Weekend in Vegas 2014:
Day 3


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Saturday, February 15: After a night of celebrating, we woke up and took stock of all the goodies we had acquired the night before.

 

Then we checked out of our room, hopped in the car, and drove past the Luxor ...
... and the Mandalay Bay ...
... to Winchell's once again. Sadly, they were out of delicious crullers so we had to settle for almost-equally-delicious chocolate donuts instead.
Then we headed to the east, passing the Pinball Hall of Fame ...
... another Winchell's location, ...
... and another "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, ...
... on our way to Sam's Town. We went in for a short while and did a little gambling at the cheap slot machines, but didn't stay long because it was smoky and depressing.
We headed back toward the strip and passed the Hofbrauhaus (on the list for next visit) ...
... and the Hard Rock Casino.
We drove to the Signature at MGM Grand and met up with Audrey and Dean. The four of us walked to the Las Vegas Monorail station ...
... and rode it north past the Signature at MGM Grand where Audrey and Dean were staying.
We got out at the Bally's/Paris stop and admired the glass domed ceiling ...
... and the lovely indoor skies in Paris.
We were here for the start of our Stray Boots scavenger hunt. We fired up our Stray Boots apps and off we went!
Our first quest was to find something outside of Paris, so we headed outside ...
... and got a photo of the replica of the Arc du Triomphe. It looks remarkable like the original, if you overlook the giant Gordon Ramsey screens covering it.
We went through the Miracle Mile Mall next ...
... in search of the Showgirl Bar, ...
... where our scavenger hunt instructed us to have our photo taken underneath the 31-foot-tall showgirl.
We stopped here for a minute of rest and a refreshing beverage.
We exited the Miracle Mile and and got a photo of the Cosmopolitan just north and across the Strip from us, ...
... and a photo of our next destination, the Harley Davidson Cafe just south of us. Each stop involved either a trivia question or a photo requirement.
Just south of there was the Hawaiian Marketplace ...
... where we entered our answers to another question.
A stop at Everything Coca-Cola is always a treat. Of course, we always have to get the sampler trays anytime we get a chance.
Here are the flavors on Tray One, top row (left to right): Inca Cola (Peru), Fanta Magic (Estonia), Stoney Tangawizi (Tanzania), Sunfill Black Currant (Mauritius); bottom row: Vegitabeta (Japan), Sprite Ice (Korea), Sparberry (Zimbabwe), Kinley Lemon (England).
Flavors on Tray Two, top row (left to right): Lift Manzana (Mexico), Fanta Kolita (Costa Rica), Krest Ginger Ale (Mozambique); Ciel Aquarius (Mexico); bottom row: Sunfill Mint (Djibouti), Smart Apple (China), Beverly (Italy), and Mezzo Mix (Germany). The four of us sampled all of them and drank what we could, but we still left a lot of soda on the tray when we were done.
According to our scavenger hunt, we were supposed to get our photo taken with one of the people posing in suits outside on the street, but we took a photo through the window and visited M&Ms World instead.
Ooooh! So many M&Ms! So many colors!
Our next task was to go to a specific souvenir shop and photograph ourselves wearing one of the hats there. Check!
Our next series of tasks took us to New York New York, ...
... where we had to identify this lovely lady, made entirely out of Jelly Bellies.
Then we walked through the casino ...
... to the Coney Island Emporium, an arcade and home of the Manhattan Express roller coaster we had ridden in 2004.
The scavenger hunt sent us in pursuit of an arcade game that was no longer there.
Fortunately, the nice lady behind the prize redemption counter remembered that it was called "Whack-a-Mayor" so we got that answer right.
The remaining questions would have taken us further south on the Strip toward the Luxor, but we were very tired of walking, so we started to cheat. While standing outside of New York New York, the zoom function on our camera allowed us to zoom in tightly on the Excalibur sign across the street to see what the name of their nightly show was called, so we got that right.
Then we zoomed in even farther to try to figure out what was depicted on the Luxor's obelisk.
We got both questions right and no additional walking was needed!
Our last task was to take a photo of ourselves in front of something further down the strip, but it didn't specify exactly how close we needed to be, so technically, we got this step right too.
Congrats! We completed the tour, high-fived all around, ...
... and headed back to the Signature via the MGM Grand, where we spent some time relaxing and eating wedding reception wraps and sandwiches for a while.
Then the two of us headed to our next destination, the Stratosphere, fighting heavy Saturday night Las Vegas traffic to get there.
Here's our suite at the Stratosphere.
It was very spacious, with a living room, sleeping area, entry hallway, and French doors that opened to the ...
... large bathroom.
We took advantage of the garden tub to soak after a long day of walking.

We were much too exhausted to do anything at the Stratosphere so we ordered room service and called it a night.

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