In a couple of days, we’ll be at the sixth month of the year, July
It seemed like just yesterday that the Sports Diva was on a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas for all the shenanigans of my friend’s 60th birthday.
July means summer is in full swing, (or it’s supposed to be.) and a couple of countries are celebrating their birthdays, Canada on July 1st and on July 4th, Happy 246th birthday, United States of America.
Have any of you gone anywhere, even if it’s just to see the things your neighborhood or city has to offer?
What are you waiting for?
I know gas prices are high and in some parts of the world, sadly, wars are going on.
But if you can, explore that city or neighborhood of yours.
You might find some hidden gems that you didn’t know about even if you’ve lived there most of your life.
It was our last night in Las Vegas and since both of us had early morning flights, we wanted to make the most of it.
Actually I had to be at the airport by 7am for a 9am flight back to Newark Liberty and my friend had to be at the airport by 9am for an 11am flight back to Pittsburgh.
We had gone to Harrah’s Hotel and Casino the night before to see Donnie Osmond for my friend’s 60th birthday.
Don’t laugh, even though it wasn’t my cup of tea, he did put on a pretty good show.
On that Thursday, after watching the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, (now THAT is the Sports Diva’s cup of tea!), we decided to go on the High Roller Observation Wheel, which is at the Linq Hotel Promenade, right across from where we were staying at the Flamingo Hotel.
My friend had never been on the High Roller before and as I kept raving about it, she decided why not?
We not only went on it at night, we were in the pod that had a bar in it.
HELLO HAPPY HOUR!
Yes, the High Roller Observation Wheel has four pods that have a bar in them.
This is Las Vegas, folks, even the attractions are entertainers.
Here’s how the High Roller Observation Wheel Happy Hour basically works.
The ride is 30 minutes long, so that means in 30 minutes, you drink as many drinks as you can and the drinks are FREE!
Just remember to tip your bartender, people.
I had three vodka and cranberry juice plus two drinks that our bartender, Cheryl from Rhode Island, no less, made for all of us.
Just like the other pods, the happy Hour pod also does the New Year’s Eve type countdown.
The only difference is, there’s a drink in your hand as you’re counting down.
The Happy Hour ride needless to say, is more expensive than the regular High Roller ride, but like my friend did, Groupon is your best friend for discounts.
I don’t know if it was the five drinks that I had, but I sure enjoyed myself on my second time on the High Roller
As usual, the Sports Diva can’t take a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere without eating at some restaurant.
Doesn’t matter if it’s old or new, I think I go to as many restaurants as I do sporting events.
Not really, it just seems like it.
My friend and I for our last day in Las Vegas, decided to eat at a restaurant that we both wanted to go to but believe it or not couldn’t find.
Neither of us had the brilliant idea to just look it up, but what can I say?
It’s called Nacho Daddy and while they have a location on the Las Vegas Strip, the location we went to was on 4th Street in Downtown Las Vegas, right on the Fremont Street Experience.
Since we were downtown anyway, why not eat here?
They are a Mexican restaurant and they just don’t serve Nachos.
Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas , Fajitas as well as beers and tequilas, including one with a scorpion in it no less.
We weren’t going to touch that one, and besides later that evening we were going to do the Happy Hour on the High Roller.
More about that in another post.
While my friend had the three taco plate, I had a dish that I hadn’t had in years and was craving for.
It was a Chimichunga, which is loaded with beef or steak, (I had the steak)loaded with rice and beans and wrapped in a tortilla.
Now you would think after all this food, we wouldn’t have room for anything else, but this place is called Nacho Daddy and that’s what they’re famous for, so why not have a shareable plate of warm Nachos with mild Salsa BEFORE you have your taco plate and Chimichunga?
That’s just what the Sports Diva and her friend did, appetizer before the main course, and it sure was worth it.
It’s located on Las Vegas Boulevard right across the street from Caesars Palace, in the area of the Las Vegas Strip known as the Center Strip.
It is, as the name implies, in the center of everything.
It’s one of the oldest casino hotels in Las Vegas and was once owned by mobster, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, who named the casino after his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, who had legs like a Flamingo.
