Up early, around 6:00am. Coffee and pastry for breakfast. We got picked up in a bus and driven into the Nevada desert. Met some really nice people on the way in the bus. An old couple from Nottingham that said they were just friends, a couple from Long Island, New York and three kinda typically american guys from Virginia. We met up with some other people and did the Eldorado gold mine tour! It was very fascinating and impressive. The “wild west” was very real to me there. Unbelievable work conditions and an unreal life style of kill or be killed. I guess if a mine was inactive for 48 hours, it was yours to claim. Well, if you kill everyone in the mine and wait for two days, it’s yours! All men wanted wives to cook when they got home and kill while they were at work. Anyone they didn’t recognize. Crazy! After all that, we met up with Bill, my favorite American so far. Got on some horses and rode all morning around the desert. It was something right out a western movie. I felt like the “man with no name”. My horse’s name was Rooster 🙂 It was a very therapeutic experience. I love Nevada desert and the people who work out there. Very warm people.
The horseback tour was amazing! I honestly felt like I was in some crazy Western Film, complete with 3 Spanish dudes behind me. It was awesome. It was about 2 hours long complete with a stop for lunch. We headed back into town and had a nice long nap at the hotel.
In the evening we decided we needed a little local flavour so we took a cab down to Fremont Street to check out the cheapo casinos, drinks, and cool locals bars. We ended up wandering the streets for awhile until we stopped at Beauty Bar, this adorable 50s/punk rock themed dive on East Fremont for a drink. We missed the live music, but the DJ was pretty good so we ended up just heading back to NY NY. Got some great photos of downtown though…what a cool experience. It was definitely a day of escaping the strip and seeing what else was happening in Vegas.