The amazing weekend in Las Vegas started Friday evening as my best friend, Deb and I headed to the airport in the afternoon to catch our flight. Even with a small delay on the way to the airport we managed to breeze through security and make it to our gate with a few minutes to spare. During our flight we watched The Change Up. I highly recommend it as it was hilarious and helped the time pass quickly. Over the course of the flight we talked with another passenger from California and he mentioned to us that we certainly didn't look to be more than in our twenties. The plane would not be the last time that we would be told we looked young over the course of the weekend! Compliment graciously accepted, we landed in Vegas on time and headed to the Palazzo to check in. We were in awe of our free upgraded suite.
|View from our hotel room|
After we snapped a few pictures of the room we got ready to go and see PeepShow with Holly Madison. The show was absolutely amazing. The muscle definition in the dancers was just insane. I can't even begin to imagine how many hours a day they work out. It was a very tasteful show and Deb and I really enjoyed it and we were recommending it to others that we met over the weekend.
|Deb and I before PeepShow|
After the show we were starving due to the time change and the fact that we hadn't eaten too much during the day. We headed to PF Changs and grabbed a very late dinner. After dinner we decided we wanted to check out the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon so we started walking through the casino looking for the entrance and one of the guards picked us out and asked us if we were interested in going into the club. Of course we accepted and the guard said to the other guy checking ID's, "you better check those because they might be fakes." We decided that our trendy outfits got us in free. This was the second time Friday evening that we were told we looked young! There was a lot of people watching to be had in the Saloon. I really think some people forget to look in the mirror (read: white undergarments under a short black dress and nightclub lights don't really go together if you know what I mean). The dancers did a few shows in the club and we decided to call it a night after their last show. As we were going down the escalator our server from dinner and his friend were going towards the club. Our server shouted down to us, "where are you going, aren't you going to come have a drink with us." We laughed and said "we're old, we're going to bed" to which our server's friend said "I'm old too, I'm almost 30." Deb and I about died laughing. If they only knew how old we actually were. Three times in one evening to be told we look very young seems like a fantastic average to me!! It was a great note to end the evening on so we headed back to our room to get some much needed rest.
We managed to sleep in a bit Saturday morning which was quite nice. Our plan for the day involved food, the race expo, shopping, and Garth Brooks! After we were ready for the day we decided to go to Sugar Factory for Breakfast. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing the food was. Deb and I decided to share eggs benedict and a seasonal crepe with fresh berries. I am pretty sure it was the best eggs benedict I have ever eaten in my life which could be because instead of it being on an english muffin it was on a bed of scalloped potatoes! The crepe was just as delicious! Deb said it best when she said "OMG I might have to move here. The decor is like an adult version of an Americal Girl Store."
|One of the many great signs at the Sugar Factory|
|One of the many sweet treats at Sugar Factory|
|Deb and I with one of the Showgirls|
We left the expo and headed back to our hotel and did some window shopping. I think we were experiencing sticker shock when we went into one of the shoe stores and saw a pair of shoes for a mere $6,500. Seriously?!?! I can't make this stuff up!! The most amazing thing to me was the number of people that were in there seriously shopping for shoes...crazy, I tell you!! We made a quick trip to will call to pick up our Garth Brooks tickets and eventually made it back to our room to get ready for dinner at Emeril LaGassi's restuarant Delmonico's. In the meantime I talked to my friend Darlene as she had arrived in Vegas Saturday afternoon and she would be running the full marathon. She and her husband met us in front of Delmonico's so we could say hello and wish each other luck on Sunday. It was nice to talk with them for a few minutes and Darlene was gracious enough to take our picture.
|Deb and I before dinner|
The food at Delmonico's was absolutely amazing and the staff was great about making sure there was no olive oil in my food. As we were enjoying dinner there were two tables next to us with large groups of people. It appeared that they were all together. Eventually I realized a member of their party was on the ground in obvious need of medical assistance. It was the strangest thing as all of the people in his party just sat there and continued to drink there wine and seemed completely unphased by it. I mentioned this to Deb and after security showed up she went over to check it out since she does have a medical background and it didn't appear that anyone was really helping him. When she got over there she was able to see that he was conscious. After what seemed like forever the paramedics arrived and wheeled him out on a gurney. A few of the people in his party followed the gurney out of the restaurant so we were under the impression that they were going to accompany him to the hospital. Imagine our surprise when a mere 5 minutes later all of the guys came back into the restaurant, sat back down at their table, and proceeded to eat dinner. All I can say is only in Vegas people!! Deb and I had a good laugh after she told me that she would have made sure I was okay and then joined me at the hospital after the Garth concert! After all of this we finished up our dinners and shared two delicious desserts and then headed out for the concert.
