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Our family adventures

First things first

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We spent a lot of time debating where to stay in Vegas. We ultimately chose the Mirage. It was a great choice! It was a good price and centrally located. Here’s a general picture of the lobby.
As part of the package we booked, we got free show tickets. We chose Cirque du Soleil’s Love. It was a great choice!
One of the claims of fame for the Mirage is the huuuuge aquarium they have behind the check in desk. This picture doesn’t do it justice.
We landed in Vegas at 10 a.m. local time. It took about two hours to make our way to the Mirage and get checked in. Luckily our room was available right away.
With how the casino and everything else roared, it was nice and quiet in the room. Well, aside from noisy people getting off the elevators through the night, but I didn’t notice that too much.
The bed was comfy… we made it back to the room a couple times a day in between outings… and just sank into the bed for about a half hour in efforts to recover from the walking!
After we settled into our room, the next order of business was lunch. We chose BLT Burger right in the Mirage. We learned quickly how expensive it would be… but the all the food was wonderful!
One of the big menu items here are the milkshakes. They have spiked milkshakes on the menu, but we weren’t quite ready for that. I had some oreo espresso thing and Doug had something with peanut butter and banana.

After we were settled into our room and fed, we headed outside. We picked out things we wanted to do when we went out… and I don’t think we ever got to our intended destination when we first meant to. There was just too much to do! We ended up exploring the Venetian/Palazzo, across the street, but first explored our hotel. It was kind of overwhelming how far we walked just outside the hotel, without leaving the hotel grounds!
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A feature of the Mirage is the volcano out front that erupts every half hour in the evening. After having a few drinks while watching the NFL game, we headed out to see the spectacle.
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We weren’t super close… but it sure got hot!

We also got a glimpse of Vegas at night.
But only a glimpse. We were really tired… and hungry. By this time it was about 10 p.m. and we hadn’t had dinner yet. That was a common theme of our trip… we didn’t have many meals during their traditional times. I think a combination of the sheer volume of food available as well as the time zone difference. For dinner the first night, we got some huge sandwiches from Carnegie Delicatessen inside the Mirage. We picked that primarily because we could take them to go. They were $18 each, with no side items! But they were so big, we each saved half and had those for breakfast on Friday morning. Too bad I didn’t think to take a picture of those.

Some other photos around the Mirage…
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Also at the Mirage was Seigfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. That will be a separate post. Next up, the Venetian and Palazzo… hopefully tomorrow.


Author: Jessica

I am a running working mama. We work hard and play hard and I have a lot to share along the way.

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