Sunday, March 24, 2013

Give me a V-E-G-A-S

See that cute girl behind me? That is my amazing niece. Each year she has a cheer competition in Las Vegas and Mike and I tag along with her family to go and route her on. Last year we went to plenty of delicious places to eat but didn't get to do much else. This year her competitions were at night so we got to do some pretty fun stuff. This picture was taken at Cirque Du Sole's "O". This was the second time Mike and I saw it but we sat up higher and were able to see more of the performance.

The stage and auditorium is pretty amazing.

My stud nephew if one of the Cirque masks.

Before the show we walked around the gardens in the Bellagio. They change the frequently and it was Chinese New Year themed.

 There weren't as many things made out of flowers like the last time we visited but these people were pretty amazing.

We were also able to go to Hoover Dam. It was love at first sight for Mike. We had a great time walking around and going on tours of this amazing piece of American History.

This was Mike's favorite. He loved learning about the traffic bridge that was built between 2005-10.

From the traffic bridge you were able to get a stellar view of the dam.

We also took a tour of the power section of the dam. It was amazing to learn how they create energy for millions of homes.

It is pretty crazy to think that all of these tunnels were made so long ago by using dynamite.

These are the turbines where the electricity is created. Depending on the time of day and day of the week there are a different number of these going to meet the electrical needs of millions.

A representation of the men spreading out the drums of concrete that were lowed to build the dam. Once they opened the bottom and the concrete poured out these drums would shoot off into the air.

This showed how the electricity is made using the turbines.

As always we ate some delicious food while we were there.
 The macaroons at this chocolate shop are to die for!.

 We tried the mint chocolate frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3.

 Yep saints and sinners breakfast again. Their french toast is the best I have ever had.

 Mikes breakfast sandwich.

 This place served authentic asian noodles. The decor was pretty cool too.

We didn't eat here but it was new since we were there last summer. One day we will eat there. The menu look delightful.

All in all it was a great trip. Syd took first place and won a sweet "Jamz National Championship" jacket. I can't wait until next year!

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