Another adventure to Vegas. I decided to drive again. I know it's not for everyone, but I really enjoy it. Day 1 - April 25 Long drive. 625 miles from my house to Twin Falls, ID. I know this non-Vegas part is boring, so I'll spare the details. I had good weather, sort of. Showers along the whole route, but really only one hard rain outside of Boise. Every time I do this drive I decide going to Twin Falls is too far, but when I get to Boise, I feel like I haven't gone far enough. Not many options between them though, so the extra push to get to TF is worth it in the end. The bad part about pushing to Twin Falls is that I get into town when it's dark. I've driven into town a few times and come over a big bridge with lots of "scenic overlook" signs all around. But again, it was just a dark nothing when I went by. I know I miss some cool geography/geology by missing the end of the drive. Maybe I'll fix that on the way back home. Day 2 - April 26 Great night's sleep. The budget hotels sometimes get panned just for being budget hotels. But I had good sleep and the room was very comfortable. Despite having to drag my luggage up to the 3rd floor without an elevator or a bell desk, I enjoyed my stay. Grabbed a quick bite from the free breakfast and headed out early. Another long day, but first I wanted to go back and see what was at that scenic overlook. WOW! It didn't disappoint. It was a bridge over the Snake River and the canyon is beautiful. I walked around at that visitor center a bit and then drove down to the bottom of the canyon to check out the golf course down at the bottom. Apparently this is the local fitness walk because it seemed like everyone in town and their dog (literally) was walking this hill. It almost made me feel guilty for driving down. (almost) Saw an amazing waterfall and got a score card for my dad to check out. But I had to get going as I had a long day. Quick stop for coffee and I was off. I love this drive. Lots of people would complain that it's just endless desert driving, but I don't see it that way. I think the landscape is constantly changing and there's always something new to see. But again, I'll spare the details. The weather wasn't bad. A few showers, but the wind was crazy. I had to fight it all the way south to Las Vegas. This time I took the shorter of the two routes from Ely, NV to Las Vegas. It was just as scenic, but different. It's basically going down one chain of valleys instead of the other. The difference with this route is that I didn't find a good spot to get out of the car and walk around like when I discovered Cathedral Gorge last year. But I found places to get out and stretch my legs where I could. Got to Vegas around 6pm. Coming over that last pass where you can see Vegas in front of you always gets my blood pumping. I think that last 20 miles are the longest. Drove down to Tropicana for the hell of it and then back to the hotel. Traffic was LVB traffic, but not too heavy. There was a line of cars waiting to turn into the valet. It turned out valet was closed and that was causing the line up because every car had to be told individually that they have to use self park. Once it was my turn, I just said "Checking In" and the guy let me through the barrier. I barely stopped the car and the valet was there. He called over a bellman and I was out of the car and on my way quickly. There was a long line at the check-in, but it moved along. When it was my turn, I asked for an upgrade to a view room of some kind. She offered me a fountain view room that was a smoking room. That was fine with me. Got into my room and bellman was there within minutes. I ordered some room service, made some phone calls and relaxed until I couldn't feel the road anymore. Around 10pm, I went downstairs to look for video poker. I found a Triple Play machine and played on that for a while. Started ordering Vodka Collins... Collinses? Whatever. Cashed out up about $80. Wandered around and found the Video Poker "pit" where all the machines are. Bounced around there from machine to machine until about 1am and then headed back upstairs, still up, but not as much. I think I'm up $35. Went online in the room and then tried to sleep. Once I turned off the TV and settled in, I noticed the noise. It's like a semi truck drives down the hall every minute or two. At first I thought it was plumbing noise, but it was definitely in the wall. It's the elevator. It rumbles by the room every couple minutes. I have a white noise machine I travel with that can usually drown out anything. This time, not so much. I got a little sleep between 3-5:30 and then the sunshine started to come in where the shade doesn't go all the way down to the bottom. Good MORNING!!!!! UGH! Threw some pillows in front of the window to block the light, but now I'm awake and desperately in need of a new room so I can get a little sleep. I wonder how that's going to go. :evillaugh More later... including pictures if I can find the cable somewhere in all that luggage. Why do I pack so much crap?