We arrived late afternoon on Tuesday, September 25th and very luckily got the last campsite in the Zion National Park. We were happy!
We headed out the next morning on a mission to do 2 trails: Angel’s Landing and The Narrows. Of course Angel’s Landing is the scariest in the park and entails walking all along the top of a rock spine with sheer cliffs on either side. And please let it be known that this was Christine’s bright idea!
It was a 4 hour round trip with most of it going up. We made it to the bottom of the really steep part after going through ‘Walter’s Wiggles’ which is a series of 21 switchbacks. Then the real climb began meaning scrambling up the rocks while holding on to the chains so you don’t fall to your death. Well maybe that’s a bit dramatic but there have been fatalities. Thank goodness none that day!
After that we continued up on the park shuttle bus to the end stop and started The Narrows trail. This is a cool one because you are mostly walking in the river water as you are exploring these close canyons. We didn’t have time to do the whole 8 hour round trip but did get a few hours in before the sun started to go down. And before our toes froze!
We didn’t stay in the park again as they were fully booked, but started heading back towards Vegas, where we had a big weekend planned.
We got into Las Vegas by noon on Thursday and had a list of things we wanted to accomplish on Ginger before the weekend began. We tried some RV places to see about getting a recommendation for a service station but ended up just picking one at random. They seemed friendly and had lots of experience working on older cars. We booked her in for the whole shebang to be done the following day. We found a nice posh RV resort for the night and were back at the garage by 7:30am. We left Ginger and wandered down the street to the real local casino. Even at 8am it was pretty busy! We wasted time until we went to pick her up at the end of the day after they completed all the maintenance service. We got about 5 minutes down the highway and were midway on a busy exit when she died and wouldn’t start again.
AAA was supposed to be on their way within 30 minutes but since we were kind of in the middle of the highway that divided 2 tow truck company jurisdictions no one came. Eventually a tow truck came by and recognised that we were in a precarious spot and it was starting to get dark. He nudged us off the exit at least and told us to wait for another tow truck that he called. The next truck came and attempted to get us onto his flatbed but we were too big/heavy.
He called for the bigger truck and again we waited. Eventually we got Ginger on to the big truck which dropped us back off at the service station about 9pm.
We didn’t make it to our fancy Flamingo Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard until 10pm! Our friends, Glenn and Emma had already arrived from San Francisco and were in the Irish bar waiting for us while watching the AFL final. We were in need of a stiff drink by this time and we started the night off with a “car bomb”. A fun night, finished off with 3am burgers at Caesars.
Saturday started at the already hoppin Flamingo pool, complete with poolside dancers. We enjoyed a few hours here, before heading off to explore the strip.
We had hoped to see the Cirque de Soleil production of KA while we were in town, but unfortunately they were taking a break this weekend, so we booked tickets to see La Reve instead. After an amazing buffet dinner at The Wynn hotel we were all blown away by the show.
The theatre is built in a circle around a sunken pool, which is 27ft deep and filled with all sorts of hydraulically driven platforms and water jets. Overhead were numerous trapezes, ropes and wires. Anyway, the acrobatics and performances were simply mind blowing – no cameras allowed though unfortunately.
Sunday was another great day, with time spent by the pool and enjoying the strip. Unfortunately Glenn and Emma had to head back to San Francisco on Sunday night, so we are travelling alone again.
Thanks for the great weekend guys!!!
After a lazy start on Monday morning we called the garage hoping for some good news… Unfortunately they were still trying to find the problem… A couple of calls later and it seems that the problem is the Electronic Control Unit, which they are now trying to source around Las Vegas.
So, we have spent all day aimlessly hanging around the resort and hoping for good news, but expect we’ll be in Vegas for a few more days…. It’s got to be better than breaking down in Death Valley at least!