Well the Mrs and I spend another week in Vegas. 2 nights downtown at MSS and 4 nights at the Orleans. Landed early, long rental car wait at payless, but then $150/week w/tax for a sonata is not bad. Valeted at MSS, checked in. The rooms are very nice, even with green walls. Clean, comfortable. Were out and about on fremont for 2 days. Gaming at the 4 queens, lounge and dinner at the El Co. What a nice experience. the Parlour lounge was very intimate and the bartender (paul) was only too happy to mixed us his favorite cocktail(the zombie - green mix, rum, tequila), then the Flame Steakhouse and ate to a music of a fine piano man. We spent the next day gaming, then eating at Magnolia's and more gaming. Check in at the Orleans was easy, got an upgraded remodeled room for a quick $10 to the checkin girl. They did a good job. Clean and comfortable. Gamed for a little, placed my hockey bets, then we went to the Stratosphere for drinks at happy hour at the 107th lounge. Nothing special there except a great view of the city. Dinner at Fellini's, where I'm never disappointed, and I wasn't this time. Weds we decide on a drive. We ended up at Floyd Lamb st park where Tule springs are. This place is beautiful. A true oasis in the desert. 5 fairly large, well stocked natural lakes from underground springs. Trees, grass, wildlife, picnics. Beautiful. Ate at Courtyard at Orleans late and gambled the night away. Thursday was a pickup at the airport, cousin coming in. After lunch it was to the new Linq, where we wandered for hours. They did a fantastic job on that courtyard/walk. A real eye pleaser. Gamed a little in O'sheas, but was disappointed. The decor, the games were ok, but, BUT, there is no cashier in the casino, and there are NO bathrooms. You have to walk quite a distance for either inside the Quad. Didn't go on high roller since we were already above the city once in the Stratosphere, but it was a quite a site over the Linq. Then to the Improv for some laughs. Friday we decided to have lunch at 8000 ft at the Mt Charleston lodge. Stopped at the resort first, then up to the lodge. Tall pine trees, still some snow on the peak, what a difference from the 90 degrees in the valley. It's about a 45 minute drive, and definitely worth it if you're looking from something different. That night we went to Bootleggers Italian on S. LV Blvd (warm springs rd). This was a night to remember. The food was mouth watering, and the atmosphere was even better. The piano man was great and set a real old vegas mood and feel to the place. I'll wont be forgetting this night anytime soon. And I will most definitely be back on my next trip. As far as gaming. We hit a few 4oak, 1 big keno ticket during breakfast at the Cal, some sports bets, but overall probably lost about 40% of the bankroll in 7 days. I guess when you don't pay for you rooms, drinks and 1/2 your meals, it's not such a bad deal. and now for some images. the cal The Flame $25acg coupon. They had a nice piano man playing too. This sign (on slotzilla) really lights up great at night.