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sunny 15 °C

NASCAR in Vegas......John is like a little kid waiting for Christmas! We drove out to the LV Speedway (with a little help from GPS) today to pick up our tickets and John had to take a little walk around. Not too much set up but you could see the excitement in him rising. It was cute! Tickets in hand, shuttle tickets bought, a short walk over to the Tropicana and away he is going tomorrow to watch some qualifying runs. We also have pit passes so we are not going to miss a thing. I will stay behind and let him go and check out stuff tomorrow as Saturday and Sunday should be enough excitement for me...lol! Actually, I am quite looking forward to it.

Tonight while standing out front of MGM awaiting the Parade of the Car Haulers (the semi's with all the sponsorship advertising), we stood beside a couple from Utah who have attended for 5 or 6 years and they told us lots of neat stuff. Great couple with lots of NASCAR knowledge! Las Vegas Boulevard was closed down for the parade of the semis (Jerry would've loved it and Alison....there were lots of Peterbilts) all nice and shiny and tooting their horns.

Got here around 3 yesterday and checked in to the hotel that I had prebooked....off the strip but only 2 short blocks behind the MGM back entrance. We were totally astonished, it is a 1 bedroom suite with an ensuite bathroom, walk in closet, full kitchen with newer appliances....even a dishwasher with soap, full array of kitchen dishes, pots and tools, blender and even a mixer (lol). I had read good reviews on it and it is all true...no casino to walk through all the time, not having to sit on the bed to watch TV (2 tvs..one in bedroom too), free wifi, continental breakfast, heated pool and hot-tub, exercise room (still need to use that :-D In case you are ever interested, the name of the complex is Desert Rose and the rates are fantastic too. View from our balcony at the Desert Rose

View from our balcony at the Desert Rose

Bedroom with ensuite

Bedroom with ensuite

Desert Rose

Desert Rose



Living room

Living room

Met up with sister in law last night and had supper and went to Fremont Street to enjoy the lights. Had a good visit and then she was off home today. She always has great stories and she didn't disappoint again! She managed to scare the bejesus out of her friends who thought something had happened to her when all that really happened was that they had their meeting times mixed up. Helen thought that her friends had left her so on her way she went...shopping, eating and all the good stuff. By the time that she finally showed up, her poor friends were in a frenzy....it wasn't really funny but it was so typical of Helen to look after herself!!!

Shopped the outlet mall today and bought some great clothes. So many stores, so little time (or room to take home), so exhausting - for John that is!

Till next time.....btw, we have graduated from shorts to pants..........boohoo, damn rain storm coming through on Saturday has brought the temperatures down!!! And of course, we didn't pack the raincoats.

Posted by Bada Bing 21:02 Archived in USA Tagged lodging

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