I woke up early one morning, well before dawn, during a weekend stay at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I grabbed a camera and went for a walk outside. Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace can be seen in the background of this photo. Let me tell you, the … Continue reading The sun has not yet risen on the Las Vegas Strip, viewed from Bally’s
Most of our weekend road trips to Las Vegas end with us heading back to Phoenix after lunch on Sunday. On our last trip, however, we had some business we needed to attend to Monday morning. After our huge lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen early Sunday afternoon, we weren’t in any mood for a … Continue reading A chill evening at Banger Brewing on Fremont Street in Las Vegas
It doesn’t happen often, but on rare occasions beer can open up opportunities that may have otherwise passed us by. For example, if I hadn’t had a second pint of beer at Virgil’s Real BBQ on the Linq Promenade in Las Vegas, I wouldn’t have had to make a visit to the men’s room, and … Continue reading A beer keg urinal in the men’s room of Virgil’s Real BBQ, Las Vegas
Most of our road trips to Las Vegas involve tossing away a few hundred dollars on slots, video poker, or craps. However, on this most recent trip, we reallocated our gambling budget to an obscenely expensive lunch at one of the hottest celebrity restaurants on the Strip right now, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, located in … Continue reading A pleasant Sunday lunch at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas
For better or worse, Kathryn and I are back home in Phoenix at the end of our three-day road trip to Las Vegas. Mostly we made good time today, but our travels were delayed somewhat by an In-N-Out Burger in Kingman and a Dairy Queen in Wickenburg.
Our Monday morning bureaucratic adventure in Las Vegas is complete. It took just over an hour, which wasn’t too bad. We’re mostly packed and ready to check out of the hotel and begin the drive back to Phoenix. If we’re lucky, we’ll get home before rush hour starts. In an earlier post, I mentioned having … Continue reading Leaving Las Vegas
Kathryn and I were out for an evening stroll on the Las Vegas Strip last night when a sudden dust storm — or haboob as the weathercasters like to say nowadays — rolled in. After we took shelter under the escalators of the pedestrian bridge over Las Vegas Blvd. in front of Bally’s, I shot … Continue reading Caught in a sudden dust storm on the Las Vegas Strip
After a surprisingly good night’s sleep in Las Vegas — I realize people seldom brag about how much sleep they got in Vegas, except perhaps to say they didn’t sleep at all — Kathryn and I have had one of those weird mornings where everything took fifteen minutes less time than we expected, and now … Continue reading Early breakfast to start a busy day in Las Vegas
After two refreshment stops, one of which took far longer than necessary, we’ve safely arrived in Las Vegas. New since our last road trip here, a stretch of I-11 is now open between Hoover Dam and Railroad Pass. It threw off my bearings to cross the Colorado River and almost immediately turn southeast, but it … Continue reading Safely arrived in Vegas
Las Vegas, here we come! Again!
I haven’t yet finished posting photos and stories about the pilgrimage to Mexico City, but I’m going to set them aside for a few days while Kathryn and I take a 72-hour road trip to Las Vegas. Some of you may notice that’s slightly longer than we typically spend in Vegas. We’re taking a class … Continue reading Donuts in Phoenix before heading out of town this afternoon
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