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Terri and Ken do Vegas ... well, kinda, OK, not really Vegas

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by ken2v, Oct 31, 2010.

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  1. ken2v

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    My Trip Report

    We were in Vegas last week. I’d say we put in a good 45 minutes at Silverton.

    Thanks for reading.

    But seriously now. A week ago Monday we headed north once we broke Terri out of the office. We did stop at Silverton to get dinner and lose five games of keno, then back into the car for a night in Mesquite. And you know, folks really haven’t lived until they’ve spent a month in Mesquite one night.

    Mesquite’s never been hopping but, man, what a ghost town. Oasis is totally shuttered, Casablanca still looks like a retirement home needing a serious makeover and it appears they’ve given up the ghost on the moribund “convention center†on the north side of town. On the plus side, Eureka’s been given a makeover and what already was the only casino-hotel in town worth staying in is now really worth staying in. Hats off.

    On Tuesday we played golf at Conestoga. A new Gary Panks course that’s part of Sun City Mesquite. Outstanding course. I really like a lot of Panks’ work, even if he’s less than a (golf) household name. Though part/parcel of a Sun City, as he did at Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria, AZ, this is real golf, not bluehair golf. Huge movement, forced carries, blind shots, massively long par 4s and the requisite risk-reward shorties, hacks-will-four-putt greens, it’s all there. Screw Wolf Creek. Mesquite has a new best play and these guys understand there’s a concept known as customer service. Screw Wolf Creek.

    Apres golf we headed off to St. George, where we put in for three nights at the Inn at Entrada. I’m going to put up a photo album on my Facebook page, but if you know St. George we were out by Ivins and the views from our “casita†were of Red Mountain and Snow Canyon. Man oh man what a view, and with the passing storms that week we had every conceivable light condition. Stellar. I can see why So Cal is relocating northward. Played golf at Entrada the next morn then headed up to Zion in the afternoon. With the later-leaving light courtesy of the Mountain time zone we were able to get in a short hike up at Kolob Canyon then around to the main canyon for walks to Weeping Rock and the narrows.

    Coming out Wednesday night we drove back through the most hellacious electrical and rain storm I’ve ever seen. I mean retina-searing nearby flashes and sheet-flow on all the roadways. Otto von Osprey was up to the task, and then some. (Otto von is our new Passat, btw. It’s white over black like an osprey and with Pirellis it sure has talons.) Back at Entrada we noshed on pizza and IPAs and watched the gods torch the sky over Red Mountain.

    Thursday we went back to Zion – hello annual federal lands pass – and hiked the Kayenta Trail up to the three emerald pools then strolled the new multi-use path along the Virgin from the junction to the visitors center.

    It was a good visit for Terri because she lost her dad right before last Christmas and Zion was a place he took the girls several times. She shed some needed sad-glad tears and conjured up visions of Jim as he was, not as the doctors turned him into last year. Bastards. I’d not been to the park since my So Cal childhood trips with my dad. And though I’m one helluva lot bigger than I was then, Zion is as massively inspiring. We’re thinking about either a winter time trip or a return next fall for some real hiking; incentives like that seem to get us on a healthier track. And since my mom gets annual Vegas trips with me/us, I’m going to take dad up for a remembrance/thank you so very much trip.

    On Friday we stocked up at Lee’s Discount Liquor in Mesquite before going to, gulp, Laughlin. (Lee's is good. Not BevMo--and not remotely so in the beer/booze arena--but not bad.) The positive side of Laughlin was a 90th birthday celebration for Terri’s granny, who lives in Bullhead. We had a good family turnout and I think it was the first time I’d been with that many members of Terri’s family when the occasion was not a funeral.

    Some of ya’ll know my feelings about Laughlin. I’ve been going for 20+ years now and I just wish someone would come in with a big bag of money and bring the place somewhat current. Please. As I posted elsewhere, the work on Aquarius was good, and needed, and I like what the’ve done to the Express’ casino the past couple years, but the town is old, dour, smoky and despite popular perception, it’s not exactly a VP haven. There’s playable stuff at a couple joints but it ain’t no Boulder Highway. We had a great dinner at the Range one night. Sadly, the Belle’s brew pub is no longer a brew pub.

    I played Laughlin Ranch on Saturday while Terri chilled with the cousins. If you’ve read my golf book you know LR is at the top of several of my lists, and it’s nice to see that the lights are still on and someone’s trying to keep it going. But it’s gonna be a few bazillion years before the original developer’s wet dream for that place will ever be realized.

    Oh, we played a little VP at the Belle, and I did find one freakin’ thing to play at McHa$$ahtic’$ … a 9/6 DDB machine in .50. Ouch.

    I know, I know, I should just quit going but it’s one place where family goes.

    Great trip. Hiking, days on end with Terri, some good food, great golf, family, lotta fun doing our second road trip in Otto von … love that little turbo and who’d have thunk we’d actually enjoy the sunroof!?
     
  2. VegasBJ

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    Nice report Ken! Our family enjoyed a couple days at Zion this past Easter break, and really enjoyed the scenery and hikes as well!
     
  3. IowaRyan

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    Nice report Ken, I'll definitely get out to Mesquite sometime.
     
  4. sin

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    nice report Ken! I've never been to any of thses places, but you make them sound so good I want to try...except for the golfing :eek:)
     
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