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“Boys” Trip to Vegas!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by TheDirty, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. Ezzy711

    Ezzy711 High-Roller

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    Excellent day and TR! You guys really jammed a lot in one day. I really enjoyed the twilight zone sign. I could hear Rod’s voice as I read it. You are the first one I can remember who took pictures of non casino architecture. Outstanding!! Looking forward to your next adventure.
     
    Iffy trip, but I’m a gambler
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  2. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Great pics! Thanks for sharing. What will today bring?!
     
  3. pleasemum

    pleasemum High-Roller

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    You said "quality photographs" and you did not disappoint. Can you tell me what you are using to take the photos?

    Glad to hear that your first day hanging out in Vegas with your son is such a success. Great upgrade on the room!!
     
  4. vegasvette

    vegasvette Low-Roller

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    What a nice variety of quality pics for our enjoyment. Thank you and have fun exploring Vegas in a new way for you.
     
  5. VegasJmr

    VegasJmr Tourist

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    Great photos, thanks for sharing these unique buildings away from the grime of downtown.
     
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  6. drfishalot

    drfishalot Tourist

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    Really liken this report.
     
  7. Syringe Monkey

    Syringe Monkey Low-Roller

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    Nice TR so far.... and excellent score on the room upgrade.
     
  8. Mnemosyne

    Mnemosyne Tourist

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    Love this so far. Thanks!
     
  9. robert m.

    robert m. High-Roller

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    Thank you for sharing!

    Wonderful Pictures!

    I made a point to take my three kids to neat places while they were teenagers. NY, San Francisco, Tahoe, Colorado skiing, and Las Vegas. They are all about 30 now, but they still smile and recount our trips to each of these places.

    After they enter college & progress on to marriage, employment & kids, they will be past the time when they get super excited about new places.

    This is a moment in time that you will never regret!
     
  10. rvallez6

    rvallez6 Low-Roller

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    Great Trip report so far! and i love the father/son trip. I don't have a son, but my oldest Nephew is 2 months away from 21, so i'm planning on taking him. I took my 11 year old daughter for the first time 4th of july week and it was a great experience.

    Looking forward to the rest of the trip and more pics!
     
  11. TheDirty

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    Thanks everyone for all the positive feedback thus far. I was worried a father / son trip report may be too boring for the forum, but I’m glad y’all approve! It’s a unique and great way to document our trip, and I’ll enjoy looking back on this report in the future. And for the person who asked, I’m just using my iPhone 8 for the pictures.

    Day 2, 7am. Get up bub, we got places to be! He’s under there somewhere..

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    A little love for our cleaning staff. They work their tails off.

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    We’re headed to Starbucks for breakfast and coffee. Never seen a SB with stadium seating before.

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    Make it to Enterprise by 8am. We’re upgraded to a new Nissan Murano. Not bad for $53 bucks.

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    We’ve arrived

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    “This is an engineering victory of the first order—another great achievement of American resourcefulness, American skill and American determination.” Franklin D. Roosevelt ~ 1935.

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    $10 to park. $60 for the Dam tour. Well worth the price of admission.

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    An hour long guided tour through the center of the dam, the inspection chambers, the power plant, and the diversion tunnels.

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    703 stairs up and down.. or “stairway to heaven” as they call it.

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    This pictures simply do not do it justice

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    A couple parting shots

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    And for the 96 people who lost their lives

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    On the way out we intentionally get lost down Kingman Wash Access Road. It’s a maintained backcountry road that runs about 3.6 miles over hills and down washes through the wild backcountry of Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

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    The drive got hairy in spots. Again, the pics can’t relay the depth / steeps or vastness of this area. It was absolutely beautiful. Hope Enterprise doesn’t mind.

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    On the way out, I get hooked by the sign. “Heli Rides $39.” We’re in.

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    Papillon Airways, 6 minute tour over Hover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River. $138 dollars later. Worth every penny.

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    Parting shot. Regret being cheap and not buying the print version.

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    Time to visit Boulder City before heading back to the strip.

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    Such a nice and clean little town. Really enjoyed their emphasis on street artwork.

