Following our day trip to see the Hoover Dam, Roan and I headed back to the city, hoping to find a decent place to have dinner at. We had stayed at a hotel in Henderson, just 15 minutes away from The Strip, so we decided to try our luck there. After all, I have a vague recollection of what the area looked like from the last time we were in Las Vegas.
We ended up parking our car at the SLS Hotel and Casino since it was almost impossible to find a cheap and decent parking spot in the streets. As it turns out, the hotel is the northeastern stop for the Las Vegas Monorail, so we ventured on foot and took the public transportation to explore The Strip.
The night had fallen by the time we alighted the monorail, and we were greeted by a swarm of people [literally] from different directions. Ah, welcome to Las Vegas. Note that we went on Labor Day weekend, so this scene combined with lack of food and muggy weather weren’t doing us any favor.
Roan and I surveyed both sides of The Strip once for potential dinner place, and because I was beginning to get irritated by people passing that were either drunk and rowdy or high on weed, we settled at 800 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria. I remember feeling so hungry that I almost finished the entire pan all to myself.
When we finally satisfied our tummies with good food, we started to walk back towards the nearest monorail station, stopping every now and then to check out some stores on the way. I remember walking into a store with all the weird stuff one could find. I couldn’t remember the name of the store, but if you’ve been to, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
If I’m being completely honest, the experience remains to be a blur—not because it’s been awhile since I actually wrote about it (nine months!!!)—but because The Strip is a crazy place to be. It was so easy to get lost amidst the crowd if that’s what you came to Vegas for. I haven’t exactly partied in Vegas (though I don’t really look forward to it), so I wouldn’t know how much crazier things get. Until then, the jury is still out…