Hello Families of the Hawaiian Spirit! Greetings from the City that Never Sleeps! We arrived in Las Vegas yesterday, after a quick bus ride. Cards were played, and everyone mingled even more in a speed-meeting program at the rest stop, where we spent a designated amount of time discussing various topics with individual trip members. This was an amazing bonding moment for us, as the friendships continue to build. Once we arrived in Vegas, we checked into the mesmerizing Monte Carlo resort and were amazed by the magnitude of this hotel. After settling in, we headed to Buca Di Beppo for a family style meal that felt like an Italian feast! After indulging in endless salads, various pasta choices, and lemon chicken, we hopped back on our bus and headed to the Venetian hotel. Here, many trip members indulged in gelato as they strolled through the streets of “Venice, Italy.” We then carefully headed down the Las Vegas strip in our staff groups towards the Bellagio Fountain. We were amazed by the street actors and entertainment that we saw along the way. It was an amazing sight to see the Bellagio fountain dance, set to the tune of Elton John’s “Your Song”. When the first large burst of water hit, we immediately felt cooler! After the fountain, we walked through the breathtaking halls of the Bellagio hotel until we reached the monorail that brought us right back to our hotel.
The next morning, we had an optional sleep in – it was heavenly! Our first stop was at the Stratosphere. Many of the group faced their fears of the rides and the elevators. Some trip members were extremely brave, taking the elevators up to the 108th floor! The group chose between two thrill rides for the morning. The first was called the XScream, which was a thrill ride where the car gets launched outwards over the side of the Stratosphere. Others went on Insanity, which first lifts you over the side of the building, and then sends you spinning around. Once the rides were completed we drove over to the Forum at Caesar’s Palace for lunch. Many of us dined at the Cheesecake Factory; the lemon meringue cheesecake was by far the favorite!
Later that afternoon, the trip members spent some time floating around in the lazy river and wave pools back at the Monte Carlo hotel. Others explored the rest of the hotel and enjoyed their time. Our next stop was at the New York, New York hotel. The roller coaster here was a big hit with the group. This coaster begins inside of the hotel, heads out above the strip and continues to travel back through the hotel, while flying at high speeds and travelling upside down and along corkscrews. Trip Director Sam had no idea what she was in for when she was convinced to join everyone on the ride. The boys wrapped up the night with some break-dancing lessons in our hallway lobby led by Trip Leader Harrison, while some of the girls worked on their planking skills.
Unfortunately our time in Vegas was short, but sweet. We are off early tomorrow morning to beautiful Hawaii! We’ll catch up with you again from the Aloha State!
– The Westcoast Blogger