Hey gang, i got an hour to kill this morning so I thought I would begin my trip report. Background data first. My wife and I decided to take our 23 year old daughter on her first Vegas run. We also asked her to bring a frined, and she did...another Vegas rookie. We live in Vancouver Canada and are about an hour away from Bellingham Washington. We choose to fly out of that small airport to save MONEY. We flew alleigent air. 4 return tickets, taxes in for just over $600! Score! USA residents, you have no idea how cheap your air travel is. Can't believe some complain, we in Canada just smile and say "they have no idea how lucky they are" Our flight was at 9:30 in the morning so we decided to drive down the night before. Went to a local mall so the girls could do a little pre-trip shopping. I scored again when I was able to buy a $20 cell phone and a $2.00 a day unlimited text and talk plan. So, I got two so we could stay in touch with the girls while in Vegas Again, cell prices are so cheap in the USA. If we have used our phones in Vegas we would be paying $.60 a text! This is such a bargin Went Olive Garden for dinner (love Olive Garden) and then off to the Coachman Inn in Bellingham. Now this hotel is a great little hidden gem. $70 a night! Clean and well managed with a free breakfast to boot! Up early and off to the airport we go. Now we are two hours early and this is a small airport, but I am always early. Check in was quick and they even sat us together even though we did not pay the surcharge to preselect our seats...nice Flight left a little early and arrive even eailer! Now we had planned a little surprise for the girls by booking a limo with Presidential Limo. They were there with a sign showing the girls name (as requested). The girls were impressed! So it was champaign, roses and a stop at the sign for some pics. Then off to the MC. We are comped into a Monaco Suite and got the girls an adjoining room. Check in was smooth with no line up. Room was not ready, but checked the bags, gave them my cell number and off we went. First things first we have to eat. So we went to Dragon Noodle in the MC and all ordered the lunch special. I had beef and brocolli, fried rice, egg drop soup and a veggie roll all for $9.99! What a great meal, couldn't eat it all. More later, gotta get ready for today.