15.05.2007 32 °C
Arrived in Vegas from Memphis 2 days ago. The first evening didn't go well as my bank put a hold on my ATM card as they wanted to know who was using it in Vegas. However, after a quick ID check they reactivated it so now all is o.k. It did mean that my first night in Vegas was spent in my hotel room though chomping on Nachos & drinking chocolate milk - not very exciting start. I was out walking the Las Vegas Boulevard yesterday- not a good idea at 1.30 in the afternoon as 3 wors for Vegas HOT, HOT , HOT. Even when there is a breeze it is a hot breeze so it constantly feels like you are walking in front of a hairdryer. Stopped off at a few of the casinos on the way - not to gamble just to have a look inside. Saw 'The Big Elvis' in the lounge at the Imperial & went into the Sahara & the Venetian & saw the gondelers! Got some great photos - but also got mild sunstroke, well not that bad, but you don't notice the heat until how it affects you later. Luckily did not get burnt. Vegas is a funny town & you realise quickly that one of the reasons that it is a 24 hour town is that it is too damn hot to do anything in the daytime so all the Hotels/casinos & alot of the clubs have to be open 24 hours in order to make money. Also you notice very quickly two distinct types of people in Vegas, the gambler - who never smiles, is perhaps a chain smoker & the last time they look like they went outside was 1972. The other type of person (of which I'd like to put myself in this category) is the type that is severely or mildly sunburnt, always smiling and always getting lost in the magnitude of their own hotel. Anyway have a great time and an early night tonigh (Tues night) USA time as I am off to the Grand Canyon at 6.45 tomorrow morning. The trip involves vip airconditioned, tinted 4x4 van to take you direct from your Hotel IN vEGAS TO THE HELIPORT, WHERE you fly to Grand Canyon & take in the Hoover Dam, land on the base, taken by horsedrawn wagon to a ranch to have a champagne lunch, then waLK ABOUT A BIT, THEN SCENIC flight on the helicopter again through & in the canyon & back to vegas hotel door for 4.30 pm. I will be takin 2 sun hats, sun factor 50 & 3 litres of water & my camera fully charged up! Should be a great trip & as I don't hit San Fransisco until next Monday 21st, I still have loads of time to party in Vegas for the rest of the week. More updates to follow from Vegas !!!!!!