slowly healing back.
After dinner the first stop was in front of the Bellagio Hotel for the famous water fountain show. The Fountains of Bellagio is a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music. The show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 7 pm to midnight.
Just a few blocks to the north is the Mirage Hotel where an artificial volcano erupts each hour from dark until midnight.
Supposedly the natural gas used to fuel the flames has the normal odor producing chemical removed and replaced with a Pina Colada fragrance, but the girls didn’t detect the new odor.
On Wednesday we dropped Jessica off at the airport for her return trip to Pennsylvania. She was anxious to get back to the cold, windy weather and return to her position touching the future of fifth graders.
One of the “must do” attractions in Las Vegas is a visit to Freemont Street. For many years, the western end of Fremont Street was the area most commonly portrayed whenever producers wanted to display the lights of Las Vegas. The large number of neon signs earned the area the nickname “Glitter Gulch.” By 1992 80% of the Las Vegas casino market, however, was on the Strip. Downtown Las Vegas hotels and casinos sought to build an attraction that would lure more visitors to their businesses. The answer is the Freemont Experience. The attraction is a barrel vault canopy, 90 ft high at the peak and four blocks, or approximately 1,500 ft, in length. Each evening the lights on the surrounding casinos are dimmed on the hour and a light show takes place, with more than 12 million LED lamps illuminate the overhead canopy accompanied by music.
The first show of the evening was accompanied by the 60’s British rock group The Zombies hit songs “She’s Not There”, and “Time of the Season.” John is a big 60’s guy so he really enjoyed the music. The light show was pretty cool, too.
There are two permanent stages along Freemont Street. One of the stages had a band begin a set while we walked by. They did a great cover of British rock group The Who’s hit “Baba O’Riley” which is known more today as the theme song to CSI: New York on television.
The night time sites of Vegas are pretty cool but we really are not “people of the night” so we didn’t spend a great deal of time checking them out. We’ll be in town through the weekend so there are still some adventures to be enjoyed.
More on those later . . .