Monday, July 25, 2011

Vegas: First Weekend

This post combines three days of photos and narrative.
Kayla's routine continued the same from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in this UNLV building.

Friday we went to the Bass Pro store. While Mike shopped to replace his lost hunting and fishing gear, I walked around admiring the many animal and nature displays. This one of a bighorn ram fascinated me because I had just learned that each horn can weigh up to 40 lbs.!

After picking up Kayla we experienced another side of Las Vegas away from downtown and the strip. We spent two nights with Paul and my nieces. This is typical Southwestern architecture.

And here is a panoramic view from their back window. Kayla lamented the absence of grass. But, hey, no lawns to mow.

I was drawn immediately to their mate collection (the name refers to both the gourd and the beverage) and later truly enjoyed drinking the special Argentine tea.

Kayla, of course, was interested in the gaucho hat.

Saturday was 9 de julio, Día de la Independencia. I saw this poster at the restaurant where we celebrated.

Why do you think it says Argentina is the country of the six continents?

Saturday was girls' night out. We picked up Kayla and went for pedicures and manicures. Such a special treat. Look how relaxed Lizzie looks.

I love the color I chose. My toenails still look like that. Not my nails. No way!

Sunday was the last day of the ballet seminar. In the afternoon we said goodbye to our wonderful hosts and went to the student performance. 

After that it was off to stay at the Flamingo where all the other dance events were to take place.
First a tour of the grounds.

Then out to check out the surroundings, and fight the crowds.

 Here is one cityscape of the evening.

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