On Saturday afternoon, we decided to join our friends at the Orleans Hotel and Casino where, surprisingly, the Continental Cup was being held. I never would have thought that a Hotel and Casino would have a curling rink, but that’s only one of the many sports venues they have. It was interesting to watch (for someone who has played the game many times). As the score board indicates, it was a match between teams from North America (Canada and US) and the rest of the World, and the skill demonstrated was very impressive. We heard a few Scottish and Irish accents drifting among the spectators.
We stayed for only one draw (game) that lasted three hours, and then we drove down to The Strip again.
This time we drove on through to the older part looking for Rick at the Silver and Gold Pawn Shop from the Las Vegas Pawn Stars TV show, a favourite of Jim’s. We found him! We’d hoped to have dinner at the BBQ next door, where Rick often tends bar, but it was closed.
We did discover this interesting “community” though, where all of the stores and restaurants, and some living quarters are made from shipping containers.
We drove back up The Strip and stopped at Circus Circus, one place I hadn’t been before. After chowing down on burgers that were so big we could barely get our mouths around them, at Vince Neil’s Tatuado, we squeezed through the throngs of people, mostly kids who were in town for a big Soccer Tournament, to watch some of the entertainment. It is actually a huge circus midway, in the lower floors of the Hotel. We managed to get lost trying to find our way back to our parking garage and had to ask for directions!
By then my bones were beginning to ache and, since we’d
spent a whole week at the Flamingo Hotel on the strip when we were there six
years ago, I wasn’t too keen about walking the street again. Jim was
disappointed, but reluctantly took us back to the condo.
On Sunday we looked in the papers and hotel literature
to find something different to do. We chose a one-hour drive to Valley of Fire
State Park, and I was so happy that we did! The colours were stunning and the
one-hour hike around White Dome was good for body and soul. I took far more
pictures than I can post, but here is a sampling.
It was after dark when we got back to the city. We
took our second coupon back to the Silverton Casino Hotel and nourished
ourselves with selections from the buffet again. We dropped a little more money
in some slots and went back to the condo to reminisce about our fantastic
adventure, and organize our belongings for the trip home the next day.
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I started writing this post with the intention of finishing it all at once, but I realized that it would be too much to throw at you, so it’s going to be in two, or maybe three parts. Hope you enjoy the ride!
We were sitting in a restaurant in Chandler, waiting
for the Ukulele Jam to begin, when I got a message from a new friend and
co-Board Member, inviting us to join her and her husband in Las Vegas for the
weekend. It turned out that they were there to watch a Curling Championship and
the other couple who was to join them had to cancel. They had reserved two
suites with their time-share. They offered us the second one for a really good
price. We discussed it and decided that we could leave the next morning. Thus
began our second adventure for the month of January!
We packed the car with a couple bags of food, since we
would have a full kitchen, a small bag each of clothing, iPads and chargers,
and Jim’s all important CPAP. I put my clothing bag, a bag of chargers, my
camera, and one bag of groceries into the back seat, along with out iPads. Jim
put the rest into the trunk. You might wonder why I’m bothering to share all
these details, but you will understand later in the story.
We were on the road by ten. The day was sunny and warm, and we had the top down on the car all the way to Wickenburg before the clouds rolled in and it got cool. At Wickenburg we stopped at the Cowboy Cookin’ Restaurant for a really good lunch of Shrimp Scampi, and then were on our way again.
That is real cowboy country!
We drove through some rain off and on until we reached
Kingman, still in Arizona, and Jim decided it was time for gas. As we were
approaching the exit into town, the car kicked out of gear for a minute and
then kicked back in. That was odd. The battery light came on, but it had been
doing that occasionally lately. We got into the gas station and filled up, but
then the car wouldn’t start again, at all. Fortunately we now carry a small
battery booster with us. It was pouring rain by then, but Jim had to get out
and give it a try. It worked. He pulled into a parking spot and left it
running, with me keeping my foot lightly on the gas pedal while he went inside.
