Viva Las Vegas

'cause it's my birthday!


flamingo hotel slot machines with three gamblers

2004 April  Pete sent me an email. They wanted out of Winnipeg to start the spring a few weeks early. Would we join them? Sure. It just happened to be my birthday weekend too. Paul came from PS and has documented the trip so well on his site. I had a few pictures to share, and here they are.

flamingo hotel entry with models of flamingos in a pool four people standing in front of Bally's hotel, las vegas

Our good buddy Paul, a well known pundit on the web, made the drive from Palm Springs. Here he is with Angela, me, and Kim.

We stayed at the Flamingo this time. The room was nicely decorated and had an OK view. It cost $150 a night. The crowd at the Flamingo is a broad brush of America.

We took a walk down by NY NY, of course.


art photo of paris hotel, las vegas, looking up past fountain at the eiffel tower

I had not been to Paris LV before. Nice exterior. The little cafe affords good views of the Bellagio water fountain show. And the MGM lion made a good showing.

mgm lion at las vegas


pete and kim at Excalibur hotel, las vegas

Pete and Kim were the instigators of the trip. It was good to spend time with them catching up. 

We met up with Bob, Michelle, and Vance who just happened to be in Vegas for the final four.

man watching tiger zoo at Mirage hotel las vegas


man at slot machine with three bars, three bells, and three dollar signs woman at slot machine with all sevens

We did spend a little bit of time with the machines. These are nickel slots, how can you loose any money on these? Oh, by accidentally hitting the one button that plays nine lines for 25 cents each. Ooops!

Red Rock State Park

This is a beautiful place to sit and watch the rock erode. Peaceful and serene. 

woman in front of Red Rock, las vegas view of red rock, las vegas

I love these rocks. The features seem the same at many scales so it is hard to know how far away the rock face is. For instance, how big to you think a human would be if they were on these rock faces? 


view of red rock, las vegas view of red rock, las vegas


view of red rock, las vegas


view of red rock, las vegas

Further along the one way road are these upright features that also serve as gateways to deep valleys. It looks like great hiking.

view of red rock, las vegas


view of red rock, las vegas before PaintShopPro8 enhancement view of red rock, las vegas after PaintShopPro8 enhancement
I had to include these. The day was hazy and the light was coming from the wrong angle for this shot. The one on the left is the original. The one on the right I put through the one button "photo fix up" of Paint Shop Pro 8. What an incredible piece of software.


view of red rock, las vegas showing perspective
And for the answer to the question above, the two arrows point out people. The guy in the foreground in about 15 yards in front of me. The ones on the rock? Who knows?