Michael James takes a morning photo-walk through Downtown Las Vegas…
I have mentioned in other articles that I have been on a weight loss journey, and on that journey is an increase in walking for exercise. Prior to my November trip to Las Vegas, I mapped out a two-mile walk through downtown that I could take each morning. That linked route is just a touch short of a mile, so I included a stop into the Walgreens for a munchin’ apple and made a second lap.
The first Las Vegas morning of my trip, I woke up too early after a too late night. It was the first morning after Daylight Savings Time ended and at the new 6:00 AM, I could no longer sleep. “No better time than the present,” said I, “to get my walk in.”
I started on 3rd St (between the two Downtown Grand towers), headed towards the Mob Museum, and I thought that it would nice to get a picture without a lot of traffic and pedestrians cluttering up the view.
Walking on Stewart towards Main Street Station, the rising sun shone brilliantly on the façade, and the obvious photo op couldn’t be passed up.
Turning left on Main St., I couldn’t help but note the two train cars. It had just been announced that Derek Stevens had bought that small strip of land and that the cars would be removed (and as I write this, that has just happened). I would be remiss if I didn’t shoot a pic of that.
As I was trying to get a good photo of those train cars, it occurred to me… this was no longer an exercise effort, but instead, it had become a photo walk. As I turned around to get out of the middle of Main St. and back on the sidewalk, I saw a previously undiscovered gem.
In all of my trips downtown – what with the hustle and bustle of it all – I had never bothered to look up at the Las Vegas Club building. As a card player (both blackjack and poker) how did I completely miss a big ol’ Ace/King on the top of a building?
I got to Fremont St., and as I got past the abominable stage, it became clear to me that I was the only one awake in all of downtown.
After that brief apple stop at Walgreens, I continued my journey and landed at the foot of Slotzilla.
Now please allow me to get personal. When I started this weight loss journey in June, well, let’s just say that I would be unable to bowl my weight. My wife and I are coming back to Las Vegas this April, and we made it a goal to be able to ride Slotzilla on that trip. At the time this photo was taken, I was already at that goal (side note; as I write this, I am now only 2 pounds away from being 100 pounds too light to eat at Heart Attack Grill for free). Look for an article in May on my Superman-style flight down Fremont St.
I continued my walk, and once I got back to the Mob Museum, the second lap was much quicker than the first. To reward myself, I decided to sit down at
Royal Flusher’s Blonde4Ever’s, my favorite video poker/people watching spot at the edge of the bar inside the 4 Queens.
It was such a wonderful reward that I was able to play for almost ninety minutes, drinking three cups of coffee and not losing a penny.
That entire time from 6:00 AM to 8:30 AM on a Sunday morning was so much fun (and relaxing) that I’d like to share it with someone. As long as they stay in bed until I am done…
[Photos: Michael James]