Bill Kirschner

Joined April 2017
  • Day43

    Las Vegas, Day 2

    June 9, 2017 in the United States

    We woke up and had breakfast at the hotel. It was fun to see the bustling people that we witnessed last night dwindle to hardly anyone around in the morning. Today, we were going exploring/walking the strip. It was well over 100 degrees. We began our walking tour with New York, New York, and wandered to the shops at Crystals where we couldn't even afford a box of Kleenex! Then saw the Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, Flamingo, and Harrah's/ the LINQ, pausing to appreciate the very different décor and theme of each hotel and just a bit of gambling. Bill pupped out, and we ended up taking the monorail back to the hotel. We had an early dinner at the Outback and began walking towards the Luxor, which meant walking from the MGM, to New York, New York, then Excalibur to catch the tram to Mandalay Bay and transferred trams back to the Luxor.

    This was our only "entertainment evening" and we had tickets to see Carrot Top the comedian.

    He has gotten somewhat of a "rap" of being conceded and arrogant, but he was absolutely wonderful and we enjoyed ourselves very much. We took the tram back and walked the rest of the way to our hotel and called a night. Over 10 miles walked today!
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  • Day43

    Las Vegas

    June 9, 2017 in the United States

    We arrived in Las Vegas around dinner time. It was amazing how many people were there! We checked into the hotel MGM Grand and had dinner at a wonderful restaurant in the hotel with an oriental theme. Jill was able to hold on to her water glass. :) After dinner, we took a warm stroll on Las Vegas Boulevard, toured M&M World, and continued our stroll a few blocks to Walgreens to stock up on water as it was very toasty. It was amazing how many people were either dressed up as Spider-Man, Marvel comics heroes, and there were females, barely wearing anything at all. They wanted us to take pictures so they could earn tips.Read more

  • Day43

    Red Robin, Redondo Beach, ca

    June 9, 2017 in the United States

    We woke up the next day and just had Cereal and a banana for breakfast. Then we packed up and headed for Las Vegas. On our way out of town, we met Jill's cousins Linda, Greg and Ava (and puppies) for lunch at the Red Robin. The patio was closed, but when they saw the size of their therapy dog, (Mastiff) and a little one too, they decided to open it for us. We had a wonderful lunch outside. I am sorry, we cant remember the dogs names,

    This is the point were our journey turns homeward.....but not over yet!
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  • Day36

    Bluewater Grill

    June 2, 2017 in the United States

    After the boat ride, we walked back to the hotel and asked the concierge for dinner recommendations and settled on the Bluewater Grill. It was about a 15 minute walk. On the way was a huge mural of whales painted on the wall of a large building. Painted by an artist named Wyland, a renouned artist and called the Whaling Wall. The restaurant was also located by the marina, so again, the scenery was amazing. The food was wonderful. One of the things that I thought was interesting was the completely open kitchen. You could watch them cooking. Total miles walked today: 6.214Read more

  • Day36

    Glass Bottom Boat Ride

    June 2, 2017 in the United States

    We walked back to the hotel, did some stuff and then walked back to the pier for our boat ride.

    On this ride we would see a dock where the sea lions love to relax, and then we went below, and saw a spectactular fish show. Besides the pictures, be sure to click on the video below for a special treat.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fn4wZJfov8

  • Day36

    Redondo Beach Peir

    June 2, 2017 in the United States

    After a very yummy breakfast, we decided to walk the pier. We encountered a bicycle group called the Chopederos. There were hundreds of them. The Pier is filled with shops and restaurants, and there were also various water things to do. Paddle boats, Paddle Boarding, and some boat tours. We enjoyed exploring the various shops and Jill got some jewlrey. Along the way, we noted a glass bottomed boat ride, so we decided to come back and take a ride.Read more

  • Day36

    Redoondo Beach Day 3

    June 2, 2017 in the United States

    We woke up around 9:00 am, having slept in! Jill and I walked to the pier and had breakfast at a place called Polly's on the Pier. It was a very small restaurant. We had to wait about 20 minutes to get a table. While we were waiting, we met a bird called Gertrude and another bird. (We think they were some type of pelican and Black Crowned Night Herin. They let me get very close. There were also folks fishing on the pier. This was very cool!Read more

  • Day33

    Redondo Beach, Day 2

    May 30, 2017 in the United States

    We woke up and had breakfast at the hotel. It had to be an early day because we had to meet our transportation at 8:30 am. We boarded the bus and off we went.

    We were a bit apprehensive, because neither of us were ride goers and the tickets in were very expensive. Just a few minutes after we arrived, we realized everything would be ok. There were millions of people there, so it was very crowded. Added to the mix, was the opening of the new Harry Potter attraction. This attraction was very popular because it just opened April 2nd. It was very cool, and we were kind of live streaming the visit to Nikki who is a huge Harry Potter fan. Video: https://youtu.be/_pv7_WOtRCk

    After lunch we went on the studio tour because our time was limited and this was the main reason we came to Universal. It was great! We saw sets from old and new movies/shows, some special effect sets, like a subway that caved in and a scene from Fate of the Future.

    We also saw an attraction on special effects which showed how they were created, Water World where they put on a mini drama which was water based, and ended when an amazing animal show which featured animal actors.

    All in all we had a great time and were very glad we decided to go. At 6:00 pm, we boarded the bus and were taken back to the hotel. We walked over 6.2 miles! Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and off to bed.
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  • Day33

    Redondo Beach, CA

    May 30, 2017 in the United States

    We made it to Redondo in a little over an hour. This would be our home for the next 3 days. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza. The hotel was right across from a marina and it was just beautiful.

    After getting settled in, we went for a walk to Joe's Crab Shack and had dinner, walked back to the room, and began planning for our big day at Universal Studios the next day.

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