Since I had some spare time on my hands and Harrahs Corporation decided to reward me for frequenting their casinos I decided to embark on a 6 day trip to include some parks I had not been too before. I piggybacked 3 free nights at Harrahs New Orleans with 3 free nights in Harrahs Tunica for some free lodging.
I did not do anything touristy in New Orleans since I have been there many times and I also had a lot of driving each day. I lucked out at Newark Ariport as I volunteered to be bumped and ended up with a $600 travel voucher (which has already been applied to a new trip I'll be taking in 2 weeks). Being bumped was no big deal as I had no plans for the first night in New Orleans and arriving 3 hours later kept me out of the casino. I enjoyed a steak at John Besh's Steakhouse (sorry, no photos). I was very impressed with the BBQ Shrimp appetizer (so fresh) but not with my ribeye steak.
On the morning of June 28th I embarked on a huge drive to Galveston Pleasure Pier. I'm not a big fan of 5 hour drives for one credit, but what the hell.
Iron Shark blew me away with both its forceful nature and the comfort level. The coaster is completely re-rideable and I did ride it 6 times. The rest of the rides on the pier are fairly standard (The Star Flyer and Giant Wheel are not open yet) and the discounted $21.99 preview price was fair, I believe the price will increase to $26.99 when the remaining two rides open.
Galveston Pleasure Pier on June 28th (see below)Waterville USA and Dixie Landin' on June 29thMagic Springs on July 1stSFStL on July 2ndMemphis BBQ Pulled Pork Challenge