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March 3-9, 2009:
A Trip to Las Vegas



Since last year sometime, Fred and I have been talking about making a return trip to Las Vegas. We have not been there since 1999, and a lot has changed. In 1999, we were there with Ron Mathis and Chris Young, Lowery Evans and Ron Drew and Mike Racke. Now, some ten years later, Mike and Lowery have both passed away. Ron Drew has a new partner, Jay Silbert. And Ron Mathis and Chris have split up, and Ron has a new partner- Jay Enriquez. Although we've asked Ron Mathis and Jay to join us, their own schedules prohibited that, but in their place we have asked our newest friends, Steve and Mario, if they would like to make the trip.

So it has come down to six of us this time. It will be Fred and myself and Steve and Mario from here, and Ron and Jay from Fort Lauderdale. Fred and I will be on one flight to Las Vegas early Thursday morning while Steve and Mario will be on a different flight (cost issues) about a half hour later. The four of us will meet up at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. Ron and Jay will be flying in to Las Vegas via Minneapolis (more cost issues) Thursday evening. All six of us will be staying at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Strip.

While this certainly wasn't one of the longest trips we took, so many people were taking so many pictures that I am going to once again organize them the same way I have organized other major vacation trips in this album- by giving you an index into the various segments (days) of the trip.


Using the Master Index

All of us took a great many pictures and movies while on our trip to Las Vegas, so I have had to find a good way to organize them so that they are not simply overwhelming.

I am going to divide our Las Vegas trip into five different album pages- one for each day of the trip, beginning with Thursday, March 5th and ending with Monday, March 9th. In the Master Index, you will find a link that will take you directly to each of these album pages. I expect you'll just want to begin with the first link, but you can start with any of them.

When you get to one of the album pages, you will see the same familiar buttons at the top and bottom of each page that will take you to the next section, the previous section or back to this Master Index. As I said, I have tried to organize things so that all you should want to do is use the "NEXT" button to go from page to page, but I have provided the other buttons should you wish to use them. When we have returned to Dallas and our trip is over, you will want to return to this Master Index so that you can continue on through the photograph album.

Near the top of each album page, you will also find a set of links that will enable you to jump to a specific activity that occurred on that day (or group of days), should you wish to do so. Of course, the easiest thing to do is just go through the day in time sequence, activity by activity; you can always scroll by activities that might not interest you. (In case you might want it, there is also a link at the end of each activity section that will take you back to the top of that album page.)

When you are done looking at the pictures from our trip to Las Vegas, use one of the "RETURN" buttons that appear at the top and bottom of every trip page to return to the Master Index and then use the link at the top of that index to return to the top of this index page. You can then use the normal buttons to continue forward or backward through this photo album.

We hope you enjoy looking at the pictures. To access the Master Index, please click HERE.

























(To finish with the Las Vegas trip and return to the top of this page so that you can continue through the photo album, please click HERE.)
March 5
Getting to Las Vegas
Our Room at the MGM
The Las Vegas "Strip"
       Hotel: New York, New York
Hotel: Planet Hollywood
Hotel: The Flamingo
       The "City Center" Development
Harrah's: The "Legends" Tribute Show
March 6
"M&M World"
"Coke World"
Hotel: The Venetian
      Hotel: The Bellagio
   - The Hotel
   - Bellagio Fountains
   - Botanical Garden
      Hotel: The Mirage
   - The Hotel
   - Cirque de Soleil's
      Beatles "LOVE"
   - The "LOVE" Store
      Hotel: Rio
   - The Hotel
   - "Chippendales"
March 7
Our Hotel: The MGM
Hotel: Hooters
Hotel: The Tropicana
      Hotel: The Luxor
Hotel: Mandalay Bay
Shark Reef Aquarium
      Hotel: The Riviera
   - The Hotel
   - "Barbra and Frank"
      Tribute Show
      Hotel: Treasure Island
   - The Hotel
   - Volcano Show
March 8
Our Excursion to Hoover Dam
   - Getting to the Dam
   - Arrival/First Views
   - Tour of the Dam
   - The Museum
      Hoover Dam Trip (cont.)
   - The Observation Platform
   - On the Dam
   - Memorials and Monuments
   - The Bypass Tunnels
      Viewing Lake Mead
Lunch at New York, New York
Hotel: The Stratosphere
   - The Hotel
   - "American Superstars"
March 9
Hotel: The Excalibur                   Lunch at the Excalibur                   Our Trip Home