I don’t normally do trip reports, but thought I’d try doing one since I’ve been devouring others in preparation for this trip. This will be my 33rd trip to Vegas, the last being last February. Back in September, friends had suggested going the first weekend of the year, so I bit. I live in DC but grew up in Seattle, so I go home every Christmas. Looking at the calendar, I didn’t see much point flying back from the west coast only to fly out a few days later, so I’m spending a week in Seattle and then left today for a slow journey through Oregon by train, stopping in Lincoln City, Newport, and Klamath Falls, ending up in the Bay Area and then flying to Vegas early morning on the 1st. I loved the Oregon coast as a kid, but haven’t been in over 20 years, so I thought it was a good chance to recharge and relax. The first night in Vegas I’ll stay at The D (comped) and then the next three nights at Cosmo (comped). Four friends arrive late on the 2nd, staying at Park MGM, and one arrives the 1st, staying the first two nights at Aria (comped through my MyVEGAS account, where I have more points than I know what to do with) and the next two at Park (his comp). I’m going to put him on my room at Cosmo too so he has access to the spa, which they restrict to hotel guests on weekends, since he’s really looking forward to some relaxing time as well, and he’s not much of a gambler. Making this kind of strange trip even stranger, I’m flying to LA from Vegas the morning of the 3rd for a job interview and coming back that evening (hopefully in time for the Neon Museun reservation we had already booked), so even though I’m missing a day in Vegas, it could still be a life-changing trip. I may post some pics of note from the Oregon coast, and will try to post highlights during the trip. Other than the Neon Museum, we haven’t made any plans. While downtown, I’d like to do a happy hour run, and I’m sure Ellis Island will be on our list. This trip to Vegas will be my first since being diagnosed with Celiac disease, so that will factor into where and what I drink and eat. I’ve already done loads of research on options, so I’m looking forward to trying new places and new options at old ones. I will miss Secret Pizza tho.