I have never been to Las Vegas… I know, I am crazy. But I have some good reasons, so bare with me. ONE: It’s a desert. I live in a desert so going from one desert to another has never been very attractive to me. If I lived in Anchorage, Alaska I might feel differently, but as things stand it just doesn’t do much for me. :) TWO: I HATE losing money. This makes me a bad gambler. If you are going to be a joyful gambler, you have to not care about the casino happily taking your donations at the slots or the Black Jack tables. :) They are MORE than obliged to take your money, but I am not so willing. So this means gambling has never been very attractive to me either (maybe call it bad luck!). THREE: Nature vs Architecture. Now, I happen to LOVE the Vatican and the Colosseum and have seen both. I would also die to get to see the Taj Mahal in India or the great ruins at Machu Picchu, but huge casino resorts and hotels have never really excited me. I would much rather be hiking the Kalalau Trail in Kauai or watching the sunset off the cliffs of La Jolla in San Diego. So, there you have it; that is why I live 4 hours from Vegas and have never been :)
When WPPI came along this year, though, Emily and I knew we had to go. It’s a huge photography conference with about 16,000 photographers. We made some great friends and loved our time in Las Vegas. We took a few pictures out on the strip, lost about $25 in gambling, and walked probably about 20 miles in the few short days we were there! So a few things we learned in case we ever find ourselves on the strip again: 1) Bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes, no matter how ugly they are! We seriously had no idea how much we would be walking. A comfy pair of shoes on the strip would be equivalent to a cup of ice water after wandering in the Sahara for a week so make sure to pack them. 2) Food is flat-out not cheap on the strip. Be prepared to go to McDonalds OR spend $12 on a tiny sandwich for lunch. Not what we were expecting but, Hey!, that’s Vegas :) 3) Those guys on the sidewalk in the orange shirts who ‘snap’ their little cards at you. Yeah, just ignore them :) If you have been to Vegas, you know what I am talking about. Anyway, we are back in Phoenix so we have lived to tell our tale. Check it out :) -A
A kind tourist took this shot for us after we took one of her with her husband. I think it came out rather well :)
The lovely and fetching Mrs. Fleming :) We spent most of our time walking so holding her hand was the highlight of my time in Vegas.
Our favorite part of Vegas: the fountain show at Bellagio :)