immediately after the hub's birthday, we set out on a little road trip for the bean's spring break. at this school they get a two-week break, which is honestly incredibly well-deserved. their workload is pretty intense and grueling, so we were all looking forward to a change of scenery and some time to just relax and decompress. although we had a good chunk of time to play with, we decided to keep it simple and headed out to vegas for a few days. one of the hub's clients-turned-friend had offered up their home for us to stay in, which was awesome. and so after getting packed up, we hopped into the truck and hit the road.
of course, we stopped at eddie world in yermo for a potty break and grab some snacks.
and as we drove along, we found ourselves in the middle of a crazy sandstorm that you can't really see in this picture.
we found our way to the house, which is just about 15 minutes away from the strip in a quiet gated neighborhood with its own golf course. it's a new build, having been completed last year, and was really nice but still comfy and stocked with all the newest and coolest high tech gadgets.
after we'd picked out our bedrooms and brought our stuff in and got settled, we hopped back into the truck to head off in search of food. on our way, we passed allegiant stadium where we'd rocked out at two BTS concerts just a year ago.
we decided to try a new-ish hand roll restaurant that the client had recommended, taking seats at the sushi bar and ordering some poke for an appetizer before diving into a fun selection of hand rolls.
did you know that chupa chups made sodas? i only knew them for the lollipops that the spice girls made famous back in the 90s. anyway, this was the sparkling grape soda and it was light and delicious.
our activity for the evening was a guided tour at the neon museum. i've always wanted to check this place out, but our usual trips to vegas don't really include sightseeing of this sort. this time though, a visit here was a perfect outing - despite the chilly and windy weather conditions.
here's one of their original signs, restored to its former glory and displayed in the boneyard.
this is the first bit of signage you get to see when you start the tour.
here's the view from where our tour of the 2-acre boneyard began.
this 80-foot tall neon hard rock cafe sign was taken down in 2017, and the museum crowdfunded for funds that went towards its restoration. it took two years to complete and is the museum's largest restoration project to date.
our tour guide was really friendly and knowledgeable, sharing a wealth of information about las vegas history as we walked through the boneyard. i recognized a lot of them from family trips to vegas through the years, and it was a fun walk down memory lane.
this skull used to be part of the pirate show at treasure island, back in the days when vegas thought it could be more family-friendly and rolled out shows and amusement parks to attract visitors. it didn't really work, and so stuff like this now lives here.
not everything at the museum is casino and hotel related. they've rescued signage from wedding chapels and restaurants too.
the tickets we bought included some sort of light show after the guided tour, but it was so chilly and we were super unprepared. and so after we hit the gift shop for a couple of souvenirs (like a magnet to add to our collection on the fridge at home), we headed on outta there.
i think we all passed out cold the moment our heads hit the pillow once we got back to the house. it'd been a long day, and it was only day one of the break. phew.