Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Inside the plane

As you can see, it is very cramped inside the plane. I was lucky and got a single seat and had plenty of room. The pilots had to enter the same way we did as there are no doors to the outside from the cockpit.

The headphone that people are wearing are for a commentary of the sites you see as the plane flies over them.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Grand Canyon Series

This is my trip to the Grand Canyon. This is the light plane that will take us to an airstrip near the Grand Canyon.

To correctly gauge fuel, they would weigh the passenger and anything they were to carry onto the plane. Before you get on, they would take a picture of you with the plane's captain so you can buy the photo when you come back.

This would be my second time in a plane this size.

Monday, May 29, 2006

More of Circus Circus

The very bright main entrance to Circus Circus.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Circus Circus

This is the entrance to Circus Circus. If you wish, have a read of the sign on the left.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Some of what Vegas is Famous for

The Chapel of the Bells is one of the many places in Vegas that you can get married in. Vegas has themed weddings, weddings performed by Elvis and even drive through weddings.

In continuous operation for over forty years, the Chapel of the Bells has married countless couples in ceremonies ranging from intimate to grand. The pageant can begin with a limousine, which lands you at the Chapel of the Bells in style after you complete legal paperwork at the County Courthouse. A lush garden greets arriving couples at the chapel.

Past celebrity marriages include Mickey Rooney, Ernest Borgnine, Pele (the South American Soccer Champion), Kelly Ripa and Beverly DeAngelo. A record number of soldiers tied the knot before Desert Storm.

Some families have made the Chapel of the Bells a tradition, with parents returning to watch their kids and even grand kids give new meaning to the words "holy matrimony."

Friday, May 26, 2006

Last of a series

This is the last of the Stratosphere series of photos.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Inside the tower

This is inside the top of the Stratosphere tower.

If you click on the picture, you can see the reflection of the Starbucks Coffee sign.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Night Fall

As night falls across Vegas, the bright lights come to life and transform the strip into what it is most famous for, all night partying where anything goes.

Only two more photos to go from the Stratosphere and then we can start touring Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Monday, May 22, 2006

That's just - insane

This is the newest and last ride to be mounted on the Stratosphere.

Insanity-The Ride consists of an arm that extends out 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and will spin passengers at up to three 'G's.'

As the ride spins faster and faster, the riders are propelled up to an angle of 70 degrees. Riders will experience the thrill of being flung over the edge of the Tower and literally facing downward at the City of Las Vegas below.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

A different view

This is a better view of the X-Scream ride on the Stratosphere tower. You will have to click on the picture to get a better feel for it.

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For information on the rides, please click here.

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View from the top - part 2

The Pink/purple object near the middle on the right is part of Circus Circus.

This is kid heaven with many rides and games to enjoy. If you bring children to Las Vegas, you have to stay or visit Circus Circus.

This is just after sunset when the sun has disappeared behind the hills.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Rides up high

This shows 2 of the rides at the top of the Stratosphere.

The long needle is where you sit on chairs facing outwards, and then you are shot upwards to the top of the needle.

Below the needle is the tracks for the rollercoaster that goes around the top.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Oh my god!

This ride at the top of the Stratosphere, tips you over the edge of the tower.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Excellent view

The view from the Stratosphere. It's amazing to see this city from up here. The suburbs spread out from the strip then you just see desert up to the hills.

The best time to come up here is just before sunset. That way you can see Las Vegas in the daylight, then watch the sunset and very soon the lights start coming on and you can see it at night.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Stratosphere

The stratosphere tower at the end of the Las Vegas Strip. There are 4 rides and an observation deck at the top. Many people enjoy having a coffee and watching the sun set.

Monday, May 15, 2006

MGM Grand Side View

This is the side entrance to the MGM Grand. There is a giant screen over this entrance which is very bright and shows events at the MGM.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

MGM Grand

This was taken from the driveway of the San Remo where I stayed in Las Vegas (Now Hooters Hotel and Casino). The MGM grand is down one end of the strip and is the starting point of the new main monorail.

They have a lion enclosure where you can go through a glass tunnel and the lions can sit on top where you can see them.