The last time Lloyd and I had been in Las Vegas we went to a show at Planet Hollywood. It was a Beatles tribute band and we enjoyed it immensely. So we decided to go again so Emily and Allan could learn to appreciate the early Beatles as much as we do. It was great! If anything, the show was better than the last time we saw it. Ed Sullivan was there, Austin Powers put in an appearance, and of course there were 60's style go-go dancers. But the singing was amazing..totally their own voices, no lip synching. The 'lads' even slightly resembled the fab four. We weren't allowed to take pictures during the show so the only one I got was an after-the-show meet and greet.
|Singers portraying ringo, George, Paul and John, with half of Ed Sullivan as well.|
We walked on the Strip for awhile, stopping at the Bellagio to see the famous dancing waters performance.
|Lloyd and I on the Strip|
|Emily and Allan with the Bellagio in the background|
Then, because the strip is so long, we drove down it and back again so we could see all the neon lights and happy people, wedding chaples and neon lights. It's an amazing place.
|Emily on a pedway|
|Lloyd's favorite neon sign on the older part of the strip|
|A bit blurry taken from the moving car|
In the morning we headed out, stopping at the Hoover Dam where we got out and walked across the dam before getting in the car and driving over the new bridge which bypasses the dam and cuts off at least half an hour of travel time between Nevada and Arizona. The dam used to be part of the highway, with all traffic between Arizona and Nevada in this part of the state having to drive across the dam. After 9/11 though with the threat of terrorism so real, the new bridge was designed and built to keep traffic away from the dam itself. The dam's destruction would have catastrophic consequences in the the western US.
|Allan, Emily and Lloyd on the dam with the new bridge in the background|
|Downstream from the dam - the Colorado River which was dammed and|
created Lake Mead
|Looking the other direction - toward Nevada - Lake Mead in the background|
|Looking down the dam|
|Me, on the top of the dam|
We finally arrived at our destination in Surprise, AZ in the late afternoon, bringing an end to our adventurous three day drive down from Alberta.