Miss Hill was a showgirl, btw
It’s the Flamingo Hotel and I stayed there from 30 May until 3 June.
It was my first time staying at the hotel , and because I’m a member of Caesars Total Rewards, I was given a good rate for my stay.
The only time I had ever been to the hotel was for a pool party at the Go Pool, which is adults only.
They do have a pool for guests with families but for the Go Pool, 21 and up only.
If you aren’t staying at the hotel, you either have to pay to use the Go Pool or get on a guest list.
If you’re staying at the hotel, your room key and your ID gets you in.
Also at the hotel, there’s an area called the Wildlife Habitat, where you’ll find Koi Fish, pelicans and flamingos of course.
I stayed on the 17th floor in one of their renovated rooms with a view of the High Roller Observation Wheel, more about the High Roller Observation Happy Hour in another post.
I never stayed at the Flamingo Hotel before because of the price.
Now that I know that I can get a good rate with my points from playing the slots(sorry not sorry, the Sports Diva plays the slots no matter if I’m in Las Vegas or Atlantic City), Flamingo will be on my list of places to stay in Las Vegas.
Normally when I have a flight that leaves from the third New York airport, Newark Liberty, I have to take the subway from my house in Queens to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in downtown New York City then take the Coach Bus to Newark Airport.
This took about an hour or so, depending on traffic, or if I could get a seat on the bus.
It stopped at all three terminals at Newark Liberty and cost $9 each way with my senior discount.
Since Covid, not as many buses go out of Port Authority Bus Terminal to Newark Liberty anymore, and since the New York City subways are, to put it nicely, a fire dumpster waiting to happen, not to mention a crime scene waiting to happen, people have found new ways to get to the third New York City area airport , Newark Liberty.
It costs more money but it’s shorter than taking a bus from Piet Authority Bus Terminal.
If you’re like me and you live in Queens, Brooklyn or on Long Island, you can take the Long Island Railroad train into Penn Station in Manhattan, which costs me $10.25 round trip senior rate.
From there, walk upstairs to the New Jersey transit station, also at Penn Station (it’s listed as New York Penn Station not to confuse it with the second stop on New Jersey Transit, Newark Penn Station)and take the New Jersey transit train to the Newark Liberty Airport Station and take the Air Train to your terminal.
For me, the senior rate was $11.50 each way. Just remember to hold onto your ticket because you will need it to exit the station.
It takes roughly less than an hour from New York Penn Station to the airport.
After New York Penn Station, there are 3 stops, Secaucus Junction, Newark Penn Station and finally, Newark Liberty Airport Station.
New Jersey transit also goes from Newark Liberty to Philadelphia and back if you don’t want to leave from Philadelphia International Airport.
Also at this station, Amtrak also leaves but it’s more expensive.
Even though it was more expensive for me to go this way, it was worth it
It had been a long time since the Sports Diva had flown out of another airport other than LaGuardia or JFK.
The last time I flew out of Newark Liberty was maybe two years ago on an American Airlines flight from where else, Las Vegas to Newark Liberty with a stop in DFW, that’s Dallas Fort Worth Airport in Texas.
On that trip, I arrived back in Newark but stayed at the airport until a halfway decent hour because since I live in New York City, the Long Island Railroad and the New Jersey transit trains had stopped running.
Even though JFK is in my backyard, (no really it is), for some unknown reason, fares are higher than normal and this was way before we had this gas thing going on.
So since the Sports Diva is all about getting the best bang for her buck, you betcha I’m going over to New Jersey for a really cheap flight no matter if it’s American, Delta, Southwest or Spirit Airlines.
Don’t care, it’s all about the cheapness.
Besides if it gets me from point A to Point B, you have a seat on your airline, the Sports Diva will travel .
Coming back, I have a return from Las Vegas Harry Reid Airport(the new name of the airport, by the way)back to Newark Liberty.
Unlike my outbound flight, which left at 6pm EST, my return flight leaves at 9:20am, Vegas time.
Once again, even with paying for a carryon, I still came out cheaper than if I had flown out of JFK.
That’s what it’s all about , saving money my peeps, so that I can go on even more 30 Plus Teams Tours .