National Parks Trip: Flight Day (Part 2)

Monday, August 30, 2021

I was so happy that the hotel check-in process was easy. I told them I was part of the Globus tour group. He had our room keys, map of the property, breakfast coupons for Tuesday and Wednesday, and drink coupons.

Large, king-bed room with a small refrigerator with a partial view of the pool. We dropped our bags off and went to one of their restaurants: Gilley’s – to eat and use one of the drink coupons. The meal was a late lunch/early dinner, and I was really hungry. I had the grilled chicken sandwich with bacon, cheese, and avocado. Chuck had the Gilley fully loaded cheeseburger. That meal would get us through the evening.

I received an email from the Tour Director with a letter attached. We must meet him between 3:00 and 5:00 for our check-in and health screening on Tuesday. Then we have a Welcome Meeting with all the other travelers at 6:00. The most important piece of information on there was that Wednesday, our checked-bags need to be ready for pick-up by 6:30 am, yes you read that right – 6:30. We can eat in the coffee shop beginning at 6:45 and then board the bus at 7:40. I feel like that will be the schedule every day. Since I don’t want to tour in my pajamas, I will be up very early to shower and get ready.

We wandered around the Strip looking at how things had changed. Came back to the room and Chuck received a call from the Tour Director asking if we had received the letter, and did he have any questions. Chuck gave the phone to me. It’s annoying – I made the tour reservations, booked the flights, booked the hotel pre-night, and completed all the forms that they sent over the past months, but the Tour Director calls Chuck to see if we had gotten the information. So annoying. Chuck had no problem letting the Tour Director talk to me. As he says, “I’m just arm candy on these trips.” 😎

We decided we wanted to use the other drink coupon and play some slots. Went first to my favorite slot machine – Top Dollar. The Vegas Top Dollar treated me just like the Mississippi Top Dollar does – I got zilch. What to do now? Keep gambling? See a Show? Walk the Strip? So many choices and the night is young.

Author: mmmtravelmemories

A retired college administrator who loves to travel. I write to remember the experiences and, I hope, to inspire others to make their own travel memories.

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