Is it still soon?? LOL, sorry about the long stretch between posts. Wow, it's been a hectic whirlwind since arriving in Vegas. As I mentioned in the last post we have been doing the doctor, dentist, vet 'thing'. Larry's tooth extraction turned out to be a bit more involved than we originally planned for. It was abcessed and under a crown so he not only lost the tooth but the crown as well. And it was rooted so deeply that it required more than the normal amount of stitches. On Friday the dentist checked him out and decided that he wanted to see him again this Thursday morning to remove them and make sure everything is doing well before we leave town. So, we had to change our departure date and disappoint Mom. We had planned to spend Mother's Day with her in Ely. She was a trooper though and said not to worry, she would see us late Thursday afternoon and we'd celebrate Mother's Day together then. We celebrated with Larry & Tawnia on Saturday Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day too!
Dick & Lou arrived in Vegas this past week and we played travel guide a bit with them. We didn't mind as we haven't been on the 'strip' much ourselves in recent years. Our first stop was a quick view of Wayne Newton's place. Not that you can see much, except a fancy gate! Next stop, Macayo's for dinner. Our favorite Mexican restaurant by far! Another quick stop at Fry's electronics for a new computer cable for Dick. And finally, we arrived and parked at the MGM to check out their Lion Habitat. Our paperwork showed it open until 10pm but it had closed at 7pm, bummer! So, we exited their front door and began the long walk down Las Vegas Blvd, destination, the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.
Every day, the 9-acre man-made lake in front of the Bellagio Hotel comes alive with music, water and light. More than a thousand fountains are choreographed to 29 different musical pieces, ranging from classical and operatic pieces to popular music and songs from Broadway shows. Water jets shoot as high as 240 feet into the air and the water display spans more than 1,000 feet. Amazing water show!
Contrary to urban myth, the lake is not filled with treated greywater from the hotel. The lake is actually serviced by a freshwater well that was drilled decades prior to irrigate a golf course that previously existed on the site. The fountains actually use less water than irrigating the golf course did. They incorporate a network of pipes with more than 1,200 nozzles that make it possible to stage fountain displays coordinated with more than 4,500 lights. It is estimated that the fountains cost $75 million to build.
Moving on, we entered the grand hotel lobby, greeted by 2,000 dynamic hand-blown glass flowers commissioned by world-renowned artist, Dale Chihuly. Just ahead, the beautiful Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There are five displays a year and each reflect the current season (winter, Chinese New Year, spring, summer, and fall). We were lucky to arrive in time to see this display as the gardens begin a new change today, May 10th!
As we strolled through the conservatory, we saw among the 15-ft tall mushrooms and 18-ft jonquils a colony of 10-ft long ants along with their Queen. Weighing more than four tons, this imposing monarch is 24-ft long, 19-ft wide and 7-ft tall. As she sits regally watching other ants at work and play, her royal back offers a wonderful perch for visitors to have a perfect photo opportunity. We didn't perch however, deciding to keep our feet on firm ground!
Keeping the ants company in this enchanted garden are king-size animated butterflies, jumbo bumble bees and giant botanical frogs and snails frolicking among vibrant flowers and lush foliage. In addition to a 15-ft tall long-fallen flower pot, a 28-ft tall hand spade and flowing water spheres, is a charming leaf fountain filling a pond with ‘rain’ water. The thousands of tulips, poppies, daisies, mums and daffodils were a sight to behold. What an enjoyable, relaxing venue. All too soon it was time to head back to the MGM, but our timing was good and as we exited the hotel we arrived in time to watch a second 'dancing water show'. Beautiful!!
So that's it for today folks. Will try to catch up a bit more tomorrow. Thanks for checking in!
P.S. There is a short video clip on today's post today. If your internet speed is fast enough you might enjoy seeing the clip....