The casinos, especially at the Atlantis, are the reason why my Dad is so enchanted with the Bahamas. Because he takes his gambling seriously, everything is comped and we are treated like royalty. I am not used to this kind of traveling, so I made sure to appreciate (and indulge) in every single second of the trip.
My Dad’s game is craps and he always wins. I know that seems impossible, however the man is blessed with lady luck when it comes to dice. I also think that he is as successful as he is, because he only gambles a couple times a year and he knows when to walk away. While my Dad went straight to the tables, my brother and I decided to go for a walk around the Atlantis’ massive grounds. The following photos are from our walk:
Sadly during our walk we discovered that our favorite beach had disappeared several months ago due to changes in the environment. This news broke both of our hearts and we decided to sit down near where the beach used to be and reminisce about all of the special memories we both had there. Here are two pictures that I had taken of the beach on my last trip to Paradise Island in 2007 (excuse the quality of the pictures, as they were taken with an underwater disposable camera):
Then it was time to get ready for dinner at one of our favorite restaurant’s not only at the Atlantis, but around the world, Nobu.
After dinner, my Dad returned to the tables. Since the table minimum was $25, we decided to people watch instead of play. Imagine my brother’s surprise when he spotted one of his idol’s, Yankee pitcher A.J. Burnett. My brother asked him if he could take a picture with him and he said yes, although only if we helped him find his ‘lucky bracelet.’ We looked for a good ten minutes without any luck. Finally, A.J. mumbled to my brother as he visibly walked away upset, “Kid this is why I only stick to online slot machines.” We were not quite sure what that meant, but it was definitely an interesting start to our trip!