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Viva Las Vegas!!!

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2 Feb – Tim dropped us at the airport very early this morning as we are heading for Las Vegas! Our first flight was to Chicago and thank goodness we did not have to leave the airport in Chicago as it was snowing heavily again. Our flight left Marquette late which meant we would have to rush in Chicago to make sure we caught our flight to Dallas, Texas in time. After we were sent to 4 different gates (as it kept on changing) we arrived at our gate 10 minutes before departure. Close call!

We arrived in Dallas and changed our watch by one hour as we thought we had passed through a time zone. Well we had not passed through a time zone which meant we headed to our gate one hour late to catch our final flight to Las Vegas. When we got to the gate and it said boarding to Hawaii we knew something was seriously wrong. We then saw that the time did not change which meant we had missed our flight. We then, very nervously walked over to the gate where the next flight (which departs 2 hours after our initial flight) departed from and asked the lady if she would be able to please let us onto her flight as we missed our flight. THEN to our surprise she said: “O you guys do not have to worry as you are on my flight” We were so surprised but delighted! She said that the airline assumed that when we did not board our initial flight to Vegas we were delayed as our flight left Marquette late. So we were seriously lucky this time.

Once we arrived at Las Vegas our bags did not surface on the carousel as they had actually travelled on the previous flight.
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We got our bags eventually and took a shuttle to our hotel which was Circus Circus. IMG_0400.jpg

After we checked into our hotel we went and watched the free circus acts and played some of the carnival games, where Dan won me a little stuffed doggie. 8IMG_0391.jpgIMG_0389.jpg

3 Feb – We went downtown today to have a look and after we realized there is not much going on we went back to the strip (the strip is the street in Las Vegas where all the major hotels and casinos can be found). IMG_0396.jpg IMG_0394.jpg

We decided to go and do the rides on the Stratosphere at night time as the views of Vegas would be great from that height. IMG_0393.jpgIMG_0398.jpg

Well they have some CrAzY rides on top of that building. Once you are in the lift on your way up your ears actually block up from the fast pressure change and once you are on top the views are stunning.
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Dan and I decided to go on the Big Shot ride first as we thought it is the least intense and we wanted to leave the scariest ones for last. Well we got it seriously wrong! The Big shot ride involves you being shot up into the air 4 times the force of gravity and then you drop down at zero gravity. I have never in my life been so scared, let me tell you how it all went.

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Elvis and Marilyn doing the ride before us

Dan and I took our seats and no one sat next to us, which kind off freaked me out and our seats were around the back of the ride where no one could see us. I sat down and when I pulled my safety harness down it did not lock – so I was freaking out, and so was Dan he just did not show it. After a few minutes of being seriously nervous the guy in charge of the ride walked around and locked us into our seats, which was such a relief. Anyway a pressure release sound could be heard and I thought this was it, but nothing happened. Then we got lifted very slightly and I thought I am shooting into the air BUT still nothing happened. Then all of a sudden the ride released and we shot up into the air at a speed which would put Superman to shame. We kept on going up and I thought this is it. But when you arrive at the very top it eventually falls down without stopping at the top. At this point I started breathing again!
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This is the result of the high speed ride - What a Kodak moment!

This ride is the highest thrill ride in the world and it must be one of the fastest ones as well. It was a terrible experience and there is no way I will ever do it again. My legs were so numb and I totally wanted to chicken out for the 2 remaining rides but to proof to Dan I am G.I. Jane I toughened up and went on the 2 remaining ones. The one involves you being shot out from the side into the views of Las Vegas and then all of a sudden it brakes and pulls you back and the other ride involves you being spun at a great speed over the top of the building where you eventually just see the ground below and no building. IMG_0405.jpgIMG_0410.jpg

I think I have proven that I am brave and I would definitely not recommend those rides to the faint hearted.

-Jane

Posted by funkyfairy 20:57

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