[DMCForum] DCS09Prelude Day 4 Agenda Tuesday Sept 22. DRIVING TOUR DAY
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[DMCForum] DCS09Prelude Day 4 Agenda Tuesday Sept 22. DRIVING TOUR DAY Part 1 - A full day of activities.

The DCS09 Prelude starts in just over 4 Weeks!

  Make your hotel and airline reservations now!

  Day 4 of PCS09 Prelude.  THE DRIVING TOUR  - A full day of activities.

  Tuesday is designed to provide a very interesting and fun driving tour 
of the west side of Las Vegas.
This driving tour route is very unique because the road actually goes 
into the mountains on the NW side of Las Vegas and
does a U turn and comes out on the SW side of Las Vegas.   This should 
make it an east route to follow!

The driving tour and site seeing should take 2 - hours.

See map on website. Make sure you give it sufficient time to load.

8AM to 9AM

Meet at the McDonalds at Charleston and Rainbow.   This is on the NW 
side of the city.  It is about 3 miles from
the Palace Station.  See map on website.
This McDonald has a 30 foot high milkshake and a 35 foot high box of 
french fries.   This is a good photo op.
You can get breakfast or coffee here.

9AM -10 AM   Leave McDonalds west bound on Charleston and head towards 
the mountains on Charleston which becomes Route 159.
The road will take you past the Red Rock Casino.

Red Rock Casino
At about 10 miles you will be in the mountains just west of Las Vegas.  
  Once inside this valley, you no longer see Las Vegas.
You will be in the native desert.   You will also see some of the Red 
Rock layers in the mountains.

Red Rock Canyon
There is a road that goes to Red Rock Canyon.   However, there is a $20 
charge.  It also takes about 1 hour and is about 30 miles.
You are welcome to take this side trip.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
You will see a sign to this State Park.   It has wild donkeys, horses 
and other animals.   It has a  pavilion where UNLV and local talent 
present Broadway plays for $10 per person (at night only).   It is 
great entertainment at a good price.  You can get tickets at Palace 

This park is free and has some great desert view.   You may want to 
stop for a while and see this great park.

Blue Diamond
You will see a sign to an area called Blue Diamond.   This is a 
neighborhood enclave with trees that are spring fed.   One of the few 
remaining spring feed forests just west of Las Vegas.  An exclusive 
area where almost no additional development is permitted.   You can get 
a view of what Las Vegas looked like when it was undeveloped an was 
just a bunch of Willow trees.

10 Am - 11 AM  Cactus Joe's

This very unique garden and artifact center is on the north side of the 
road.   If you get to route 160, you just missed it.    This is free 
and well worth stopping and touring. This is a scheduled stop on the 
driving tour.   You will see stuff here that you will see no where 
else.   You can see lots of fossils,  chunks of brightly colored glass 
that are 2 feet in diameter.   Also-"Side ways Sam"
A dog that had a brain injury from being hit by a car and the local vet 
was able to save.  Sam now walks sideways.

You will not be disappointed by this stop.

Self Sufficient "white" house complex
At Buffalo and 160, if you go north 2 blocks you will see a "white" 
house with a wind mill and other structures.   This is a large private 
residence that is self sufficient, with wind power, fruit trees, green 
house and other self sufficient building.   You can somewhat see this 
on Goggle Earth.   The structure is on 5 acres.  It makes you wonder 
who and what is going on there.

Climb a Mountain. (e.i hill)
Also at Buffalo and 160 (SE corner) is a hill that has been made into a 
park.  You can climb that paths to the top.  Takes about 30 minutes.  
Great views and  photo op.

Turn Left At Rainbow.
It is time for lunch so you need to head to the restaurant.   When you 
get to Rainbow (route 595) make a left turn and go north to Tropicana.  
  about 5 miles.

Turn Right At Tropicana.
Once you get to Tropicana, turn right and go about 1.5 miles to Cameron 
st.  Make a left and you will see McMullan's Pub.  Parking is on the 
north side (back of the building).

12 NOON to 2 PM

Lunch at McMullan's Irish Pub located just west of the Orleans casino 
at 4650 W. Tropicana.   This is great Pub with lots of Irish decor and 
The waitresses have great Irish accents.   Very good food and 
reasonable prices.

2 PM - 11 PM  Afternoon and evening activities.   To be posted Tomorrow.

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