Vagabond in America 2016 travel blog

Welcome to Las Vegas

Too many neighbors!

Visiting with my Sister

Nearby Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Pooka enjoys Las Vegas

Heart Attack Grill featuring a 10,000 calorie hamburger

My next stop was Las Vegas, Nevada.

I’ve spent the last month living out in the wilderness. No people, no traffic, few noises. Imagine what it’s like to be happily driving in the desert and suddenly come upon Las Vegas. Traffic jams, crowds, bright lights, and constant noise.

Back at The Slabs, the residents had nothing and seemed quite happy that way. Here in Vegas, it’s all about glitz and glamor. Gamblers hoping to make it rich. Showgirls seeking fame. Obvious drug addicts and homeless everywhere you turn. Even saw a used needle lying on the ground.

The previous night, there were no other rigs within 300 feet of my RV. Tonight, I’m in what’s essentially a paved parking lot with rigs on both sides of me less that two feet away. Arrrrgggghhh! I don’t like the city! I want to go back to the wilderness!

Unfortunately, my teeth need a dentist and my RV needs some warranty repair. Around here, Las Vegas is the only place that has such facilities.

On Thursday, I decided that I wanted a traditional Thanksgiving meal. I went to the buffet here at the casino in whose parking lot I'm staying. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, in addition to the normal buffet fare, they had: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, yams, corn-on-the-cob, sweet potatoes, and corn bread. I ate with a couple hundred total strangers. (grin)

My younger sister is the only one in my family who travels nearly as much as I do. Although she lives in Massachusetts, the last time I saw her was Quebec City, Canada. I knew that she would be celebrating her wedding anniversary here in Las Vegas.

On Saturday, I met up with my sister and her husband. Today would have been my 45th wedding anniversary with my late wife. It was nice to spend the day with family rather than being alone for this sad anniversary. The three of us had a busy day. We started by visiting the nearby Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. After that, we visited the Clark County Museum. We finished the day at “The Strip” enjoying a show called “All Shock Up”, a tribute show to Elvis. That fulfilled the obligatory Elvis in Vegas requirement for us. (grin)

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