It seemed fine when we pulled away, but we only got back onto the highway and
to the next exit when it shifted into limp mode. We took the exit back into
Kingman. Fortunately, there was a service centre within sight. We expected we’d
need a new battery, which is a big job in a Chrysler Seabring, because the
battery is hidden behind the wheel-well. But it turned out it was not the
battery, but the alternator. They were able to get to it in a short time and a
couple of hours later we were on our way again. We had only another hundred
miles to go, but the sun was already setting. We discovered that the radio no
longer worked, but thought nothing of it. We could live without that for the
rest of the trip and figure it out later.
It was seven o’clock when we finally found the
Grandview Condo Complex, got signed in, and parked outside our building. Jim
pushed the button to pop the trunk; nothing happened. He tried the button on
the key fob; still nothing happened. He tried using the key; no luck. Oh, oh!
Something had happened to our interior electronics and there was no way to open
the trunk. We took what we had in the back seat up to the suite, and I started
making some dinner using what was in the bags we had access to, while Jim went
back to the car to find a way to get the rest out of the trunk. Being a
convertible, the back seats don’t fold down. The only interior access to the
trunk was in through the pocket where the top stores when it is down. Jim took
all of the casing out of that pocket, and was left with a space about a foot
wide that he could reach into and retrieve another bag, but the trunk is deep
and most of our bags were close to the back. He took a break to eat dinner and
then I went down to help him. We had to do some contortions just to get as much
of our bodies through the opening and reach as far as we could. Between us we
managed to retrieve most of our real necessities. His big tool box was left in
the middle, too large to fit through the opening, and too heavy to lift up
anyway. We were able to lock the doors using the inside buttons. We left it for
Our friends arrived, and we told them our saga before
we crashed for the night. The accommodations were amazing. I’m sure the suite
was bigger than our condo at home, and certainly way bigger than the motorhome.
In fact, the shower stall alone was bigger than the whole bathroom in the
motorhome! The big lounger bath tub looked very inviting, but it was time to
crawl into the king-size bed and get some sleep.
The next morning I made breakfast in the very large
kitchen and we caught up on the news on the TV, before going out in search of
some kind of tool that might help us reach the emergency trunk latch. Jim had
looked through the car manual to see how to reset the electronics, to no avail.
He’d found where the bright red tag to indicate the emergency latch was, but
even with the grabber we purchased, we couldn’t reach it. A family came along
and Jim asked the father if he could “borrow” his slim son. We knew he should
be able to climb into the trunk through the narrow opening, and we hoped,
release the latch. They were happy to help, so with the iPhone flashlight, in
he climbed, a couple of times, but the bright red tag couldn’t be found. We
thanked them and let them be on their way. We worked ourselves a little longer,
moving the tool box around, taking pictures in the hope that we would see the
tag, but it wasn’t to be. It was time to give up and enjoy the sights, sounds
and food of Las Vegas.
The first thing on Jim’s bucket list was to go to the Silverton Casino to see the big aquarium, just a ten minute drive our condo. When we arrived we registered as players and got our rewards cards which enabled us to claim a dinner for 50% off at any of the restaurants.
After spending some time watching the fish and the mermaids in the aquarium, we found the Buffet. It was agony trying to decide what to try. The buffet was so long it was impossible to sample everything, but what we chose was delicious. As it turned out, one coupon was good for two people, and it was buy-one-get-one-free, so the two of us ate for only $10! I saved my coupon for another day. Luck was back on our side, for a little while anyway! At the slots, I quite quickly lost $9.95 of the ten I allowed myself to spend. Jim just about broke even.
We gave up and drove down through the lights and traffic on the Strip and then made our way to the famous Fremont Street.
When we got out of the car we realized that we should have thrown jackets in, as the evening air had turned cool. Before walking very far we found some inexpensive souvenir jackets. Our friend had told us that the World Spinners Championship was supposed to be taking place down there. We caught the first round. Who knew that this was a thing?
After some dinner, we walked through the covered street, watching the varying displays on the overhead screen, and people flashing by on the zip lines. We laughed at some of the “acts” on the street by “buskers” and were impressed with others.
By the time we’d walked the two blocks again, I was ready to call it quits so we returned to the condo and I enjoyed a good soak in that marvellous tub, before climbing into bed.
The next day would be another busy one.
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