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Harvey's Lake Tahoe - May 2018

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by SH0CK, May 14, 2018.

  1. SH0CK

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    My Trip Report

    Pushing the last few hours here in Lake Tahoe, but wanted to put a placeholder for some notes I can finish up in the next few days on our time at Harvey's Lake Tahoe.

    Gambling had been the absolute pits here, but having a lot of fun with Sanofresurfer and Scratch_73. More to come...

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    You tease!

    Looking forward to the rest of the story.
     
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    Looking forward to it. I just can't believe there aren't at least 6 shots of Jager in that photo. Surfer must be slipping in his old age. ;)
     
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    We all agreed on no drinks in the picture since someone has just been served a Shirley Temple. :evillaugh:
     
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    +1.... looking forward to your report!
     
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    Just got home from the airport. Even though the gambling was complete crap for me, it was still a fun overall trip with the guys.Trying to swipe a few pictures from the boys, but I wrote up a bit on the plane ride(s) home for the gambling bits.

    I'll probably throw in some pictures from the beach in San Diego and Bodie, CA as well. :cowboy:
     
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    We'd spent the early part of the trip on the beaches of San Onofre, followed by a couple of days in Bridgeport and a tour of Bodie, Ca, then a few more days at Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe in Sanonofresurfer's RV. After dropping the RV off, we loaded up his Jeep and headed for Harvey's.

    We got in the afternoon of Mother's Day. Sanonofresurfer pulled into the valet and we piled out of the Jeep, sand still in the floorboards and all the luggage piled up in the back seat with me. Since he is Diamond, valet was free and we declined bell service.

    We wanted to at least get rooms on the same floor, so the 3 of us went up to the Diamond checkin and told the clerk what we had in mind. No problem getting room close together on the 17th floor.

    We'd stopped earlier in the day at the Carson Nugget for lunch, after seeing signs for their Awful Awful Burger, so we decided to just drop our bags and hit the casino floor.

    I'm guessing with it being Mother's Day there weren't a lot of folks out willing to risk their kid's college tuition as the place was pretty much a ghost town.

    We puttered around on some Dancing Drums and Buffalo slots and made a little money on some really loud and bright slot whose name escapes me. I finally find a spot at the Heavenly Bar with Sanonofresurfer to play some DDB 9/6 for a few beers until I realize their keg of Blue Moon was skunky.

    Trying to find a bathroom was an adventure as it seems like they all are up an escalator or stairs, but I found a progressive VP sign at the California Bar in my search for a place to pee. I grab Sanonofresurfer and we moved over there only to realize it was a $1 machine with a $3 max bet. I played for a bit just to see what I could do, but we moved on to a wall of progressive 25c DDB machines along the wall that we basically made camp at for the rest of the trip.

    Drink service was pretty slow with only 2 cocktail waitresses working the floor, but both were very friendly and would just ask if you wanted a bottle of water and thank you for stopping by, even when not playing. Sanonofresurfer found a deal at the Sports Bar and Grill for a mountain ale beer and a shot for $5. He would pass the beer off to me, which I thought tasted pretty good, while he would hammer the Jagermeister shots.

    Not really hitting anything and my bankroll was taking a bit of a pounding, we took the tunnel across the street to Harrah's where the beatings continued on their slots and VP, but drink service was pretty good at their California Bar. Now having a pretty good buzz going and being a bit hungry, we headed back over to Harvey's to find some dinner. We stopped at Cabo Wabo just outside the tunnel area on the Harvey's side, but got the impression they were closed. The hostess told us they served drinks late until the night, but food service would end at 9pm. Luckily for us, it was 8:45... I ordered the bottomless chips and salsa for the table along with some burrito dish and a rum drink. I think the boys got some sort of street taco. Though a big meal and drinking most of the afternoon, along with the lack of energy and excitement in the casino made us call it a night soon after.

    Here were my wins for the day.
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    Monday morning, Scratch had scheduled himself a massage as he'd been dealing with a bum neck for a couple of days. The rest of us basically were lazy and we didn't get out of the rooms until noon when he got back from his massage. We met up and took a walk over to some shopping areas where we found a small cafe for afternoon breakfast then had intentions of riding the gondolas up to Heavenly. Sadly, the gondolas are down until Memorial Day for maintenance, so he decided to head of to Montbleu for a change of scenery.

    Not much going on at Montbleu either, but we run some money thru VP and slots. We eventually end up at a bar where they had a happy hour of 5 Coors Lights for $10. It didn't take much to get Sanonofresurfer convinced to join me at the bar for these since I was trying to save the last of my bankroll for that evening and cheap beer out of a bucket of ice sounded more fun to me. The bartender here was pretty cool and cut up with us as there really weren't many folks stopping by the bar. One of our running gags is to usually buy one of our friends a Shirley Temple to drink. Since Scratch73 no longer drinks, this made for a good opportunity. Sanonofresurfer ordered us a another bucket of beer and a Shirley Temple for him without his knowledge. Even being a virgin Shirley Temple, he wasn't none of it. Boo!
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    For the most part though, we were just killing time until the boys got their 150 points on their cards for $30 in Freeplay.