I can't even begin to tell you how awesome Garth's show was. I had no idea one guy with one acoustic guitar could fill an entire theater will such amazing sound. I can't even put into words how great of a show he put on. There was also the added bonus of Trisha Yearwood coming out on stage to join Garth for part of the show. Towards the end of the show Garth sang Piano Man and the girl next to me asked her boyfriend what it was. I looked at her and said "really? It's Piano Man". Her boyfriend got a good laugh and I still can't believe she didn't know the song. The ending of the concert was just awesome as the entire theater stood up and sang along with Garth to "Friends in Low Places". I could have sat there for hours on end just listening to him sing. I am so glad that Deb suggested we get tickets to his show!! Since we had complimentary entry to Tao nightclub in our swag bags from the Expo we decided to give it a try. It was a short-lived trip as we weren't very impressed with it at all. We decided pretty quickly to go ahead and head to a Piano Bar. We were under the impression that it would be very similar to the dueling pianos we had seen other places but these guys were just different and there sound was a bit odd. That being said we had one heck of a time watching a guy attempt to dance to the songs. We were laughing so hard we had tears running down our cheeks. I can't even do the description of what we saw justice in words. All I can say is "jump, jump". After the last song was played we headed back to our room to get some sleep. Deb and I were both thankful that the race wasn't taking place until 5:30 PM because we were able to sleep in on Sunday morning!
I woke up Sunday morning, got ready and printed our boarding passes for our flight home on Monday morning. Once Deb and I were both ready we decided to go to Serendipity for brunch. Once there we would wait over an hour for a table but it was definitely worth it. While we were waiting we decided to throw caution to the wind when ordering and not worry about how what we ate would affect our race later in the evening. We figured worst case scenario one of us would get sick on the course (which neither of us did by the way). As we were eating our brunch Deb and I agreed that this had been one of the best food vacations ever!
|Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, Hot Chocolate French Toast, Chorizo Quiche, and Sweet Potato Fries|
After we finished brunch we decided to do a little more shopping and then we headed back to our room to get ready for the race. While getting ready for the race we also started packing for our inevitable return to Ohio. As we walked through the hotel to catch the shuttle to the start line we stopped for a picture.
|Deb and I ready to Rock the Strip at Night|
Imagine our surprise when we arrived at the shuttle and saw a neverending line of people. It was 3:45 and we were pretty certain we wouldn't be making it to the starting line in time. We just went with it because we were in Vegas afterall!!
|Not too many people right??|
We embraced the shuttle line for what it was and made some great new friends including:
|And sisters running for an amazing cause|
|Darlene and I after the race|
|60th Marathon for the guy on the right. The guy on the left is running a 55 mile ultra next week|
While waiting in line for a cab we met a couple from Columbus, Ohio which was kind of cool. We ended up sharing a cab with them since you pay to sit in park when in a cab so it was more cost effective that way. I believe that we got in the cab line around 9:30 and we didn't get back to our hotel until around 11:40. Deb and I quickly took showers and finally had dinner around 12:30AM. The alarm went off all too soon on Monday morning and we were saying goodbye to Vegas and headed to the airport. In the end Deb took a bump with a deal she couldn't refuse and we flew home separately. In hindsight we should have signed me up for the bump as well. Live and learn, live and learn.
It was truly a wonderful weekend filled with lots of great food, continuous laughs, amazing shows, and unconditional friendship. Thank you Deb for a trip to remember and thank you for being my best friend!
Marathon in all 50 states status- #7 completed*
Bring on #8!!
*Nikki couldn't join us for state #7 so Deb and I will have to head back to Vegas with her when she runs it, oh darn!!
Post Photos: All provided compliments of Deb!
Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!