Always be prepared. That’s the mantra I reminded myself of as I slept in until 9 am. Tonight we hit vegas and I don’t want to wander about tired and weary. As we pour through the sights in the morning it becomes quite clear that we will just be doing a lot of sight seeing. Neither one of us gamble, go to strip clubs, party at night clubs, or enjoying walking around completely trashed in a throng of people. With our walking shoes on and katie’ purse filled with water we head for downtown in the early afternoon.
Our first stop on the list is the Fremont Street Experience. Located on the northern edge of the strip this tourist hotspot is a great place to get out of the jeep and wander. The whole “street” is geared towards pedestrian traffic only. It’s still early and none of the neon signs are glowing. This chaneges the feel of the environment some, but none the less the vibe of vegas is shining through. Every corner you turn there is the slogan “#VEGASSTRONG” peppered across buildings and souvenier items. It’s hard to believe that only two weeks ago this town was rocked by one of the most deady massacres in US history. Yet here we are walking the street, and it appears to be business as usual.
It’s back into the Shirley after just over an hour and we’ve already racked up our first bill of the night. The parking garage was $6 for two hours. Our next stop on the list is free, and so should the remainder of night be. Cheap, poor, budget-concious, frugal…. pick your phrase. We have no income to replace our hard earned pennies on the road. This is Vegas on a budget.
The northern side of the strip is sparse and downright sketchy. Climbing back into Shirley we head towards free parking spot #2. Treasure Island casino has a parking garage and we plan on takinng full advantage of it. From here we’ll walk the streets for the rest of the evening.
Years from now when we are talking to someone about this trip Vegas will come up. We will undoubtebly get asked; “Any crazy stories?” Well my friends have I got one for you. Katie and I went through 2, yes 2 bottles of water each during the night. We teetered on the edge of dehydration for seven hours and walked 12 miles. The slot machines blinked at us around every corner and we almost put a dollar in. Oh Vegas you temptress, you conned us out of $21 for sandwiches, water, and parking. Talk about a night we’ll never forget.