Las Vegas Fun! Part Two: Red Rock Canyon, The Aria and The Bellagio

While out in Vegas, we decided to explore Red Rock Canyon. It was beautiful, but so stinkin’ cold. Brrr…

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Living in Florida, I really miss the beauty of the mountains. What a breathtaking view! We had originally agreed to climb to the top of Turtle Peak, but we arrived a lot later than planned. Since we had less time, we had to pick a different trail. In hindsight, I think it was a blessing. It was too cold and windy. At one point, I was thanking God. I’m not kidding.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

The scenery was beautiful, but it was definitely a workout.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

We were hoping to see some wildlife, and maybe some bighorn sheep. But, short of a few birds, nothing. The rangers said it was pretty busy, so the sheep probably retreated up high. I think the weather kept all the other critters inside.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

My sister-in-law is just as crazy as the rest of us. In honor of being in Las Vegas, here she is doing her best Elvis impression.

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We definitely know how to have fun!

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

We saw so many different kinds of trees, and plants. I picked up a few pinecones along the way, for my collection.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

After climbing for about three miles, we finally reached the top to find La Madre Spring. My legs were crying. We took a little break to enjoy the fairytale quality of the spring, and then turned around to go back. Thank goodness it was all downhill from there.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

After our hike, we went back to the hotel for showers and a well deserved nap. We had dinner and drinks at The Bellagio.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The best part of the Bellagio, is the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. I had to stop in to take some pictures. I think this is the most Whimsical time of year!

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

After a relaxing evening at The Bellagio, we headed back to The Cosmopolitan for some gambling.

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

I was thrilled to walk away with an extra 200 bucks from the Black Jack table.

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

I was up about 80 bucks on the Wheel of Fortune slots, but lost it all back. You win some, you lose some. Sigh…

We were all up early the next day for check out. It all went by so fast.

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

We went back to The Aria for some last minute shopping.

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

Most high-end fashion is beautiful and very high quality… But sometimes, it’s just plain weird.

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

We had to rub Buddah’s belly for good luck!

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria has an awesome Patisserie. We all bought a little something to bring home.

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

The Aria

After the Aria, I insisted on going back to the Bellagio Conservatory to get some pictures during the daylight hours.

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

How magical are these guys? I love everything about them. They’re called Ents, and they hail from Middle Earth. They are very “Lord of the Rings-like.” Sigh…

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

And the talking tree… Squeal! I just love this display!

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

That was pretty much the end of our Vegas trip. Lastly, we headed over Caesars to kill some time and grab a quick bite to eat.

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace

We had a blast, but it’s time to go home and get ready for the Holidays!

Karen

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