13.06.2016 - 18.06.2016 95 °F
My sister-in-law and her husband had a baby in April, so we went to Las Vegas to visit the new addition to the family once DD1’s school year ended. This was our second plane trip as a family of four, and it went well. We woke up, and drove the 3 hours to the Philly airport. The timing of the flight meant that we would be in the air during the east coast’s dinner hour, so I searched the terminal for something to eat on the plane. I found a Cibo for sandwiches, but nearly everything had some kind of sauce or mayo on it: not exactly kid-friendly. I grabbed some that had no sauce listed on the label, only to find out during dinner on the plane that they indeed had some kind of flavored mayo. DD1 ate some, but DD2 did not. Fortunately, everyone had enough to eat thanks to the chips I bought and the granola bars and fruit snacks that we packed for the trip.
While we were in Las Vegas, we tried to choose activities where the baby could join us and the girls would have fun. Most mornings, we visited the park to burn off some energy. We visited the strip a couple of times as well. On our first outing, we rode the High Roller Ferris Wheel. The ride takes 30 minutes, but both girls were pretty entertained.
Our next stop was the wildlife at the Flamingo, where we saw the hotel’s namesake as well as other birds.
After a dinner of ice cream (more on that in my next post), we headed to the Bellagio fountains. After waiting for nearly a half hour, we heard a recording announcing that the scheduled show was cancelled due to high winds; it would be nice if they played that announcement more than once every 30 minutes. Everyone was disappointed, but we decided to check out the Conservatory inside the Bellagio to make up for it a bit.
By the time we stepped out of the casino, the winds had died down and the next fountain show was already underway, so we were able to catch a few minutes of it.
Our second time on the strip centered around The Secret Garden at the Mirage, where we saw dolphins, leopards, lions and tigers.
We also took a trip to the Hoover Dam.
Although the temperatures that day only reached the low 90s—which really is not that bad, thanks to the low humidity—shade is in short supply at the dam, so we definitely felt the heat. We were quite thankful for the portable air conditioners that were set up for visitors!
Our flight home departed at 6:50 AM, so we had a very early wake-up. We regretted this choice the night before—the girls always got to bed later than usual because of the jetlag involved in traveling west—and the morning we left, but the trip went smoothly. As luck would have it, the girls did not make up for lost sleep on the flight: DD1 did not nap at all, and DD2 did not nap until the last half hour. We woke her, grabbed our bags, ate a quick lunch, and drove back home.