24.05.2010 - 26.05.2010 82 °F
Room 14223, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas NV, 5.15pm, 26/5/10
Bob's packing and John's Blogging. Will probably have a few more thoughts on Las Vegas once we're in Wyoming. The forecast there, by the way, is not good. Rain! And snow I guess at higher altitudes. Still, we've been lucky till now and we're flying off at 8am tomorrow to Salt Lake City then Jackson Hole, Wyoming to see what awaits us. We reckon we'll have to be up at 4 am to be on the safe side.
Back to happenings in this unique city:-
Monday we went shopping. First JC Penny at Meadows Mall (where there are another THREE department stores: Sears, Macy's, and Dillard´s) and then on the Boot Barn. Meadows Mall is one of the malls for locals. Visitors tend to go to Fashionshow Mall, The Forum etc on "The Strip".
We found great clothes at smashing prices, then the discounts started. We already had 15% voucher for doing an online survey. Then it turned out it was 20% off friends and family day, then most of the items you could buy at full price and then get another item for 99c (eg John bought a shirt then got a pair of shorts for 99c). Then two "polo shirts" the 2nd one for 99c. Other things we bought, eg some "secret socks" were reduced to $2. Once all the discounts had been applied we got $220 worth of clothes for $90. Imagine if it was still 2 dollars to the pound. Quality compares with Corte Ingles, but not the price! When we get to Boston we'll be able to get more stuff as we will not have to worry so much about weight. (Apart from John's!).
We need someone to identify this (flowering grass?). Jean (H), would Susan know?
Smashing place. Boot Barn. We'd both like to buy Stetsons and found ones that fitted and suited but it's getting them home. John did buy a pair of short boots, with heel (!) and hobbled around in them that evening.
The evening was taken up with what will no doubt be one of the highlights of this trip. We'd booked a table at the revolving restaurant at the Stratosphere. This revolves once every 1.15 hours and we timed it to get there before sunset. It was magical. The food was "fine dining" (catering NOT by Denny's we hasten to add) and quite expensive but it was worth it. (Starters: Posh salad for Bob, Lobster Bisque for John, main: 12oz Ribeye (pronounced ribbaaah) for Bob and 10oz Center Cut Filet (pr. Feelay) for John. With "sowtay" potatoes and mashed yam. Bob had a dessert of strawberry & cream lollipops.
In order to try and drum up more business for the tower, there are also "rides" and jumps that one can do. Our waiter from Kosovo (Michael?) was going to do a jump next week. "$100 a pop". You get a wire attached and then leap out, aiming for "X marks the spot" on the ground. As we waited for our soup, a terrified guy went sailing past. You can just see his head here (bottom left, yellow suit):-
Other rides: one like "chain seats" I think they used to be called. But the whole thing swings out of the top of the tower over..... nothing. And a sort-of big-dipper car that, again shoots you out over the big drop then stops suddenly. Another ride shoots you to the top of the mast from the roof of the tower.
No thank you!
Next day, as already reported, we drove out, North of Las Vegas, to Mount Charleston. Never done this before (this is a trip of "firsts") and it was a suprise to rise above the arid dessert to pine-forests and snow peaks and an "Alpine" village with lodge and restaurant. Arthur was much relieved that they were still serving breakfast and he partook of eggs, over easy, home potatoes, crispy bacon and sourdough toast. We were accompanied by a large cat, know affectionately by the staff as "The Mountain Cat" and humming birds that came to feed from nectar containers hanging in the windows.
Arthur has taken his pictures of the room here on his 127 (actually, as he also had to appear in them, they were actually taken by John but under Arthur's direction). He is now waiting for them to come back from the chemist and he says he will put them on here once he has had his dinner in Wyoming.
Oh, on the gambling front, we have done quite well. Bob usually getting pots of $90-100. And John even won $120 last night. The secret is to stop when you have a decent profit. And, of course, have a daily limit which is absolutely sacrosanct. Naturally, it all goes back in next time but it adds to the enjoyment. Last time here we did not win once.
Now off to the Palace Station for a two-for-one dinner buffet.
See you in Wyoming!