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Las Vegas - Fun times in Sin City

From Las Vegas to Grand Canyon, by detours in the Mojave and other strange places.

  • Room with a view

    This was the subtle view from our hotel room window. The green thing is the MGM, and beyond it dawn on the horizon where the desert begins.

    Excalibur hotel, Las Vegas

  • Viva Las Vegas

    The strip section of Las Vegas Boulevard is the active part of Las Vegas, crammed with hotels and casinos.

    The strip, Las Vegas

  • Water dance

    The daylight version of the famous water show is also excellent.

    Bellagio fountain, Las Vegas

  • Bring on the gondola

    The lovely exterior of the Venetian, with the Mirage volcano a bit away.

    Las Vegas

  • O sole mio

    The interior is not bad either.

    The Grand Canal inside the Venetian, Las Vegas

  • The piazza

    No city replica is complete without an indoor square, with an opera singer on the balcony to the left.

    St. Mark’s Square at the Venetian, Las Vegas

  • Desolace

    We can't stop here, this is bat country!

    Interstate 15

  • The road to Zzyzx

    At first I thought it was a hallucination, but this is a 4 1/2-mile dirt road leading from Interstate 15 to Zzyzx.

    Interstate 15

  • Desolace

    Not a good place for gas stops.

    Mojave desert

  • Rock of age

    Time for a Evel Knievel trick! Notice the people on the left.

    Grand Canyon, Arizona

  • Rock of age

    A bit tired and dusty, but quite happy with the view.

    Reine at Grand Canyon, Arizona

  • Levels of history

    Grand Canyon, Arizona