Thursday, December 19, 2013

Soon To Leave Sin City

Yesterday, we cleaned, packed, sanitized, drove, stored, drove some more, stored again and spent a nice evening in Las Vegas. Today, we are hanging out here, before our early afternoon flight back home.
Leaving Lake Havasu City, AZ, and heading north on I-95.
Jeanette was busier than I yesterday (Wednesday) morning.  She had to contend with cleaning out the two fridges and disposing of food stuffs that would spoil.  Now....not a lot of stuff needed to be thrown out.  The careful shopper that she is, only a very few items needed to be trashed.  Cleaning and defrosting both refrigerators was needed and while she was busy with that - and other indoor stuff- I was busy outdoors, stowing, sanitizing and winterizing.
By 10:00 am, we were rolling north; heading to San Bernardino County, California, where our fiver is now stored.
Only 45 minutes north from Lake Havasu had us arrive at our chosen RV storage facility, near Needles, CA.  We booked our spot over seven weeks back.  There is security, the facility is fully fenced (with barbed wire too), is well lit at night, and one requires a key card to access the large entry and exit gates.
Backed in to our storage site.
Once we were backed in and had our jacks down, I remembered to drain the hot water tank and drain the on board washer lines too.  With the hot water tank emptying, the washer lines gushed water out quickly.
I chose to install the locking front pin stabilizer jack too.
10 gallons of water had to be drained from the hot water tank.
The very last activity required, before we drove out of the locked compound, was to cover the motorcycle.  That done, we did a final check - inside and out - locked up and drove off towards I-40.
That cover will keep the sun off the bike.
A view from outside the secure gate and fenced storage facility.
We took our small travel bags before driving out of the facility for our 100 minute drive west and north to Las Vegas. 
Traffic was light on I-95 north.
It was a fairly easy drive to the city of sin.....and we arrived very early in the afternoon. We drove to our overnight accommodations - a Best Western Hotel - located near the Las Vegas Strip. We got a really good deal here, having booked it online about five/six days back.  We qualified for a manager's discount.!  It is a very nice facility.

Once registered at the hotel, we drove the short distance to this stunning five start RV facility, on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.
Although this Las Vegas RV resort could not store our 5th wheel, it could store our truck for a most reasonable price.  That suited us fine.  Our truck is securely stored in a locked compound, that is part of the RV resort.  And what a resort!  Nice facility!!!!
The RV sites here are quite nice. 
The RV resort facilities are stunningly beautiful.
The resort called us a cab and we rode the short trip to our drop off on Las Vegas Boulevard at Mandaly Bay. From there, we walked the strip.

We discussed taking in a show but neither one of us felt the urge to do that.  We just enjoyed browsing in several resort hotels and searching for a possible dinner spot.

Although we have walked into and through so many Las Vegas Resort Hotels, over the years, we had never been in the Tropicana.  Nice!  I particularly like the brightness inside this facility.
We found a nice Italian restaurant in the Tropicana but it was too early for dinner.  We walked more of the strip and found a nice 2 for 1 beer spot.  I was looking forward to a beer and Jeanette, who seldom drinks beer, was keen to enjoy one too.  All that walking made us thirsty!  We opted for two Coronas.
More walking about burned some energy and, by dusk, we were hungry. 
Walking back toward the Tropicana, and to the Italian restaurant we had spotted much earlier in the afternoon, Jeanette spotted an Italian restaurant name we cavorted and so enjoyed during our recent stay in Gold Canyon, AZ.  Our Montreal friends, Gerry and Pauline, had invited us to dinner at the Mesa, AZ, Buca de Beppo.  Having spotted the restaurant at the Excalibur Resort Hotel, across the street from the Tropicana, we headed there.  We were not disappointed.  
We had great service here....and the food was even better.
We both enjoyed our dinner choice.  Great place!!! Leaving the Excalibur, we chose to walk the 30 minutes to our overnight accommodations.  Although a shuttle service was available from the Tropicana, our decision to walk was a good one.  

We will hang around the hotel till about 11:00 am then take their shuttle service to the airport.

We are looking forward to seeing Easton and his mom at the Bellingham, WA,  airport when we land there this mid to late afternoon.
Face Time
We 'Face Timed' Ginette and Trevor last evening.  Easton was already sleeping.  We had clear and bright Face Timing reception.  Once we signed off with them, I chose to 'Face Time' my brother and sister in law in Yuma.  We clicked on and had a good chat with them too.  They are quickly adapting to their new iPad with the Millenicom hot spot option.  Nice.

That's it from Sin City, NV.

Thanks for dropping by.


  1. Thanks George. Wishing you both a lovely Christmas.

  2. safe travels as you head towards home again! and Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  3. Have a wonderful Christmas at home with family.

  4. I'm sure it will be exciting to see Easton again and be able to give him a big hug.

    I enjoyed your tour and pics of Las Vegas. I always find it interesting to wander through those luxury hotels with all their opulence.

    The RV Resort where you stored your car looks familiar to me as I'm pretty sure it's the same one we stayed at the last time we were in Las Vegas. It is pretty nice.

  5. It sure has been a fun 5 weeks for you both, but having Christmas with the kid's and Easton is well worth the return trip. Sounded like a nice Vegas evening. Buca's was one of my regular lunch spots when I was working, always good. Luv the bread with Olive Oil and Balsamic dip they give you while waiting for your order. I was watching Jody Vance on BT this morning and they showed Langley and the white stuff was sure welcoming you home. We will save some warm weather for your return.