We took a 5-day trip to Las Vegas at the end of February to visit Malorie’s family. It ended up being a family reunion of sorts – Malorie’s parents went down from Washington, her sister’s family from Alaska, and her “brother’s” family from Utah. We all invaded her aunt and uncle’s house, and they were very gracious hosts. It was also the first introduction of Malorie’s niece to her great-grandparents, who moved to Las Vegas a year and a half ago.
Jason took this picture of our extended family, so he didn’t make it into the picture. Check out our photo gallery for more pictures that include Jason.
We ended up sharing a condo with Jenn, Josh, and Shilah while we were there, which worked out great. Malorie loved all the extra “Shilah-time” she got. Shilah was almost crawling and Auntie Mal did her best to help teach her.
We did spend a couple of evenings sight-seeing around Las Vegas. The first night we went to the old downtown section, Fremont Street. The street is closed to traffic and covered by a canopy of 12.5 million LED lights, 90 ft. above the street. In the evening they have a synchronized, music/lights/movie show on the hour. Here’s a glimpse of what it looked like.
They also recently installed an 800 ft. zipline that runs down Fremont Street, under the canopy. Never ones to miss out on adventure, we decided it must be experienced. And much to our surprise, Malorie’s parents were up for the adventure too! Obviously we couldn’t get a picture of ourselves on the zipline, but here’s Malorie’s brother-in-law, sister, mom, and dad getting ready to launch from 5-stories up.
On our last night in Vegas, the two of us took off by ourselves to explore the strip. We had already seen most of the casinos on our first trip, but some of the places are definitely worth a second look. The Bellagio fountain show is never a disappointment, and their botanical garden is brilliantly done. We also walked through the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and took a stroll through the Venetian, looking at their gondolas.
Jason wanted to include this picture – a spiral escalator! Seriously, everything in Vegas just has to be bigger and better and much, much cooler…