Last stage: Las Vegas! My duties supporting my Pittsburgh Penguins were done, time to enjoy… some more hockey. This stage of the trip was likely the one I struggled with most – I already booked flights and hotel for very reasonable prices way before the Vegas Golden Knights released their individual game tickets – with the result that I finally had to go for the 270 USD tickets for T-Mobile Arena. At least I checked another NHL arena with this detour to Los Angeles – and also had my second airline debut, Alaska Airlines.
||San Francisco SFO
||Las Vegas LAS
Alaska Airline – My First Time – Domestic First
Another (too) early morning start. This time in San Mateo, California, heading the ten miles towards San Francisco Airport. I definitely underestimated the effect of jetlack paired with the late hockey matches and early morning flights.
At least, everything went smooth. Returned the car and took the AirTrain towards Terminal 2. Personal airline debut – my first flight with Alaska Airline was due to happen. My flight was scheduled at 7:20 hrs, I have been at the check in about 5:00. Bad news: the Alaska Airlines Lounge in San Francisco is still renovated upgraded. Good news: the check in agent offered me to take the earlier 6:00 a.m. flight. Lovely staff (on ground and in the air), a nearly empty Airbus A320 and a lovely Domestic First service (with sparkling wine on my debut) – good start of the day.
When in Vegas
I originally planned to work on the Day 5 trip report entry in the Alaska Airlines Lounge – but as I have been quite early now, I just did it in Vegas airport before I took the bus shuttle to the huge rental car facility. They already hat slot machines at the airport (as expected), airside and at the baggage claim. Third rental of the trip – this time I opted for a good old reliable, not too fancy Kia Optima. Solid.
A Ghost Town
I have to say that I am not the super-biggest fan of Vegas regarding downtown, the Strip, the casinos and all the stuff – but what I really love about the location is that you can use it as a travel hub for so many interesting natural sights. Not just the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam, but the Death Valley is close, I love the Red Rock Canyon and so many more places. This time I headed to the Eldorado Canyon Southeast of Las Vegas – a lovely drive.
My destination was the Ghost Town part of Nelson, NV. The place ran a gold mine in the past (the mine is available for tours, but I am afraid of these kind of things) and the ghost town is driven by a family. You can walk around and explore so many things. The store is also a great collection of things of all kinds. The place, by the way, is driven by the mining tours and by selling photography and filming concessions. Absolutely worth visiting!
A Famous House and A Waterpark
The bit of bad thing about the trip was that you more or less head the same route back (the last ten miles are a dead end road) – but you can for example combine it with the Hoover Dam.
I went to Henderson, NV, next. The city is directly next to Las Vegas on the Southeast side. I first of all went to a living area where a person built a house according to a very famous American TV family – I am sure you guess the architecture.
On the road back to Vegas, I stopped by the amazing (sometimes even a bit threatening feeling…) slides and rides of the Cowabunga Bay. The park is closed in the winter months. It came into the news in 2015, when a six year old boy had to suffer serious brain injuries after an accident in the park, leading to a 49m USD settlement by the park.
Pinball Hall of Fame
The next stop was the amazing Pinball Hall of Fame, which is not just having pinball machines, but also a lot of other ability-driven arcade machines. Could stay there a whole day! Lovely place!
After that, I had a short stop at the Southern Outlet in Vegas. Not a too good place to be at on Sunday noon. The place is quite crowded anyway and it is quite narrow as well. But: last shopping opportunity – had to take it!
It Used to be a Hooters
From the outlet to the hotel, it was just a short drive – and, hey, by chance I even passed the Las Vegas sign. Had to take a quick snap at least.
The hotel I chose was the OYO Hotel Las Vegas. At the time of booking, the hotel was still branded as the Hooters Hotel & Casino – there is still a Hooters inside. I majorly chose the hotel due to superbly low pricing, proximity to T-Mobile Arena and to the airport. Not the most fancy overnight of the trip – but it definitely suited my needs.
Vegas Golden Knights – L.A. Kings
Time for the last NHL match of that trip – and with that match-up, the Golden Knights hosting the L.A. Kings, also a match to relax, as I was very neutral about it. On the one side, there was Marc-Andre Fleury, our long-time Pens netminder and one of my all-time NHL favorites – on the other hand, Los Angeles had former Cologne player and German national coach Marco Sturm in the coaching staff. The quite new T-Mobile Arena was massive. I did not lake the comparably late entry, but the show they did, the quality of the logistics etc. was just impressive.
Like in the two matches before, I felt that I was really, really tired now. The match reminded me very much of the Pens game at the Kings on Day 2 of my travel. Finally, the Knights had a 43-17 shot statistic – but overall, they gave the very good Calvin Petersen a too easy time to have 42 saves in an NHL match. Los Angeles played just very solid and effective (again), while the Golden Knights felt the the Black Knight in Monty Python’s Holy Grail – Let’s call it a draw! NO! The ticket behind the goal was 270 USD, by the way… Amazing!
Last, but not least…
… on my way to and from T-Mobile Arena, I did some random shots of the illuminated strip in that area.
