|Twas a thumbs up night, meeting and visiting with Annie's geocaching friends from Germany, Seattle and Ohio and Hawaii last evening.|
"A visually stunning acrobatic spectacular" is actually what I see outside our 11th floor window here at Planet Hollywood here in Las Vegas. Lower and to the left is a sign for "Cirque Du Soleil."
Yup, we finally made it to Sin City, and, so far, I don't think I have any confessing to do. Besides, what happens in Las Vegas . . . , right?
While posting this morning, I'm drinking a latte purchased at the 24-hour Starbucks on the Casino floor. Speaking of sin, I paid $11 for a coffee Americana and my medium latte. Now, that's a sin in some form, especially when I consider the past two days of free morning coffee and complimentary breakfasts.
But we're in the city of bright lights, big buildings and glitz, so we'll probably leave a few dollars here for a good cup of coffee.
So far, no gambling. We had dinner with Annie and some of her geocaching buddies, and we again thank her friend Raine for paying our tab. Very much appreciated.
Bill and I left the group after our burgers and walked over to Bellagio to take in the fountain show. We also walked through the hotel lobby and enjoyed the fall harvest scenes, which were spectacular with several pumpkins that could give the Hickey's a run for their money.
So, our first night in the big city is now history. Our drive yesterday included a short visit during morning sunshine to Utah's territorial capitol, which is in Fillmore where we stayed the night.
Yup, it's Fillmore, Utah, in the county of Millard. I think there may be some Presidential significance since the town was founded in 1851.
The territorial capitol grounds are beautifully kept, and the capitol is a lovely old structure as seen by the photos.
We made a couple of geocaching stops, and, of course, I snapped some photos of the road signs and their decal messages. Bill also made a quick stop at the pawn shop in Beaver, Utah, home of the Beaver Beavers and the Crazy Cow Restaurant.
On down the road, some of the areas on yesterday's trip where I expected to take a few pictures were socked in and rainy. In fact, we finally found the sun again after crossing the Arizona border a few miles from St. George.
Today we'll take in a few more sights on the Strip and visit the establishment featured on the TV show "Pawn Stars." We've heard that we probably won't be seeing Chumley, Big Hoss or the Old Man, but that's okay. Bill will have a bucket list item to check off regardless of what we see.
Tonight the GeoCoinfest officially begins with a "Meet and Greet" event at a hotel a few blocks from here.
I think we'll get plenty of walking opportunities, based on the distance we walked, with bags in hand, through the Planet Hollywood mall from the parking lot to check in.
Lots of fun ahead on this Friday. Have a great day.