Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Vegas in July

We are at Sam's Town RV Park, out on Boulder Highway southeast of the Vegas Strip (map).

We're here because our friend was at St. Rose Hospital in Henderson, and this is actually the closest RV park of any repute that we could find. It turns out to be an unexpectedly nice stop.

We traveled to the hospital today on public transit. $2.50 apiece bought us day passes (which are still good until tomorrow morning), and it took us just over an hour each way to go the 12 miles or so to the hospital. We had a nice, if brief, visit with her, and had lunch with her husband. Last night he met us over here at Sam's, and we went inside for the buffet, which, at $10 apiece (with players' club card), including a glass of wine, was a bargain, and actually quite good.

Knowing how long transit was going to take us, we had arranged for a 3:00 checkout today, from the park's standard of noon. However, we're also trying to get Odyssey over to the Detroit dealer, and the earliest they could get us in was tomorrow morning at 8:00. Since it's still a million degrees here, and we need full-time air conditioning, we elected to just extend our stay by a day. At $32 per night (with Good Sam discount), it's a bit pricey (they insisted we take a premium 50-amp pull through space, due to our length), but we're probably using half that much in electricity alone, and we'd easily spend more than that amount just running the generator.

The park here also has a nice pool and hot tub area, of which we availed ourselves last night and this afternoon. And the casino has, in addition to the aforementioned buffet, four other restaurants as well as several fast-food outlets. Tonight we had a nice dinner at Fellini's, the Italian place, on the "patio," which is actually in the enclosed atrium of the hotel, replete with waterfalls, real vegetation, and animatronic animals that participate in the four-times-daily laser light/water cannon/music show. I even took in a movie at the attached eight-plex cinema here this afternoon.

All in all, a pretty good place to stop, and we'll put it on the list if ever we have to stop in Las Vegas again in the heat of the summer (in more temperate weather, we already know the secret boondocking spot right off the strip).

Tomorrow we will be at W. W. Williams in North Las Vegas, to see if they can figure out our latest round of problems.

Photo by Kirstelisa

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