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Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by chef, Mar 20, 2006.

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  1. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

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    My Trip Report

    I was an early arrival to the MM3 party and a early departer, but that's not to say I didn't get a taste of what was happening.
    First on the agenda, though, was some serious hiking and mountain climbing. To prepare us for the rugged conditions we would encounter, we spent the first night at the Gold Spike in a room closest to both elevators.
    Believe me, as I settled into my sleeping bag a day or two later in 30-degree temps in complete wilderness, it was a step up from the Spike. Seriously, I slept better
    A preliminary hike was done on Summerlin Peak (an easy climb), on the far western fringes of Vegas.
    The next day, we took it more serious and headed 70 miles north to Moapa Peak. This is a level-5 (on a 1-5 scale) hike. This is based upon steep elevation, rock scrambling and lack of an established trail.
    However, it can be done without ropes or other technical equipment. Hardly anyone tries it, though, because of the severity and difficulty in reaching it.
    I know it's against Dollar rental car policy, but we took the Chrysler Sebring on 20 miles of a 4-wheel drive gravel road, loaded with big potholes. A rough ride, but being veterans of traversing parking garages into downtown Vegas helped.
    It was a rough climb up Moapa, but we made it to within 50 feet of the top. Couldn't go any higher because of snow on a narrow ridge at the peak.
    Great views. Not a cloud in the sky that day. It wasn't as high as Mt Charleston, but the scenery at the top was comparable.
    A problem arose on the way down. We took a wrong turn and lost the trail that we came up on. And, there is only one way up and down.
    The danger factor is if you don't find your way before nightfall, you're stuck on the mountain until daybreak. We didn't have our sleeping bags and the prospects of spending 10 hours in 20-degree weather was a bit daunting.
    You can survive, but it is one miserable night.
    Things got worse when I attempted to seek an alternate route and took a fall down a limestone cliff, uprooting a cactus on my way down and getting pricked all over. If anyone of you would have been there to see it, though, I think you would have laughed your ass at me. It was that kind of fall.
    The pressure was on. Not only we're we lost, but in a few short hours the first event of MM3 would be kicking off, a get-together at the Plaza.
    I didn't want to miss that. Perhaps that motivated me to find my way, which eventually happened.
    I was worn out, sun-burnt and scratched up from numerous cacti attacking me, but walked into the Keno Bar at the Plaza right at the appointed time of 8:30 pm and all was well in my world.
    I am here to tell you that all the T2Vers I met that night had all their body parts intact and actually appeared normal. You never know what you'll find on a message board, but this was a friendly, articulate, fun-loving bunch.
    It was kind of like scoring on a blind date.
    After spending the past 4 years on T2V, it was an enlightening experience to match up the personalities and faces with the actual posters.
    No offense to my friend ken2v, but, it was also nice to finally meet someone else from this board. I had never met anyone other than ken prior to MM3. There was my co-moderator Don D and wife Jennifer, Keno and wife Emily, the almost-famous Mikey and companion Andria, Cyndi, Beach Crazy (Angy), Marty, Patty from Ontario, Coaster Kikky, Vegas Jer and sin.
    Thanks to Don for comping everyone's drinks. Don's a big wheel at the Plaza, just like Patty's a hot shot at the Vegas Club and a personal friend of Mr. Barrick.
    I heard Blackjack (Ron) was down at Harrahs. Jer, BC and sin and I piled into the Sebring, which was still reeking in body odor from the camping trip, and wheeled down the Strip. I caught flak from those guys for not using valet parking at Harrahs, but as Frugal moderator, I need to set an example and use self-parking.
    Met Ron, who also appeared almost too normal-looking. Apparantly, we lack the freaky types on T2V, unless some showed up later in the week that I missed.
    Another one of my goals on this trip was to meet doctor al, RamBill and Ross.
    Failed, even though doc and I stayed in same tower of Plaza Thursday night. For whatever reason, we weren't able to hook up. However, we did have verbal intercourse on the phone. I'll guess we'll try to catch you guys next year.
    As far as the rest of the trip, the craps tables were choppy, did some nice buffet-eating at various joinbts and enjoyed a comp stay at the Plaza.
    I always wanted to take part in March Madness, but, while the sportsbooks were full of adrenalin, it was too crowded for my tastes.
    I had to leave Friday and wasn't able to take in any other MM3 festivities. Got back to Midway at 1:30 am, was home by 3:30 and at work at 7:00 am. It was a long day Saturday, especially knowing how much MM3 frivolity I was missing.
     
