Road Trip, Day 11 – Richfield to Las Vegas

Day 11 - Richfield to Las Vegas

November 10, 2012 – Saturday

Day 11 of our cross-country road trip took us from Richfield, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada. Several years had passed since the last time we enjoyed a Vegas buffet, and Adventure 2012 seemed like a good opportunity to do it again. We woke up to a snowy morning, our car covered in snow.

Snowing in Richfield, Utah
All covered up.

As usual, JC went and prepared a nice breakfast plate for me. Not long after, we finished packing our things and checked out. Before we went on our way, we took in the experience of sitting inside a car covered in snow, something new to us. It got warm and toasty inside while it was still freezing cold outside. Slowly, the windows defrosted and we began the day’s drive to Vegas.

An embarrassing memory I have is that I took the wrong entrance onto Interstate 70. At the time, there was construction going on and the freeway entrances were not clearly marked. For some reason, I wasn’t sure which one to take and ended up heading east. Due to our being in a relatively rural area, it was a while before we were able to exit and head back west. Looking at the photo timestamps now, we wasted about 20 minutes. 🙁

Exit 40 - Richfield, Utah
Um, no. This is your point of origin.

The highlight of this day (other than the buffet) was the dramatic change in climate, from the blizzard conditions in Utah to the arid deserts of Arizona and Nevada. It was kind of cool that we passed through Arizona, a state we had never been in before. We were pretty close to the Grand Canyon, and the geology reflected it. We figured it was the closest thing to the national treasure without actually going there.

Snow Road, Utah
From blizzard conditions…
Still Some Snow
…and gradually, less snow…
Grand Canyon State Welcome
…to no snow at all.
Arizona Geology - Layers
Millions of years of sediment turned to rock, bursting out of the Earth.
Interstate 15 Canyon
Was this a natural canyon or specifically carved for I-15?

As we neared Las Vegas, we encountered a curious sight: vertical vapor trails. Rockets? Spacecraft? We figured we were probably near Area 51, but as we got closer to Las Vegas we saw the source of the vapor trails: fighter jets! They must have been from Nellis Air Force Base. The military might of our country never ceases to amaze me.

Vapor Trail Near Las Vegas
What could these be from?
Fighter Jets Near Las Vegas
Fighter jets!
Sysco & Fighters
Sysco, supplying buffets everywhere.

We checked into the hotel and were amazed at the size of the place. There was a full kitchen, a separate bedroom, and a huge living room, completely different from our previous stays in Vegas. There was even a washer and dryer in the suite. If we were so inclined, we could have gone to the grocery store to buy our own food to cook in the suite. It’s something that we would definitely consider doing now, but at the time our goal was the Bellagio buffet. We headed out for the resort and found the buffet. I made sure I enjoyed it and even ordered a Glenfiddich as an accompaniment. That night, I slept very well.

Bellagio Buffet
One of many plates eaten at the Bellagio buffet.

List of foods eaten at the Bellagio buffet:

  • Bacon And Potato Soup
  • Glenfiddich 15
  • Kobe Beef Roast
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Au Jus
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Alaskan King Crab
  • Snow Crab
  • Mussels
  • Ceviche
  • Heirloom Tomato Salad
  • Prime Rib
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Chinese Broccoli
  • Beef Ravioli

Rest Stops:

Coming soon: Road Trip, Day 12 – Las Vegas to Santa Monica

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