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swwake
06-25-2008, 08:24 AM
So we were in Sin City last week and a few have asked how the trip went. I decided to create a Mini-TR to share the details and the fun.

Please bear with me, as this might take a few days to pull together. Also, remember, it's Vegas, so some details may be a bit fuzzy.

I will try to get my sister to help fill in some of the details. She also has additional pictures.

Dates: Thursday, June 19-Sunday, June22
Cast: Joann (birthday girl, AKA Jo), Wes (her DH), Dad (AKA Joe), Sierra (Step-mom), Chris (AKA Dude, my DH), Me (Susan, Jo's sister)

So if you're ready, we're off!

Charleston Princess
06-25-2008, 08:40 AM
Yeay! I am here for the mini TR of your "fuzzy" details on the Vegas trip! :lmao:

Tinkerbell_Girl
06-25-2008, 09:13 AM
I love LV! It's been a while since I've been there. :( I'm in!

brewzoo5
06-25-2008, 09:17 AM
I will let you live virtual vegas.
Here we go.
We feel like a rock stars- well.... I feel more like a maybe a 40 year old B list star.... ;)

Thursday Report

8:00 am - We flew from Nashville to Vegas and limo man "Johnny" met us at the airport. He wouln't let us touch our bags. He brought us to the VIP entrance of the casino.
There we met with our personal hostess (Lisa) who wears white gloves and carries a tray and follows us around the casino. We got to the suite and Dad had a cart full of chocolates, candies, cheese, shrimp, and wine tray sent for us to the room. Johnny (limo man) took us to the helicopter landing and we we met our pilot - Tony Ferrari who flew us in a helicopter over vegas, over the hoover dam, through the grand canyon and landed at the bottom. We had a champagne picnic lunch in the bottom of the grand canyon. Can you believe it? It was 118 degrees in the shade!!! HOT!!!!! Then we flew back over the valley of fire, a volcano, and back over the vegas strip. I saw Tiger Woods house from up there (somewhere). I got to sit in the front with the Tony. What? Are you kidding ME?
Then Johnny (limo dude) took us back to the casino and we saw Lisa (the hostess with the white gloves and tray - I'm not sure if she is OCD or does magic or if she just likes to wear the white gloves- lol.
We toured the pools and discussed ordering a cabana for Friday at the Venus topless pool. Then we gambled a bit - nothing much to report there, ate a bite of dinner at a cafe and booked it outside to watch the fountains at the Bellagio.
This trip wasn't 24 hours in- and it is insane with fun!!!!
The Friday plans were to hang out in our cabana at the Venus pool, shop a bit, Wes and Dad are playing golf at Cascota. We have reservations at Bobby Fley's Mesa Restaurant for Dinner, then we Go to Cirque LOVE show !!!

I will post more about all that in a bit.

stagemomx3
06-25-2008, 09:28 AM
So did you rent the cabana?

swwake
06-25-2008, 03:00 PM
Jo, you are obviously inexperienced at this TR-writing thing.

1 - You are going way too fast, leaving out fun things along the way.
2 - Each step of the report should be a separate post. And leave some time in between for the audience to read and comment.
3 - End each segment with a cliffhanger.
4 - You started halfway into the trip. What about the drive to Nash the night before? The hurried phone calls to everyone and their dog trying to find me at Iguana in Austin? The last-minute decision to go on a heli tour?
5 - You have no pictures! Must always have pictures.

Now, slow down! Or the TR will be over by midnight tonight! :)

swwake
06-25-2008, 04:01 PM
So here's the REAL beginning. Dad wanted Jo and Wes to fly out of Nashville on the same flights with him and Sierra. Well, Nashvegas is 3 hours from where Jo lives in Memphis. So Dad suggested that Jo and Wes stay with him Wednesday night.

They would all then leave at 4am on Thursday to catch the 8:30am flight from Nashvegas to Las Vegas. Well, problem here. You see, Jo and Wes aren't big fans of early mornings. They would much prefer to stay in Nashville and be where they needed to be in the am.

So, fortunately, Jo's good friend just moved to Nashville and everyone was already missing each other, so Jo volunteered for Wes and herself to stay with the friend.

Wednesday night:
In Austin - Susan and Chris pack a little, then visit Katie at the restaurant where she hostesses, right on the lake, for a little dinner.

In Jackson, TN - Jo and Wes arrive ad Dad's house where Sierra has cooked them dinner.