  2. MikeE

    MikeE The Shah's Slightly Hairy Cousin

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    Great read. Man, I think I'd start to panic if I were lost on a hike like that.
     
  3. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    Andy, I always love your atypical Vegas jaunts and the tales that result. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Coaster Kikky

    Coaster Kikky Tourist

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    It was great to meet you Andy! I especially enjoyed your taking the time to raise a glass to two people unable to attend - the (apparently) late, great Andsen and to Shock. I have a feeling both were there in spirit with us, and hopefully Scott can join us in person next time.
     
  5. DonD

    DonD Super Moderator

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    Thanks for the compliment Chef, but by no means am I a big shot, just happen to have some nice connections. It was GREAT meeting you. You are a class act.:peace:
     
  6. Red Sox

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    Hey any luck with the PICK 6??? Just a horse player looking for info.
     
  7. DonD

    DonD Super Moderator

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    Nope, we played a $500 ticket and got four winners. Maybe next time.
     
  8. doctor_al

    doctor_al VIP Whale

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    Whoa! That's a call I think I'd remember. :haha:

    Seriously, sorry we didn't meet up. There was so much going on it was hard to keep track of things. I'll give you a shout if I wind up down in your neck of the woods, which is probably likely sometime this summer.
     
  9. sin

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    Chef, it was a great pleasure to meet you and I'm sorry we missed you at Mix:cry: would have been nice to spend some more time chatting with ya!
     
  10. pattiinontario

    pattiinontario "PATTI-O-LANTERNS"

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    I'm no big shot at the LVC I just know alot of the staff since I stay there all the time and unfortunately Mr. Barrick is no longer there :( But he sure was a wonderful man and oh so nice and down to earth.

    It was great meeting u and I am glad I had the chance to sit and talk with u and get to know u. U r a very very nice man & it was a pleasure.
     
  11. blackjack

    blackjack Monkey!!

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    I think that's a T2V law isn't it? "long haired freaky people need not apply". :haha: It was great meeting you as well. Hopefully next time we'll get to have a few drinks together.
     
  12. Jack21

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    I dunno, Patti, it seemed like in December when we went thru you were on a first name basis with the entire joint.

    Chef, thanks for sharing. Always nice to see someone make it outside once in a while.
     
  13. Coaster Kikky

    Coaster Kikky Tourist

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    Does this mean I should cut my hair?? :haha:
     
  14. vegasbound

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    Good read, I'm always envious of your excursions out here. I bet you see some spectacular sights off the beaten path.
     
  15. IllMarty

    IllMarty Orangutan

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    Andy,

    Nice TR. You're quite the thrill seeker. Glad you were able to find your way down the mountain. It was great meeting you last week.Wish you could have stuck around all weekend as we had a blast. Nice toast at the bar too. Very touching. Looking forward to more mountain climbing stories.

    Marty
     
  16. Beach Crazy

    Beach Crazy Hostess With the Mostess

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    Hey, Chef, what a great TR. I'm so glad I finally got to meet you. You are such a fun guy!! Thanks again for the ride in the Sebring, I didn't notice any body odor :eek2

    Hopefully we will cross paths again. :wave2:
     
  17. blackjack

    blackjack Monkey!!

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    :kill:
    LMAO
     
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