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Hockey Road Trip, Fall 2004

Week One - Southwest - Sat, 10/16 - Fri, 10/22
Week Two - Texas - Sat.,10/23 - Fri, 10/29
Week Three - Southeast - Sat, 10/30 - Fri, 11/5
Week Four - Southeast - Sat, 11/6 - Fri, 11/12
Week Five - Mid Atlantic - Sat, 11/13 - Fri, 11/19
Week Six - Long Island - Sat, 11/20 - Fri, 11/26
Week Seven - Midwest - Sat, 11/27 - Fri, 12/3
Week Eight - Midwest - Sat, 12/4 - Fri, 12/10
Week Nine - Las Vegas - Sat, 12/11 - Fri, 12/17
Week Ten - California - Sat, 12/18 - Fri, 12/24
About Me

Saturday, 12/11

Drove from Cedar City, UT to Las Vegas, NV. Spent the afternoon checking out the hotel (The Orleans), then went to see the Blue Man Group at the Lexor in the evening.

The Orleans is a nice casino, off 'The Strip.' Stayed here because that's where the hockey arena is located. Will see a game on Tuesday. After checking out the hotel, I discovered a movie theater in the hotel so went and saw 'Ocean's Twelve'.

John arrived around 7:30 pm and we headed to the Lexor to see the Blue Man Group. Very, very good show. Lots of audience participation. Worth seeing if you're ever in town (or if they're in a showplace near you).

They didn't allow photos during the show but here's one of me and a Blue Man after the show.

Sunday, 12/12

Took a tour of Hoover Dam then down to 'The Strip' to check it out in the evening.

The Hoover Dam was built during the depression (1931-1936?) to tame the Colorado River. Its purpose is to control floods, store water for irrigation, and to provide hydroelectric power. It also provides recreation and a habitat for fish and wildlife.

We took a bus tour there and visited the museum and other areas of interest by the dam. Quite an amazing story.

This was taken from the top. Yup, we were very high. It was a bit frightening for me. I'll show an aerial view later on when we took a plane ride over the dam.

There was a nice display of exhibits portraying tools that were used and stories of the building of the dam. For all my proofreading buddies, they needed us back then.

Rested for a few minutes after the tour of Hoover Dam then down to The Strip to check out the heart of Las Vegas. Ate at a nice restaurant called Nine Fine Irishmen in the New York-New York Hotel. An Irish pub. Delicious seafood chowder.

We walked up and down snapping photos and visiting some of the majestic hotels and casinos in the area. At almost every corner there were individuals trying to give John (and every other man in sight) brochures for call girls. Got annoying after awhile.

This was taken outside the Bellagio. The water show was synchronized to music. We saw two of them. Really nice.
Inside the Bellagio, there was a beautiful display of flowers, trees, balls and decorations, etc. for the holidays. Well worth the long walk to find it.

Monday, 12/13

Tour bus picked us up at 5:45 am (what were we thinking?!?!) for a plane ride over the Hoover Dam, a helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon, a boat ride on the Colorado River in the Canyon, and a bus ride to the rim for some photo opportunities. In the evening, on to the Freemont Street Experience.

Here's the Hoover Dam taken from the airplane. Quite spectacular. Photos don't do it justice.

Photos from helicopter didn't come out so well (window was scratched up).

Helicopter ride was very cool. It's only the second one I've been in.

Here's John and me on the boat ride on the Colorado.

Learned lots about the Indians who once dwelled in these parts. I believe it was the Hualapai. They have a reservation on one side of the canyon (west part of canyon). Our boat captain's name was Neil. He was Indian. He had no indian name but said his wife calls him Man who Dances With Women.

Guess you had to be there. It was funny when he said it.

This was taken on the west rim of the Grand Canyon. The area has been in a drought for the last 10 years. You can see in this photo where the water line of the Colorado River was once. The water line gets lower and lower each passing year.

After a short nap for me (John went down and gambled a bit while I rested), we headed to Freemont Street for the evening.

Freemont Street, once known as 'Glitter Gulch' has been transformed into a pedestrian mall area with a canopy covering the 4 block area. It still contains the 'glitter' which is quite endearing. It has a spectacular light/movie show on the canopy in the evening. All casino lights 'glitter' shut off while this show is playing. Visitors stand in the middle of the mall area and just gawk at the show. Yes, quite worth the visit. I didn't even know such a place existed in Las Vegas.

Here's Freemont Street. You can see all the 'glitter'. Older casinos like the 4 Queens and the Golden Nugget are in this area. Take note of the overhead canopy. This is where they displayed the light/movie show. All the lights were shut off while the show was displayed.

And there were no pamphet pushing call girl people in this area.



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