My next stop was my favorite hotel, Encore, which in my opinion, is the best in Las Vegas. Highly recommended if you want a resort that makes a Vegas trip feel extraordinarily special. Encore & Wynn are a level of elegance and extravagance you only find in Las Vegas and have the most exquisite décor. Again, I had a beautiful Strip View room there and managed to find a cocktail while working on my tan by the pool a few times :) I've noticed this place is popular with bodybuilders too, it was great to chat with people next to the pool and feel the excitement of the upcoming Olympia weekend!
Of course my main reason for visiting Vegas was Olympia... It was nice to see the girls again! Here are amazing ladies at Meet the Olympians; long time friends Melody Spetko and Sheila Bleck, always stylish and chic Anne Freitas, lovely and always positive Michelle Brent with Christine Envall all the way from Australia, I met Simone Oliveira and Margie Martin for the first time and they are really sweet girls!
During the weekend I had to check the Expo ... where I got to meet the great Lee Haney, the greatest Mr. Olympia of all times! He was one of my role models when I started lifting weights as a teenager!
I finally managed to visit Larissa Reis's Protein House restaurant with great protein food. Delicious! And I found a really cool batting cage where I had my first chance to swing at a baseball! It sure won't be my last one... it was so much fun!
If you ever have a chance to visit there one thing to see is the Neon Museum. I was pleasantly surprised by this short history tour of the lights of Vegas. The walk is pretty short yet provides insight into the properties, their owners and how Vegas (and it's neon) have evolved over the past several decades. The guides there are very knowledgeable and entertaining.
And finally, Las Vegas isn't all bright lights and big city, there is a beautiful Red Rock National Park close by. I was able to visit for the first time and take a few pictures. Awesome views!