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Going TO Vegas to get AWAY from Vegas!!! Report for December 14-18, 2015.

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  1. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    This is my trip report for December 14-18, 2015. I'll do with this report what I've done with my previous reports, 1 day = 1 post.

    December 14, 2015. Monday.
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    My Southwest Airlines flight took off from Hobby Airport in Houston at 6:15am. To my pleasant surprise there were only 44 passengers on my flight. I had a row all to myself. I sat by the window, something I rarely do. I took a few pictures during the flight.

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    My plane landed in Las Vegas at 7:25am. I got to the MGM Grand at 7:56am. I was already assigned a room number, but I wasn't able to go to my room because the people in the room hadn't checked out yet. The lady behind the counter said for me to give her my cell phone number so she can call me to let me know when the room is ready. It would be a few hours till my room is ready she told me. That's fine I said, I have things I can do in the meantime. I checked my bag.

    I headed out for breakfast. I made my way to the Cosmopolitan. I took some pictures while I walked through the casino.

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    I eventually made my way to the Wicked Spoon for breakfast. 9am.

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    A lot of good at the Wicked Spoon.

    After breakfast I made my way to the Bellagio to do a couple of planned activities, but I got a phone call from the lady who works at the MGM Grand. She told me that my room is ready. I headed back to the MGM Grand. I went to the lady so I could get my room number, keys, & put my credit card on file. When I was about to put my credit card in the reader, the display said I was only supposed to be there for three nights. I told the lady that I booked the room for FOUR nights (she saw this when I gave her the paperwork when I had arrived earlier in the day). She added the fourth night back. I then noticed that I was being charged $110 per night. I told her when I booked the room in May, it was only $80 per night. She lowered it to $80. She told me all this happened because 1) the previous people hadn't left yet & I had arrived so early and 2) MGM had very recently updated (or upgraded) its system (bugs). Things were set for my room (although things got "interesting" again on Wednesday. More on that in my write-up for that day.).

    I finally got to my room at 11:57am. I had a Strip View room on the 21st floor.

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    I left my room & went to the Bellagio Conservatory. 2:11pm.

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    After the Conservatory I putzed around the Strip taking pictures.

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    I eventually headed towards dinner. Along the way I took a few pictures.

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    During the time I was taking pictures, I learned that there was going to be a Republican Presidential debate at the Venetian on Tuesday night. (More on that in my Tuesday write-up).

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    I ate dinner at Lagasse's Stadium. 5:20pm. I had chicken nachos. They are my favorite nachos!!! I watched the first two & a half quarters of Monday Night Football.

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    I made my way back to my room. 8:25pm. I was pretty worn out. Didn't get much sleep the night before.

    Next up: Day 2: Tuesday, December 15.

    xman30
     
  2. RockyBalboa

    RockyBalboa VIP Whale

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    Great pics like always

    I love that one taken in front of the Venetian showing the mirage and cp

    Awesome shot
     
  3. sailboat310

    sailboat310 Low-Roller

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    Love the pics!
     
  4. Gmoney10

    Gmoney10 Low-Roller

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    Love the pics. Can't wait for the rest of the TR.
     
  5. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Once again great pics, thanks for taking the time to post them here! Look forward to more!
     
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  6. Raptor

    Raptor High-Roller

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    Great report, awesome pictures
     
  7. PayTriple

    PayTriple The Cucumber King

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    Great pictures! Looking forward to the rest.
     
  8. IWannaBeInVegas

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    Great pics, cant wait to read more.
     
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  9. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    Day #2: December 15, 2015. Tuesday.
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    I woke up at 5am & got ready for the day. I got picked up for my tour of the Grand Canyon at 6:30am. Along the way we made a pit stop by the Hoover Dam. 7:45am (More on the Dam in the Wednesday write-up.)

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    Everyone got back on the bus & we headed towards the West Rim part of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Along the way I took some pictures through the window next to me.

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    The West Rim area of Arizona had gotten some snow the day before. Luckily it hadn't all melted yet. Being from Houston, I don't get to see snow too often.

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    We eventually made it to the West Rim. About 10:45am. Our stopping point was an airport where helicopters & airplanes took off from that gave people tours of the Canyon from the sky. There are buses that you can take to go to different places around the West Rim. The first place I went to was Eagle Point.

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    I then went to Guano Point.

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    I then went to what is called The Ranch for lunch. I ate BBQ ribs, potatoes, beans, cornbread, & a cookie along with Diet Coke. Very good food. After lunch I took some pictures of The Ranch.

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    We left shortly after lunch to go back to Las Vegas. Along the way, we stopped at a gas station in Arizona so people could use the restrooms, get snacks, etc. I was shocked to see that gas is $3.49 a gallon for regular gas. I filled my vehicle earlier this week in Houston for $1.63 per gallon (regular gas). I made it back to my room at 4:25pm.

    At about 5:30pm I ate dinner at the restaurant inside the Hooters Casino. I had the BBQ pulled pork sandwich, curly fries, & a Pepsi.

