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No roller - short trip (3/3-3/6)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Sin City Sinner, Mar 10, 2014.

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  1. Sin City Sinner

    Sin City Sinner Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    The Backstory
    A few years ago my wife and I moved to the southeast and recently decided to move back to the Pacific Northwest. We packed our pets and most everything we owned and hit the road on March 2. We had reservations at an off strip motel (had to choose that because we have 3 pets, 2 of which are cats, and cats are no-no's on the strip)

    Getting there

    The drive through NC, SC, GA & Alabama was smooth as could be. We were making good time and had every intention of being in Vegas to check in on Monday March 3. Our plan was to stop in Tunica, MS to visit the Tunica Resorts, but checking the weather we saw that there were some big snow storms in the area. So I rerouted the trip to continue through Mississippi and through Dallas, Tx.
    HUGE MISTAKE
    We did not see any snow fall, but they had an ice storm, and we got stuck on Highway 20 for FIFTEEN HOURS. For 15 hours we did not move.
    Then after that it was very slow going for several hours.

    So, we did not make it to Vegas on Monday afternoon, instead we got there on Tuesday afternoon.

    NIGHT ONE
    Sadly, we were both so exhausted when we finally got there that we decided we'd just hang out in the motel where we could stay with the pets and watch our car & trailer to insure nothing happened. But after several hours stretching out and relaxing, the Vegas bug hit us and we realized we were just feet from the strip.
    We did a quick trip out to Mirage to watch our favorite free attraction. We decided to walk across the street to the Venetian and watch it from there.
    After the volcano we walked up the strip and stopped in at the Fat Tuesday in the Casino Royale. We both got a yard dog, of which we both drank quickly. The combination of little sleep, little food, and just being exhausted, that yard of booze hit us both pretty hard.
    We went to the Bellagio and watched the final fountains show of the night, then took a cab back to our hotel.

    DAY TWO - a much better day

    Going to sleep at 1am, and inexplicably waking up at 7, I was apparently restless. While my wife slept I decided to go out and check out early morning on the strip. I stopped into MGM and grabbed a coffee at Starbucks and just walked around MGM, Hooters and The Tropicana (which is a hotel I've never been in before)

    Wife joined me and we went to Luxor for the buffet, a buffet that I really enjoyed and recommend.
    We took a cab to The Paris and got our tickets to Jersey Boys for later in the evening, and then walked over to PH to collect the tickets that we got for Nathan Burton.

    We spent some time checking out the Miracle Mile Shops and had a lot of fun there, then did the Burton show.
    My take on the Nathan Burton Show is that he has some good illusions, but he himself doesn't have a great stage presence. But the show was fun nonetheless.

    We left PH and went back to The Paris for the 7pm show of Jersey Boys.
    This was going to be the first Broadway Play I've ever seen. And it will not be the last. Nor will it be the last time we see Jersey Boys. Holy God, this was a great show. An amazingly fun performance and fun time at this show.

    After Jersey Boys got over we went back to the Motel to sleep before having to head out on the second leg of the trip.

    DAY 3

    Thursday morning we went to Coco's Bakery for breakfast. This was a place that the wife and I went to our first time in Vegas, it was cheap, good food, great service and no line to get in.
    The next time the two of us went together we went basically for nostalgic purposes, and this time we went because we assumed we were making a tradition. But I think this will be our last time there. Not the greatest food, or service, and this time the place was PACKED. Considering that we don't plan on bringing our pets to Vegas again and will be staying on the strip from now on, I don't think we have any reason to go back out to Coco's.

    After leaving the Motel we drove to a place called Snooty Pets, where my wife had a Groupon special ($25 for $10) we bought some treats and toys for the pets, including a peanut butter cannoli for our dog. Really cool place.

    So, not the greatest trip to Vegas, no gambling, not a lot of drinking, but we both really enjoyed the couple of days off the road and at least spending some time in our favorite vacation spot.
    I will be going back to Vegas in September, I have a comp room at Harrah's for a couple of days, and then my wife and I will be going back in December and spending a few nights on the strip.
     
  2. Skyler

    Skyler Low-Roller

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    Wow! That's a long trip with pets. I'm so sorry you got stuck in our ice storm in Dallas. It was a total PIA for everyone and something I'm not in a hurry to see again.

    We moved to Phoenix and back with cats and didn't have any weather issues and it still seemed never ending. I'm glad you made it ok and I'm sure your next Vegas trip will be much less stressful!
     
  3. sybgal

    sybgal VIP Whale

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    Can't imagine being stranded for 15 hours.... must take a lot out of you. Glad you finally made it and got to enjoy LV - at least for a short time!
     
  4. Sin City Sinner

    Sin City Sinner Low-Roller

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    ^^ Thank you

    And yeah, Skyler, it's a very long trip. I think the cats actually enjoyed it though because we were able to set up a "cat cave" in our hatchback. They pretty much slept the whole way, rarely made a noise, in fact every time we stopped for gas and I went to check on them they seemed more annoyed that I was bugging them than anything else :)
     
  5. JimboS

    JimboS Low-Roller

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    So your Username is Sin City Sinner and you didn't do any gambling or drinking in Vegas???
     
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