Landed at McCarran Int'l just about midnight on Monday 10/19. Of course the flight was full and crowded but the excitement of the upcoming events kept everyone in good spirits.
A quick shuttle trip downtown and I was deposited at the Golden Nugget's South tower. Knowing full well that the front desk at the South tower would be deserted at that time of night, I trudged to the North Tower's front desk. It was then that I heard the phrase that all travelers hate to hear; "Oh, we're out of rooms..." My heart dropped, "...in the South Tower. Looks like we'll have to put you in the North tower instead...no extra charge." Yippee! (A $10 per night savings from the usual North tower rate.)
Dropped off the luggage and proceeded to meet a gambling buddy at the Plaza for a "Pound of Pig" breakfast followed by some dice throwing at Binion's Horseshoe. Lost a little but was still enjoying the initial "Las Vegas Rush".
At 9:00 am I picked up a rental car from Dollar which has a rental desk at the Nugget. Rode the Strip and then did some food shopping for a two day excursion to the Mojave National Preserve. Couldn't find anywhere to buy firewood for my side trip, but a quick ride behind the shopping plaza and I had a couple of shipping pallets which I was certain would burn well!
Enjoyed a Golden Nugget lunch buffet (best downtown buffet, IMHO) and then returned to Binion's for more dice throwing and video poker.
Caught a couple of the Fremont Street Experience shows. Having visited downtown during the month of October for four years, it seems not to be as crowded as in years past. Later, I mentioned this to a cab driver who informed me that, yes there were fewer visitors to the downtown area and the hotels downtown were losing money when compared to previous years.
Did an "early to bed" Monday night as I was planning to get an early
start on Tuesday morning for my Mojave side trip.
And so ends Day 1.
|McCarran International Airport|
|Fremont Street Experience|
|Dollar Rent A Car|