The Last Horah – Day 2 Sunday Sept 1st, 2013
So for the second day of this adventure I set off west to the wonderful city of Las Vegas, NV. This will be my 5th visit to this delight in the middle of the desert. I never seem to get enough of the dirtiness that the city provides. The idea of walking down the street with a drink in my hand blows my mind. I mean in Boston I do that, but I have to put it in a duncs cup and walk around like I’m drinking coffee. So here is what I have lined up between Sante Fe and Las Vegas, NV
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At 7am I hope to be on the road, which might be hard if I don’t find the bed until 5am, but we’ll see how that goes. 7am is the goal since its 12 hours till Vegas and the Time zone changes are going to screw me up
About 5 hours on the road I’ll be until I get to stop 1. I will be taking I25 down to Albuquerque and getting on I40/Rt 66. I plan on being on mostly Route 66 until i get to the city of Gallup, NM where I will jump on RT 491 (formally route 666) and take that north to the 4 corners National Monument
Four Corners National Monument
4 Corners Monument Rd, Shiprock, NM
$3 per car
Here I will lay on the ground and have a complete stranger take a picture of me sprawled out in 4 states at once. Now i have sprawled out in states before, but this will be the first time all at once.
With hope of leaving the four corners park by 12:30PM that day, since I was driving by the Grand Canyon, I figured I should stop again. I was there in 2011 and it is the most wonderful thing I have ever seen. It is truly amazing. I have always wanted to do the sky walk thing that have, but it closes at 6pm and the only way i would make it is if i left Sante Fe at 5am, which i don’t see happening.
Grand Canyon Village
Market Plaza Road Grand Canyon, AZ
This will take me down a ways a bit to the Flintstones Bedrock City in Williams, AZ. Gonna get out of the car, take a few picks and maybe get a new facebook default out of all that.
Flintstones Bedrock City
264 US Highway 180, Williams, AZ
This is right before I get back on Route 66/I40. Its The Haunted Caboose Motel also in Williams. It is part of a larger motel and RV park. Looks cool, Prob a waste of 10 minutes, but we’ll find out
Haunted Caboose Motel
1900 E. Redeo Rd, Williams AZ
Along the way on Rt 66, is the Road Kill Cafe. Looks like one of those cool Rt 66 spots to take a picture and tell your friends and maybe get some lunch.
Road Kill Cafe
502 W. HWY 66, Seligman AZ
At this point in the day, I still have 2 and half hours till Vegas. My goal is to get to the city by hopefully 9PM and take a little nap before I got out exploring the city. It’s the sound of piano music, casino slot machines, traffic and the slapping of the escort cards that the illegal immigrants pass out to you on the streets that really puts a little pep in my step.
Ill be staying the HLV which used to be the Hilton. Its off the strip, but really who cares. The strip is a block a way, and you can drink outside so I might as well get as many beers in me before I head to the Carnival Bar over between Harrah’s and Imperial Palace.
The city of Las Vegas heavily fascinates me. I think it is how the city preserves no history. Every 20 years buildings are torn down and new ones rebuilt in the same locations without any indication of what was there before. Watching videos of old buildings in Vegas makes you wonder what it was like to be in one of those things. There is a creepy nature of buildings built in the 60s and 70s. The lack of fire protection and ease of circulating through makes you think it would be a nightmare if there was a fire.
I was watching video footage of 1980 fire at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (now Ballys). The fire tore through the casino floor and killed people in their sleep when the smoke filtered through the building like a chimney. It’s a creep thought knowing that in a couple of years, the building was reopened and people where staying in rooms that someone died in.
The interior design, colors and materials used back then creep me out to. I don’t know if it’s a OCD thing, but it just gives me the creeps. I know back then it was the norm, but dark wood paneling makes me scared. Last time I was in Vegas i went into the Imperial Palace, built in 1971 and it freaked the hell out of me. It hasn’t really been updated. Its dark and old-looking and i feel like I am going to die there. I had the same feeling at the Sarah, but outside. I was there a couple of months after it closed it doors and I was freaking out how dark and scary the grounds looked. Circus Circus and the Stratosphere gives me the same vibe.
This doesn’t say much for me because I freak out when I’m at a movie theater and there is a missing ceiling title above me. I have to move seats because i will obsess over this. I’m freaked in dark unknown spaces and old buildings that I know could kill me if there was a fire. With all the said I’ll be sure to enjoy my time in the Newer buildings of Las Vegas.
If any readers out there know of any suggested stops along the way, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – Put the day in of travel in the subject line. I would love to hear suggestions