Well, on June 30th we decided to take a little trip to Las Vegas because a new Airline (Allegiant Air - in Twin Falls) was offering a package deal that was just too good to pass up. The package included Airfare, a show, lodging and airport transfers. They only fly Monday and Friday and their only destination from Twin Falls is Las Vegas.
We booked our trip for July 5 through 9 and elected to stay at the Aria hotel at the new City Center on the strip. It just opened up in December.
It was wonderful to be able to fly direct/non-stop and get there in just over an hour.
The Aria hotel and casino was very, very upscale (four star). When you open the door to your room, the lights come on and the curtains automatically open. Everything; curtains, lights, television, room tempurature and.... can be operated from your bedside touch-screen monitor. There are of course individual switches if you don't want to play with the monitor. We stayed on the 19th floor and had a long walk from the elevator to the room. We checked out some reviews and found out that if you stay above the 25th floor the halls are much shorter because the towers are separate from that point up. I've never stayed in a four-star before and I guess it was too up-scale for a room coffee machine. It was a very nice place to stay.
The weather was very warm...every day was over 100 degrees, but the air conditioning in the casinos and restaurants was very comfortable. We did a TON of walking every day. Thank goodness for the street vendors selling "ice cold water one dollar!".
We ended up seeing three shows: Legends(a tribute to Elvis, Elton John, Donna Summer and other great performers), Tony and Tina's Wedding and Frank Caliendo. Our favorite performance hands-down was Tony and Tina's Wedding. It was a wonderful interactive show. We were treated like friends of the wedding party and of course they throw in fun and drama. If any of you have a chance to see it and want to "crash" a really fun wedding..treat yourself to this one! It includes dinner and wedding cake.
Other excitement was that President Obama was giving a speech supporting Harry Reid in the Aria hotel on Thursday. We didn't know he would be there until Wednesday and didn't have time to get tickets so we hung out before and after just to see if we could perhaps get a glimps. All we saw was a TON of security and secret service agents.
We got some pictures of the Aria but didn't take the camera with us on our daily outings. 'sorry.
Before heading out on our little vacation Rick spent a few hours each day, Monday through Wednesday, watching and helping out (technical term is "gripper") with the filming for a Distracted Driving educational film that will be used for driver's education and public service announcements. He was able to convince the board members of the First Federal Savings Bank Foundation (that he has serves on) to alot grant funds for this project. Our friend, Judge Tom Borreson presided over the court case and was one of those requesting the grant. I was invited to watch the segment involving the Idaho State Police officer that responded to the accident. The accident involved two fifteen year old best friends...one survived. A very sad situation.
Now to prepare for Lisa's wedding on the 24th.