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    Lunch on the patio at Milo’s

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    $40 bucks for Chicken Caesar wrap, Italian sandwich, two sides of potato salad, sprite, and a Blue Moon for dad. Sad to say, only my second adult beverage of the trip. Excellent meal.

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    A couple randoms

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    Time to return the car, but first we wanted to stop by the Route 91 grounds to pay our respects to the lives that were lost there. I was amazed to find the entire area was gated, and covered in scrim. Couldn’t see a thing. Also surprised there was no such memorial in place. Maybe I missed one? Decent shot of Mandalay as we drove through.

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    After an hour of downtime in the room, we’re off to our next stop.

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    $54 dollars, and worth every penny. If you’ve not been, they give you a “boarding pass” with the name and bio of a passenger who was aboard the ship. You discover at the end if they survived or perished in the incident.

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    Lyft back to Linq. Really cool promenade. Ate at Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips. $43 for two of these, and I had a lemon and ginger lemonade spiked with Grey Goose. Absolutely excellent.

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    My son decides he’s done for the day, so back to CP we go. We see Marcus Lemonis in front of check-in. For those unaware the dude is a billionaire, and has a show on CNBC called The Profit.

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    It’s now almost 10pm. We’ve made it back to the room where I attempt to upload today’s TR. Had errors uploading pictures, so I figured I’d put that on hold and head down to the Casino for some adult time. My son was completely content with hanging in the room for the night, catching up on his games, videos, and buddies from back home.

    Now I’m not much of a gambler. I, like all of you, work awful hard for my money, so betting usually makes me nervous. I’m the type that hangs out in the casino, meandering from table to table, watching, listening, looking at chip stacks, trying to get a feel when the “right” time to buy in is.

    After reading so many trip reports of you guys winning big on VP, I had visions of handpays in my head. I proceed to donk off $20 in about 60 seconds. I’m defeated. Gambling isn’t for me. “Go back to the room Jason, you’re down twenty bucks.”

    I wait some more. And wait. I see a craps table that’s hot, I buy in. $500 bucks. Who goes from feeling beat down about losing $20 bucks, then turns right around and buys in on a craps table for $500? I guess me.

    From $500, down to $25 left, I somehow manage to ride the waves and go $190 up. I cash out. Feeling good.

    More meandering, I see another hot table. It’s my turn to shoot - and I tell you guys, I went on an absolute burner. I literally rolled for over an hour. I had players, dealers, and even pit bosses high fiving me and congratulating me on my roll. The table was nuts! Absolutely nuts!

    It’s now 3am, and I’m back in my room. My son is fast asleep. After three hours of craps, two gin & tonics, 2 Michelob Ultras, and 2 Bud Lights later (all on the house) I can happily report I’m up $2640 on my first night of gambling.

    Wow. Just wow.

    For now, I’m beat, and off to bed. See you guys tomorrow for day 3!

    Jason

    Jason
     
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  12. pd54

    pd54 Low-Roller

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    What a day!!!
     
  13. Treb23

    Treb23 Tourist

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    Man! What an action packed day! I know your son is loving the trip and it is a special thing to have that time between the two of you.
     
    Vacation with my lovely wife
  14. Robin W

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    That picture of your son on the helicopter was priceless!! What a great day! Congrats on the big wins!
     
    Girls trip to The Linq and The D!
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  15. Ezzy711

    Ezzy711 High-Roller

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    I’ve been to Vegas a lot and never had a day like that! Outstanding! The awe inspiring sights, the great food and a huge profit....this is what makes that city unique. Congratulations.

    As a struggling small business owner I was really tickled to see Marcus. Cool dude.
     
    Iffy trip, but I’m a gambler
  16. Kobra2848

    Kobra2848 VIP Whale

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    Really enjoying the report. Great run on the craps table.

    Mark
     
  17. vwhiten

    vwhiten Me, Me, Me - it’s all about me.

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    Wonderful pics and trip report. Wishing you continued luck. Priceless photo of your son on the helicopter.
     
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  18. rooster42000

    rooster42000 Patriots #1

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    Nice pics
     
  19. Crawfordesquire

    Crawfordesquire Low-Roller

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    stash away the G and play with the rest.
    have fun :beer:
     
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  20. bshowell

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    What an incredible day! I love that picture of your son on the helicopter. That alone would be worth it.