Welcome to a new “Rich Life Travels” post! This time I’m telling you about our trip to Las Vegas, where I grew up.
October is always a busy month for me and my husband, Bill. We celebrate our wedding anniversary and my birthday in October and this year it was also my 30th high school reunion.
Since the reunion date was so close to our 15th wedding anniversary, we decided to extend our trip and splurge on a nice hotel. As we often do, we decided to take our trip on the road rather than fly.
Whenever we head south on a long drive we stay over at Harris Ranch, sort of a halfway point to Vegas on the I-5. We love to relax by the pool and Bill enjoys getting his steak fix at their iconic restaurant.
After a great night’s sleep at Harris Ranch, we got back on the road toward Las Vegas. Six hours later, we finally arrived at our destination. We looked at lots of hotel options before our trip and decided we’d give Wynn Las Vegas a try.
From the moment we pulled up, I knew this was the right choice. It’s gorgeous! Colorful flowers are everywhere you turn. We headed directly to registration where a very kind host went to work finding the best room for us.
We must have been in the right place at the right time because he gave us this fantastic room on the 60th floor.
It had outstanding views of the Las Vegas valley and The Strip.
I loved the way the room was furnished in lots of light neutrals with pops of color here and there. The bathroom was enormous, which is always a good thing. I told Bill I would not mind if our bedroom and bathroom at home looked like our hotel room at the Wynn. Not one bit!
Once we unpacked and took in the view for an hour or so, it was time to do some exploring and pick out a place for dinner. Since we were in Vegas, I decided to dress a little flashier than I would at home in Sonoma Valley and wore trouser shorts with a cold shoulder top and peep-toe booties.
There were so many colorful and shiny things to see at Wynn like this Jeff Koons bouquet of flowers.
And a crystal encrusted Buddha statue.
And you can’t visit Las Vegas without seeing the incredibly creative and detailed floral displays at Wynn. This carousel rotates and comes with its own 24-hour security guard. The guard told us it’s valued at $5 million. No wonder it has its own security!
After a tasty dinner of Chinese food, we headed to Parasol Up bar for a drink. Gorgeous parasol shaped light fixtures hang from the high ceiling.
Lucky for us there was a table on the patio available. Parasol Up has a nightly light show that is quite entertaining and colorful!
After spending an hour or so there, we both grew tired from our long day and looked forward to getting back the room to check out our view of The Strip at night which did not disappoint.
The next morning, we donned our swim attire and made for the pool. Long and narrow, the Wynn pool has bridges, cabanas both upstairs and down. Both ends of the pool open up to large circular pools.
Later that night after a sushi dinner we left Wynn and walked over to The Venetian. I have always wanted to take a gondola ride. When we were in Venice in 2010 for our 10th wedding anniversary we considered it but it was so crowded there were even gondola traffic jams. That didn’t seem very romantic so we passed. While The Venetian gondola ride isn’t in Italy, it was still lots of fun.
Our gondolier was a kick. Look at that smile! And he was an excellent opera singer, belting out a couple of songs for our entertainment – in Italian, of course!
The next morning we drove out to my high school for the Homecoming pep assembly. Bishop Gorman High School is passionate about football and was even named the #1 high school football team in the nation by USA Today. They have been undefeated for the last 4 years! The pep rally was quite a show. I don’t remember assemblies like this one when I was a student!
After the rally I walked around campus with my friends and former school mates, Traci and Chrissy. This is not the school we attended back in the 1980s but rather a newer and much nicer school in a location many miles from the original campus. It is gorgeous, but I felt nostalgic for our old school.
That evening we retuned to campus for the Homecoming game. Before the game there was a gathering on the lawn behind the school with food and drinks available for purchase. A handful of my classmates showed up to the pre-game party. It was so fun to see familiar faces from long ago!
The game was so packed that we could not find any seats so we went to the nearby watering hole with a group of friends instead. We got a bite to eat and went about catching up on each other’s last 3o years.
The next morning my brother, Matt, and two of my nieces, Jade (10) and Danica (7), met us for brunch. It was wonderful to see family again. The girls were lovely to be with and so full of personality!
That evening the main event got off the ground. I was surprisingly not nervous at all. I think connecting with high school friends on Facebook over the years helped ease the anticipation.
The reunion was held at Mandalay Bay at 1923 Bourbon Bar. It was the ideal size for our group which wasn’t very large but big enough to have a good time. It was great to see friends from so long ago. I had a blast!
Bill and I returned home just in time to celebrate our actual anniversary. It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since I married the love of my life in Maui. I am so very blessed to have found my best friend and am abundantly grateful to go through life with such a loving, kind, patient, considerate, handsome, and fun-loving partner.
We celebrated with a quiet dinner at Saddle’s at MacArthur Place in Sonoma, one of our favorite places to dine in Sonoma County.
It was a terrific trip to Las Vegas and I am so glad Bill and I made it to the reunion. This was my first time attending a reunion, having missed the 10th and 20th. It was so fun, I plan on returning to Las Vegas for the next one!
Have you attended your high school reunions?
Have you visited Las Vegas?
Just a reminder that the next How I Wear My is coming up fast! November’s theme is Gray. To be featured, send a photo of you wearing gray along with a brief description of your look to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 2nd. Visit the How I Wear My page for more information.
I’m flying off somewhere to celebrate my 48th birthday later this week and probably won’t be blogging again until I return. But I will be on Instagram and plan on posting lots of photos from our getaway.
Make it a rich day!