Las Vegas

February 16-22, 2019

Ellen was nominated and won a VCA employee award for Western Canada! The prize was a trip to Vegas for the WVC conference! Jim agreed to chaperone since he had nothing better to do.

Our room was at Mandalay Bay where the conference was. Nice!

Our Room

Here's the nighttime view from our room.


The first morning we went to the Sea Breeze Cafe, but most mornings we went to the House of Blues.

Sea Breeze Cafe

Mandalay Bay

Jim walked 32km in the first two days, while Ellen attended talks.

New York, New York

Mandalay Bay

Hard Rock Cafe

Gucci & Dolce & Gabbana

Arc de Triomphe

Eiffel Tower

Saint Laurent

Chinese Dragon

Mastro's Ocean Club

Richard Mille

Mastro's Ocean Club

The Shops at Crystals


And here's the daytime view from our room. The conference centre is the building on the other side of the pools and takes about 15 minutes to walk to. The WVC conference is large, but there is still enough space for more than 100 volleyball courts! There were a lot of tall girls with kneepads sharing the lobbies with veterinarians and technicians.

The View

The Bellagio

The Luxor

The Eiffel Tower


The Strip

Forum Shops

The Venetian

The Venetian

The Venetian

The Venetian

The Venetian

The Excalibur

The conference included a Keith Urban concert! We're not country music fans, but Ellen thinks he's a good husband.


Keith Urban

Keith Urban

The weather on the morning of our last full day was nice.

Ellen and Jim

Jessica says this sort of stuff has to stay in Vegas.

Ellen and Jim

It was raining when we took the bus to Fremont Street in the evening.

Rainy Window

And it was snowing while we had supper at the Grotto in the Golden Nugget!

The Grotto

The snow meant our flight was delayed a couple of hours the next day.

Snow in Vegas

Maybe we will be back next year?