LEAVING SIERRA NEVADAS, SEEKING “LOVE” IN “SIN CITY”

Heading south…

TOUR OF THE SIERRA NEVADAS, DAY 10

September 14, 2017

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LEAVING SIERRA NEVADAS, SEEKING “LOVE” IN “SIN CITY”

After two wonderful days at Mammoth Lakes, Elizabeth and I continued out journey south. Our ultimate destination was Las Vegas, Nevada. But for the first couple of hours of our drive, we paralleled the southeast Sierra Nevadas.

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The mountains offered us spectacular views, including that of Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in California at over 14,400 ft elevation.

SEEKING “LOVE” IN “SIN CITY”

Those who know me well, also know that I hate Las Vegas with a passion. The city’s real name should be Sin City. It stands the worst of the US traits… greed, love of money, belief in a free lunch, porn etc.

But Las Vegas has one redeeming feature. Occasionally, the casinos put on good shows, like tonight’s performance of the acclaimed musical – The Beatles LOVE: Legendary Musical | Cirque du Soleil​ at the Mirage (see https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/beatles-love).

So here we are, in a lovely 500 sq ft suite which I was able to book for a fraction of the normal cost. The views of Las Vedas strip you see in these pictures were taken from our hotel.

Before we got to Las Vegas, we had to cross the Death Valley and four mountain ranges in it. It was like a rollercoaster ride – from sub-zero elevation and temperatures up to 97F, to the heights of over 4,500 ft and temperatures below 70F.

When we left Mammoth Lakes, the temperature was 53F. When we got to Las Vegas, it was 93F.

BEATLES’ “LOVE” BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL SAVES THE NIGHT IN “SIN CITY”

Our brief visit to the Sin City has reconfirmed all of my past (bad) impression about Las Vegas. I felt as if I had been assaulted both physically (by horrendous noise which goes for music here) and psychologically (by non-stop visual imagery from billboards).

Not even a wonderful show we attended this evening at the Mirage – Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Solei – could erase the disgusting ambiance in which it took place. And a great show it was. I would give it 4.5 stars. The only reason it is not a 5-star show is the sensory overload inflicted on the audience. Both Elizabeth and I agreed on that.

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Another good thing was our dinner after the show. Unexpectedly, we discovered Carnegie Deli – one of our favorite New York casual restaurants – at the Mirage. Last April, we walked in the rain to this 7th Ave place only to find its doors shuttered with a note explaining that the deli was closed forever. Well, another one evidently sprung up in Las Vegas and found us this evening.  🙂

Even our Las Vegas taxi experience was a hassle. Our cab ride back to our hotel after the show took nearly half an hour to travel just over one mile, and cost twice as much as the taxi fare to the show ($20 vs. $10). The cab driver apologized to us as he dropped us off at our hotel.

“I would have to be abducted at gunpoint before I would ever return to this disgusting city,” I told Elizabeth as we were winding our way through the casino of our hotel. Where there was more obnoxious loud noise coming from a band which entertained the gamblers.

“And maybe even then I would not come back to Vegas,” I added.

Here are more photos from our walk up and down the Las Vegas “Strip,” before and after the show.

By 10PM, the streets were shoulder-to-shoulder crowded with the casino revelers, and the traffic barely moved.

Just another reason for hating the Las Vegas “Strip.”

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