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Trip Report San Diego and Las Vegas Trip Report

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Flew from Hartford to San Diego on Sunday 11/7 for what was expected to be a quick 2 day business trip.

Flight was non-eventful from BDL to San Diego via Minneapolis. Got in on time and got my baggage. I have always found that it takes forever to get a checked bag at Lindbergh and this time was no different.

Stayed at the Hilton Bayfront for the 2 nights. Ate at a friends house on Sunday and then the Fish Market on Monday night. It was as good as usual. Had the blackened Hawaiian Tombo which was great.

At work on Monday, chaos ensued and forced me to change my plans to stay an extra week. Twist my arm to stay longer...Went to change my hotel and the Bayfront was full so booked 3 nights at the Bay Club then the final 4 nights back at the Bayfront as the Bay Club was completely sold out. Hotel Shuffle between 2 great hotels.

I like the Hilton Bayfront as I get a great rate through work but this trip proved that they are catering too much to the conventions and not as much to business travelers. A co-worker of mine got moved to a room that was a conference room converted to a room which would be fun but only had a pull-out couch for a bed. I was also denied my breakfast vouchers (supposed to get thru work agreement with Hilton) until my co-worker got hers. They also nickel and dime you for everything, including $8 a beer at non Happy Hour times.

Moving to the Bay Club was a good move. We also get a great rate there and its a small hotel. Great service and no issues. Hotel has been renovated since I was there last. Had a room facing the bay thru the Parking lot but still had a lot of privacy with the bushes in front. Free breakfast in the morning. Decent food but they did run out twice and eventually re-filled. Only issue I had was Wednesday night, the Marines flew an F18 over the hotel landing at Coronado twice - must have been night practice. I love the sound of Jets (work on their engines,...) but not when I am sleeping.

Ate at Fiddlers on Tuesday. Had their rack of ribs which was excellent and would go back for them. Decent price. Service was very good.

Wednesday night, we went to King's Fish out in Mission Valley. Excellent meal, Had 6 oysters which were very fresh then blackened Wahoo. I have been here numerous times and always enjoyed it.

Thursday night, we went to Brigantine's Seafood on Shelter Island. Sat in the bar area and shared a couple of plates of calamari and then I had fish tacos. Excellent food and a good beer selection. I was drinking Stone IPA all week so glad they had it. Price was very good considering 4 people.

On Friday, I changed my plans again as work had straightened out. But a friend of mine was in las Vegas for the weekend so changed everything to fly home on Sunday from Las Vegas.

Everything in San Diego reinforced why I really enjoy my many trips out here and am glad I get to come so much.

To be continued.

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    Drove to Vegas on Friday afternoon. Left San Diego around 2 pm or so. Drive had good scenery going through the desert and into the Mountains but after a while, it did get boring and traffic was moderate to heavy. Once it go dark, the drive got really boring. Glad I did it once but will probably fly the next time. It took exactly 5 hours.

    Checked into the Las Vegas Hilton. I was really glad for my Hilton Honors as the line for normal check-in was extremely long and nobody was moving. Got to my room then called my friend who was already there. We went to Benihana's for dinner. Excellent food and a lot of fun. Walked around the hotel for a little while but was pretty tired.

    Got up the next day very early and drove to the Hoover Dam. Absolutely loved the Dam and it is a very impressive site. Spent a lot of time walking around the top of it. We did not go into the Visitor's Center. Would have liked to do that and the tours but we had a lot we wanted to cover that day. Got back to the Strip and parked at the Mandalay Bay to go into the Shark Reef. We saw the line and were angry that we had not pre-purchased tickets. Very long line but once we got inside, everybody was spread out. We took about 45 minutes here walking through and really enjoyed it.

    We then went back to our hotel and dropped off our car. Took the monorail back and went to the Mirage to go to the Secret Garden. Really enjoyed this stop and spent a lot of time here. The Tiger Cubs were very active and playing as were the 3 male lions. Then grabbed a quick lunch and a few drinks in the hotel. Walked down the strip, walking to the Bellagio, Caesar's Palace and Harrah's. Went into the Flamingo exhibit and enjoyed it. Walked back to the Mirage and watched the Volcano explode and then to Treasure Island to watch the Sirens of TI show. Enjoyed both. We spent more time just bar hopping on the Strip then took the Monorail back to our hotel. We got back there around 1 am.

    Not really a good move as I had to get up at 4 to catch my flight home. Returned the rental car, not realizing how long of a ride from Avis it was to the Airport then got hung up in Security as the TSA agent - rather than saying remove your hat and glasses - which i have never had to do when they are checking IDs, would wait a minute then ask you to remove glasses. then wait more and then ask "Is that a hat you are wearing?" I am not complaining about security but they should just have a sign to remove these. Just took longer than needed. Got to my gate and asked to be moved out of a middle seat. They said no but then realized I got my first class upgrade. Worked real nice. Non-eventful flights through Atlanta and home.

    Overall, had a great trip. Would go back to Vegas but not a priority.Glad I have been there but lots of other places to go.

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