Our friends know we like to visit Las Vegas several times a year, often on short notice. I’ve already gotten check-in messages this morning from concerned friends wanting confirmation we weren’t in Las Vegas last night. For the record, it’s just a typical workday in Phoenix today for Kathryn and me. However, we are gearing … Continue reading Update on where we’re not
Over the years, I’ve occasionally taken photos of pay phones that were distinctive in some way or just new to me. Sadly, instead of pay phones, I’m discovering more and more places where a pay phone used to be. Until recently, casinos were places one could consistently find pay phones, but that’s no longer the … Continue reading An empty pay phone bank at The Venetian, Las Vegas
One of the reasons we chose The Orleans over Gold Coast last weekend was for a somewhat nicer pool area. In spite of cooler-than-expected temperatures, we spent a lazy Saturday afternoon relaxing in the shade by the pool, sipping cocktails that received quite generous pours from the bartender. We didn’t actually go in the pool, … Continue reading Lazy afternoon by the pool at The Orleans in Las Vegas
After talking a break for coffee and a sweet in Wickenburg, we’re home again in Phoenix. Our tea-time stop was someplace new for us, Bedoian’s Bakery & Bistro. It was a great place for a snack, but we didn’t find the 4 pm closing time particularly convenient in light of our 3:40 pm arrival. Fortunately … Continue reading Home, sweet home
We’ve stopped for lunch at the In-N-Out in Kingman, Arizona. After lunch we’ll top off the tanks and head for home. Maybe one more safety break, depending on how the driver is doing.
It’s a sunny Sunday morning in Las Vegas, and we’re showered, dressed, and ready to begin the drive back to Phoenix. First, though, we’re heading to Sunday Mass at St. Bridget, about a fifteen-minute drive from The Orleans and about a mile from Downtown. Last time we were there, the priest overslept and was about … Continue reading Sunday morning in sunny Las Vegas
For once, we have a somewhat decent view of the Las Vegas Strip from our room at The Orleans. There’s a lot of smog today, so there’s not much color to see. It may be a more impressive view in the evening.
We’re about to set out on yet another weekend road trip to Las Vegas. This time we’ve booked The Orleans, a sister property of Gold Coast, which is where we stayed last time. The rates for this weekend were about the same at each place. However, The Orleans has a nicer pool area, which starts to … Continue reading Yet another weekend road trip to Las Vegas
Between the overhead cameras and the ever-present security personnel, you expect to be under constant surveillance when you’re in a Las Vegas casino. Recently I’ve noticed the surveillance extending to the street as well. This mobile surveillance station, courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, was seen on the northeast corner of Las Vegas … Continue reading Eye in the sky on the street
I took this photo in our hotel room in Las Vegas because it immediately made me think of my father. He worked for roughly twenty years in the maintenance department of an upscale Scottsdale resort. Does anyone want to guess what’s wrong with this photo? (Dad, if you read this, you’re allowed to comment too.)
While we were in Las Vegas, we had dinner with high school classmate and long-time local resident Kerrie. After dinner we all had an evening stroll together, and she suggested we check out the Christmas decorations at Wynn. They had set up a number of snow-covered miniature villages between the casino floor and the boutiques, … Continue reading White Christmas at Wynn
We’re home again, safely in Phoenix. More photos to follow eventually.
We’re back in the Mountain Time Zone, in Kingman, having a late lunch at Five Guys after topping off the tanks.
One thing Kathryn and I struggle to find in Las Vegas is a decent cup of coffee. Yes, you can get the paper-cup sludge from one of the Starbucks you pass every fifty yards or so on the Strip, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about a carefully prepared espresso drink, served … Continue reading Sambalatte at Monte Carlo, Las Vegas
In Las Vegas, one never assumes the guest has even a modicum of class. If they put up a sign, you know it’s because someone has done it.
The drive from Phoenix to Las Vegas was uneventful except for the rain, which is unusual to see on that stretch of highway running mostly through desert. Earlier this week I looked at the tires on my car, realized they had worn down to baloney skins, and decided they weren’t making the drive to Las … Continue reading Desert rain
After changing our minds twice in the last ten weeks, Kathryn and I made a last-minute decision to resume our traditional weekend-before-Christmas getaway to Las Vegas. We expect to leave in a few hours. I’ll post updates from the road as usual. We’re booked at Gold Coast, one of our long-time haunts. If you’re familiar with … Continue reading Weekend before Christmas tradition
And we’re back in Phoenix after another successful 48-hour road trip to Las Vegas.
Here in Las Vegas, the three of us went out for sushi last night at a Japanese restaurant called Sushi Takashi, located in Chinatown.
Once again, we’re safely home in Phoenix. The weekend really flew by.
We’ve safely arrived at our hotel.