    We eventually made our way over to the the Hard Rock and signed up for their player's club. We each got $5 (whoopie!) off their swipe machine for signing up and quickly ran through that. Gambling wasn't much different here, but I liked the vibe of the Hard Rock more than the other places. At least it didn't feel like a morgue in there, which was a big improvement.

    With the gambling gods being against us, we headed back to Harvey's where Sanonofresurfer got his $100 celebration dinner voucher and we headed over to Friday's Station Steak & Seafood at Harrah's. The original plan was to eat at Sage, but they have them shutdown for a couple of weeks. We got in pretty quickly, most likely because they weren't all that busy or because of Sanonofresurfer's Diamond card. Either way, we were seated in a back corner with an OK view of the lake.

    I had the rib eye and both the guys had the filet with a crab leg. One of them thought about just doing crab legs, but the $90+ market price changed his mind. My rib eye came with a peppercorn sauce that really didn't excite me, but I started with their Snoopy Salad which they are known for and really enjoyed that part. One of the guys ordered shrimp/crab cakes for an appetizer and those were really good too. And, considering how much they dove into their main course, they loved their filet and crab leg. If I had it to do over again, I'd probably went with the filet and lobster. I got a side of the creamed spinach and it was OK.

    This was the filet and crab leg. I didn't take a pic of mine.
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    This was the view one of the guys got when he found a better spot to catch the sunset.
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    Service was really good and prompt like you would expect at a nice steakhouse. I'd probably give a 7/10 whereas Ruth Chris in Vegas would rate a 9/10 for me, if that give you any idea.

    Stuffed, tired, and with the bankroll running on fumes, we headed back over to Harvey's where we setup camp at the DDB progressives again. Scratch73 was pounding the quads this evening, but he was so much in the zone, he didn't take any pics. I think between him, Sanonofresurfer, and the lady on the end, they hit all of the progressives except for the Royal Flush. Eventually, the law of averages caught up to me and I called it a night, but I'm pretty sure the boys were out until 3AM, which would make getting up at 7AM to head to Reno for Scratch73 and myself to fly home a little more interesting.

    The next morning was pretty uneventful though. We made it to Reno with plenty of time to spare and Scratch73 and myself were only a few gates apart. He decided to give a couple of Wheel of Fortune as his lucky horseshoe up his ass was still working. After a few spins on those dollar machines, he cashed out tickets for $40 and $156. Bastard....
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    We said our goodbyes and I almost lucked into a $500 bump from American on the flight home. But, as you guessed it, my luck wouldn't hold and they didn't need to bump anyone. Sad. I was looking forward to not have 2 connections, getting a better itinerary on the flight home, and $500 to use down the road.

    Either way, the gambling portion of the trip kicked my ass as always, but spending 12 days with these guys was a lot of fun. I'm going to post a few pics below of the early days of the trip.
     
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    Green with envy on the scenic places you visited - awesome pics - the sunsets are mind blowing - and really interesting shots of Bodie, Ca - that's some serious photography by all!
    Enjoyed the commentary - sorry you didn't get your share of the wins - next time for sure ( at least that's what I keep telling myself).
     
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    Wonderful pictures. Beautiful places
    you visited. Sorry the gambol wasn't better,
    but sounds like a wonderful trip with good friends.
    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Nice shots! Bodie is the mecca for ghost town hunters. It's a long day-trip from Tahoe but it's worth it!
     
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    How was your Awful, Awful Burger? The Carson Nugget is no longer the gaming "center" of Carson City and hasn't been for some time. New owners have put some money into the place, with a state of the art air-filtration system, some new bars, etc. but the place has just died over the past several years. The Fandango on the south edge of town is the area's "spot" (if you can call it that) now. I ask about the burger, because my son and I has the Awful, Awful there a year ago and it was Awful, Awful for the wrong reasons. A northern Nevada Nugget Awful, Awful is supposed to be Awful Big and Awful good... I can't say that ours was either. I was a big let down, because since the 50's when John Asquaga was a cook at the Carson Nugget, the place had been "known" for really good food.
     
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    I wouldn't say it was the best or biggest burger I've ever had, but it was a lot of meat, pretty close to the advertised 2/3 pound, and the meat was still juicy. Toppings were fresh and the fries were really good. For $8.99 and if I was in the area again, I'd give it another go.

    The biggest drawback was that the service was pretty slow. The place wasn't even a 1/4 full and it probably took 25-30 minutes to get our food.
     
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    Thanks for the compliments. Surfer does photography for a living, so his shots typically were much better that the rest of us. Sadly, he hasn't uploaded the pics he took with his "good" camera as they will probably be 1000X better. All of the pics above were off our phones.
     
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    It was a couple of hours drive in the RV up the mountain to Tahoe from Bridgeport where we stayed for our day trip to Bodie. Would have been faster I suppose, but we were towing a Jeep up the mountain with us and could only go so fast.

    The RV site we stayed at in Bridgeport was Paradise Shores. It's a small place right on the reservoir with beautiful views. If only they didn't have so many bugs flying around at night and allowed open fire pits at each camp site, it would have been a ton better. Oh, and if ever stopping in Bridgeport for the night, make sure you are loaded with supplies as the ton charges an arm and a leg for everything. A fifth of Captain Morgan was $27. :blink: