If you’re looking for something different in Las Vegas, you need to head south on Interstate 15 and exit at Blue Diamond Road. There at Blue Diamond and Dean Martin Drive you will find the Silverton Casino Lodge.
Having driven by it dozens of times on my way to or from someplace else, I decided it was time to pull in and take a look around. Walking through the main entrance, the sound of water reached my ears and I veered to the right to inspect the source -- a pond full of Koi fish swimming lazily about. The half dozen ducks skimming the surface made it even more relaxing.
Continuing past the pond to the right was the entrance to the Bass Pro Shops, but that would have to wait because across the way I noticed one of the largest saltwater aquariums I’ve ever seen, and the first of several daily interactive feeding shows was about to begin. The crowd was awed by the masses of sharks, rays and other exotic looking fish swarming around a diver who calmly pulled pieces of food from his pouch and hand fed individual fish.
The diver, a staff marine biologist, is equipped with a full-face communication mask and answers questions during the feeding. He also explains a little about each of the different fish.
After the show I walked through the casino, which offers the usual variety of table games, including blackjack, roulette, craps and mini baccarat. There is a wide spectrum of slot machines in various denominations, including the popular penny slots. All of the machines I saw were coinless, ticket-in, ticket-out. That makes it convenient to collect your winnings and move from one machine to another; but I confess, sometimes I miss the sight of all those coins that fell into the hopper when you made a score.
The poker room is conveniently located next to the new parking garage. It has five tables, big comfy chairs and seven plasma screens.
Continuing back to the Bass Pro Shops I noticed several other aquariums, a shooting gallery and even a flowing river. It was as if I had walked through a portal and was suddenly transported from the hot, dry desert to a lush mountain top. This is a place I want to come back to.
Pink’s Hot Dogs has re-opened at Planet Hollywood and friends tell me the chili dog is the absolute best.
Of course the original Pink’s, which sold its first hot dogs in 1939, is still going strong in Hollywood, California, near the corner of Melrose and La Brea.
If chili dogs aren’t to your liking, don’t worry, they have at least a dozen ways to dress your dog. There’s even a Veggie Dog (certified vegan) topped with guacamole, chopped tomatoes and chopped onions.
See you around town.
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