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A 30 day trip to Vegas and points beyond... a semi (no promises) report Jan 21-Feb 21

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by WHITEJACKET73, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. WHITEJACKET73

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    My Trip Report

    D2FA37E5-B7CC-48E7-8D5C-C6802BB9629E.jpeg 78A00CD4-28AA-4FED-B5A5-2914EDDBA020.jpeg First of all I make no promises that I will continue this ongoing trip report to it's conclusion...I realize what a commitment due to the length of this odyssey will be. I will try to post some pics when I deem them noteworthy(no food pics). With that disclaimer, let us begin. This will be a road trip with hopefully a lot of nongaming activities, with a lot of idle days of reading, sightseeing and relaxation; interspersed with some gambling escapades, moderately heavy drinking, and fine dining.

    About two months ago I became aware of another impending Minnesota winter and all that it entails: snow, endless cloudy overcast days without sunshine, snow, high winds, snow and below zero temperatures with even lower wind chill factors. I looked online to see if I could string together some comped hotel nights in Vegas to make for a midwinter escape. I was amazed to be able to patch together a 30 day trip with just paying for four out of 30 nights. My road trip will include stays at Harrah's KC, AK-Chin, Laughlin, Vegas, Tahoe and Council Bluffs, Iowa. I pounced on the free room offers like a hungry lion on a wounded gazelle. My son is house sitting while I am away and has an ample supply of gasoline for the snowblower.

    My first stop was a six hour drive to Kansas City. I have stayed at this Harrah's casino several times before and like the property. The staff there, from check-in, housekeeping, TR desk, dealers and pit bosses are the nicest people. Every time I pass one of them I am greeted with a smile and a "How are you?". My free play did not amount to much and I used my dining credit on their satisfactory buffet. I had enough credit left over to purchase a couple of dozen oatmeal raisin cookies that I have been munching on for the past couple of days.

    The drive next day was from hell. I encountered freezing rain driving through Kansas, high winds in the Oklahoma panhandle(drove through a town called Hooker), a snow storm in northwestern Texas and endless boring miles in New Mexico. After 13 hours I ended up in a small town 65 miles west of ABQ. The hotel was okay, but the heat in my room was not turned on and it was like walking into a refrigerator. I turned on the heat full blast, had a couple of "bumps" of Four Roses bourbon and crashed for the night.

    My drive to AK-Chin was great. I got off of I-40 at Holbrook, Az and took the backroads to Phoenix. What great scenery in the mountains and absolutely no traffic. The casino is in the middle of nowhere but my view from my lovely 11th floor room is beautiful. Things work a little differently in their Diamond lounge here. I received two drink vouchers and a voucher for an appetizer from their daily menu; no buffet. Today I had a delicious bowl of tomato basil soup and a grilled ham and cheese sandwich (no pics).

    Last night I played some triple play bonus poker and did not do well; the quad Aces bailed me out of a hole, but I still lost $150 for the day. You receive a free drink voucher for every 50 tier credits earned. I received my vouchers at the TR desk and headed to the sound of live music coming from a lounge just off of the casino floor. I grabbed a seat at the bar and made good use of the vouchers by having several gin and tonics. The three piece band was pretty good with a decent vocalist. They played mostly R & B tunes which was to my liking. Today I just slept in, chilled in the room, read awhile, took a walk to soak up the sunshine and just plain relaxed. I have to restrain myself from gambling today....it's going to be a long trip so I have to pace myself.

    Tomorrow I am on my way to Laughlin for 3 nights and then onward to Vegas. My friend and ex co-worker MadMan Mike will be in town next week so things will pick up gambling wise. We will be fixtures at the blackjack tables at the Golden Gate. I am looking forward to attending a Super Bowl party at the Four Queens...got a written invitation from them a couple of weeks ago.

    Well, time to head down to the lounge to listen to the band and have a few more T & T's. Stay tuned for the next installment; I'll try to post some pics so this report won't be so bland. Okay, pics are my room at AK-CHIN. If you are wondering about my avatar, it is a picture of a bull musk oxen that I encountered on a recent canoe trip to the "Barrens" in the Northwest Territories, Canada....now that was one hell of an adventure!
     
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  2. gailtherese

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    Road trips are the best - have an amazing time! You were spot on w the timing of this trip!
     
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    Good start! And 50 Tier for a drink. Shit, hope it never gets to that point in Vegas...
     
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    What a great winter break for you- enjoy your trip!
     
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    I’m so jealous of this trip you are taking. I’ll definitely be following along. Have fun!
     
  7. WHITEJACKET73

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  8. WHITEJACKET73

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    My drive to Laughlin this morning took me through some beautiful but rugged country via the Joshua Tree scenic highway. It was hard to concentrate on the surroundings when you are driving at 75-80 miles an hour and people are passing you like your car is up on blocks. The Joshua trees are a unique form of vegetation. I have to say that I enjoyed my stay at AK-Chin with it's laid back vibe. After two days of hard driving, this was a great place to recharge. I made enough playing VP last night to pay for my dinner. The lounge was standing room only with a band pounding out heavy metal music...I'll pass... so I retired early to my room.

