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    Default Las Vegas Coaster tour:

    Our fearless 7 year old just reached the minimum height to ride the coasters of Las Vegas.

    We rolled in last nite after an all nite roadtrip.
    Wife works in intensive specialty cancer treatment and is used to being up all nite with her patients,, so I had some awake company along for the ride.

    'Vegas is a full house this weekend with folks from all over here for the big Monster truck show we're told.

    Witnessed one family blow a red lite with a surburban full of kids and get sandwitched by two vehicles.
    All her airbags deployed and everyone in all vehicles were ok. Just a few bells rung deluxe.

    We always stop and render aid when tragedy strikes.
    Good thing we noticed were the airbags stayed deployed while the suburban stay'd in motion absorbing secondary and third impacts.
    The inside of the suburban turned white with airbags. Looked bizarre but worked as designed.

    She's going to "order another" she said. She'll have to, this new one won't buff out that's for sure.

    OK,, all is well,, off on a coaster safari,,,
    Last edited by RoadTrippers A & R; 03-24-2007 at 12:15 PM. Reason: Appalling typos, again.

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    Default We love the "in-progress" updated Field Reports!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ross & Alice View Post
    Our fearless 7 year old just reached the minimum height to ride the coasters of Las Vegas.
    Are you going to do the non-coaster rides atop the Stratosphere this trip as well?

    I would love to get a rating report on all of the rides in Vegas!
    Vegas is a full house this weekend with folks from all over here for the big Monster truck show.
    I would have liked to see some of that myself this year -
    Witnessed one family blow a red lite with a surburban full of kids and get sandwitched by two vehicles.
    There was an article about this insanity in today's local paper. Blowing red lights is just insane.

    Enjoy your day here -- gorgeous weather -- If you fancy an amazing hike before you go home -- Grapevine Canyon is a real attention grabber.

    Mark

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    Day one at the Circus Circus adventure dome was OK.
    Not too crowded.

    Ya get $4 off coupons on check-in, so the cost per kid was $18 for an all day (10 AM to Midnite ) pass.
    The entire Circus Circus property has been cleaned up, and easier on the eyes colors have replaced the Gaudi hot pinks.

    Every place we went the staff much nicer than in the past.
    The kids rated the Canyon Blaster Coaster B+, a bit ruff on their melons, but a good fun ride.

    Won $120 at Dice.
    The funny thing was I kept giving the dealers $1 side bets (as a tip) on the hard ways and they kept hitting.
    The dealers made an easy $150 tip off maybe 10 dollars bet for them.
    "You guys are class people" we're told.- Oh brother.

    Lance Burton show last nite.
    A good show.
    If ya take kids, make sure to get them amp'd up & ready to run on stage when he asks for volunteers kids.
    He asks for 5, but always 10 or 12 run up there,, so make sure yours do too.
    He gets them all involved in a trick, and you can pick up pix of them on the way out.

    The Sahara has an out-and-back kinda ride for a coaster.
    The kids loved it, but like everyone else remarked, wished it was a longer
    ride.

    If you're a NASCAR fan Sahara is a fun place to hang out.

    New York New Yorks Coney Island Coaster is excellent, but the kids said a very rough ride, and it was $12 U.S. a ride.

    So,, now onto Statelines Desperado. The largest roller coaster in Nevada, and until recently the largest in the world.

    We'll try and get some pix posted. Our Verizon wireless broadband may eventually allow it but gruglingly.

    Visited wifes very ill dad, and the inheritances are starting to come in.
    Modest stuff like tools, collections, ect, but a good size amount of historical stuff & orig documents that certifiably belong'd to the assassin of a loved and famous American. (The assassin was no relation to us BTW).

    We'll probably contact a museum dedicated to the victim and see if they are interested in all if it as a free donation.
    I'm sure they will be.

    OK,, enough of that,, onto Stateline,,
    Last edited by RoadTrippers A & R; 03-25-2007 at 11:20 PM. Reason: typos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross & Alice View Post
    Day one at the Circus Circus adventure dome was OK.Not too crowded. The entire Circus Circus property has been cleaned up, and easier on the eyes colors have replaced the Gaudi hot pinks.
    I dunno, I guess I will have to venture back there and see. CircusCircus is one attraction I always try and avoid -- too much noise and raunchy pink for me. But I will go back and see upon your recommendations.

    Thanks for the ratings!

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor View Post
    I dunno, I guess I will have to venture back there and see. CircusCircus is one attraction I always try and avoid -- too much noise and raunchy pink for me. But I will go back and see upon your recommendations.

    Thanks for the ratings!

    Mark
    Carefull on the kids take Mark, the wife hated the place, and said nothings changed other than the color.
    I had a few beers in me and didn't notice.
    The noise and though less in than in the past, the crowd still there enough to make it a kids only place.
    I'll avoid it in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross & Alice View Post
    I'll avoid it in the future.
    Now, that sounds like the place I remember. Did you notice the dust on the outside of the dome? That is the result of the implosion of the Stardust -- I can tell you that dust cloud was the worst I have ever seen -- it actually etched the paint on my car -- imagine what that did to our lungs... Here is a photo of the "evil dust cloud" rushing towards my camera at about 100+ mph...

    Mark

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    Final Leg of the Roller Coaster tour took us too Buffalo Bills Hotel and Casino in Primm Nevada, AKA Stateline.

    Right off the I 15.

    Thirty bucks per kid for an all day, unlimited use of all the rides and attractions at Buffalo Bills:
    A water Flume ride, some motion theaters, and the really cool Desperado Roller Coaster.

    Alice was super tired, and slept in the RV while I took all the kids in to the ride area.

    I watched NASCAR and played a little Video poker just near the entrance to the food court/ride area.
    Our older kids are responsible to accompany the younger ones.
    We all carry cell phones, and we keep in touch constantly.

    We figured a couple hours, but five and a half hours later the kids were still riding the coaster and all the other rides.
    No lines, no wait so that's a lot of coastering!!!

    Always enquire what rides are operating before ya make the decision to buy the tickets.
    If the coaster isn't running due to wind or weather,,, and they give ya the line they don't know when it might open, expect it to be closed for the entire day and nite.
    If it ain't open,, it ain't gonna open. No rain chex, no discounts,, no nothin'.

    Just our experiences from the past.

    The buffet at Buffalo Bills is pretty good, and about 12 bucks for lunch,, a few bucks more for dinner.

    Our Nevada rule of Buffets:
    Dinner:
    A $8.00 buffet is in-edible, not worth 2 bux
    A $15.00 buffet is worth $20
    A $22 dollar buffet is worth $30.

    Damfino why, but I always expect a seedy crowd of customers at Buffalo Bills, but never see that. The way my pea brain works I guess.
    Usually a pretty reasonable bunch of gamblers, no trouble.

    Live, mid-day entertainment from the center bar, really good $2.50 hot dogs at all the bars (free with the fun book coupon BTW).

    Won $48 on the video poker, and a few bucks more on Dice.
    Did the place-a-bet-for-a-tip dealio for the dealers again and they came out a few bucks ahead too.
    We never win gambling,, I can't recall a winning trip,, but this time we made a little gas money.

    Alice awoke, came into the casino, had a $2.50 hot dog and won $43 on video poker, rounded up the kids,,, and it was home in about 5 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor View Post
    Now, that sounds like the place I remember. Did you notice the dust on the outside of the dome? That is the result of the implosion of the Stardust -- I can tell you that dust cloud was the worst I have ever seen -- it actually etched the paint on my car -- imagine what that did to our lungs... Here is a photo of the "evil dust cloud" rushing towards my camera at about 100+ mph...

    Mark
    Abestos content % used to be in construction contracts.
    It was added to concrete for strength.
    Amazing they let it fly without water spray all over the place like in NYC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross & Alice View Post
    Abestos content % used to be in construction contracts. It was added to concrete for strength.
    I don't think it was in this concrete -- too new a tower.
    Amazing they let it fly without water spray all over the place like in NYC.
    There were water canons in place -- but this was a real mess. The only other implosion we have covered was the Showboat in 2006, but the dust was far worse for the Stardust!

    mark

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