Monday, August 4, 2014

HIGHEST I'VE BEEN IN AWHILE! THE HIGH ROLLER in LAS VEGAS on "TRAVEL TUESDAY"...

Being a Colorado girl (though "in absentia", for the time being), I can get away with the "high" jokes (both because of the elevation AND the newly passed pot laws).  Starting a new summer of Travelogue posts (I had to travel to come up with some material, but am back now), and starting with the HIGHEST spots first (and actually I was higher, on a mountaintop back home this summer, but that's another post). I know that every once in blue moon, someone lands here (whether accidentally or on purpose) that might just be interested in what I've seen or have to offer up travel tidbits about.  I begin with the "high" at the end of my summer travels, the new HIGH ROLLER at The Linq, on the Las Vegas Strip.
Standing at 550 feet tall, this is presently the world's largest observation wheel, with a wheel diameter of 520 ft.  We have watched with interest at this being built, over the past few years - being a little uneasy with heights, I really had no idea if I would ride or not...
until this past week, when my Dad and I braved it.  There are special Summer ticket rates now, through Labor Day, with Tuesdays also being half price for locals.  We decided we would be able to see farther during the day, but both agreed that a nighttime trip is probably in store next time round.
28 spherical pods, each weighing 44,000 lbs., can hold up to 40 people (yes, in each compartment - you can't even begin to get a feel for how big this thing is without seeing it in person).  We shared our cabin with 5 other strangers that day - 3, a delightful family from England, home of the 443 ft. London Eye Ferris Wheel.
Blast-off!
Looking up upon departure - each pod offers a 360 degree view.  The wheel maintains a constant motion, meaning you will board and depart while it is slowly moving.  There are ride attendants to help you on and off, should you need the help.  I am also assuming that if they have someone who really is is need of more help with these processes, they do bring the wheel to a halt - it did stop once while we were up towards the top, for about 3 minutes.
My dad, ever the engineer, noticed that part of the driving force behind keeping this giant wheel in motion are sets of large automobile tires on a track at the bottom (see large photo).  The wheel rotates on a pair of custom designed spherical roller-bearings, each weighing approx. 19,400 lbs.  Eye level with ascending airplanes, and my car (in the second from bottom row of the parking lot photo, 5th from the left), looking like a Matchbox toy.
Two banks of seats on opposite sides of each pod; air-conditioning; and an overhead video/sound system with wheel information during your 33-minute trip, up and over.
Make sure you bring a camera - it is usually so hard to capture the perspective your naked eye sees, and relay it in a manner that reads the same.  550 feet above the Las Vegas valley floor was pretty impressive, to say the least!
Up, out, over, under...the windows afford a clear shot of just about anything you want to see.  I noticed that the Imperial Palace/Quad needs to take more pride in the aging rooftop of their hotel.   
High, high, high...for those who are a little "nervous" with heights - as I said before, I hyperventilate at the Hoover Dam, but wasn't bothered a bit by this.  I did pop a half a Dramamine that morning (yeah, plagued by motion sickness too), and didn't have a problem with that either. 
Vegas from the air...
Definitely a "don't miss" sight in "the town with something for everyone".  
Looking west, while Dad looked south...so high!
We were even treated to a view of the fountain show at the Bellagio (just to the left of the Flamingo Hilton building in the large photo).  For those interested in more information, click on THIS!! THE LINQ/HIGH ROLLER!  If you're traveling through, hit me up and I'll meet you there!  More travel highs next Tuesday ~ 

10 comments:

Maywyn Studio said...

Wow! Spectacular! Great pictures.
If I ever visit Las Vegas, then that's the place we can go. I'll bring an blanket so cover my body after I faint, and to muffle my whimpering. lol

Colleen Mcgraw said...

Yikes... my kids and grand daughter went up on that thing and loved it ...I wouldn't even go up the Eiffel Tower when we were in Paris France. Glad you and your dad got high together

Mary Ann Potter said...

Uh, the words "no way" pop into my head. Your photos are wonderful, but I'd never, ever, not in a trillion years do that! You're very brave!

My Garden Diaries said...

Oh man! I am blown away by the size of this thing! It is incredible but I fear I would pass out!!! It looks like you could be in an airplane you are so high!!! So glad you and your dad were able to enjoy this experience together! Wishing you a wonderful week sweet friend! Nicole xoxo

Jackie said...

I went with my sister and son and his wife. We loved it too although we all got a bit nervous. I would go again. Might be fun at night. I love the Linq. The food and hangouts and people watching are the bomb!

Elisabeth D said...

Wow wow wow! Those views are amazing!! I don't know if I'd be able to go up so high though, I feel sick at much lower heights that that ;) Love the engineer comment too...my husband is always seeing things like that and explaning them xx

Createology said...

Welcome Home and You and Dad are very brave. This looks like an amazing way to really see the sights of Las Vegas and its "over-the-top" lifestyle. I was just in London but didn't have time or desire to ride the London Eye. It poured down rain on us the only time we left our "brolly" in our room. Love your travels dear...

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Those pods are big. Wow! Not sure I could go in there, though. Of course, after driving Pikes Peak with clouds blocking my view, you would think I'd be up for just about anything now. :) My youngest son said in the future he would much rather go to Las Vegas NV than Las Vegas NM. Ha! Have a great day. Tammy

Izzybeads by Laney said...

WOW!! good grief!! both my kids have been on the London Eye but I am not brave enough, won't even do small little rides at West Midlands Safari Park near us here in Hereford UK. That wheel is amazing, so HUGE inside! WOW again!

Quinn said...

If I'm ever in your town, DEFINITELY! :)
Amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing! And say "hey" to your Dad...is this his first appearance on your blog? What a great thing for the two of you to do for fun. I tried to talk my Dad into a small plane tour of the New England coast a few years back, but he wouldn't go for it. Oh well, not everyone likes to be airborne :)