For most of you, St. Patrick’s Day is a day for drinking green beer and pretending to be Irish. For me, it’s a day that marks the day I began dating the most amazing woman I’ve ever met. This St. Patrick’s Day happened to mark five years of our relationship. To celebrate (my fiancee putting up with me for this long), I flew us out to Las Vegas for the weekend. I’ve been to Vegas several times before, but this was my fiancee’s first time there. In my usual style of writing, I waited until I got back to write this post. So, here are some words about my weekend excursion.
Our trip began Friday morning with our early arrival at the Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta. I say “early arrival” because we actually got there 4 hours early so that we wouldn’t be driving in the hectic morning Atlanta commute. Our departing flight was actually scheduled to leave a little bit early. But, we had to wait on an incoming flight from Milwaukee which, if it arrived on time, would mean that we would be leaving on time instead of leaving early.
Well, the Milwaukee flight did arrive on time and like clockwork, our plane left the gate and headed for the tarmac. However, at the end of our taxi, our plane made an abrupt turn and headed back to the gate. Our captain came across the PA informing us that an error light came on when checking the flaps and that the issue should be resolved quickly. About an hour and a half later, our captain came back on the PA and told us that the problem was bigger than expected and that we would be moving to another plane a few gates down.
Anyways, much later than expected, we finally left the airport and headed for Vegas. Once there, we checked into the Aria Hotel, Resort, and Casino. I’ve stayed at the Aria before and really enjoyed it there (see article here). It’s a bit overpriced, but was still a nice hotel and experience (especially for our 5th year anniversary). Unlike my last stay at the Aria, this experience was a little less enjoyable. Everything I enjoyed before seemed to be less par than before. Foods I ate last time didn’t taste as good this time. In fact, many of the same meals I ordered before had been changed since the last time I was there. Since we don’t drink or gamble, good food is the second reason we went to Vegas.
Other than trying out some nice restaurants, the other interest we had in Vegas was the shows. We love watching shows of all kinds. During this trip, one of the shows we got to see was the always exciting Blue Man Group. By the end of the show, we were crying because we were laughing so hard. If you’ve never seen the Blue Man Group, you definitely need to make sure you do next time you have the opportunity. My fiancee wasn’t really looking forward to seeing them when I purchased the tickets. But, by the end of the trip, she admitted that the Blue Man Group was her favorite show out of all that we watched.
Another show we got to see was the Zumanity – Cirque du Soleil show. We’ve been to other Cirque du Soleil shows and have always enjoyed them. But, this one seemed more like an off-the-wall freak show than the acrobatic excitement we’ve come to love about Cirque du Soleil. Even though I’m glad I got to see the Zumanity version of Cirque du Soleil, I will never return to it and can’t recommend anyone else to waste their time or money with it either. Instead, you should spend your time and money on something like Mystere – Cirque du Soleil.
One of the things I didn’t expect in Las Vegas was the weather. Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert and every time I’ve been, it’s always been hot!!! Well, not this time. The first 2 days of our trip the weather was perfect with the temperature coming in right at 70 degrees. However, the 3rd day of our trip brought something a lot different. The temperature didn’t get any higher than 43 degrees on the last 2 days of our trip. In fact, it even snowed a little! I’m not kidding! Apparently, northern California got slammed with more than a foot of snow on Saturday night. By Sunday, winds reached upwards of 50 MPH, pushing some of that snow into the desert. Needless to say, walking the strip isn’t something you want to do with winds that high and temperatures that low.
Another thing I didn’t like about this trip was the crowds. Not only was this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, it was also March Madness. Apparently, every basketball fanatic with a taste for gambling decided to visit Las Vegas this weekend to bet on their favorite teams. Every hotel on the strip was sold out. Every casino was packed. Every sidewalk was crowded. Because of this, this trip didn’t turn out to be the quiet, relaxing weekend we had hoped for.
Overall, we still had a great time. Unfortunately, it’s now back to the real world for both of us. But, that isn’t stopping us from planning our next vacation. It won’t be to Las Vegas. But, I can promise you that once we return I’ll be back on here telling you all about it.
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