10;00 AM - Check out time and no complaints about the check-out process.....a 10 second phone call to the front desk and we're in the car and gone. Heading right over to The Mirage to visit some long-lost relatives of our fur babies.
And Bears. Oh My.
Oh, and leopards and dolphins, too.
We went early in the morning hoping that the animals would be a little more active, but even at 10AM it was well over 100 degrees so the kitties weren't exactly interested in putting on a show.
Noon - After killing just enough time to make sure that Rhumbar was open, my Pina Colada count went up to 3. That's actually a little embarrassing.
On the way to our next stop, we walked through The Cromwell and decided to put a couple bucks into a very enticing vintage Batman slot machine.
Quite a bit of fun. Tracey didn't get anything interesting but I got to a few bonuses and ended up with a ONE DOLLAR PROFIT! WOO-HOO!!!! Any slot profit feels like a million bucks.
12:30 PM - To Cabo Wabo for lunch. In the past, I've really enjoyed their fajitas, and I would rank them as the 3rd best I've ever had. Cactus Club was the long-time reigning champion, and in second place was.....
Damn I can't actually remember. Old age is creeping up on me. I know it's not local.....it's somewhere we have to travel to......but damned if I can put my finger on it.
Anyway, Tracey and I decided to order the combo fajitas for 2, with grilled sirloin and chipotle chicken. We added on a new option (or at least, new to us), "served over melted cheese skillet, $4". A game changer. GAME CHANGER.
They take the onions and peppers, grilled to perfection, and dump about a pound of cheddar cheese on them and melt it. Then they serve the meat on top, along with the normal fajitas accompaniments (shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole). We also added on the beans and rice which were fine but, IMO, unneccessary.
The winner, and newwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Fajitas Champion of the World, CABO WABO!!!
The goodness didn't stop there.....the chips and guacamole we started with was terrific (perhaps the best guacamole I've ever tasted), and I ordered a fantastic glass of white sangria. What an absolutely perfect last meal of this Vegas trip.
3:30 PM: With a few hours left before our flight, we decided to find a good movie theatre and enjoy a movie in the comfort of air conditioning. We got a HELL of a lot more than air conditioning. For those of you reading this who enjoy, as we do, the lush comfort of the seats at our VIP theatres, well, you ain't seen nothing.
We went to a theatre called Galaxy+ not too far from the airport, where we enjoyed Pixar's latest offering, Finding Dory. The movie itself was very good but the winner of this day was the theatre itself. Although there was no in-seat food and beverage service like we are treated to at our VIP Theatres (you can get alcohol in the lobby if you like), the seats, man, the seats.......they weren't actually seats, they were FULLY AUTOMATIC LOUNGE CHAIRS. And I'm not exaggerating when I say that there is so much room to recline your chairs that it is physically impossible for anyone behind you to kick your chair (believe me...I tried). With one push of a button, your chair reclines to whatever level you wish, and it has a pull-out shelf for your food and beverage (just like our VIP theatres have). Holy shit...talk about game changers. If I'd known about this we could have come earlier and had a nice nap before our flight.
6:20 PM - We arrive at our gate after a very small lineup through security, although we did have a delay while they searched one of our carry-on bags. We had two laptops in the bag and apparently having them back to back makes it impossible for the X-Ray machine to properly screen them so they had to be hand searched. No huge deal, it took 15 minutes or so but we were in no hurry.
7:10 PM - Our flight boards right on time.
Shortly after take-off, we get our meal. Actually it's considered a "snack".
Sitting right behind us is a lady with her therapy dog. He couldn't possibly be better behaved. Honestly we wouldn't have even known he was there if we hadn't seen him. What a good boy.
10:00 PM - Nothing to interesting happens and we land about 10 minutes early. But landing early is nice if you can actually get off the plane, but because we are early we have to wait on the tarmac while other planes get out of our way.
It's pouring rain in Seattle. Pouring. Welcome home, Engemoens.
Uneventful drive home.....we pick up some wine which we had sent to our package depot and head to the border. We have 6 bottles, two more than we are technically allowed, but because we are so far under our other purchase exemptions it's quite possible they won't bother to make us go in and pay the duty.
Nope. The border guard is a bit of a dick and he sends us in. The guy inside is nicer and he seems to be considering letting us get away with no duty, but in the end he charges us $52 for duty on the two extra bottles. Oh well, not a huge surprise, and well worth it for the quality of wine we just picked up.
2:00 AM- Home, finally. What a week. What a trip.
If you enjoyed reading the blog half as much as I enjoyed the trip, well, I obviously had twice as much fun as you did.