1942 Las Vegas

Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
Trip End Jan 11, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Tuesday, January 9, 2007

It all happened by chance. I suppose that's the most appropriate method in Vegas. But once we saw the bright lights of Vegas, there was no way we could stop before getting there. We thought about stopping in one of the suburbs just to find out what the hotel prices would be. But we'd seen the glow from miles away - 100 miles away in fact. Every time I saw a hotel on the roadside, I just kept on going for some reason. I think it was because we wanted to get as close as possible to the action without having to pay extravagant prices. Soon enough though we realized we were downtown and near the airport. And my thought was that the airport lodging area might actually be cheaper than the strip. Funny how only in Vegas that could be true. But once we took that exit, we found nothing. And we kept going down that road and there wasn't really much. So soon enough we were actually on the strip. And when you're on the strip and there's no way you can just pass by without getting out. So our thought was, we'll just stop at any hotel, go into the parking lot and just get out to find out what the prices were and if need be, we'll just backtrack to something reasonable. So we kept passing hotels and we clearly weren't going to stop at the Venetian, Bellagio or Treasure Island, but we finally came upon the Flamingo which looked old school but reasonable. Nearby, there was the kitschy Barbary Coast, which we knew to stay away from. But we finally got into the Flamingo. We were pretty stoked that we were on the strip and that we'd get to be in the middle of all the lights and even though we were dead tired from the Canyon hike, we could feasibly stay up all night.

We got to the hotel lobby and decided to inquire about rates. Well we asked and the guy at the desk was nice. He told us what the prices were. It was much higher than what we wanted to spend for any hotel, but at the same time, I had earlier seen prices that went up to $500 on the Harrah's website for this week. But Alex, our friend at the desk, told us that regular weekday rates were $58 a night. Too bad we didn't come next week, because I would've loved to stay in Vegas for $58 a night. And Alex told us as well that the Flamingo would probably be a lot cheaper than other places in the area. It took us a while to decide, but in the end, we figured that we should just take it, because we ended up at the Flamingo by chance and that's what we need to do.

So we got the room, we went back to the car to get our stuff and went up to the room. We found out that part of the reason the rates were good was because our floor was under construction and not all elevators went to the top floor, but at the same time, the room was pretty spacious and it had an amazing view. The bathroom was small when you consider how big the hotel room was, but it was still pretty nice. Now that I think about it, when you consider that a New York downtown room is $200+ and those are tiny rooms, this Vegas room was a bargain even during the biggest convention of the year.

Our bodies were tired from all the hiking, but we were re-energized by the lights on the strip. We headed down to have some fun. We were a bit hungry though, so we wandered through different places while trying to find something that was not formal dining. We didn't really find anything, but we got to see a lot of different things - like Forum Shops at Caesar's, Paris, and Margaritaville and the "slappers". That's what Randy called the people who would hand out the cards with the names of different "escorts" who were available. They got the name because they would often slap the cards against the palm of their hand to get the attention of the passers-by. We kinda got tired from all the walking, so we ended up back at the Flamingo, which actually is pretty nice. It's not as glamorous as most other Strip casinos. But it beats a lot of Boardwalk casinos in AC. Much better than the Claridge. I think that's the bottom as far as casinos go.

Randy went to bed, but I couldn't go to bed until I had at least played a table or two. It just didn't seem right to go to bed without actually having played. So I played a little blackjack. I was up a few bucks, but I was waiting for a drink, so I ended up staying a bit and left down 5 bucks. Then I played a round of roulette and then went to bed. All in all, a long long day. It was tough to think that this was our last night in Vegas though and we just arrived.
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