Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Leaving Las Vegas

After two jam-packed days of sightseeing, we checked out of the Imperial Palace and made one last stop before heading home: a visit to Sigfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage Hotel, where we saw their world renowned white tigers and white lions. They were absolutely magnificent. Regal and imposing doesn't even begin to describe these feline creatures. They live in the lap of luxury, in an impeccably designed and maintained natural habitat, with an army of park attendants to attend to their every whim. Spoiled rotten.

By about 3:30 in the afternoon, we were finally ready to bid farewell to Las Vegas and head for Merced, our last refuge on the long road home. It was a grueling and seemingly endless drive, with only a brief stop-off in Bakersfield for a bite to eat at Sizzler, where a large-screen television was tuned to the Academy Awards. We were there just long enough to see Virginia Madsen not win for her role in Sideways. Ah well, Virginia, we had our fingers crossed for ya'.

After dinner, the farther north we drove, the worse the weather became. And by the time we pulled into the Travel Lodge in Merced, it was raining buckets. But having been snowed in at the Grand Canyon, we were prepared for the worst and retired for the night with very low expectations for tomorrow's visit to Yosemite. I guess we will have to wait and see what the morning brings.