Anyone that knows the crew from Aces Casino, A.K.A. the top orange county casino party company in SoCal, knows this -- We are a CURIOUS bunch. Any time we see something out of the ordinary, we always ask ourselves that burning question, "OK, what IS that, and why is it there?" Sometimes, our investigations can end up getting us in hot water, so we now quench our curiosity thirst more carefully than in the past. (Ed. Note: Someday, we'll tell the story of the filming of that TV miniseries in Las Vegas a while back. Fortunately, THIS is not THAT day.)
As we've mentioned before, the Aces Casino team decided to send a few reps out to Sin City to pick up some gaming equipment for our biz recently (Yeah, like we need a reason to travel to Vegas). So, a few of us hopped in the ol' car, and off we drove last week. In our many travels by car to Glitter Gulch, we've seen just about everything that could possibly be seen on the I-15 North, heading towards Las Vegas....
Then, we approached State Line.
Just before reaching the California / Nevada border, on the left side of the road as we drove in, there they were; Three huge, tall, thin towers that looked like 3 elevator shafts, with nothing else around them. These three leviathans looked like they were each about a half-mile apart from each other in a fairly straight line, and seemed incredibly out of place out in the middle of nowhere, out in the desert.
We figured they weren't part of some hotel development, because of their location (where it's about 130 degrees in the shade, and on the California side of the border), but the question remained -- What in Hades ARE those things?
We got a small hint at state line, at about 10pm on a Tuesday night, when we wandered into Whiskey Pete's Casino and Hotel. The parking lot was jam-packed full, but inside the casino, it was just me, my Craps dealer-buddy, John, and about 10 more visiting guests. From the looks of the parking lot, you would have thought that Garth Brooks must have been putting on a concert in the Whiskey Pete Showroom, but, no, nothing like that.
Then, we wandered into the barren coffee shop, and when the waiter (Leo, I believe) came over to us, we asked him, "Hey, Leo - Why all the cars outside, and no one in the casino INSIDE?" His answer was a clue to the three towers down the road in California... "Well, I think most of those cars belong to the people working on the Project."
OK, I'm hooked, now. What project? Unfortunately, nobody knew what "the Project" was, except "a lot of people are working out there. We came home the next day with all of the necessary casino equipment we were looking for, but no answer as to what the mysterious "project" is.
Then, we got a lucky break. By chance (which is just the way we roll here at Aces Casino, the number one orange county casino night party company, and expert in games of chance), we just happen to have a very good friend that works in the construction industry. Mark definitely knows his stuff, and I thought I once heard him tell me that he was getting involved in some work near the California / Nevada border..... Could it be?
We did the Facebook thing, caught up with him, and sure enough, he IS working on the very same "project" that we were so curious about. He calls it "Ivanpah," which (I think) is the name of the city / indian reservation that is currently under construction. Surprisingly, Mark and his construction co-horts are in the process of building the world's largest solar plant.
Boy, it sure sounds interesting to me. But, of course, what usually sounds like a very good idea turns out to be ruffling some VERY big environmental feathers. Here are a few pics of the new digs out at Ivanpah....