    After dinner I made my way to the Venetian. That's where the GOP candidates were having their debate. The debate started at 5:30. I got to the Venetian a little after 8pm. The debate was almost over by then. I walked around both inside & outside of the Venetian taking pictures.

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    I found the area inside the Venetian where the debate was being held. It was a section of the casino that I had never been to. I saw a lot of people wearing red shirts with the GOP mascot on the front, college age kids with Cruz jerseys on (& one girl with a Reagan jersey on). After the debate was over, there were a lot of people walking around the casino that I'm guessing were in the audience.

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    I continued to take pictures around the Venetian.

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    I made my way outside to the front of the Venetian to discover that Anderson Cooper was hosting a panel of "experts". They were discussing the GOP debate.

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    After watching the panel for a while, I got back to my room at 10:26pm. Went to bed a little big later.

    Next up is Day #3, Wednesday, December 16.

    xman30
     
  10. KellyLovesVegas

    KellyLovesVegas certified personal trainer/retired space nerd

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    You take the most amazing pics! I hadn't heard the story of Guano Point. Very interesting.

    Thanks for posting your awesome pics and fun trip report!
     
  11. VegasDiva

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    Great TR so far!
    I also did a bus tour out to the West Rim, back in 2007~ has changed a bit , we didn't eat in the Ranch but under a canopy tent! ... nice storefronts they have built up
    I found it awesome to be there , being a prairie gal from the Canadian prairies..
    How interesting to stumble into Anderson Cooper doing his thing....
    This is one reason I Love Vegas, never know what you might run into, do or see!
     
  12. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Those pics...alllllllllllllmost make me want to burn a day visiting the Grand Canyon. :thumbsup:
     
  13. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    The debate was hosted by CNN, but it was odd that the group was outside in the cold. He said (jokingly) to part of the group "Shouldn't you guys be gambling?" I yelled that he should do a "360" in his chair. He never did. ;)

    xman30
     
  14. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    Day #3: December 16, 2015. Wednesday.
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    I woke up at 6:40am. I ate breakfast at the MGM Grand buffet. 7:20am. Good, but limited food. I got picked up for my Hoover Dam tour at 11:00am. Made it to the Dam around Noon.

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    On our way back to Vegas we stopped at Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens in Henderson. I didn't buy any chocolate, but I did take some pictures of the cactus garden.

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    I got back to my room at 3:39pm. The original place I wanted to eat dinner at (Pub 1842) was closed for two weeks (there were a few other restaurants doing the same), so I decided to eat at Tilted Kilt, which is in The Linq. 5:26pm. I had the "S.O.B." burger (called Fiery burger last time I ate it), fries, & a Diet Coke. Very good. The burger was much spicier than the previous time I ate it. I took a picture of three ladies that work at Tilted Kilt. The one in the middle was my waitress.

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    I walked around The Linq a bit taking pictures & a video. There was a snow machine.

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    After The Linq I went to the Fremont Street Experience. 7:41pm. The express bus I was on had a lot fewer people on it than normal. I took in a couple light shows & watched two dancing DJs perform. One DJ danced a lot more than the other.

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    I left at 9:37pm. My bus ride back to the Strip was almost empty. Maybe 10 people. I've never seen a Vegas bus with so few people. Looking back I can say that there were fewer than normal people at the Fremont Street Experience. It was cold that night, but I've been to the FSE when it was cold during other December trips & the place was always packed. Not sure what the case was with this trip.

    After I got to the Strip I took a couple pictures before heading to my room.

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    I got to my room at 10:41pm.

    Next up is Day #4, Thursday, December 17.

    xman30
     
  15. Raptor

    Raptor High-Roller

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    Great stuff so far.
     
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    lulucob Tourist

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    We would like to do the Tour. Which tour did you take? When you said there are different buses to take you to different areas, did the bus take you to more than one place?
     
  17. Flowers

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    Great report so far. I love how you get around. What kind of camera are you using? a phone camera, point and shoot or something more sophisticated? Your photos are fantastic.
     
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    There are buses that are constantly dropping people off & picking people up at different locations. Buses arrive at each location every 5 to 10 minutes. There are four different places for the drop-offs & picks-ups: 1) Airport (or Hub as I like to call it), 2) Eagle Point, 3) Guano Point, & 4) The Ranch.

    To Flowers: I'm currently using a point & shoot camera by Canon. Powershot SX710. I got it October 2015. It became available in January 2015. I'm thinking about getting a Canon Powershot SX530. I would take both the SX710 & SX530 on my trip to Vegas in April.

    xman30
     
  19. Flowers

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    Thanks for the camera note and please continue with the great report!
     
  20. VegasDiva

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    hahah
    love the Dam pictures I've never taken the *DAM* tour (to quote from Vegas Vacation :p) other than a quick stop to peek at it, enroute to the West Rim Grand Canyon tour
     
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