Viva Las Vegas: My First Vegas Adventure

Hey there, Vegas!

Instead of J having to fly back home, I was able to fly out and meet him for Memorial Day weekend. It was a nice adventure to have, especially since he’d been already gone a week and was slated for another week of work. I flew in Friday night and we kicked-off our adventure early Saturday morning.

I could get used to Palm Trees in my back-yard.

We took our hotel shuttle to the Aria casino. We walked around the strip, stopping in various casinos and shops along the way. The Bellagio was one of my favorites! The botanical gardens were beautiful. I didn’t know it was possible to make an ocean out of plants, but they proved me wrong! We also saw the largest Chocolate fountain in the world (but unfortunately did not get to sample any of the chocolate). We went on to the Forum Shops at Ceaser’s. I’ve never seen so many luxury brands in one place! James won us $20 at the Roulette table, and we used it to buy some margaritas at lunch.

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The Bellagio & Ceasar’s Palace had great views!

After lunch, we headed back to the casinos for some AC. I gambled for the first time in my life and immediately lost $20 at the Roulette table. Luckily James won it back for me! We headed to the Rio to pick up our Penn & Teller tickets and picked up drinks along the way. Though we are smiling in the photo, by the time drinks were done we had walked over 12 miles!

Grabbing drinks and enjoying the sunshine on our walk.

We grabbed dinner at a place by our hotel called Skinny Fats. It was amazing! They had a half healthy menu, half not-so-healthy menu. We both had one of their shakes, too. The containers were my favorite!

A nutella, strawberry shake from Skinny Fats.

We headed over to the Penn and Teller theater. They allowed all the audience members to walk on stage and test out all the props, and Penn was even playing the upright bass before the show!

Teller’s “Magic Box” at the Penn and Teller Theatre.

It was an unforgettable experience. I recommend it to anyone looking for a show in Vegas! Penn and Teller were fantastic, and even waited around after their show to meet everyone. We ended the night by driving to see the last Bellagio fountain show. The fountains reached so high I had to crane my neck to see the top! It was breathtaking and perfect.

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Meeting Penn & Teller was a fantastic experience!

My flight left at 3 pm on Sunday, so we only had a half day to finish our Vegas exploration. We took a trip to the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Vegas to find a lunch spot. The Heart Attack Grill was nothing like I’ve ever experienced.

  1. First of all, they make you immediately put on a hospital gown when you walk in.
  2. Everything on the menu is hilarious. For example, the “vegan menu” was a pack of cigarettes.
  3. If you do not finish your meal, you have the chance of getting spanked by your server. It was the fastest I’ve eaten a meal in my entire life!
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Can you believe I actually finished that hotdog?

After our Fremont Street experience, we had a drink on the Vegas Strip and people watched. We grabbed some pre-travel shakes from Skinny Fats, said our good-byes, and I headed back to Kansas City. A great Memorial weekend in the books!

Keep on the sunny side


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