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A Newfoundland Photography and Knitting Blog by Betty Nolan

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's Old Las Vegas Ellen!

On Wednesday of the week that we visited Las Vegas we got the bus to Fremont Street because everyone said that you have to go to Fremont Street to really get the old Las Vegas feel. It was about a 45 minute bus ride from the Strip. Along the way we saw a lot of Bail Bond businesses and wedding chapels. When we arrived in the area, we crossed a street and went into a covered street which was Fremont Street. So, the first few pictures are daytime pictures. We went into a few casinos, mingled with some of the locals, then went to a restaurant for supper.  It wasn't too busy. Kind of nice easy going atmosphere. When we came out of the restaurant it was almost dark and the whole street had come alive! Live concerts and street performers (all with a Halloween theme), people everywhere, and slot machines ringing. Even the canopy over the street lights up! We went on the Flightlinez, which is a zip line over Fremont Street. The launch pad is 67 ft high, with a drop of 53 ft. the length of the zip is 824 ft long, up to 30 mph all in 29 seconds for $15 each (before 6:00 p.m.)!  I think it was the best $15 we ever spent! 

The only thing I saw there that reminded me of Ellen was a souvenir of a plastic lady in a glass, so I had to take a picture of her for Ellen. Oh! And, I finally met Big Bird - after all these years! I just don't remember him having a Southern Accent?!

For Ellen!

Not a free picture.

Flightlines Launch Pad in the distance

Taken from the Flightlines landing pad

Bling for sale

Street performer dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween Ellen!

Yesterday was a beautiful Fall day, so I did laundry and put some of it out on the clothesline, ran errands (which included the Bulk Barn and Lester's Farm of course), and walked to the two ponds to feed the geese and ducks (which were famished!) Not much for Ellen to do, because I'm still catching up on things and didn't have anything for her to model (to her disappointment). So, I asked her to help me take the towels off the clothesline. At least it would get her out of the house. She happily agreed even though it was almost dark and I'd left her home all day! No sooner did I have her standing up beside the towels, when a gale of wind came along and blew her over! Oh no! She spent the night in the kitchen with stain remover on her back.  Ooops!

Below are the pictures I took wherever I went. It was a fun day in the brisk air with the smell of Fall. Just lovely. The 2nd last picture is where I was taking Ellen's picture without flash just as she was falling over!

Next post it's back to Vegas Ellen! I still haven't told her about the whole trip. We'll do Fremont Street, the Grand Canyon Tour and stop at a ranch for lunch.