California with the Pittsburgh Penguins – Day by Day
Here is the overview of my daily postings on this trip report.
Flyctory.com about Business Class & More
Here are all articles related to Business Class and First Class travel:
For my trip to Canada on the day they re-opened their borders after Covid-19 restrictions I went for Condor. I ...Read More
Friday, the 13th... On 13th August 2021, I was scheduled to have my very first Boeing 737-MAX flight. Icelandair from ...Read More
During the later phases of the Covid-19 lock-downs in Germany, I had the idea to that posting. Maybe just because ...Read More
For years, if I would have wanted to deeply bash the Deutsche Bahn (German Rails), there would have been a simple way ...Read More
Helgoland (in English also called Heligoland) is very often referred to as Germany's only deep-sea island. Even though this nice ...Read More
When people discuss about good airlines for US domestic travel, Alaska Airlines is very frequently mentioned. Thus, I was really ...Read More
Fortunate unexpected upgrade: I originally planned to go from Paderborn/Lippstadt (PAD) to Westerland/Sylt (GWT) to check out a new German ...Read More
In April 2021, I finally had my first flight connections to/from the new Berlin airport, BER - Berlin / Brandenburg ...Read More
After praising my favorite songs of 2020 and the favorite albums and EPs in 2020, the final posting to do ...Read More
It is still uncertain when there will be regular touristic travel between the United Kingdom or Europe and North America ...Read More
Apart from Trenitalia and their Frecciarossa network, there is also NRT (Nuovo Transporto Viaggiatori - "New Travellers Transport"), who are ...Read More
After visiting so many German Rail lounges in my life, I was really looking forward how the more exclusive waiting ...Read More
On my Four Contries, Four Trains trip in summer 2020, my rail trip on Day 2 was an absolute highlight of ...Read More
While - especially for business reasons - trans-European rail connections may still take too much time for daytime transfers, night ...Read More
With British Airways' decision to move all short-distance connections including the one to Cologne/Bonn airport to Heathrow, I unfortunately will ...Read More
Though they really seem to put in quite some effort to improve the situation, I am not too much a ...Read More
In recent times, I had three Business Class flights with Finnair's long distance flagship, the Airbus A 350. In August, ...Read More
Right before the United Kingdom left the European Union, I headed to Jersey for a short mileage run. The Channel ...Read More
While my Lufthansa Senator Status typically grants me access to the SAS Gold Lounge next door, a Eurowings BizClass flight ...Read More
If you fly a non-Schengen flight from Terminal 1 (the non-Lufthansa one) at Munich Airport and depart from the B ...Read More
In contrast to the significantly more fancy Flagship Lounges (here is my review of the JFK one), the American Airlines ...Read More
In 2019, I twice had flights to and from Newcastle Airport: the first time, I travelled to Sunderland in July ...Read More
There are not too many options to avoid budget travel when you want to fly into Tenerife North / Tenerife ...Read More
After I tested their A330 Premium Economy Class on a flight to Philadelphia before, I was really flattered to check ...Read More
Flying from Stockholm to Helsinki with Finnair in early August 2019 gave me the opportunity to visit a lounge I ...Read More
I have to admit that American Airlines Admiral Club Lounges are not really my favorite place. Some are functional, some ...Read More
Flying intercontinentally from Europe via Helsinki, especially to Asian destinations, became more and more popular the last years. One key ...Read More
After I mentioned the Air Canada Lounge at Frankfurt Airport already in my love letter posting to LATAM flight 705, ...Read More
On my trip to Nashville in May 2019, I was lucky to receive an operational upgrade on BA 217 from ...Read More
While I had Lufthansa First Class services from Frankfurt to Hong Kong and from Singapore back to Frankfurt on my ...Read More
My trip to Singapore and Malaysia was my debut First Class experience (apart from Domestic First in the USA). I ...Read More
While my previous experience flying to Dubai was the great Air Belgium service on behalf of British Airways, my wife ...Read More
For customers flying on Lufthansa's top notch First Class product (and HON Circle Members), the German airline offers a very ...Read More
During my trip to Singapore and Malaysia, I chose Malysia Airlines for my return from Kuala Lumpur International to Singapore ...Read More
During my April/May 2019 stay in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, I used Malindo Air flight OD 808 on 3rd May ...Read More
The Lufthansa Lounges for Senators and Business Class customers are tending to be too crowded, especially in peak times. Thus, ...Read More
While Air Belgium is doing their very own route from Brussels-Charleroi to Hong Kong, they are currently also supporting the ...Read More
Not just my way to New York was very special by flying the remarkable BA 1 service from London-City to ...Read More
British Airways flight BA 1 has always been on my bucket list. The very special connection between London and New ...Read More
After a long time of renovation, SWISS re-opened their Senator and Business Class Lounge at the A Gates / Schengen ...Read More
"Flying Rouge" becomes quite a success story for Air Canada. Just having started five years ago in 2013, the Maple ...Read More
If you collect and something, you likely also have one or more several favourite pieces in your collection. What do ...Read More
