Right before Thanksgiving J’s brother called. Mr. J, said he and his wife, Miss S, were headed to Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and we should join them. After J’s folks offered to do chores and a short deliberation we decided to go join them. We went to the NFR in 2006. We went again 3 years ago when Mr. J and Miss S got married.
We flew out of Rapid City last Thursday. Thursday night J and I splurged on fine dining. We ate at Kokomo’s Steak and Seafood in the Mirage Hotel. It was our first real fine dining experience and it was awesome. J had a USDA Prime Cornfed Filet Mignon and I had Colorado Lamb T-Bones. J is not a fan of lamb and I will eat it every chance I get.
During the Rodeo there are three HUGE trade shows going on. We spent the better part of two days walking, looking and shopping. The Stetson Country Christmas is at the Sands Expo. The exhibit was at the . The Cowboy Christmas was at the Convention Center. We took the opportunity to take in part of the free Aaron Watson concert and rest our feet while shopping at the convention center.
Do to our late decision to go to Las Vegas we did not get rodeo tickets. Many of the Hotels cater to the Rodeo crowd. The Mirage had a Rodeo area for people to watch the NFR on tv. They had a live feed from the Thomas and Mack Center where those at the Hotel could hear the NFR’s announcer in real time.
Since we didn’t have Rodeo tickets, we decided to take in a show. We saw the Cirque du Soleil show KA at the MGM Grand.
We made the return trip home on Sunday. We left home with highs in the upper 50’s; Las Vegas had beautiful temps in the 70’s. Sunday in Rapid City we were greeted with snow, wind and single digit temperatures!
We had a fun trip with J’s Brother and his Bride. It’s nice to see the Rancher relax and have a little fun! We did several new things and talked to some very interesting people. It’s important to get off the Ranch and do something exciting before the winter sets in and calving season gets here.
Have you been to the NFR or Las Vegas? What was your favorite experience?