Monday, March 24, 2008

Saturday night's alright ... to get a little Ak-Chin in

We are at Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino, in Maricopa (map).

It was only a short half-hour drive here from Wild Horse Pass, but the extra distance from Phoenix made a big difference. We are parked by ourselves in a corner of an immense dirt lot. There are three other rigs in this lot, and another several in the paved truck-and-RV section of the main parking lot, but none is closer than several dozen yards. We chose the dirt to be away from the harsh sodium lighting in the paved areas, and to have a bit more separation.

Maricopa turns out to be a bustling town, growing by leaps and bounds. We are presuming that it is becoming a bedroom community for the Phoenix metroplex. Things are a bit further developed here than in Buckeye -- we stopped at an enormous Fry's grocery store on our way through town, and it is one of the largest and most well-stocked stores we have been in. Of course, on a Saturday afternoon, it seemed like all of Maricopa was in there with us, and we appeared to be the only ones who did not know people all over the store.

The casino resort here is fairly nice, as these things go. Clearly there is enough of a market here for the tribe to have persuaded (or maybe it was the other way around) casino leviathan Harrah's, with whom we have stayed many times, to operate the place. We had dinner last night and brunch this morning in the Agave cafe, with pleasant pool-side tables. Tonight we tried the "Range" steakhouse, which was perfectly acceptable if a bit pricey.

The pool here looks wonderful, complete with swim-up bar. It looked so inviting, with today's temperatures here in the high 80's, that I asked at the desk if they sold a day pass for the pool. Alas, they did not, nor were they receptive to my Jedi mind trick, wherein I attempted to implant the idea that, if they let us use the pool, they would sell drinks to us all day long at the swim-up bar. Oh well.

Nevertheless, we decided to remain hunkered down here for the remainder of the holiday weekend. Tomorrow morning we will head south through Casa Grande and on to Tucson, where we will be visiting friends.


  1. Two of my associates and I just drove past your Neoplan (you - Sean?- were outside getting a massage) here at the Beaudry RV Resort in Tucson. We work in the Media and Marketing department and I happened to have just made a quick turn about the park and saw your rig. Our webmaster had seen your blog a few days earlier and became very animated at the prospect of seeing this one-of-a-kind coach. So we went for a visit. Perhaps while you're here we might finagle a quick peek inside? That aside, we are now major fans of The Odyssey and wish you all the best on your journey.

  2. The easiest way to get a "quick peek" of the inside of our home is to visit the Video Tour of Odyssey. We know folks are curious about the bus, so I put together these short films. Enjoy!


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