It was time.
We like to do it every year.
My friend, her daughter,
Becky and I find somewhere to escape to
dreaded wonderful new school year begins.
it means her Senior year.
it's her first year of college.
Teresa, the girls and I have been friends
since the girls were two months old.
One year, we ventured all the
way to South Dakota.
it was camping.
we can still get two 18 year old
girls to join us.
This year, we traveled about an hour from home,
to the "other" side of the cities.
We began here for lunch:
one of many local casinos,
which is known for this:
$9.99 all you can eat.
I assure you,
we all showed great restraint.
Especially a friend,
who shall remain nameless,
that kept piling
onto her plate.
If you remember my camping trip,
the campground I had made reservations at,
turned out to be creepy.
Wouldn't you know it,
this hotel turned out to be yucky!
Imagine it if you will...
The dank smell of mold
wafting up your nostrils upon entering your room.
A very fast inspection revealed
a hole in one bedspread,
a mattress on one bed that
sank severely to the middle
and had a very strong
resemblance to the Grand Canyon,
and dark, dingy lighting to say the least.
What is it with me and reserving
We were not to be deterred.
We decided to pursue
more welcoming quarters.
In the midst of a Pow Wow,
a dog show
some big sporting event going on,
we were able to secure
a lovely room!
So off we went,
had a quick dip in the
hot tub and pool,
then readied ourselves for some...
It was new to Becky and I so our
lovely companions made reservations for a table
which looked like this:
Pretty fancy, schmancy for this
so we had 4 hours of
entertainment for $1.00
Well, of course
our bets were in addition to that
but with 8 races and an average of
$2.00 a bet, it was a fun, cheap
night of entertainment.
The horses were beautiful
and we reveled in their speed.
Everyone won a little
and that made it even more pleasant.
"I won a wad!"
at her $14.00 win.
We were right above the winners
circle which was delightful.
Teresa and the girls
enjoyed running to the paddocks
to view the horses
up close and personal
(I'm not 100% sure it was the horses and NOT the jockeys they were eyeing)!
Back to the hotel
for a little chatter
and a good night's sleep
which was needed for day 2...
to be continued.