Flyctory.com Floorball Postings
Here are all Floorball-related postings on Flyctory.com:
After praising my favorite songs of 2020 and the favorite albums and EPs in 2020, the final posting to do ...Read More
Mlada Bolesav - a 44,000 people city in Czech Repiblic, some 65 kilometers Northeast of Prague. Though the city's history ...Read More
SB-Pro Nurmijärvi vs. Classic Tampere - this has been the traditional match setup for years, when it comes to the ...Read More
The match on 18th January 2020 was likely a tougher one for SB-Pro: trailing 0-5 against Swiss champtions Kloten-Dietlikon Jets ...Read More
While I so far made an semi-annual look back in time, the "Very Important Postings", I decided something with my ...Read More
You may have visited Flyctory.com the last days hoping to have some coverage of the Neuchatel World Floorball Championships this ...Read More
Before I went to Zons and watched the German interpretation of Rock of Ages at the Zons Open Air Theater, ...Read More
A day after SSF Bonn's ladies home match versus Leipzig/Grimma, I watched the men's team in Holzbüttgen. Sunday Night Floorball ...Read More
DJK Holzbüttgen close to Dusseldorf and Cologne is an amazing masterpiece of local sports club management. Having started with very ...Read More
Just some sixth month I had a match between the Red Ants Rychenberg and UHC Laupen in the Women NLA ...Read More
At the beginning of April 2019, the floorball seasons worldwide were already about to reach their climax. On 6th April ...Read More
Sunday morning in Trencin started with a clash between Russia and Germany. The winner of that match would get the ...Read More
Austria had the tough task in their final match to learn against Finland and maybe gain some experience towards the ...Read More
On the road to Neuchatel, Hungary and Netherlands had quite bad positions, but at least the advantage that they knew ...Read More
Slovakia and Latvia were both already qualified for Neuchatel when they competed in the second last match of the Trencin ...Read More
After the Netherlands showed a good fight against Slovakia, they had to compete against likely the strongest team in their ...Read More
After Slovakia had quite some trouble with the Netherlands the day before, the neighborhood battle between the hosts and the ...Read More
In the third match of Saturday, there was absolutely no discussion about the roles: Finland was the absolute favorite against ...Read More
While the match between Austria and Spain was majorly the battle against the last place in European Group 2, it ...Read More
Russia was the clear favorite for this second Friday match of the World Floorball Championship Qualification. Austria suffered from a ...Read More
Slovakia had their third match on Friday evening, concluding the first round of matches of Qualification Group 4. Being nominally ...Read More
After I made my way from Germany to Vienna and headed on to Trencin by car, the match between Germany ...Read More
The "Road to Neuchatel 2019" - as only the Swiss team is qualified for their home World Floorball Championship in ...Read More
It's been quite a while since I have been in Frauenfeld. The key reason for visits with unihockey-pics.de has been ...Read More
Saturday, 19th January 2019, featured an interesting match in the Women Floorball Swiss Nationalliga B: The Floorball Riders hosted Appenzell, ...Read More
The last match of my January floorball trip to Sweden lead me to Täby in Northern Stockholm. It was the ...Read More
A day after the Floorball Club Champions have been determined without any German competitor, I went from Scandic Hotel Gävle ...Read More
After IKSU did what they expected to do (and stayed unbeaten), it was up to Storvreta to complete the Swedish ...Read More
IKSU have been beaten the last time in a compulsory match in December 2017. How you include that in Vitkovice's ...Read More
After both teams had no chance against their Scandinavian opponents in the semis, the Place 3 Match felt to have ...Read More
The semifinal day of the 2019 Floorball Champions Cup concluded with the 2nd Men Semifinal. Swedish Champion Storvreta IBK faced ...Read More
The matchup for the Women Bronze Medal match was quite unexpected, but also very interesting. After SB-Pro did not manage ...Read More
Playing the Swedish champion and reigning Floorball Champions Cup holder IKSU from Umea was likely the most unfortunate task Swiss ...Read More
Two days, two matches for each team to win the title - I already summed up the compressed route to ...Read More
Finnish Champion SC Classic from Tampere and Top-of-Switzerland Floorball Köniz opened the Men Tournament of the 2019 Floorball Champions Cup ...Read More
No floorball competition is changing that frequently like the Champions Cup. While previous season, six men and women teams each ...Read More
Right before the NLA match against UHC Laupen, the Red Ants Rychenberg hosted UHC "WaSa" Waldkirch-St. Gallen. The Ants placed ...Read More
The Winterthur, Switzerland, traditional women team Red Ants Rychenberg was one of the first teams I regularly worked with during ...Read More
Back to Nurmijärvi: on 6th October 2018, I headed to Finland to see my favourite women's club team, SB-Pro, out ...Read More
9th September, first matchday of the Men Bundesliga. One of the most interesting teams of the new season is likely ...Read More
While the Women match-up for the Superfinal has been the expected one, Happee as fourth-placed team in the regular season ...Read More
One has to admit that betting on that pairing of the two dominators of Finnish Women Floorball would not have ...Read More
Writing that match report as one of the start-up (and testing) article entries on flyctory.com felt so easy to me: ...Read More