New Vegas Hotel and Casino finally set to open – AP

The Drew Hotel and Casino

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press February 12, 2018 LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Fontainebleau is no more. Call it The Drew Las Vegas. The hulking, bluish casino-resort, which has sat unfinished on the Las Vegas Strip since 2009 and became a poster child of the Great Recession, is now scheduled to open in late 2020 under a partnership between hospitality giant Marriott International and New York-based global real estate firm Witkoff. The new luxury property, which will feature a casino and approximately 4,000 rooms and suites, announced Monday that it…

Taking pictures of Surfers in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

Surfing in Tamarindo

Taking pictures with what we call the “actual camera” at our hotel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. I really need to figure out these settings one day. If only there was a place I could find a video… Please follow and like us:

My Trip to the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Here’s a little bit of my view of the Grand Canyon in November 2017. Needless to say, it’s a place everyone should get to if given the opportunity. – Jon Please follow and like us:

Busker performs his version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”

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I love me some street musician performances. This busker gave the commuters chances to sing along though he picked up the crowd’s slack just fine. A very nice version of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” on the Chicago Blue Line subway platform.  Something about the trust involved in being blind and having the money bucket out on the L platform adds a bit to the feeling of the song. You’ll want to watch through to the end. This guy knows how to use the moving trains to his advantage! Please follow and…

Southshore Line train from downtown Chicago to Michigan City Indiana

South Shore line sign as seen from inside the train

Whenever I find myself on a non-L, non-subway train (Metra, Amtrak, etc), I think “Now why don’t I use this as a mode of transportation more often??”.  At about 10 bucks a pop, we were able to get from Millennium Station in downtown Chicago IL to Michigan City Indiana (Home of the Lighthouse Outlet Mall).   Even the simplest of  views can seem more interesting from the comfort of a train that is replacing the effort (and risk) of driving.   Here’s something for the historical record. A view from…

The make-over of Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Tropicana Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

I’m Back in Las Vegas with The Girl to visit Mom and decided to show her the new and improved Tropicana Las Vegas. There was a pretty long stretch of time where The Trop was falling just a liiiiiittle bit into disrepair. Maybe “disrepair” is too strong of a description but it surely wasn’t what it used to be and what it is now. The improvements to the Tropicana hotel and casino have been impressive and well worth checking out. It’s still on it’s own corner, of course, providing a…

Lollapalooza 2017, Friday (Day 2).

PUP on Friday, Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2017 in Grant Park Chicago Illinois

Fresh off an early exit the night before due to a storm evacuation, we make sure log enough Lolla hours and get Grant Park around Noon. PUP was a great way to start the day out with some rock n’ roll. Here is some casual footage to provide a sample of their show I dust off the Girl’s 1991 Lollapalooza (The FIRST Lollapalooza) once each year [more later… off to day 3] Please follow and like us:

Lollapalooza 2017, Thursday (Day 1).

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NOTE: We’ve decided to edit this site live since we’re really not telling people about it yet so make sure to check back as we’ll be editing, proof-reading, adding video, more images, etc.!   Remember: Not to tight, not too loose.   No chains over 10 inches allowed this year and I can’t by drinking all day un-tethered. After our usual easy EL train ride to Lolla, it was a great start to the festing with no waiting in line to get in. The North entrance is always a nice…

Costa Rican Critters

Coati eating a banana next to our room in Monte Verde in Costa Rica

One of the highlights of our last Coast Rica trip was getting to see these cute critters! This one found a banana next to our quarters in Monteverde and didn’t mind our getting up close and personal! Note that it is illegal to feed the jungle wildlife in Costa Rica. They’ve gotten quite comfy with humans and have been an issue with their racoon-like behavior around people’s trash cans. Check out these howler monkeys walking away from the hotel’s breakfast area after getting the boot by the servers with long…

Take a ride on the Mirage-TI Tram on the Las Vegas Strip

The Tram between Mirage and TI

When in Vegas, we make sure to hop the Tram between Mirage and Treasure Island. While these two properties are next door to each other, it may not be as short of a walk as you might think. Besides, it’s a very Vegas-y thing to ride the tram and you’ll have plenty of other places to walk to so save a little time and enjoy the ride! Please follow and like us: