We were to meet the bus at 6.30am outside Excalibur. They were a bit late then dropped us at the central depot to be sorted onto our tours. 7.24am and we were finally in our way to the Grand Canyon with Julio! 2 hours after getting up. 559 miles to go…
First landmark was Boulder City which was built to house workers on the Hoover Dam around 1930s. Depression work. They didn’t want it to be like Las Vegas, so no drinking or gambling. There is still no gambling.
Desert, desert, desert and then the village of Tusuyan and the Grand Canyon! Grand is a an inadequate description. It is gob smackingly AWESOME! It’s best features are its size and colours and it is so hard to capture that in one photo. We went to two sites – first the South Rim in Williams then Bright Angel. Our biggest surprise was the elevation (7200 feet) and that it was quite alpine territory and snowed here (only 2 weeks ago)! Bright Angel in particular is like an alpine village.
We also passed the San Francisco inactive volcano again. How can snow be so close to the desert??
It was a very long day. The bus driver broke it down as best he could. We saw a movie on the Grand Canyon and Vegas Vacation on the way there. Then a baseball movie on the way back. There was only one stop on the way back. The longest stretch without a break was 3hrs 45 mins… We got back into Vegas around 8.30pm and jumped off at the first stop which was New York New York. We had to tip the driver on top of what we had already paid for the tour. $12.50 per person was the suggested amount. We snapped a few last Vegas night photos of New York New York on the way back to Excalibur.
We had to do a bit of shopping, dropped that at home and then headed out to see the casinos that we had not yet seen and which were just across the road from us! There was even a free light rail to shuffle us in between.
First up was Luxor. The Egyptian casino. The sculptures are amazing and the pyramid shop is incredible. It is a cavity inside with all rooms anchored to the external shell of the pyramid. They are accessed by balconies running around the inside!
We then moved onto Mandalay Bay which was full of beautiful Art Deco lights.
Still managed 17 000 steps!