||Some friends who have a time-share at the
Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas
asked me if I would like a free hotel room for a week in January, 2000.
Not one to pass up free gifts with no strings attached, I jumped at the
opportunity! Las Vegas in January isn't exactly tropical, but the
added bonus was the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). For a confirmed
gadget freak such as myself, CES is pretty close to nirvana!
- Las Vegas Boulevard from north to south
CES - Consumer Electronics Show
- gadgets for your vehicle, your home, and your person.
- only an hour away by car, and well worth the trip
- To get so close to the Grand Canyon, and not make the trip would be a shame. It is an easy
day's drive from Las Vegas over mostly interstate freeways. If you
don't want to drive, fly there in only an hour!
The Horizon Air flight from Victoria to SeaTac was a direct flight. Last time I flew this route, we stopped in
Port Angeles to clear US
Customs. The flight from SeaTac to Las Vegas only took one hour and 48 minutes instead of
two hours and 15 minutes, since we had a tail wind. Lunch on Alaska Airlines consisted of a small cold chicken
Caesar salad made with lettuce.
Only adequate. I ate the breakfast bar I saved from the Horizon flight to fill me up. They
do serve Seattle's Best coffee - a nice way to end
the meal. This is the first time I have flown with Alaska Airlines - they
appear to be a discount airline. I'm spoiled with the superb
service from my preferred airline: Canadian
Airlines...perhaps that's why they
had such financial problems, and are now part of Air Canada.
The airport was as I remember it - decorative palm trees, moving sidewalks, high ceilings,
sandstone columns, grand spaces...and of course, slot machines!
After arriving at Las Vegas airport, I have to take a shuttle to the Alamo car rental office.
There are no signs from the car rental companies directing arriving passengers
to the shuttle bus area. If you are renting a car at the Las Vegas
airport, and your car rental company doesn't have a booth in the airport (most
be aware of the shuttle service.
I checked in to the Flamingo Hilton Vacation Club, and find some pretty impressive and spacious suites.
My friends have two suites reserved. They have a one bedroom with a dining area, full kitchen,
washer/dryer. My bachelor unit has a kitchen nook, and is very roomy. Both units have Jacuzzi tubs, as well as
showers, and all the comforts of home. As stated previously, this is a
timeshare. It is located behind the main Flamingo Hilton hotel complex,
and is completely sold out. If you are interested in timeshare property, Hilton Grand Vacations is building another Vacation Club at the Las Vegas Hilton - their second property in Las Vegas.
Electronics Show (CES) takes the next two days of my vacation, and what a show it is!
The Grand Canyon portion of my
holiday following three days are set aside for . The main reason for renting the car is to drive to the Grand
Canyon and tour around there. I took a helicopter tour, and saw some spectacular
sunrises & sunsets. The scale of the place is hard to do justice
to with photos...lots of wide angle shots.
Dam is only a short one hour drive from Las Vegas, and well worth the
time it takes to get there and tour the facilities. We took the Hard Hat
Tour which is no longer offered, however I would still highly recommend
visiting this landmark construction project.
When I checked in at the Alaska Airlines counter for my departure flight, the woman booked me on the
4:30pm flight, instead of the 6:30pm flight. So I get home much earlier than planned, since she also booked me on an earlier Horizon
flight (Vancouver to Victoria). Good thing I have my car waiting for me at Victoria Airport.
Alaska Airlines served the same dreadful cold chicken Caesar salad on the Las Vegas to SeaTac flight!
I found a slip of paper with Psalm 107:1
inside the meal container. Have they considered their non-Christian (or
non-believing) passengers in this decision to include religious material in
their food trays? I think not.
Here I am waiting at gate S16 at SeaTac airport. It's still cold in this airport, and
my only entertainment is a bunch of Russians waiting for an 8:30pm Aeroflot
flight to Moscow. Cranky kids, old folks, and everything in-between. They
all look pretty affluent...but I suppose these would be the only ones
with enough money to fly to the USA. The duty-free shop opens for them,
and they seem to be buying just about everything to take back with them!