I wake up at 0200 and put on some clothes and write a note for my wife: “I’m off for a small walk, call me when you awake up.” I take the back entrance of the MGM and through the MGM Grand on to the Strip. Nothing changed on this stretch of the Strip. The smell, the sound, the drunken retards, everything and everyone is still there. I walk down the Strip to a Walgreen’s, buy some lemonade and some fruit and walk back.
I cross the street in the direction of Hooters and take a look inside. I’ve never been here before. Now that I am inside, I know I have not missed anything. What a shithole. Toothless Mexicans are tossing their welfare in the old machines in this casino which is known for the beautiful ladies. However, I think they collectively have a day off. Nevertheless, I put a few $ 20s into the machines and actually win small and get my money back to cover for the fruit and drinks.
The moment I walk back I get a text message: The boys are awake. Great, 3 minutes later I am back in the room. Everyone wants to go for a walk, but that is not the best idea with children. It is 04h00 and there are a lot of really crazy people on the Strip at this hour. We eat the fruit, we all take a shower and around 06h00 we decide to have a nice breakfast at Coco’s.
We all order a large breakfast, with the exception of my oldest son, who wants a “Lumberjack breakfast”. An ultra-large breakfast. He is 10, weighs 35 kilos and is so thin that you can throw him like a spear. Needless to say: He eats everything and then looks at the rest of the pancakes from our plates and pushes them into his hatch. Needless to say too: he has to go to the toilet. For a number 2.
Around 07h30 we walk towards the Strip and we kick off in MGM Grand, we take the bridge to NY-NY, strall around there, cross the Strip back and walk through Paris, PH etc. all the way towards Venetian, it is now around 09h00. The outlets almost open! I call a taxi with Lyft and let us drive to the Outlets North. Where a shoppingspree occurs that you normally only occur during Black Friday. We buy 7 pairs of jeans, a leather jacket, 5 shirts, 4 pairs of shoes, a sweater and much more stuff.
I’ll arrange another Lyft back to the motel. Halfway through I get an email that my room in Excalibur is ready. (Thanks MyVegas). I ask the taxi driver if we can make a quick detour at the motel to put some clothes in a bag and grab the toothbrushes off the shelf. No problem, he delivers us promptly to Excalibur. Checking in is smooth as fuck and a moment later we are in our room.
The weather is still bleak and the youngest and my wife are very tired. We laze / sleep a bit. We skip food, everyone is spent. The next day the weather will be nice and I order a cabana at the pool. We enjoy hanging out by the pool all day long. The youngest in particular is looking forward to this part of the vacation. If you haven’t had your swimsuit on you haven’t really been on vacation is his motto.