Wednesday November 29th 2017
The day started out cloudy and cool, but once the sun broke through the temperature reached the upper sixties. The next few days are supposed to be a little warmer. Next week the wind returns and the forecast is for highs in the fifties.
Looking North along the Las Vegas Strip from the pedestrian overpass at Flamingo Rd.
Bellagio Hotel and Casino.
Late this morning I drove to the Las Vegas strip. I had two goals. The first was to catch some of the NASCAR Final Lap parade. This is part of the end of season celebration by the stock car raising association. My second goal was to take a bunch of pictures with my new camera to learn how it works.
Flower display in the Crystals Mall.
Christmas tree at the New York New York hotel and casino.
The MGM Grand lion ready for Christmas in the lobby.
I took more than two hundred pictures of various things along the strip. There are so many modes on this camera that I’ve only scratched the surface. Most of today’s pictures were with the various automatic modes of the camera. As expected I got some good results and some real jerky turkeys. So far the biggest positive about the camera is the speed. It will focus quickly and capture the picture much faster than my point and shoot camera. My biggest difficulty was the size and weight of the camera. I need to try different straps and cases to find the right combination. The carrying strap will be even more important when I’m using the bigger zoom lens. Today I just used the small 16-50mm power zoom, not the bigger 45-210mm lens. All of tonight’s pictures were taken with the Sony Alpha 6000 camera.
View of one of the decorated entrances to the Park area between the New York New York casino and the Monte Carlo casino. The dog is one of several on security patrol.
Sculpture in front of the T-Mobile arena.
I parked at the Miracle Mile Mall parking garage. It is one of the last fee parking options on the strip. The NASCAR event was scheduled to start in front of the mall at two thirty. I had plenty of time to explore the strip casinos and shopping areas taking pictures with my new camera. I walked up to Flamingo to cross Las Vegas Blvd on the pedestrian overpass so I could take pictures in front of the Bellagio hotel and casino. From there I walked south along the strip stopping for picture taking in the Crystals mall to the Monte Carlo. The home base for the NASCAR celebration is in the park area between the Monte Carlo and the New York New York casinos. There were several cars and other NASCAR paraphernalia in front of the T-Mobil arena.
I paused for lunch at the Fulton Fish Market in the New York New York hotel and casino food court. The fish and chips were good. After lunch I continued through the New York New York and crossed the pedestrian bridge to the MGM Grand still taking pictures of anything and everything. MGM was packed with people attending a big Amazon Web Services (AWS) convention. They all had fancy picture badges.
Tram arriving at the Monte Carlo Station.
Mountains to the west of the Las Vegas valley from the Bellagio Tram Station.
At about one thirty I started back to the Miracle Mile mall for the start of the NASCAR event. I took the tram from the back of the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino to the Bellagio. Getting trough the Monte Carlo is a real challenge. They are in the middle of a massive renovation. When the upgrades are complete the hotel and casino will be re-branded as the MGM Park Las Vegas or something like that.
In the Bellagio hotel and casino I stopped to checkout the construction in the conservatory before going back to the strip to watch the NASCAR parade. This week they are converting the Fall Peacock display in the conservatory to the Christmas display. The tree is already up. The Christmas display opens Saturday.
Flower arrangement in the Bellagio.
Bellagio Conservatory being converted to a Christmas display.
Bellagio conservatory will open Saturday December 2nd with the 2017 Christmas display.
I had plenty of time to wait. It didn’t get started at 2:30 as planned. A stage was setup in the bus stop in front of the Miracle Mile Mall for speeches or interviews. All sixteen of the playoff cars were lined up in finishing order in the road behind the stage. Around three thirty the cars started and proceeded north on the strip. I was happy with that much of the parade. The real show was at the intersection of the strip and Spring Mountain Road near the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel. The cars did burnouts and donuts in the intersection before returning south on the strip. Another set of burnouts with donuts were planned for the intersection of Harmon with the strip. I don’t know if that one happened before dark. I didn’t stay around. The burnouts at Spring Mountain were on the TV news.
Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Looking north along the strip from the Bellagio walkway.
Mounted Policy for parade crowd control.
NASCAR final 16 cars lined up along the strip.
Lined up NASCAR cars and presentation stage.
Martin Truex Jr. the season champion leads the parade north from the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.