Hoover Dam & Las Vegas

Its another long drive from the Grand Canyon camp ground to Las Vegas but a nice shiny hotel awaits me there where I can have a lie down on a nice squishy bed and even have a shower before having to be social and join the other campers on a limo tour of the city.

Its and early start but I’m awake anyway as there has been a bit of a deer invasion in the campsite but they see to only be in search of water and have no interest in sharing our breakfast so we’re ok with that.  It’s a long drive and I’m not feeling 100% yet but I just hope for the best.

Oh Deer, Camp invasion

It a day of lots more desert and its ridiculously hot in the minivan but then it is ridiculously hot outside at 41C. Even so we stop at the Hoover Dam right on the state border. It is an impressive structure and I’m glad we stopped but in 5min walk from where the minivan was parked to the dam we all feel like we’ve cooked. It really was not a pleasant experience. The large abouts of concrete definitely amplify the heat the whole group only last about 10-15min before we call it quits and head back to the slightly air conditioned vehicle all of us dripping in sweat. Delightful.

The Hoover Dam

Its a lot more driving from here but finally we get to our hotel in Las Vegas though we end up waiting forever to check in and I only have a few hours in my hotel room before I have to head out with the group. Although I get very confused about the time change having crossed form Arizona to Nevada and end up being a little late but it luckily doesn’t seem to make any difference. So our limo arrives which is turns out is not a limo at all but a party bus complete with stripper pole. Thankfully no stripper is included. A loud party is definitely not what I’m up for as I’m still recovering from being ill so a party bus only makes it worse. Its interesting to find out what things make you realise age gaps. Being older that most of the other campers and our driver (who only gets louder and pushier with alcohol) I definitely seem a dinosaur to them for not wanting to get wasted and dance on the pole in the party bus.

Anyway, our tour included some nice spots of the city lights but also a fair bit of highway as our hotel is located in Downtown Las Vegas rather than the Las Vegas Strip. A photo under the Las Vegas sign made up for the limo ride although being left at a random club on the strip wasn’t helpful for those that didn’t want to party. Unfortunately this did only consist of me but a fellow camper who was only 19 was also definitely now enjoying her Las Vegas experience since everyone else headed off to party and she was left abandoned with me due to being underage. We head for a quick walk about but neither of us are really feeling up to it so we end up hailing a cab to get back to out hotel which ends up costing $20.

But finally I’m back in my hotel room with tomorrow promising a lie in and a day to explore on my own.

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