14.07.2012 - 17.07.2012 35 °C
Well, this is our very first blog post so we should start at the start............
Sat 14th July day 1
Met all the family at Rocksia Pub to celebrate our depature and my sisers Therese birthday. Then onto to the airport for our 9.5 hour flight to Honolulu. Jetstar were vey good, left on time and arrived into Honolulu 15 minutes early at 7.30 on the 14th. Flight was very smooth with no problems at all (Maj).
But alas no sleep by me and Leonie had a couple of hours. We flew into Honolulu over Pearl Harbour to see many USAF planes lined up on adjacent runways...... maybe ready to go in case. Caught shuttle for 20 min ride into Waikiki Beach.
Too early to check into our digs at Outrigger Beach Hotel so went to brekky in Dukes Bar then for a swim and wander around.
After checking in around noon we were picked up at 3-30pm to be taken to Paradise Cove for a Luau, beautiful islander dancing with dinner and drinks, which was excellent to say the least. Arrived home and where into bed - at last by 10.30pm on Sunday night - so no sleep for me since 6-30am Sat morning (by this time it is 6-30pm Sydney time Mon night,)so did not need much rocking..........
Sun 15th July day 2
Late start to the day and watched outrigger canoe races on Waikiki beach and had a swim, afterwards wandered about for brunch.
We decided to walk up Diamond Head which overlooks Waikiki Beach and is a result of a extinct volcano, great views over the beach and downtown Honolulu and out to Pearl Harbour.
More swims as a bit hot and sweaty from the 2 hour hike, the went to early dinner to Cheesecake Factory for dinner (thank you Michelle C) and back to return shuttle for our flight to Las Vegas.
Hawaiian Flight 8 also departed on time for the 5 hour 20 min flight into Vegas and again no sleep on board, however, we arrived on time at 7-30am Pacific and caught shuttle into our digs at the Bellagio.
Mon 16th July day 3
Walking through the arrivals hall you are confronted by Poker machines everywhere (slot machines as they call them) I guess we had to expect this.
The surrounding country coming into LV is amazing - truly desert with not a tree to be seen, mountain ranges with just rock and dirt - no vegetation at all - nothing like I have seen before.
Again too early to check into digs so left bags and wandered down the "Strip" how do I start to describe this city. Hotels/Resorts?Casinos so big you cannot believe your eyes.
Back to the Bellagio and checked in and a had couple of hours sleep before heading out with Jackie Longhurst ( a neighbour from Bungal St Engadine who has been living in Vegas for the past 11 years. She suggested we head a few K's down the road to The Yard House Bar and Grill where they have 142 beers on tap (I am in heaven), also had one of the best Rib Eye Steaks ever.
Tues 17th July day 4
5am start for our stretch limo to collect us to the airport for our Sundance helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon.
Leaving hust after 7am, Brad our pilot had us flying over Hoover Dam and lake Mead before landing at the bottom of the canyon for a short boat ride on the Colorado River, before ascending another 4000ft to the western rim. Onto Skywalk looking straight down through glass floor beneath you to the bottom of the canyon (people scared of heights dont even think of doing this.)
I reckon the Grand Canyon would be one of the most amazing natural wonders I have ever seen, the flight back was highlighted by flying over the Strip - what a great day................
Folks, it is now 7pm so going for beers and dinner, one more day in Vegas then collecting hire car for drive to San Francisco.
Pete and Leonie
PS All well and not a thing has gone wrong ..............