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April 4th, 2012 at 10:30:39 AM permalink
I'll try to keep that Bishop/Beatty loop in mind for the day I get up the motivation for it. Perhaps you can give some advice, since you seem to have driven such routes. I have never been to Yosemite, and I have considered that as one of my excursions from Las Vegas. Is there a reasonable season in which it is cool enough to drive across Death Valley yet warm enough that CA 120 (Tioga Pass Rd.) is open?

I was thinking of a route from Beatty, across Death Valley to Lone Pine, then up to Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, then across Yosemite, and maybe down to the Sequoia National Park before heading back to Las Vegas. I haven't looked into the details, so I don't know whether that is a reasonable loop or how long it would take to drive and see the stuff.

That would be a sightseeing trip, not a chip-chasing trip.
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April 4th, 2012 at 11:05:54 AM permalink
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I was thinking of a route from Beatty, across Death Valley to Lone Pine, then up to Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, then across Yosemite, and maybe down to the Sequoia National Park before heading back to Las Vegas. I haven't looked into the details, so I don't know whether that is a reasonable loop or how long it would take to drive and see the stuff.

That would be a sightseeing trip, not a chip-chasing trip.



I think what you'd want to do would be leave early in the morning for the drive across Death Valley's low-altitude portion, then kill about 24 hours along US 395, then drive Tioga the following afternoon. For the US 395 part, Bishop is a cute town, Mammoth Lakes is also very cute (I hear...), the Methuselah tree is in Death Valley National Park - or at least the Anyo National Forest, not sure of the border there... - but at about 9,000 feet elevation. And there's always Paiute Palace Casino...

I won't tell you to chase chips, but I will suggest that you might enjoy the smaller more folksy card clubs in CA along the CA99 corridor if you happen to wind up on the west side of Sequoia or King's Canyon National Park during the trek. I was overwhelmed by the large clubs in Los Angeles County (Commerce, Bicycle, Gardens), but found the east-central CA clubs to be smaller and more friendly (and mostly ante-free).

Edit: This is a summer trip, the early-morning Death Valley drive mitigates the heat. I think Tioga usually opens for the season in May/June.
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April 4th, 2012 at 12:05:32 PM permalink
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I think what you'd want to do would be leave early in the morning for the drive across Death Valley's low-altitude portion, then kill about 24 hours along US 395, then drive Tioga the following afternoon. For the US 395 part, Bishop is a cute town, Mammoth Lakes is also very cute (I hear...), the Methuselah tree is in Death Valley National Park - or at least the Anyo National Forest, not sure of the border there... - but at about 9,000 feet elevation. And there's always Paiute Palace Casino...

I won't tell you to chase chips, but I will suggest that you might enjoy the smaller more folksy card clubs in CA along the CA99 corridor if you happen to wind up on the west side of Sequoia or King's Canyon National Park during the trek. I was overwhelmed by the large clubs in Los Angeles County (Commerce, Bicycle, Gardens), but found the east-central CA clubs to be smaller and more friendly (and mostly ante-free).

Edit: This is a summer trip, the early-morning Death Valley drive mitigates the heat. I think Tioga usually opens for the season in May/June.


Since I live 100 miles from Yosemite, I think I can comment here...a better drive would be up 395 to Mono Lake, then over 120 into Yosemite..I plan on doing the reverse of your trip someday (going from Mono Lake down to Las Vegas on 395)
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April 4th, 2012 at 12:16:51 PM permalink
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Since I live 100 miles from Yosemite, I think I can comment here...a better drive would be up 395 to Mono Lake, then over 120 into Yosemite..I plan on doing the reverse of your trip someday (going from Mono Lake down to Las Vegas on 395)



Isn't CA120 Tioga Rd? I think we're only really differing on the stopping point between the drive through Death Valley and the drive through Yosemite.
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April 4th, 2012 at 1:14:44 PM permalink
I had friends who lived in Gardnerville and stayed with them a couple nights about 20 years ago when bowling in a tournament in Reno. We hit the Carson Valley Inn (or the CVI as they called it) at least twice and enjoyed it but, I didn't snag a chip from there and only recall that I lost there but the food in the cafe was tasty.
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April 4th, 2012 at 4:00:53 PM permalink
On Monday morning, I made a comment about how little interest this thread had drawn on Sunday. Today, I thought I would post a thought in the opposite direction.

It seems that while we were discussing just the 21st chip/casino, this thread has eased its way into the #10 spot on the top threads list, passing a thread started by Jerry Logan. If interest and participation remain at this level through Christmas, the thread should have reached a pretty high spot on the list. I think there is no way it will ever reach the #1 spot -- there are just too many Spanish words that could be discussed compared to the number of chips we are likely to be able to post and discuss. At least there appears to be potential for getting another casino-related thread high on the list. Of course, you might consider a wager about weight loss and a law suit about cheating to be right on topic for the site, so maybe what this thread offers is the opportunity for a discussion free of petty bickering to reach #2 on the list. I hope we keep this one that way.
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April 4th, 2012 at 9:09:32 PM permalink
Is The Casuarina next?
Someday, joor goin' to see the name of Googie Gomez in lights and joor goin' to say to joorself, "Was that her?" and then joor goin' to answer to joorself, "That was her!" But you know somethin' mister? I was always her yuss nobody knows it! - Googie Gomez
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April 4th, 2012 at 9:14:37 PM permalink
Castaways would be before that.
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April 4th, 2012 at 9:24:59 PM permalink
Quote: s2dbaker

Is The Casuarina next?

Quote: zippyboy

Castaways would be before that.


Ah, two more wrong guesses. I didn't think it would be that difficult. In fact, it should be extremely easy for a member of this forum go figure out the next (alphabetically within category) chip in my collection almost every day. I could give that secret away, but I think I'll just leave that for you to ponder.
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April 4th, 2012 at 9:44:35 PM permalink
Caesar's Tahoe?
Someday, joor goin' to see the name of Googie Gomez in lights and joor goin' to say to joorself, "Was that her?" and then joor goin' to answer to joorself, "That was her!" But you know somethin' mister? I was always her yuss nobody knows it! - Googie Gomez

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