So I went in to explore.
Not sure of just how illegal it would be to run in the flood channel, I opted to run along the street instead. Also because all the other gates were locked so I figured I wouldn't be able to get out as easily as I was able to get in.
I saw the park on the map and thought that'd be nice to jog through. A little green respite in the middle of the desert of Las Vegas.
I was wrong.
It's not quite Central Park.
I really think Google Maps oughta show desert parks as brown instead of green.
It did have a fake lake though.
After a quick lunch, we all went out for a hike in Red Rock Canyon.
There was a lot of exploring.
A little off-trailing...
Lots of climbing on rocks.
And surveying and finding the tallest trees.
We also got a family pic, which is probably our first in about 10 years.
The Lost Creek trail that we took ended at a waterfall. As crazy as this sounds, the whole area around the waterfall was frozen. Ice in the Las Vegas desert?! Shocking, right?!
Everyone got pics around the frozen tree.
And I took lots of pics of the tree because I thought it was soo cool. Look at how much ice is around these little twigs!
And one from behind the waterfall, which I didn't like how it turned out but I rested in some dirt and got my jacket dirty for this pic so I'll be darned if I don't post it.
We hiked back out to the car and drove over to another spot - Calico Basin. The drive between the two parks was definitely scenic.
This one started with a boardwalk and then ended on an overlook.
This whole area, from Red Rock Canyon to Calico Basin, is a rock climber's paradise. There are climbers everywhere. And they're amazing.
Our reward for hiking was shaved ice at Bahama Bucks. There are too many flavors and I didn't want to keep asking for samples, so I caved and just ordered Dreamsicle. And it wasn't good. So I asked them to add a bunch of pineapple and it made it better. If you ask MJ if she liked her sour raspberry shaved ice though, she loved it.
Then we went over to the Silverton Hotel and Casino. They have a giant aquarium right in the main lobby as soon as you walk in. The tank has tons of tropical fish...
...a few sharks...
...and a bunch of stingrays.
At 4:30, a diver came and fed the fish and the stingrays.
And then a mermaid came to say hello.
She did a lot of back flips and played with bubbles.
We dropped the kids off at home (with their parents) and then Chris, Maryellen, Isa, and I went out to Freemont Street.
Chris and Maryellen were going to do the Slotzilla zipline but all the time slots were sold out until 1:40am. Which is about 4 hours past our bedtime.
So we wandered around the street and checked out the neon signs and the street performers for a bit.
Then we headed over to the Strip again. We parked at the Bellagio and walked through the hotel. The gardens were decorated beautifully for Chinese New Year.
If you can't tell, 2016 is the year of the monkey.
The lobby is still amazing. 2000 hand blown glass flowers. And a horse now.
As we walked out, we found a patio that I'd never been on. This is between the hotel and the water.
We walked around to the Boulevard side to watch the next water show. All that Jazz. Soo good.
After a quick stop in Hexx for some peanut butter cookies, we walked over to the Venetian, which was much further than we had anticipated. But so worth it.
We caught the tail end of one more water show (Uptown Funk) before heading back home around midnight, which was WAY past our bedtime.
Such a fun, full day in Las Vegas!