This is a report on our Christmas 2005 trip to Show Low
Arizona to visit Marshall and Mabry,
Deb's dad and his long time friend.
We flew from to San Jose to Las Vegas to meet Deb's sister Peg
and our daughter Amber, both from Wood Village, Oregon. We
rented an SUV for the drive to Show Low. We stayed overnight in Las Vegas at the
Aladdin hotel. Unfortunately, Deb thought were staying at the
Hilton so we drove down the entire strip at rush hour and then
found our reservation was for another night. Whoops. Our rooms
at the Aladdin were the nicest rooms we ever had, the bathrooms
were spectacular. This night Amber, Deb and I left Peggy playing
the penny slots and we walked out into the city. We ate at the "Harley Davidson Cafe". Here is a good
picture of Deb eating. We then went
to a place with $3 craps tables. Deb played for about an hour
and came out $10 or more ahead. We then walked over to the Bellagio. Spectacular and we didn't
see hardly any of the place. Deb decided to play the $10 craps
tables here and won $20 or so. Then we went back to the Aladdin and to bed.
The next morning before we left we went to cash our $25 coupon
at the craps table. To do this we needed to put down a matching
$25. I said no but Deb dug into her pocked and cashed $30 for
chips. She put down the $25 and up came a 10, she put the other
$5 on "hard 10". A soft 10 came up and we walked away $50
richer! (minus the $5). We had no time left, we had to get
started on our three hour trip to Show Low.
Deb insisted it would take three hours to Show Low. It was
closer to eight hours then three hours. We spent quite a long time getting past the
Hoover Dam. It was quite
impressive. They are building a big suspension bridge over the
gorge to move traffic faster, plus probably so no terrorist can
blow the dam with a truck load of explosives.
Finally after a long long drive we dropped Amber and Peggy off
at their hotel. Deb and I went on to Marshall's. It was farily
Peg was also meeting an old friend from high school - Bruce.
Next day, Saturday, we loaded up the gang minus Mabry and drove
to the petrified
forest. We had a great time looking at the petrified wood and various
formations. Most places were closed for Christmas eve but we
found a nice lunch place in Holbrook called "El Rancho". We drove home then had a
good time drinking and talking that evening. We watched "Polar
Express", very appropriate and enjoyed by all.
Christmas day we went to the local indian casino, Hon-dah for a BIG buffet lunch. We ate until we dropped
over. We played slots for a while and then went home.
Another night of drinks,
talk and watching "Analyze That" then later "Cinderella"
starring Brandy. A very good day.
The next day we took a tour to look at the destruction from the big fire a few
years ago. Very interesting. Looks like a lot of rebuilding
going on. We stopped for lunch
at a small place. Back home we we took a nap then Amber, Deb and
I went to a cute little bar nearby called "The Little Bit". Then
back to Marshall's place on once again had a couple drinks and watched "Shall We Dance".
What a terrific movie! Then to bed.
Tuesday we drove back to Las Vegas. This time we took a route
that bypassed the dam and went
through Laughlin- smart move and a different view of things.
I dropped Peg, Deb and Amber at the Hilton and had a big
adventure returning the car to Alamo and taking a shuttle back.
Not fun, it took about two hours - and painful. I found the
gang, or rather Deb found me wandering around the lobby. They
were having Mexican food and Margaritas.
I joined in. After three pounds of food and enough liquid to
float a battleship. I was not feeling too well. Amber, Deb and I
decided to tour the strip and leave Peggy
at the penny slots.
We walked to the strip and took a packed(!) city bus. It was
a zoo. Amber became the bus stair monitor. We got
off, walked all around the Venetian
shops and casino. I won $3 on the penny slots. We walked and
walked to the Paris casino. We didn't
spend much time there. We
took the monorail (a
shot from our room) back to the Hilton.
Deb took her $10 coupon and $20 and began playing craps. There
was one guy who threw the dice for about 40 minutes. Everyone
was making money. Deb got about $100 ahead. Good thing I was
squirreling chips away because later she nearly lost her entire
pile. She came out $20+ ahead. It was late so we went to bed.
The trip was a real adventure. We really enjoyed seeing Marshall
and Mabry as well as Mabry's son Jeff.
Quite a guy. He spent
several months in France doing private construction. He had
interesting comments and stories. Can't wait to go back again.