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Solo Trip Report for December 15-19, 2014

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  1. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Sorry it took me so long to get this trip report going. I'm really back logged with pictures to upload from various events. I'm going to do with this trip report what I've done with my previous trip reports: 1 day equals 1 post.

    December 15, 2014, Monday

    My plane took off from Houston at 8:55am & landed on time in Vegas at 10:20am. Uneventful flight. I got to Bally's at 11:30am & to my room at 11:40am. I paid an extra $22 for early check in. I was in one of the renovated Jubilee Rooms. This was my third time staying at Bally's, but my first time since the renovations. Nice looking room.

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    It had a very nice view.

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    I then went to Tilted Kilt in the Linq for lunch. 12:28pm. I had the Inferno Burger with fries & a Diet Coke. Not quite "Inferno" but it did have some spicy. It was a good burger. Some pics:

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    My Tilted Kilt waitress:

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    I then went to the Conservatory at the Bellagio. 1:55pm.

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    I then went to the Gallery of Fine Art at the Bellagio. 2:34pm. It had an exhibit on Faberge. First time ever seeing work done by Faberge. Incredible work. I then went to the Richard MacDonald Gallery at the Bellagio. 3:30pm.

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    For dinner I ate at Lagasse's Stadium. I had my favorite nachos, chicken nachos. I watched the first 2.5 quarters of Monday Night Football, Saints vs Bears.

    I got to the Fremont Street Experience at 8:45pm. Took in part of one & all of another performance of the "Hotties."

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    An Indian movie cast & crew shot a scene for 'Any Body Can Dance 2'. More on them another day.

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    The crew got some of the street "performers" to join in the shot. After they shoot the scene they danced around, I recorded.

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    I think she was giving me the "evil eye."
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    I left about 10:30pm. Got back to my room by 11:30pm. In bed by midnight.

    Next up: Day #2: Tuesday, December 16.

    xman30
     
  2. PayTriple

    PayTriple The Cucumber King

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    Awesome videos! I've never been downtown but it is clear I need to go. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. The Stig

    The Stig VIP Whale

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    Very nice report and great pics and videos too thanks for posting
     
  4. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    Day #2, December 16, 2014.

    Woke up at 5:30. Slowly got ready for the day. I went to the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace for breakfast. 7:45am. A lot of great food. Right now it's my favorite buffet.

    I then made my way to Circus Circus. 10:50am. My first time there.

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    I watched a clown act and a balancing act.

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    I then walked down to the SLS Casino. Used to be the Sahara. It sure has changed. My first time being there since the make over.

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    I got to Madame Tussauds at the Venetian at 12:54pm.

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    After the wax I went to my room to rest. I looked out my window to see that there were people using Paris' pools.

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    I ate dinner at the Hooters Casino restaurant. 5:40pm. I had a good BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich & curly fries. I took a picture of the nice lady at the front of the restaurant.

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    I then putzed around the Miracle Mile and Planted Hollywood.

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    I made it back to my room at 9:38pm.

    Next up: Day #3, Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

    xman30
     
  5. Iamrice

    Iamrice High-Roller

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    Great looking pics!
    What kind of camera are you using?
     
  6. REELmoneySlotFan

    REELmoneySlotFan High-Roller

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    Liking all the pics and videos so far. Did you do any gambling?
     
  7. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR for the pictures. Canon Powershot SX130 for the videos.

    REELmoneySlotFan, no I didn't do any gambling on this trip. I rarely gamble during any trip. When I do, it's usually only a few dollars at a video poker machine.

    xman30
     
  8. Landshark

    Landshark Way into it...

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    Pretty good eye for photography. Great shots with a great camera.
     
  9. IWannaBeInVegas

    IWannaBeInVegas VIP Whale

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    Loving the pics. Also glad I am not the only one going to Vegas to do little gambling but take lots of photos. I juts bought a Rebel T5i.
     
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  10. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    Day #3: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    I woke up at 6:30am. I made it to the Bellagio buffet at 7:45am for breakfast. Food was good, but it seems like the selection was less than before. After breakfast was a tour of the Hoover Dam. I got picked up around 11am. Along the way we stopped in Boulder City to look at some mountain sheep.

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    The tour guide said it was unusual to see mountain sheep this far down the mountains at this time of the year. Normally they are further up the mountains by December. After the sheep we were driven around the subdivision.

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    We eventually made it to the Dam. We went down to the bottom of the inside part of the Dam.

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    We then went to the generators.

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    We then went to the museum part of the Dam.

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    We then went outside to the Dam.

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    The Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge from the Hoover Dam.

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    After the Hoover Dam, my group went to The Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

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    After the Bridge we went to Lake Mead.

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    After we left Lake Mead we went to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden in Henderson.

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    I can't believe it took me five years & 10 trips to make it to the Hoover Dam. It was an awesome experience. It really made me wish I had gotten to the Dam much earlier. I think I'll have to take another tour on a future trip. I got back to my room at 4:45pm.

    For dinner I ate at Twin Peaks. I ate a very good Texas style Philly cheese steak sandwich. Wednesdays are bikini days at the Vegas Twin Peaks. My waitress & another posed for a picture. My waitress is on the right.

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    I saw the cast & crew of 'Any Body Can Dance 2' shoot a scene in front of the Bellagio's water fountain. They did three takes.

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    Also watched a fountain show.

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    I eventually made it back to my room & went to sleep.

    Next up, Day #4,

    xman30
     
  11. The Stig

    The Stig VIP Whale

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    Great report so far, I always say I'm going to do the Hoover Dam tour but never get round to it, maybe this time
     
  12. IWannaBeInVegas

    IWannaBeInVegas VIP Whale

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    Loving the photos
     
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  13. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Awesome pics!
     
  14. Worldbefree

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    You should take more photos to document your trip :licklips: All joking aside, very nice quality images.
     
  15. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    Watch it!!! I have over 1,200 I can share!!! :poke: ;) :evillaugh

    xman30
     
  16. IWannaBeInVegas

    IWannaBeInVegas VIP Whale

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    Do post
     
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    xman30 Low-Roller

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    I'll post a link to the album that has the pictures after I'm done with my trip report.

    xman30
     
  18. Iamrice

    Iamrice High-Roller

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    Sweet!
     
  19. franknic

    franknic Low-Roller

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    Wow, your pictures are fantastic. Tells a fine story too. Thanks for sharing
     
  20. chinod

    chinod Newbie

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    Best pics I've seen . Thanks so much for sharing
     
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