Saturday, February 25, 2023

Hidden Falls Hike plus Bill Mahr

Saturday morning, we headed up to Hidden Falls Regional Park. Sharon has hiked there twice before with Holly and her brother Tom.

We did a short training hike for Hadrian's Wall. We hiked 4.2 miles in just over two hours. We stopped and had lunch along Deadman Creek. We need to come back and do a long training hike in the next three months.

After the hike, we headed to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Wheatland. Sharon had given me tickets to see Bill Mahr for my birthday. We decided to make a room reservation and stay the night.

After getting checked into the room, we wandered down to the Casino for a cocktail. This turned into an adventure. There was only one small bar open. We had to wait in a fairly long line for a drink.

We headed back to the room to get cleaned up for dinner. Sharon had made a 5:45 pm reservation for dinner at the Council Oak Steaks and Seafood Restaurant in the casino. Wandering down, we found the area overrun with people having dinner at the bar. Luckily, we got seated a little early. Unfortunately, the experience turned into a fiasco from my perspective. We had some oysters and split a wedge salad. After we finished the salad, we sat there for almost an hour before we got our entree. Someone came over after about 45 minutes and apologized for the delay, but started by saying "don't worry, Bill Mahr will start twenty minutes late..." Not a good customer service strategy. When the food finally did come, it was cooked, but not warm! Sharon had a filet migon, while I had a New York strip. The experience was horrible as well as expensive. We ate some of the food and then headed to the show.

I rarely say this, but I will never go back to the Council Oak Steaks and Seafood Restaurant again.

We wandered to the theater and got our seats. Consistent with the theme for the evening, there was a large concession stand that was swamped with people. The theater holds 2,500 people and the show appeared to be close to sold out.

Sharon and I both really enjoyed the show. We have been watching Real Time with Bill Mahr on HBO for almost twenty years. Bill Mahr was on the stage for about an hour and twenty minutes.

After the show, we wandered back to our room and crashed about 11 pm.

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