Grayson's soccer team attended their first out of state tournament at the Las Vegas Cup this past weekend. Quite a few of us are non-Sunday players so this was a great tournament which allowed us to have Friday night games instead of Sunday games plus two on Saturday. Semi-finals and finals were scheduled Monday for those who moved on.
Grayson did well and the team as a whole played better each game against teams from Vegas, Texas and Washington who play outside year-round. We didn't move on to the semi-finals so we were completely done on Saturday which meant "free"--no lights out at 10:30 pm, no bed check, no eating at certain times, swimming was no longer prohibited, etc., etc. Grayson didn't want to go home yet so we decided to make the most of our time together and be spontaneous (I know, that is SO unlike me!)
Grayson had never seen "The Strip" or any of the hotels so we drove down and walked through a few of the nicer ones. We also found the Nike store at an outlet mall so that was a big hit as well. We used some of our Starwood points to stay at a Westin resort on Lake Las Vegas which was practically vacant (maybe because there's no gambling onsite?! :D) and we thought we were in heaven. 60+ degrees, sun, blue skies, palm trees. We relaxed by the pool, played Phase 10, ate and drank LOTS, explored the trails and the village and shops across the way and went to church. When we finally had to check out at 4 pm we were sad to leave. We drove to St. George that night and stayed at our house and had a movie marathon til midnight.
4 days later we pulled into our driveway and the frozen tundra which we call Bountiful. I think we will both remember this fun road trip for many years to come!