In Austin - 7:00pm - Katie runs to our table saying "Aunt Jo is calling me. Why would she be calling me? I can't use my phone at work, so will you please call her back?" At this point, I figured it must have something to do with Jo wanting to know which of Haley's pics are controversial and needed to be removed from myspace. (That's another whole story for another whole mini-TR.)

So I call Jo and we have a very strange conversation. She says...

(Sorry, I have to go to a reception...will finish this one a little later - how's THAT for a cliffhanger?)

irene_dsc
06-25-2008, 04:16 PM
Jo, you are obviously inexperienced at this TR-writing thing.

1 - You are going way too fast, leaving out fun things along the way.
2 - Each step of the report should be a separate post. And leave some time in between for the audience to read and comment.
3 - End each segment with a cliffhanger.
4 - You started halfway into the trip. What about the drive to Nash the night before? The hurried phone calls to everyone and their dog trying to find me at Iguana in Austin? The last-minute decision to go on a heli tour?
5 - You have no pictures! Must always have pictures.

Now, slow down! Or the TR will be over by midnight tonight! :)

Bwahaha - good thing you guys like each other!

(But, yeah, I was like, wait a second... this is going awfully quickly! I need details!)

brewzoo5
06-25-2008, 05:25 PM
well, ok then....

i will slow down. I just didn't want to bore anyone...

I don't even remember what I said to susan when i called her..... I guess I will have to wait for her post to see

Jo

stagemomx3
06-25-2008, 05:29 PM
At this point, I figured it must have something to do with Jo wanting to know which of Haley's pics are controversial and needed to be removed from myspace. (That's another whole story for another whole mini-TR.)


:eek: You can't post that and then not tell us the story!

tinatark
06-25-2008, 06:48 PM
Did I miss it when you said where you were staying?

swwake
06-25-2008, 08:52 PM
Yeay! I am here for the mini TR of your "fuzzy" details on the Vegas trip! :lmao:So glad to have you along.

I love LV! It's been a while since I've been there. :( I'm in!You will love this. How long has it been?

So did you rent the cabana?Well, Missy, you will have to wait and see, now, won't ya? (I love suspense!)

Bwahaha - good thing you guys like each other!

(But, yeah, I was like, wait a second... this is going awfully quickly! I need details!)We're sisters. We don't have to like each other. Or is it the other way? We have to like each other? :confused3

well, ok then....

i will slow down. I just didn't want to bore anyone...

I don't even remember what I said to susan when i called her..... I guess I will have to wait for her post to seeIf people get bored with trip reports, they skip over the boring parts. Most readers want details, details, details.

I guess I left you in suspense too!

:eek: You can't post that and then not tell us the story!Well, I will leave it to Jo to tell the myspace story.

Did I miss it when you said where you were staying?Depends on which version of the TR you're reading. If you're reading Jo's, she didn't mention it, but that may be because we hadn't made it to OUR hotel room yet.

If you're reading my version, you wouldn't know yet, because I am giving details, going slowly, and keeping you in suspense. I'm evil like that.:stir:

swwake
06-25-2008, 09:06 PM
Wait a minute - back up...

When Katie came to our table to tell us that Jo had tried to call her, I checked my phone and saw that Dad had called and left a message. The message was: "Susie. This is Dad. Call me as SOON as you get this."

I remember saying to Chris at that point "I wonder if we are canceling the Vegas trip? Something must have happened"

So I call Jo and we have a very strange conversation. She says...

"Hey, we're thinking about a helicopter ride. Would you rather do it tomorrow (Thursday) or Sunday morning?" It took me oh.....about....half a second to say NOT Sunday morning. They don't do Vegas like we do. We stay out late. Chances are high that we will rather sleep Sunday am at 6:30 than go on a heli ride. Besides, with a hangover (or still heavily loaded), a heli may just be the LAST place I want to be.

So the call was strange because Dad was on his phone in the same room. He was talking to the reservations agent for the heli service. So the call went sorta like this:

Me: So now we're doing a heli ride?
Jo: Looks like it. Hold on.
(Muffled talk in the background)
Jo: OK, now what?
Me: So now we're doing a heli ride?
Jo: Looks like it.
Me: Are we doing the sunset one? You know that's the one...
Jo: Hold on. What Dad?
(Muffled talk in the background)
Jo: OK, I'm back. What about the sunset cruise?
Me: (Silence - I think she's talking to Dad)
Jo: Susan?
Me: Yeah?
Jo: So what about the heli?
Me: What about it?
Jo: Hold on. Dad - how much more is the sunset ride?
(Muffled talk in the background)
Jo: Yeah, so twice as much.
Me: (Silence)
Jo: Yeah, twice the cost.
Me: (Silence - I still think this is a conversation in Jackson, TN)
Jo: So do you want to go or not?
Me: Pass the queso.
Jo: Susan?!

You get the point.

stagemomx3
06-25-2008, 09:08 PM
:lmao:

swwake
06-25-2008, 09:34 PM
So after all that, Dad booked the heli ride before we finished the phone call.

I guess we're going.

The confusion lied here: I had heard about the heli tours and the only one I knew about was an "up-and-down" where they flew you over the strip. I had heard that they were about $85, but for $99 or so, you could do the sunset one where basically you fly over the strip during daylight, then the lights come on as the sun goes down and you get to fly back over the strip with all the lights on.

I didn't know there was this fancy-dancy tour that we took. So once I heard about that, I was fine with not doing the sunset one.

So we hung up. Finished dinner, and went home to finish packing. Jo and Wes headed for Nashville, and I assume Dad went to bed.

We finished our packing and were "too excited to sleep", so we stayed up watching So You Think You Can Dance and waiting for Katie to get home from work.

We had to get up at 5:00am. Dad had to get up at 4:00am, but that isn't much different from normal for him, since he runs a kennel and turn-outs are at 5am. Jo and Wes had to get up about 6:30 I guess, but I have no idea what they did. Maybe she can fill us in.

Tomorrow: Airport adventures

irene_dsc
06-26-2008, 08:50 AM
We're sisters. We don't have to like each other. Or is it the other way? We have to like each other? :confused3


Lol - I tell my kids that I may not always like them, but I'll always love them. So, something along those lines???

swwake
06-26-2008, 02:00 PM
Lol - I tell my kids that I may not always like them, but I'll always love them. So, something along those lines???Yeah, I think that's it. :rotfl:

Tinkerbell_Girl
06-26-2008, 02:08 PM
You will love this. How long has it been?

Since 2006. My parents on the other hand, LOVE Vegas! They love LV as much as us Disers love Disney!:rotfl: I hope to go back in maybe a year.

That heli tour sounds like fun!

I can't wait for more!

brewzoo5
06-26-2008, 04:51 PM
So far that sounds like an accurate account of what happened Wednesday night.

We finished our packing and were "too excited to sleep", so we stayed up watching So You Think You Can Dance and waiting for Katie to get home from work.

We had to get up at 5:00am. Dad had to get up at 4:00am, but that isn't much different from normal for him, since he runs a kennel and turn-outs are at 5am. Jo and Wes had to get up about 6:30 I guess, but I have no idea what they did. Maybe she can fill us in.

Oh but there was more going on.
All that chatter that was happening in Jackson that Susan couldn't hear was Dad, Sierra, Wes and I just kinda freaking out about the last minute decision. Wes was in delimmaland because he had already committed to playing golf in the morning with the VP of marketing for Resorts International (who had set Me, Wes, Susan, and Chris up with a suite for the weekend - free - more on that later). He was torn between the golf game with the guy who got us the suite at a NICE golf course or a heli ride through the Grand Canyon. Not to mention, at this point Wes wasn't able to read my dad as to whether he was going to gift the heli ride to us, or if we were going to be paying for it. At 500.00 a person, that was considerable!

So, we left Dad's house and started on the way to Nashville and the more he thought about it, the more he realized he couldn't pass up the heli ride. So, Wes called the Vegas guy and cancelled the golf game and we called Dad back and asked if we could add Wes to the ride. By this time it's about 9:00pm and the Heli place was closed. So my dad, and I don't know how he did this, called the heli pilot and was told that they could add one more person. BUT, we needed to call in the morning ASAP to get it before someone else does.
How were we going to do that and be on the plane by 8:30? We would be boarding by 6:15 Las Vegas time. Would that be possible? How are going to get Wes on the heli? How can we go and leave Wes out of such an experience? How are we going to have any fun if he can't go, knowing he wants to be there with us? :confused3
Now we were all in delimmaland.....

Charleston Princess
06-26-2008, 06:57 PM
This has been awesome so far -- lots of suspense and you aren't even at the airport yet!!! :thumbsup2

Can't wait for more! popcorn::

brewzoo5
06-29-2008, 05:26 AM
Can't wait for more!

Ok, so the story continues. Wes and I head into Nash Vegas to visit a friend and catch some ZZZZs before the approaching morning hits us and we have to be off to the airport. We got to her house around 11:30 and visited for a bit before we retreated to our guest room to slumber. However, we were a bit distracted from sleep with the anticipation of tomorrow's events.

So with little sleep we awoke and showered quickly to make it to the airport 2 hours early. As soon as we were checked in and passed inspection with no delays, we sat waiting impatiently at gate 33b with Dad and Sierra for our plane to load. Dad began calling the Heli place at 6:15 Vegas Time to try to add Wes to the trip. And .... somehow our luck had already started to bless us with a "yes sir, we can add a 6th person to the Heli adventure".:cool1: A collective sigh was expelled at Gate 33b and we all boarded the plane ready to ride for a 3 and a half hour ride, which was long and boring and uneventful - just what you want in a plane ride.

Shweeeew!!!! We were all so glad that our Heli ride would be enjoyed and shared by us all!!!!! The adrenalin was running full throttle now!!! :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay:

Now... our next task is to meet Susan and Chris at the gate in Las Vegas and collect our luggage as planned. We meet and greeted each other and ventured off to the luggage claim to find our bags. But quickly we see that Dad is on a mission (which happens often when he is adrenalin charged) and he has left us in the smoke of his wake while he plows through the crowds of travelers toward baggage claim. We all step up our pace to keep up and figure out what in God's name is he so eager about getting to. Once we caught up, we were greeting by Johnny, an older man in a black suit and tie, who looked and spoke like someone straight from the Sopranos. He introduced himself to us all and directed us as to where to stand. Johnny said he was there to "take care of us" and that is just what he did.

swwake
06-29-2008, 08:35 AM
Why on earth were you up posting on the DIS at 5:30am?

NewCrew42
06-30-2008, 10:57 AM
Hurry up! :yay: Write some more! I am leaving for Vegas soon! This is just what I need. A Trippie!

swwake
06-30-2008, 02:26 PM
We will do our best. I am working on a deadline today so I may have a late night at work. Jo had some very big life events happen today, so she may not have time to post for the next couple days. When do you leave?

brewzoo5
07-01-2008, 12:39 PM
ok, I will continue...

Johnny was "the man". As I said before he could have been casted straight from the Sopranos and he played his part well. However, I do not feel that he was 'acting' at all. In his deep italian accent, he instructed us to just point out our luggage and he will 'take care of them'. He would not let any of us touch our bags. Once they were all collected he mumbled something like, "walk this way" and we obeyed following him to his limo parked outside.

Johnny strategically packed, more like shoved, luggage for 6 adult travelers and 2 golf club travel bags into the trunk of the limo insuring us that 'it'll be alllrriiiiiite', and escorted us to enter the limo. Again, we obeyed (probably because we were afraid not to). We learned quickly that we all needed a quick lesson on how to enter and exit a limo properly as well all stumbled all over each other trying to load the darn thing with our butts up in the air half way out the door and knees by our heads or legs spread eagle in an attempt to crawl into a seat. Not a pretty sight for a bunch of 40+ people.

Our ride to the hotel was mostly filled with anticipation, excitement, fiddling with knobs and buttons, and trying to pop our ears from the plane ride.
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brewzoo5
07-01-2008, 11:16 PM
Well, it didn't take long to make it to our casino. Ceasar's Palace! Johnny pulled us up to the door at the VIP entrance and we were greeted by Lisa, Dad's host. She stood right outside the limo door wearing all black except her white gloves holding a tray with chilled bottled water and his room key. She greeted Dad and introduced herself to the rest of us. She offered us all water and escorted Dad to the VIP lounge and checkin center to check on his reservations for events, restaurants, and shows.

It was interesting to see how she just followed him (and us) around like a puppy while he was downstairs. :worship:

We again, were instructed not to tough our bags and assured that they would reach the room soon. So, we didn't.

We rode the elevator to the 24th floor where we traveled to the end of the hallways to finally discover the suite waiting for Dad and Si. It was as nice as the one he had in December, but it wasn't high enough get a great view of the Belaggio's fountains. However, you could still see them if you were patient enough to stare out the window every 20 minutes.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/vegas%20stuff%20pics/800px-Caesars_Palace_-_Across_Bella.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/vegas%20stuff%20pics/Ceasars-Palace-Hotel-andCasino-Las-.jpg

brewzoo5
07-01-2008, 11:31 PM
Once settled into the suite, we all collectively decided we were hungry and ready for a drink. So dad ordered room service with wine and cheese and shrimp with some added bourbon and cokes for the mixed drinks.
It arrived pretty soon, looking spectacular, of course, and the room steward opened the wine for us. As sweet ( and i mean sweet) as this guy was trying to be, he ended up being just annoying. I can't remember his name, but we just referred to him as Andy due to the uncanny resemblance to Andy Dick and Woody Allen if they could be morphed into each other. He was about 55 years old and annoying as hell. He flew around the room asking us what we wanted to know from him. When we didn't offer any questions, he started telling us about all the best restaurants, bars, sights, etc that he liked. He raved about some pastry shop that was french oriented, yet he could not say the name of it, nor the name of the chef for the life of him. He would just shlerr sh and ch words together and drag them out as if he was giving them a french twist, but none of us was buying it. All we wanted was for the little guy to leave so that we could begin laughing at him.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/vegas%20stuff%20pics/images-1.jpghttp://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/vegas%20stuff%20pics/images.jpgimagine annoying little guy who wants a big tip

Anyway, we partook in the snacks and drank a bit of drinks and it wasn't long before Dad realized our limo for the heli ride should be waiting on it. So, he began barking out orders to go and he meant now. Does he not recall that there are 3 ladies with him and we need more notice that the full 45 seconds he has given us? I guess that's the military in him, or maybe it's the ADHD in him. Whatever it was, I was ready to put something else in him if I heard him say, "c'mon,..... we gotta go... thier waiting on us... hurry up.... let's go.... what are you doing..... aren't you ready.... gotta go..... let's go....."

can i just finish a pee please? ugg!!!!

brewzoo5
07-02-2008, 03:26 PM
Ok..... Finally.... We are at the most anticipated Heli ride

The limo driver met us at the casino VIP entrance and we did a much better job loading it this time. Oh, if we had been wearing skirts, there might have been a "Britney" shot, but we all had on shorts and we tried a little harder to be less obnoxious when entering.

Panic sat in when the limo driver said he didn't expect 6 of us and that he would have to call that in. And he said he was picking up another passenger from another casino on the way. We all kinda freaked out as we heard him call the headquarters and tell them that we had added a 6th person. Now we are all freaking out, because we feel sure that Wes' ride wasn't added like it should have been. So when we get to the other casino a cute little Irish girl (I think Irish) got in the limo and started introducing herself. I was halfway listening to her due to the fact that when she said, "Oh I am just here for a convention and I thought I would treat myself to a helicopter ride. I just called like an hour ago." Although she was cute and nice and had a really cool accent, I was just sure that the place had double booked our heli.

When we got to the Heli place (which is called Sundance Helicopter Tours), we immediately inquired about our 6th person to relieve the fears that little Irish girl was going to be taking Wes' spot on our trip. Quickly, we realized we were on two different tours. SHWWEEEEEWWW!!!!:scared:

When we registered, they wanted our drivers license and we had to get weighed on a scale. They offered us cold bottled water and we sat in the waiting area where we could see all the other helis land and take off. We were told that the tour would be 90 minutes long and there would be no restrooms, so we better go now. We viewed a safety movie (over and over again) and learned that we really are not to do ANYTHING unless the pilot tells us to. That means don't push buttons, don't pull rip cord on our inflation packs, don't open the door, don't eject anyone, don't sneeze.......

As you can imagine, we were not amused by all this and we were bored waiting... see picturehttp://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas065.jpg


We watched other groups get off helis as they finished their tours and we watched other groups meet their pilots and load their helis. Then, it happened. He entered the building and approached us. (It was easy for him to find us, as we all had name tags on that said #313) He strutted toward us with confidence all debonaire. The only think missing was the background music to accompany his stride. He was around 30something, probably about 6'3, well built and handsome. He introduced himself with handshakes calling us all by name. (again, we had on name tags) His name..... TONY FERRARI. Perfect!!! It all fit so snugly together, like a Harlequin. The perfect man with the perfect look, with the perfect name, with the perfect job. And we are supposed to believe this. But, we are all so excited we quickly dismissed the obvious type casting and scripting of this scene in our romance movie so that we could just get on with this thing.
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Tony escorted us to our red heli and we joyously trotted behind him waving goodbye to our cute little Irish girl. Tony showed us how to put on our inflation packages (which prompted us to start making jokes with each other about who had the best package etc.) and told us were to sit in the heli. He says it has to do with our height. So he asked Wes and I to sit up front and Chris, Susan, Sierra and Dad in back. Dad should sit directly behind him because he has the longest legs and would need more room. That was perfectly ok with me... who ws I to argue? So, I would have to sit up front? Happy birthday to Me!!http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas069.jpg

Once we were all our heli, we giggled like school girls with excitement as we traded looks to determine if this was really happening. I sat directly next to Tony in the middle front with Wes on the other side. I had a perfect view of everything outside as well as all the buttons, knobs, lights, gages, etc in front of Tony. I watched Tony as he pulled out a laminated sheet with what looked like stereo assembly directions and referred to it step by step as he twisted knobs, pushed buttons, talked into his headgear, nodded at lights and gages on the console to start the blades and engine. Um, this concerned me a little, but again.... the thrill of excitement let that go. We all put on our head phones and tested our microphones by telling each other how cool this was. Tony quoted some lines from Top Gun and the next thing we knew..... we were beginning to hover. This feeling was so emotional and exhilarating very similar to the feeling of a million butterflies in your stomach when you are performing. It was all I could do to keep the tears of emotion from starting as we hovered over the airport and could see the surrounding Las Vegas area. Intoxicating!!!
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swwake
07-02-2008, 03:52 PM
So when we get to the other casino a cute little Irish girl (I think Irish) got in the limo and started introducing herself.
She was Scottish. And Wes mistook her for Irish, I think. Or something. She made it very clear that she was not "Scotch".

By the way, that was the last I remember either of us receiving any attention whatsoever from our hubbies, until she went and got into her own helicopter and we got into our (separate) heli. Somehow, Miss Scotch was dominating the attention of the men in our limo. Go figure. :confused3

I was halfway listening to her due to the fact that when she said, "Oh I am just here for a convention and I thought I would treat myself to a helicopter ride. I just called like an hour ago."
She called "5 minutes ago".

Although she was cute and nice and had a really cool accent, I was just sure that the place had double booked our heli.
Me too.

When we got to the Heli place (which is called Sundance Helicopter Tours), we immediately inquired about our 6th person to relieve the fears that little Irish girl was going to be taking Wes' spot on our trip. Quickly, we realized we were on two different tours. SHWWEEEEEWWW!!!!:scared:
You didn't mention that we were also conveniently NOT on the flight with Osama Bin Laden. :)

When we registered, they wanted our drivers license and we had to get weighed on a scale. They offered us cold bottled water and we sat in the waiting area where we could see all the other helis land and take off. I was alarmed that we had to hold our bottled water, purses, cameras, cell phones, and anything else we were taking with us on the heli, when we weighed. I mean, how much can the bottled water throw off the balance? And, what happens when the water has been drunk? Now we are under our original weight, and I fear a classic movie out-of-control heli spiraling into the bottom of the grand canyon....

We were told that the tour would be 90 minutes long and there would be no restrooms, so we better go now. We viewed a safety movie (over and over again) and learned that we really are not to do ANYTHING unless the pilot tells us to. That means don't push buttons, don't pull rip cord on our inflation packs, don't open the door, don't eject anyone, don't sneeze.......And while Sierra was in the restroom, the tour guide girlie told us "there are no restrooms in the grand canyon". So Sierra missed that and must have missed emptying every last drop in her bladder, because she had to "go" before we made it to Lake Mead!

Also, Hayden never would have been able to deal with the "don't touch the buttons" rule. I can only imagine. Why don't they just put a panel of placebo buttons in there for us to play with? Maybe let us think we're really controlling the thing?

(It was easy for him to find us, as we all had name tags on that said #306) That's 313, Sis, as seen on Dad's nametag in the pic.

He strutted toward us with confidence all debonaire. The only think missing was the background music to accompany his stride. He was around 30something, probably about 6'3, well built and handsome. He introduced himself with handshakes calling us all by name. (again, we had on name tags)And all this time I thought he was telepathic. Who knew? :confused3

Tony escorted us to our red heli and we joyously trotted behind him waving goodbye to our cute little Irish girl. scotch

I sat directly next to Tony in the middle front with Wes on the other side. Weren't you the meat in the middle of a hot boy sandwich!!

I had a perfect view of everything outside as well as all the buttons, knobs, lights, gages, etc in front of Tony.You don't say? hmmmm :rotfl:

And remember the soundtrack in our headphones was the dramatic score to Top Gun. I think maybe these were the lines:
Goose: No. No, Mav, this is not a good idea.
Maverick: Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz a tower.

Or maybe:
"Tower, this is Ghost rider requesting a flyby."

All I know is that it was surreal....

NewCrew42
07-02-2008, 04:03 PM
We will do our best. I am working on a deadline today so I may have a late night at work. Jo had some very big life events happen today, so she may not have time to post for the next couple days. When do you leave?

The 20th of July! No kids! I am so excited. I love my kids but an adult vacation is so wonderful!


Now I need to read your updates! :surfweb:

Can't wait!

NewCrew42
07-02-2008, 04:43 PM
Love the report. I could hear the Top Gun music playin'. :rolleyes1

:goodvibes

Charleston Princess
07-02-2008, 04:49 PM
Lovin' the report!!! The whole stereotypical heli pilot was cracking me up!!! Can't wait to read more and I hope there are some cool pics of the Grand Canyon!!! popcorn::

swwake
07-02-2008, 09:14 PM
The 20th of July! No kids! I am so excited. I love my kids but an adult vacation is so wonderful!


Now I need to read your updates! :surfweb:

Can't wait!Kid-less is the only way to go to Vegas. Every time I see someone pushing a stroller in Vegas, I wonder: Did they book this trip BEFORE they got pregnant? I won't take my DD until she's 21. You will have such a great time! We will try to finish our TR before then. After the heli trip, we don't have too many more pics.

Love the report. I could hear the Top Gun music playin'. :rolleyes1

:goodvibesOh, so can I! I want to go watch the movie now. It was really cool to hear that music as we lifted off. Then, as we flew away from the strip and toward Lake Mead, they played "Leaving Las Vegas" by Sheryl Crow. The rest of the trip was good background music, but I don't remember the songs, other than some U2 and I think "Under the Bridge" by the Chili Peppers (relevance there?) and then Elvis's "Viva Las Vegas" as we flew back over the strip. (Oops, that was a spoiler)

Lovin' the report!!! The whole stereotypical heli pilot was cracking me up!!! Can't wait to read more and I hope there are some cool pics of the Grand Canyon!!! popcorn::Oh, you won't be disappointed! :goodvibes

thinkerbell
07-02-2008, 09:27 PM
I am loving your report!!! We leave to go on the 20th also. We go every year but it never gets old. I can't wait!!

brewzoo5
07-02-2008, 10:01 PM
I am so glad to see our dear friends back. I thought maybe we had bored you. How exciting for newcrew and tink to be visiting vegas in just a few weeks. It will be here before you know it. You are gonna love it just as much as we did. I am trying to get the trip report down for you so you can choose to do some or the same stuff we did, or decide it may not be for you. Either way, it's fun to relive it. And it's fun for Susan to help me keep my story/memories straight. lol:rotfl:

So we have lift off!!! and we can see vegas from the back of the heli. We can hear the Top Gun music mixed with our own heartbeats.... it's just insanely awesome!!
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/DSCN0778.jpg

Wes puts in a quick request to buzz the Hooter's pool, but Tony replies with "That's a negative" without hesitation. Sorry Wes! (Tony is really playing his part well, staying in character)

Soon our mood music transitions into the sheryl crow "leaving las vegas" song and it just enhances our emotional thrill ride. No, roller coaster can compare to this...
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas073.jpg

Pilot Ferrari points out to us that Tiger Woods lives on the outskirts of vegas. But when asked, he really doesn't know where to direct us to look. He just knows he lives on the golf course.

Soon, we begin to see blue water. This is Lake Las Vegas. (and here is where I need Susan to fill in the details, I forgot what all he said about it. Something about largest man made.... bla bla bla.. )
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas075.jpg

We get a view of the desert terrain and some information about the wildlife that actually lives there. I can't believe anything can live in that dryness, heat and just plain..... nothingness. But, it is still amazing to see the desert so close, yet so far away. I just kept thinking about the settlers who dredged across all of this on foot or with donkeys and such. I am not a history buff by any means, so I don't remember names and stories, but I do find it a bit captivating while I am in the moment.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas076.jpg

I hope I have these events in the right order. I am sure I will be corrected by Sweet Sister Susan if I don't. So, I guess, just bear with me....
We soon were flying over Boulder City. It is a no gambling, no drinking town. According to Tony, the town was a working town established to construct the Hoover Dam. And the gambling and drinking was distracting, so it was not allowed. And according to Tony, it is still that way..... Can you say, "Boring"? Hummm... now that I think about it.... he never said anything about prostitution.... maybe those worker guys weren't so bored after all.:rolleyes1
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas079.jpg

Next: HOOVER and his Dam

NewCrew42
07-03-2008, 10:05 AM
Awsome pics! Keep on posting!

:3dglasses

thinkerbell
07-03-2008, 03:45 PM
Your pictures are awesome. Makes me want to take a helicopter tour. We have never done that. I think I'll go search for that now. Keep it coming.

suzimar57
07-03-2008, 06:11 PM
great photos! - we'll be in vegas in 4 weeks (but no helicopter trip for us!) - so we're enjoying your aerials - thanks!

brewzoo5
07-03-2008, 06:49 PM
Wow! Thanks for the compliments on the photos. But, let me tell you.... as most photos are, they pale drastically from the experience. It was truly spectacular.


Moving on to Hoover Dam

Approaching the dam from Las Vegas, we could see the steep descents and climbs through the desert mountains. We learned so much from our pilot and tour guide as we began to approach Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. He gave us mini history lessons about the building of the Dam and how came to be. It was awesome to see the area view of how it is located on the border of Nevada and Arizona and creates Lake Mead.http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas080.jpg

Tony reminded us of the story of how the Six Companies was originated and the many years of laborious work from the men in Boulder City that went into such an expensive and controversial project. However, the rewards have been tremendous, as this structure has paid for itself over and over again in so many different ways. In these pictures you can also see how low the water is in the river. The white edges along the sides show the impact of the 10 year drought. http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas084.jpg

Traffic crossing the Hoover Dam has caused lengthy backups as there is only one way to cross the river and it is a two lane road. So, a Hoover Dam Bypass has was needed and construction is still taking place. It was really neat to see this being built from above. In these pictures you can see the work that has been done so far. http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas088.jpghttp://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas087.jpg

Tony flew us around the Dam so that we could all see it from both sides of the Heli. One of my favorite views was when we were practically directly over it, because it's an angle you just don't see that often.http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas089.jpg

And this coming from a girl who took a trip about 11 years ago by car over the Hoover Dam and was COMPLETELY bored with the whole long and drawn out escapade, I was impressed and found that gazing at it from this perspective PHENOMENAL!!!


Next - Meandering Toward Lake Mead:rolleyes:

brewzoo5
07-03-2008, 07:58 PM
I hope that this is not boring many of you, but I wanted to share some of the pics that we took as we rode to the canyon. I have tried to keep the chat short and sweet so that it can quickly be scanned, yet give you an idea of how the ride went.

To tell you the truth, during this part of the tour, there was not much chatter going on between all of us. We were all gasping and in total awe just from the sights. It's a wonder there was any air in the heli for us to breathe, as all of us were constantly sucking it all in with each gasp when we would be introduced to a new magnificent wondrous vision. Good thing they keep oxygen tanks on board and, at this point, I am glad they kept showing us that safety video before the trip.

"Hold on to your packages, we are approaching Lake Mead" -- (that's inflation pack from the previous post)

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas094.jpg


And Susan used her keen 'eye spy eyes' to detect the 'hidden Mickey' island in this part of the lake.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas093.jpg

In this next picture you can see the impact of the drought along the edges. Again, I remind you that these pictures simply do not give the vision justice. The colors in the picture are quite impressive, but when viewing it in real life they were even more dynamic. As pretty as it is, this whole global warming thing is quite devastating to our entire nation. http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas097.jpg

Here you can see where the Colorado river empties into the lake. Notice how brown and dirty the water is at the inlet. That is also a result of the drought, as the water is flowing so low that it dredges up the dirt and mud from the bottom and edges. But was was incredible to me, is how the color of the water changes to such a beautiful blue and green where the lake gets wider and deeper. Nature is dazzling isn't it. Just proof of how God is an artist and uses his paint pallet all over the world. http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c324/sgwilson/Las%20Vegas%20June%2008/0608LasVegas099.jpg

Soon .... we are to fly over the hills..... crest the mountains.... above the peeks....
Oh.... who knew that a bunch of dirt could be so remarkable?:confused:

NewCrew42
07-03-2008, 08:46 PM
:surfweb: Awesome!

mommaU4
07-08-2008, 05:14 PM
Great pics!! My DH is always trying to get me to go up in the helicopters but since I am scared of heights it's not happening. :rolleyes1

Sounds like you had a great time so far! :banana: And for those of you making the journey out here soon, pack lots of shorts and tanks. We're above normal with temps around 112 today. ;)