USA 2004: Oklahoma!
The record of our road trip from Las Vegas to Nashville: May 27th to June 24th
Our 29th trip
to the United States in which we visit our 50th State: Oklahoma!
We arrive in Las Vegas just after 6pm, having flown with Continental Airlines from Birmingham via Newark, New Jersey. There are
a couple of hours between the two flights that total some eleven hours in the air. Comfort on the seven hour flight across the Atlantic
is very good due to the fact that we have purchased three seats.
After picking up a Chevrolet from National Car Rental
we book into the Aladdin Resort & Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard. Our room on the 37th floor of the hotel's North Tower gives
us excellent views of the Paris and Bellagio casinos.
(Day 2) Friday, May 28th: although it is mostly cloudy today, it is extremely hot with the temperature in the high 90s. The day begins
well when, at her first and only attempt, Jeanette wins $25 on the 'Wheel of Fortune' slot machine. After pocketing our winnings we
explore The Strip, collecting our pre-booked tickets for Sunday's Celine Dion show at Caesar's Palace and having coffee and pastries
Exploring The Strip involves plenty of walking, but we use the monorail to get to Mandalay Bay (to visit the Shark Reef Aquarium and
pick up tickets for Mamma Mia!) and the Luxor casinos. Back at the newly rebuilt Aladdin, we experience the Rainstorm spectacular
in the Desert Passage of this North African themed hotel. For our evening meal we return to one of our favourite Las Vegas
buffets - the Big Kitchen at Bally's, then walk to Treasure Island and The Mirage, only to find that their pirate show and volcano
eruption have been cancelled due to the strong wind.
(Day 3) Saturday, May 29th: after collecting our hire car from valet parking, we drive out to Boulder City, arriving in plenty of
time for the 12pm cruise of Lake Mead aboard the Desert Princess.
Although we have visited the Hoover Dam by road on a number of occasions, this is the first time that we have seen this iconic structure
from the water. Black Canyon, where the dam is located is very impressive from this viewpoint, as are the dam's spillways. A broad
white stripe above the waterline indicates that Lake Mead is at an historically low level.