To end the suspense of the absence of posts, I will begin at the end of the lovely Miss Lilliam’s and my 28 day trip to the U.S.
The trip included a Royal Caribbean repositioning cruise from Colon, Panama to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a flight to Austin, Texas to rent a car, time in in Enid, Oklahoma, time in Allen and McKinney, Texas, time in Austin, Texas, and ending in Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 23rd we returned to Panama City.
Those of you who were connected to Chiriquí Chatter’s Twitter account (@chiriquichatter), were pretty well kept up with the happenings on our trip through check-ins on FourSquare, which were posted to Facebook and Twitter.
So with that introduction, let’s begin.
LAS VEGAS DAY ONE (May 19):
Needless to say this has been a memorable trip. My last trip to the U.S. was in 2010 for my 50th high school reunion.
The Delta flight from Austin, Texas to Las Vegas was the toughest part of our entire trip. We got up at 2:30AM Monday to make a 6:00AM flight. My daughter and her family had thrown us a going away party and we actually didn’t get to bed before 11:00PM.
We arrived in Las Vegas at 9:00AM. Maureen, a friend of mine as a result of one of my Embassy cases, met us at the airport. She drove us from the airport directly to the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau.
Yes, the primary reason for this portion of our trip was to unite Miss Lilliam’s family and mine via our marriage. This provided the reason, for the need to arrive early in Las Vegas.
While I had used the Las Vegas marriage license online system to request the license , I never like to take chances. If there had been a problem, I had all of Monday to get the license manually.
Luckily, all I had to do was provide my online registration number from my submission and the license was brought and signed within a matter minutes. With around 100,000 weddings a year, Las Vegas is well organized and makes it easy to tie the knot. No waiting period. No blood test. Just $60 to get the license. Easy Peasy so to speak.
Maureen took the following photo to record the event. I can’t adequately express my appreciation for all that Maureen did for us during our stay in Las Vegas.
After obtaining the license, we grabbed a quick breakfast around the corner and then drove to the Graceland Wedding chapel to check in and make sure that all was set for the following day. The limousine was confirmed and we were told to be in our hotel room for an 11:30AM call by the limo driver, who would provide the exact time he would pick us up for the 12:30 PM ceremony.
Next Maureen gave us a quick Las Vegas Strip tour ending at the MGM Signature 3 Tower for our check in.. The room was spectacular. The twenty-third floor view added to the event that would occur tomorrow. Lilliam and I now had Monday afternoon to rest and recover from the flight and the early morning stress of dropping off the rental car. We did take a little time in the evening to explore the MGM Grand and we walked a little of the Strip and had something to eat before retiring.
That concludes day one in Las Vegas. As the day ended my stomach filled with butterflies as I wanted tomorrow to be as prefect as the lady that was going to be sharing tomorrow and all of my future tomorrows with. Color me a very lucky man.