    I arrived early in Laughlin and my room was not ready, but the lady in the diamond check in area said that she would put a priority in getting it ready. Three hours later I got the call. I am in the central tower with a great view of the river. The room is small, the furniture is dated, no in room safe, and the bed is hard as concrete...but it is free so no more whining. I played some 50 cent full pay JOB and got my ass handed to me. I lost the first ten hands in a row...my hundy did not last long. I checked out the diamond lounge here...meh. Unlike the lounges in KC and AK-Chin, it was very noisy. I guess with the older crowd they talk louder. I am 68 years old and I felt like a youngster. The food selections were nothing to write home about let alone mention here.

    I played some triple play 7/5 bonus poker tonight and played a long time on my hundy. I was literally down to my last spin when I hit quad 3's to pull me back from the dead. I hit a couple of quads during the session, but ultimately felted. I did put a ton of tier points on my card. The cocktail service was excellent and the Heinekens tasted so good. I'm down another two hundred, so the gambling has not been going to well...but it is early.

    Tomorrow I think that I will head over to Oatman, Arizona to check out their annual bed races down main street. It is only a 45 minute drive from here. I have heard a lot about the town, with it's old western frontier vibe and wild donkeys wandering about the town. What the hell.
     
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    Today I took a road trip to Oatman Arizona to check out this old west mining town that caters to tourists. I looked on their website and found out that they were having their annual bed races today, so I had to check that out. I arrived mid morning and the town was pretty quiet, but things and the crowd picked up around high noon. They have a staged bank robbery and gunfight on main street at noon and around 2:30 pm each day. It's kind of comical, kind of loud when they shoot blanks from their .45 colt peacemakers and the crowd loved it. I walked up one side of main street and down the other, stopping to browse through the many gift shops. The Oatman hotel has a colorful history and most notable is Clark Cable and Carol Lombard spent their honeymoon at the Oatman hotel and returned many times to escape Hollywood. Cable liked playing cards with the local miners. The bed races drew quite a crowd and was kind of fun to watch. A five person team with one member lying on a sort of a gurney race down the street about 40 yards, stop to make up a bed with sheets and pillow cases and the race back to the finish line. Many of the teams were dressed in costumes which added to the comedy. The burros wander all over the streets and routinely halt traffic until they decide to move on or are enticed my some food from a tourist. They are mostly docile, but I saw evidence that they are not tame pets; they have a mind of their own and get into scrapes with other burros...biting and kicking each other in the middle of the street.

    When I returned to Harrah's the parking ramp was pretty full, and there was a long line stretching from their promotion desk all the way to the central tower elevators; some type of gift give away promotion. The diamond lounge was busy and I grabbed the last available table. Standing room only for a while. It was build your own taco night and the selections were pretty good. I have to remember that the taco sauce here in the southwest is nothing like what I get in Minnesota. My eyes were watering, nose running and my lips were on fire.

    I played more triple play 7/5 bonus poker tonight and again lost $200 but I put over 500 tier points on my card. Cocktail service was again very good. Tomorrow I think I will take the water taxi and make a casino run at the other properties in Laughlin; maybe get some free play for signing up for players card. I enjoyed the sunshine today, my face is a little red. I talked with my two sons back in Minnesota tonight....9 degrees below zero and wind chills in the minus 30-35 degree range. This trip is looking better all the time.
     
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  11. lmking1224

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    Sounds like you are having a great adventure so far!

    We just visited Oatman in October, and I loved it!

    Don't mind the kicking and biting...it's normal behavior. Horses do the same thing with each other. As long as they don't do it to you, you're okay! haha
     
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    I'm here to root you on in spirit. I shall urge you forward like you are a knight in shining armor, fighting for the eternal damnation of subway tile.
     
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  13. WHITEJACKET73

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    Following along. Would love to do the same some year.
     
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    Loving the report. Probably been good 15 years or more since I’ve been to Laughlin but sounds like the same crowd. Good natured joke, but may I suggest change name for stay from “whitejacket” to white shoes & belt for duration of stay to fit the crowd! No offense meant. On another note, while at golden gate do you ever get to meet this insanely hot bartender, Valeria? She’s incredible, great at her job, show girl looks and super friendly. I always become a fixture at the bar when she’s working. She always introduces me to other regulars and co-workers. Worth seeking her out if you haven’t met her.
     
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    Good luck, have fun in Vegas, say hi to the girls for me!

    I concur with above, V is the best!!
     
  17. WHITEJACKET73

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    Valeria and I are well acquainted..nuff said
     
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    And it's only going to get worse later this week! :eek:

    Wish i was there to escape the polar vortex.
     
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    In the Biblical sense???!!!!
     
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  20. zignerlv

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    If you are Diamond level, the Ceasars Rewards desk has a buy one get one coupon that they can issue you for the Laughlin Water Taxi. The only thing I am not sure of is if it can be used on 2 one way trips for one person (since you are alone). Also, you can pay the 2/1 boat fare with Reward credits at the desk rather than paying cash at the boat.

    Great going on the only paying 4 out of 30 nights. Years ago, one of Jean Scott's (Queen of Coupon) claims to fame was saying 30 (maybe it was 29) out 30 nights comped.
     
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