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Series: Las Vegas or Bust (part 3)

Since we didn’t get the opportunity to go to Lake Mead the day before, we thought we would try again. So we got dressed for a day out on the water.  Before we started our drive back out to the lake we decided to stop at In & Out. If you have never been there, you should when you get the chance. Good tasting burgers and affordable.

 

In & Out Cheeseburger and fries
In & Out Cheeseburger and Fries. ©2014 Holly Dayz

After we left In & Out we began our drive back to Lake Mead. In the distance it looked dark and cloudy, but we kept driving anyway. When we arrived to the entrance of Lake Mead, we saw huge rocks and water every where. The news van was there as well. We asked the lady in the booth what had happened, and she said a storm had come through earlier that morning. I bought the $10 seven-day pass the day before, so all we had to do was drive in.

We started driving closer to the marina, but the closer we got the worse it looked. Rocks and water everywhere. We ended up finding out that the storm that came through messed up the marina. They lost power and ended up being closed for the day. So just like everyone else we walked sadly back to the car. We quickly decided to drive over to one of my favorite places…Lake Las Vegas.

The Town in Lake Las Vegas
The Town in Lake Las Vegas. ©2014 Holly Dayz

The weather by Lake Las Vegas was the total opposite of Lake Mead.  Simply gorgeous!

Since it was a Thursday it was pretty quite. Not too many people around and the sun blazing. We walked over to the boats with snacks in hand. I actually ended up with the same boat I had rented a couple of years ago. It didn’t look as nice as it had then and the table was missing. It cost $65 an hour to rent. I was told they had got brand new boats and those cost about $79 an hour to rent starting that following Monday.

Homes on the lake
Homes on the lake. ©2014 Holly Dayz

It was a little windy, so we were told we couldn’t go past the West in with the boat, but since there is no actual signage we just went up to the bridge and back a few times. The houses are gorgeous to look at. I couldn’t help but to plot out the ways I could one day own one of the houses. You don’t get a driver, you drive the boat yourself so we just took turns driving the boat. We also stopped it to get some good pictures.

Me driving the boat
Me driving the boat. ©2014 Holly Dayz

After about an hour of driving the boat up and down we had to decide if we wanted to keep it for another hour. We decided to drive it back and go do something else. We walked over to Watercraft Rentals at Lake Las Vegas. I really wanted to try paddle boarding, but after a lot of back and forth we decided to go with the pedal boats.

Bad idea!

First of all it just seemed like too much work and we were hardly going anywhere. The other thing was, it was too hot to fiercely pedal in circles, or to essentially no where! So we peddled our way back to the dock and decided to give the paddle boards a try.

The man operating all of this didn’t seem to want to show us how to use them at first, but he did. We initially thought we were going to stay around the dock, but we ended up on the other side of the lake. I was very proud of myself that I never fell in on my first time paddle boarding. It was upsetting not to have a camera out there. So many photo ops that were missed. It felt like forever to get back to the dock. We were out there so long I think I got a little dehydrated.

Paddle boarding at Lake Las Vegas
Paddle boarding at Lake Las Vegas. ©2014 Holly Dayz

Once I finally got back to the dock, I told the guy that I never fell in and he told me I should just jump in the water since it was so hot.

Ha! Not the best idea!

I jumped in and it felt good, but it was so hard to get out of the water. The guys cute pitbull Chocolate, jumped in and started swimming and pulling at my swim suit. I was so tired and there were no steps or anything. Getting out of the water was so hard I had to get some help. I drank a couple of bottles of very warm water and Gatorade when I finally got out the water.

Me in the Wockees Store
Me in the Wockees Store. ©2014 Holly Dayz

After drying off we headed back to the hotel to shower. My friend really wanted to see the Jabbawockees since she voted for them on the MTV show America’s Best Dance Crew. We had a coupon from the book the Luxor gives upon check in. It gave us $20 off the ticket. Then we used our MLife card (Discount card for MGM Properties) which I believe also took a discount off.  So we bought our tickets, and then ran to the food court to try, and quickly eat chicken tenders and fries before the show started.

We got into the theater, which wasn’t that big, so pretty much every seat is a good one. Now they don’t allow any pictures or video to be taken whatsoever. A lady tried to take pictures anyway, and they made her delete it off her camera. I also heard one of the Jabbawockees smacked her camera down.

The show was entitled Prism and was great!

The crowd was alive and amazing. Much more alive compared to the Zarkana show.  They kept the crowd engaged by being interactive, bringing people on stage, and having great comedic timing. I really liked it a lot because it also had a story line.

So if you’re in town or staying at the Luxor go see them because it is a great show!

Also with the ticket we purchased we got a free t-shirt!

High Roller
High Roller ©2014 Holly Dayz

After the show, we drove down the strip to park and walk to see the Bellagio Fountains, and then walk over to the new area The Linq.

The plan was to get on The High Roller, the biggest ferris wheel in the world. It goes up to 550 feet. They have tons of kiosks everywhere to buy your ticket. To go at night the tickets are $34 compared to the day time $20. We really wanted to go during sunset, but this was the second best thing to us.

We didn’t have to wait on a line, and went right in. They have a bar you can stop at before you get on. I saw some very drunk women get escorted out when their ride was over.

Me with the beautiful view
Me with the beautiful view. ©2014 Holly Dayz

When you look at The High Roller, it almost doesn’t look like its moving, but in reality it doesn’t stop moving. We quickly hopped on and off while it was moving. We got really lucky and had no one in our ferris wheel pod. There are seats and air condition, but if you have to use the bathroom go before you get on because it is a thirty minute ride round trip. There are also televisions and they show you how high up you are. They also have music and a guy talking on the TVs which was a bit annoying. The High Roller was great and worth the time and money for the experience.

The Linq area is pretty awesome. We walked around there for a while. They have put some many cool places such as Yard House, Sprinkles, Ghiradelli, and Brooklyn Bowl. I wanted something from Ghriadelli, but they closed at midnight. Sprinkles was still open, but they ran out of the ice cream I wanted so I was a little sad. They also had a lot of great artwork.

Art by the High Roller at The Linq
Art by the High Roller at The Linq. ©2014 Holly Dayz

After an extremely long and exhausting day we headed back to the hotel to call it a night.

Stay tuned for the last part in the series!

We certainly topped off the trip with some amazing experiences!

Have you been on The High Roller? How about a show in Las Vegas?

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