Had a wonderful time in Vegas again at our Grandview timeshare. Planned some side trips this time and were not disappointed. First trip was about 60 miles west to Pahrump and the Pahrump Valley Winery where we were treated to a very informative and entertaining tour of the small, award winning, winery by the owner herself. Then we availed ourselves of a delicious lunch at their Symphony Restaurant. Top notch food and service there.

Second side trip was a 95 mile overnighter to Laughlin. Never been there and it was nice. The car ride took us through desert and mountains with a lot to see. Nice, newly constructed, Rt. 95 allowed us to make some good time. Got comped at Harrahs Laughlin with rooms overlooking the Colorado River and Arizona. Cool. Harrahs is a real nice resort there and worth staying over so you don't have to make the trip back and forth same day.

Saw Terry Fator show at Mirage. Don't miss it.

Christmas Stampede lazer light show at Sam's Town (free) was beautiful. Freemont street offered loud western music courtesy of a variety of kick ass bands.

Slots all over were real, real, tight but many casinos opened up $5.00 minimum table games where they only had $10 minimum tables when things were better.

Traffic was quite light compared to a couple of years ago. The trip on the strip was not the creeping along at a snail's pace. Alternate I-15 and Swenson can save you lots of time going north and south.

Took a side trip to Mormon Fort right on the strip in North Las Vegas near Washington Avenue. First settlement in Las Vegas. Nice, new, building and reconstructed fort with lots of history. Cost only one buck that goes to building fund. Worth going to it.