This was our 10th annual trip to Vegas. Vegas is our place to unwind and get away from the norm for a while. We go with no real plans and just do whatever we want or feel like doing at the time. I did get a few Groupons (ATV tour, Pampas, Fresh Bar and Grill, Banger Brewing Co.) and we had some MyVegas buffets (Monte Carlo, Mirage) to use but other than that there were no plans, just flying by the seat of our pants. We usually go for 7-8 days, this year the prices for flights made it cheaper to stay an extra day, first win! The cheapest flights ended up being on Delta out of Bangor, $424.00 each, ouch! It didn’t matter, we are getting to Vegas no matter the cost! Last year we only paid $288.00 each out of Bangor. We ended up going from Saturday through Monday which was strange for us also, usually we go Tuesday through Wednesday. We had two weekends in Vegas so we got to spend one on the strip and one downtown. We are definitely more downtown type of people but always stay on the strip for part of our trip because there is more to do during the day. I think that I am afraid that I would feel like I was missing out on something if we stayed downtown for the whole trip. DAY 1 - Saturday We flew out of Bangor at 8:45 am with a stop in Detroit, everything was on time with no problems. Landed in Vegas at 1:30 and hit the ground running. The traditional selfie before getting on the plane… We got a cab to the Mirage where we would be staying for the first 5 nights. There were only 4 people in the cab line. This was the first time that we have had a cabbie ask us whether we wanted to take the highway or not. I told him no highway, no tunnel. The bill came to around $25.00 I think. Seemed high to me but whatever we are in Vegas!! After flying for 8 hours with only a quick stop in Detroit, I would have paid $50.00 just to get the vacation started! The check in line at the Mirage only had about 4 people ahead of us and it went fast. We had 2 comp nights and 3 MyVegas nights that they strung together for us so that we wouldn’t have to check out and check back in again. This was the first time that we ever had gotten comp nights, we were so excited! We are very low rollers, this trip we had $1000.00 each total for gambling, last year I think it was about the same. We were very surprised to get the offer for free nights. They put us in room 200003 with a view of the volcano. We love the Mirage rooms they are always clean and have lots of room in them compared to other places we have stayed. The bathroom is small but it works for us. I would rather have the room in the entryway so that the room seems bigger. This is the third year in a row that we have stayed at the Mirage. I really like it there but the casino seemed really dark this year. It just seemed different for some reason. As soon as we dropped off our bags we went to BLT Burger. We had planned on going to KGB but they had closed the week before we got there, bummer, we loved that place. Our burgers were delicious, not as good as KGB but still really good. We were both exhausted but wanted to try to stay up late so we could be on Vegas time the next day. A couple of slushy drinks and wandering around got us to midnight (3 am our time). I have never seen so many people in Vegas before, I guess it was the final 4 this weekend. We are not basketball fans so didn’t realize what was going on. The walkway from Caesars to Bellagio was near impossible to walk across there were so many people. And for the most part none of the escalators were working, that didn’t help. You haven’t lived until you drink an everclear slushy from a 48 oz plastic beer bottle! Yes, we might be rednecks!