DARQ: We arrived in Las Vegas for the week and the wedding of Catherine’s niece. First thing we did after getting the air conditioner on was to unloaded the china–oops–I think Catherine forgot to mention that her sister (the mother of the bride) wouldn’t trust the transport of that china to a commercial carrier. The china had belonged to their mom. So Catherine and her husband stacked the boxed china in the camper’s bathtub and hauled it 2,514 miles to Vegas. It arrived unscathed despite all the 9% grades with twisty-turns coming off the Rocky Mountains.
We got in a side trip to the nearby Fire Valley. It lived up to it’s fame of sunset rays flaming the red rock formations. (Do consider clicking on a photo to enlarge it.)
Of particular interest to me, however, was the “Atlatl” formation (below). You see, Atlatl is my husband’s name, but you knew that because you read JEWELS OF THE SKY, right?
Suffice to say the bride was beautiful on her wedding day. It’s a complicated explanation, but the short of it is that Catherine ended up taking almost 300 photos as the “unofficial after-wedding photographer.” I’m still not quite sure why she kept mumbling throughout the evening that it was easier taking photos of still life than the bride and groom.
And, you know Catherine, she found lots of sill life to photograph– from the wedding cake to the glass flowers hanging from the ceiling of the Bellagio. And the couple had her take snapshots, at night, by the Bellagio’s water fountains.
And no trip to Vegas would not complete without a side trip to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
I also had a blast with Catherine and her husband when we went to the Mob Attraction at the Tropicana. It’s an interactive museum that tells the story of the mob in Las Vegas. Next time you see Catherine, ask her about her red Fedora hat–
Now, if you’re wondering how I fared in “sin city,” well–
My escorts, the guys in black, that’s agents G, I, D, and B, said I didn’t need to be incognito-invisible because I would blend in with the Mexican and Native American Indian people in the area, as well as visitors from other countries. The one night G and B took me to a fancy dinner and for drinks afterwards (I did not get drunk, well, Catherine said I was tipsy, but what does she know? She wasn’t there.). And we took in a show. The next night I and D took me down the boulevard to see Vegas all lit up. We went to the casino s where I got to try my hand at blackjack and craps. They loaned me a hundred bucks. I lost almost all of it on what they called a one-arm-bandit, then I won back the rest at blackjack. I was $2 ahead when I called it quits at 0500 hours, earth time.
My last night in Vegas, the four guys tried to teach me poker, somehow they wouldn’t accept this as a winning hand–
Well, that’s all for this Sunday. Our next stop is Flagstaff AZ and the Grand Canyon.
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