Subject: Re: NY to San Diego road trip - Las Vegas wedding
Hi, Landra and Ziners,

Just a week ago, I attended a wedding in Las Vegas. Actually, it was about 15 miles out of town at the Lake Las Vegas Hyatt Resort. The afternoon affair was rather elegant, but low key, with the 2 P.M. ceremony taking place outdoors at a gazebo. The celebration afterwards was held on a terrace overlooking the lake. It was not a sit-down dinner. Fancy hors d'oeuvres were brought around by servers and there was a buffet table with both a meat carver

and a pasta chef. The food was very good and the drinks were flowing from the bar. (The bride and groom had arranged for private vans to take us to the reception and return us to our hotels.) A keyboardist played very enjoyable music while we ate and danced.

The wedding party and some other guests stayed at the Mirage for $159/night, a reduced rate. A big bunch of us went for cheaper and booked a 3-night package at the Las Vegas Hilton for $204. The deal included coupons for the buffet for 2 people, 2 cocktails, $10 gambling chip and 2 for 1 show tickets. We booked our package through the Caesars Entertainment website: www.caesars.com. There are a number of varying hotel packages listed.

The bride and groom had also arranged for optional excursions to Hoover Dam or Red Rocks. They were cancelled on account of much-needed, fairly heavy rain, which lasted for a day and a half. (The sun shone for the wedding.) We still had fun with family, got to see the dancing fountain show in front of the Bellagio and the Pirate show in front of Treasure Island (free viewing.) Some of us Star Trek fans paid a handsome price to fight the Klingons in a flight simulator and be taken over by the Borg in a 4-D special effects Star Trek Experience at the Hilton. Not a disappointment. We are not big on gambling, or glitzy shows, so we did some baby sitting while our kids hit the nighlife circuit. (Las Vegas ain't just for gamblers!)

For a great list of free things to do in LV, refer to Pat Coil's March 22 Zine posting. I printed it and took it with me. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheTravelzine/message/32313 (THANKS, PAT) As for the monorail, the latest word is not to expect it to be up and running before August.

Carrie Back in Bardonia :(