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Waking up in Las Vegas

Sunrise, Las Vegas

Sunrise, Las Vegas

At some point during all of our trips to the southwest we visit our son and daughter-in-law (Chris and Marilyn) in Las Vegas.  Not only is it always great to see them for a few days, it gives us a chance to rest and unwind a bit.  Not to mention getting a chance to eat some real food.  They don’t live far from the Suncoast Resort and Casino (in Summerlin) which happens to have a restaurant called SC Steakhouse.  The food there is amazingly good.  I’d hazard a guess that you won’t find anything like it in Webster, NY (or Rochester for that matter).  And where in Rochester can you eat at a great place and walk downstairs and play some slots?  Hint: nowhere.  I’m going to miss that place……

And Chris had a special treat waiting for us this time.  We went to see a show at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand.  Brad, if you remember, played Ray Romano’s brother in the TV comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond” a few years back.  He was funny in that show, for sure, but he’s hilarious on stage.  I can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard.  If you ever happen to go, just don’t sit near the front.  A lot of his act involves people in the audience.

The photograph, by the way, is looking east toward the strip at sunrise (from about 6 miles away).  If you look very, very closely you can see the Stratosphere (on the north end of the strip) on the left side of the frame and Mandalay Bay (where I used to work) on the right.  Essentially, that’s the whole thing.

Anyway, we’ve left LV and are heading for Monument Valley.  Then it’s on through southern Colorado and then on towards home.  And winter.  As far as the weather’s concerned, I think I’d just as soon stay here.


6 Responses to “Waking up in Las Vegas”

  1. E. Brooks

    Upon closer examination there is more interesting detail in this photo then one first perceives. The brightness of the sun blinded me at first. Kind of a life lesson in there somewhere too perhaps. 🙂 It’s great you can enjoy the the area you love, the southwest, and at the same time visit with your son and his family. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

    • Paul Maxim

      Yes, the sun does “get in the way” here. It was the texture in the clouds that got my attention, though. But there is a lot of detail in the lower portion. Sadly, we’re about ready to head back east. Leaving the desert is never easy………

  2. TomDills

    Nothing like that clear desert air to preserve those details at that distance. Vegas is another one of those places on our “not yet” list. It’s a pretty long list, better get started soon!

    • Paul Maxim

      Actually, this was an unusually clear morning for Las Vegas. Normally when you’re looking toward the strip from this distance you can see a pretty hefty layer of smog. We lived there for a while and it isn’t the best desert air you’ll find! If you want clean desert air it’s best to head a little bit north.

      Yes, start working on that list. And soon. Each year it’s getting more and more crowded out there.

  3. Cedric Canard

    The textures in the clouds are quite amazing. I think you really need to move to this region Paul. You always write about it like it’s in your blood or something 🙂

    • Paul Maxim

      Yes, it’s definitely “in my blood” Cedric. We just spent a couple of days visiting Monument Valley and I spent a lot of time photographing the night sky. Man, talk about clear. If you want to see the night sky as it was meant to be seen, head for Utah. It’s simply mind-blowing.


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