Whole30 - Day 20

Day 2 in Las Vegas!  Day 20 of Whole30!

After a pre-dawn to way beyond dusk day the previous day... Mom and I woke up eager for MORE!  We started the day with a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart burning a hole in our hungry Paleo pockets.  Thanks to The Desert Rose Resort for offering such a great deal for guests - the gift card was included with our three night stay.

Since I had planned ahead and brought prepared proteins, cooking oil, and spices for the week... we only needed to gather an assortment of veggies and eggs.

At Wal-Mart, I picked up: 
• eggs
• cabbage
• red onion
• 2 bags of baby spinach
• head of garlic
• cucumber
• pound of carrots
• ground pork
• 2 bags of frozen mixed veggies
100 Calorie Packs of Wholly Guacamole (this was a new discovery and one that I LOVE!  I could care less about the caloric content... what makes me happy is that it is a single serving of guacamole and I don't have to worry about a big batch turning brown or going to waste.  Perfect!)

It all came out to right around $25.

When we got back to the hotel, I grabbed my seasonings I had brought from home and my cooking oil.  I prepared breakfast sausages using the ground pork and my Italian Seasoning.  I wilted spinach with macadamia nut oil and garlic.  And I scrambled eggs with the Penzeys Bangkok Blend.  Breakfast was served!

On the way back from Wal-Mart, Mom and I discovered Sunflower Market, which is almost identical to Sprouts Market and is apparently being bought up by Sprouts.  We stopped in to grab a few bottles of Synergy Cosmic Cranberry Kombucha and Lara Bars for the in-between times we may be hankerin' for a little something.

After breakfast, it was time for sightseeing out at the Hoover Dam.

It was pretty cool seeing the dam from this perspective.  All my other visits had me at the bottom... in a kayak.  Right about where that little road in the very center of the picture meets that rocky beach?  Yup - that's where I USUALLY take my Hoover Dam pictures:

For a little perspective, this photo was taken in July of 2007.  Notice the beginnings of construction of the bridge on either side of the canyon?  Pretty cool, I think.

After we meandered through the crowds at Hoover Dam and decided we had endured enough of the 112 degree heat, it was time to head back, eat, and clean up for our show selection of the evening - Cirque Du Soleil's "O".

• guacamole
• cabbage and red onion, sauteed with macadamia nut oil, seasoned with salt and pepper
• grass-fed steak

With full healthy bellies, Mom and I took in all the beautiful sights at The Bellagio then sat through a spectacular Cirque performance.  I absolutely LOVE "O".  This was my third time to see it and I cannot get enough of the mesmerizing costumes, make-up, acrobatics, and music!  A must-see when in Vegas.

Mom and I spent the rest of the evening back on Fremont Street, listening to Queen and The Doors while being engaged in a very entertaining light show on the overhead canopy.  In between the top-of-the hour light shows, we were treated to sensory overload in the likes of 80's music tribute bands, street performers stuffing themselves through tennis racket frames, and costumed showgirls and other miscellaneous characters posing for pictures (and tips).

Mom and I returned home totally pooped, with aching feet and legs, thouroughly worn out enough to ensure we would enjoy the next full day we had planned... at the Mandarin Oriental Spa!

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