Viva Las Vegas (April 14-18, 2016)

We spent four nights at the Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort.  The Oasis was definitely more upscale that our usual campground.  The office lobby looked like a resort hotel lobby and the pool area was quite nice.  They also had an 18-hole natural greens putting course and sanctioned horseshoe pits and bocce ball court.  The campground was very large, with about 800 sites.  Due to our short stay we didn’t use many of the amenities.

As usual, we were exhausted on our arrival day so we didn’t do too much the first day.  On the 15th we headed to the Las Vegas Strip.  We parked at the Venetian and walked across the street to The Mirage where we had lunch near the sports betting area, which enabled us to eat while we watched the Chicago Cubs play an afternoon game.  After lunch, we strolled down one side of the Strip as far at the MGM Grand and then returned up the other side.  The strong winds that had affected our drive the day before made it difficult to walk at times.

On the 16th we headed out to the Hoover Dam and did a tour of the power plant.  The Hoover Dam was an incredible engineering feat that was completed in the early 1930’s under budget and two year ahead of schedule.  It’s hard to imagine how a similar project could ever get completed today due to the amount of government regulation that would be involved.

After having lunch at the Hoover Dam Café, we headed to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area using GPS coordinates we found on the Internet.  The GPS led us about 20 miles into Arizona before instructing us to turn onto a back road that took us another 26 miles to the Timber Bar Marina.  We stopped to double-check the GPS coordinates before making the long drive but we had entered the coordinates correctly.  The drive turned out to be pretty much of a bust since all we found at the end of the road was a small marina.  We took a few pictures before re-tracing our drive.  Once we drove back into Nevada we found another portion of Lake Mead that was more picturesque.  The good news was that this was one of the free days at National Parks so we didn’t have to pay anything for our experience at Lake Mead.

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On our final night in Las Vegas we decided to return to the Strip to see all the lights.  First we stopped to see the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.  Then we went to view the atrium at the Wynn casino.  Finally we strolled up and down the Strip and spent some time at Circus Circus.

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