Still trying to find our fortune...

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
1
19
102
Trip End Ongoing


Loading Map
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines
shadow

Flag of United States  , Nevada
Monday, October 25, 2004

To come all the way to the Las Vegas and not see the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon would have been stupid, especially as they were relatively close to the city. So with only 4 hours of sleep, no way near enough for us to catch up on what we had missed, we got up at 6am and jumped onto the coach booked for the trip. We then proceeded to fall straight back to sleep, missing all of the scenery we had pay to see! We were awoken by the bus driver when the bus reached its first destination, the Hoover Dam.

I'm not going to bore you with the history of the Dam, if your interested goto

http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/History/storymain.html

All i will say was that it was mighty impressive and it was a shame it was only a stop to take photo's, and not to go in and take a closer look.

We fell straight back to sleep as soon as we boarded the bus. Much to the amusement to the rest of the bus, which as we had got quite used to now, was full over 65+ tourists from all over the world. After a couple of hours non-stop driving we awoke to find ourselves at the Grand Canyon.

Now i always wondered why people raved on about the Grand Canyon, i thought a bunch of rocks couldn't be that impressive, but i think your agree by looking at the photo's, they really were very impressive. You just can't imagine the size or scale of the rocks. We were told you would have to drive for hundreds of miles just to be able to get to the other size. You can now understand why they are one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

An all too similar story occurred and we were hoarded back on the bus after just 30 minutes of seeing the sight, to start our 5 hour drive back to the lights of Las Vegas. I'm really glad we went to the Grand Canyon that day, but i don't think the trip warranted the $100 price it asked for. That was as well as the tip the driver emotionally blackmailed you into giving to him at the end! It was even more annoying when we found another trip to the Dam and Canyon advertised for $150 - this time flying in a helicopter! I think i would have preferred to pay the extra! Next time we will do a bit more research!

Although our day consisted of sleeping and taking pictures, we were surprisingly more exhausted than we expected, so instead of going out for our last night and enjoying the little time we had left, we booked another night, and brought our intended stay at Las Vegas from one night to three! We didn't like to admit, but we were starting to fall in love with Las Vegas!

Tuesday 26th October

It was today we decided to hire a car and drive back to LA instead of having to get another train back to the city of Angels. We had always originally wanted to drive around the country, but due to the time scale and cost, it just hadn't been viable, thus booking the train ticket instead.

You would think that seeing as the legal age for Americans to drive in their country in 16, we wouldn't have any trouble, especially as we were both 23? Oh no, not as easy as that! We spent 2 hours on the phone to every car rental place in Las Vegas, only to be told by all but 2 that we had no chance of hiring. Apparently the age of international drivers is 25. Not very helpful for us! Luckily like i said there were 2 companies happy to rent us a car, but not only would we have to pay an extortionate excess charge for dropping the car off in another city, we would have to pay for extra insurance to cover our age - twice. It was starting to look like our road trip was going to be very expensive!

We originally wanted to drive through Death Valley, into Yosemite National Park and onto San Fran to see Toby again, stay in San Fran for another day before driving down the famous coastal road to LA to catch our connecting flight. Hire time: 3 days. Well after calculating the costs that was considerably shortened to 1 day. Instead we would just drive to San Fran in a day through Death Valley and Yosemite. A mere 800 miles in a day - how hard could it be?

Now we finally had our car booked, we had one last free day in Vegas. We decided to use it by walking down the strip and visiting all the casino's Jim hadn't dragged us into the first night. We discovered that if you gambled in these casino's, then they were more than happy to supply you with as much free alcohol you could consume. The theory being you get so wasted you spend/lose more money on their tables. Our plan was to try and do a casino crawl, visiting each casino for an hour, sitting on the 25cents video blackjack tables, and to drink as much alcohol as we could. Before moving on and doing the same at the next. STupidly though, we didn't actually realise that we were spending more on the machines that we were drinking. so we were actually losing out!

Because of this we knocked the casino crawl on the head and called it a night... well we didn't want to be over the limit when we drove in the morning!
Slideshow Report as Spam

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: