Part 2: The Interesting Ones I Have Visited
Not all big city experiences were ones where I lived in that city. I had some that were just visits or drive throughs. One of the cities I visited and just drove through was Las Vegas.The first time was a visit. After I had moved in with David in August of 1991, he told me he had a reduced rate promotional package at Bob Stupak‘s Vegas World. This hotel changed its name 5 years later to The Stratosphere. They were building the big tower at the time we stayed in December 1991. He had gotten one of their mailings and decided to take them up on it.
This was all exiting for Kay and I. We both really enjoyed all the lights on The Strip. Kay (she was just 4 years old at this time) thought they were the most amazing Christmas lights ever, as it was December. I did not get to do any gambling. We were walking through the casino part of the hotel and were told that Kay could not be there. So we all went up to the room. David went down again later and did some gambling with the complimentary chips and free spins on the wheel of fortune. Even if David would have stayed in the room with Kay for me to go down, I would not have felt comfortable by myself in the casino. There were just too many people all in one space for this short, (I am just 5′ 2″ tall) small town girl. Also I still had that active imagination, I would be kidnapped by some dude when I refused to respond to his passes.
The drive through Las Vegas was on our retirement trip to Arizona. We did not drive down The Strip this time. We wanted to miss all that traffic. We were coming south on US Interstate 15. We came in near sunset. We drove past the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Nellis Airforce Base. We then took US 515 south-east and wanted to get on the Boulder Highway State Highway 582 to miss more heavy traffic. We missed the first exit so we ended up driving through on 515 for another 15 miles until we got to the exit that would take us to the Boulder Highway. Even though it was not The Strip, some of the hotels along this highway had some cool lighting displays.
Albuquerque New Mexico was a drive through both times. The first time was when we moved back to Arizona in June of ’92. We were driving through during the afternoon. Some how or another we missed the exit that would put us on our way to Phoenix. So we got lost, driving through some pretty fancy residential areas. We drove past this one gated home that had Indy car shapes in the iron gates. It was the home of Al Unser Jr. So that was pretty cool. Now that I think about it we exited to get gas and were detoured because of road construction. We eventually found our way back to the highway and continued our journey.
The next time I drove through Albuquerque was at 5 in the morning on our retirement trip to Arizona. This was a crazy drive. Even though it was very early the six lanes of traffic were really hauling ass. It was hard for David to pass over into the correct lane. Other cars were just flying by us on both sides. It probably didn’t help that BOB didn’t like to go any faster than 60. You have to remember BOB is a 28 foot long high-profile RV. So when we made it through unscathed, David, I, and BOB all breathed a sigh of relief. David relaxed and quit white knuckling the steering wheel.
If you want to read more about our retirement trip and see photos just view these past articles.