Jack (qbear) wrote,

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We're back--

--from vacation, that is. Steve (rootbeer1) and I drove down to Palm Springs a week ago last Wednesday and spent a few days in the sun. Did a little shopping, a lot of lounging by the pool, and dining out. The following Sunday (a week ago), we headed up to Las Vegas to fulfill the trip we planned in October 2005 that got waylayed by Steve's leg break. Well, LV is everything I expected it to be, and more. We had dinner Sunday night at the buffet in Paris, and it was really quite good. On Monday we took the monorail up and down, then visited M&M World. Four levels of candy and candy-oriented merchandise! Here's Steve with a couple of big ones:

In the afternoon we drove out to Hoover Dam. My inner civil engineer was all a-twitter:

We did a little shopping and had dinner, then back to the Flamingo. Our room was on the 24th floor and had a great view of the Bellagio fountains across the Strip. Steve took thousands of pictures of them, which I'm sure he'll post.

Tuesday AM we drove over to Mandalay Bay to go to the gym and spa. Very relaxing, though I still prefer Kabuki Hot Springs in San Francisco. Lunch at Cane's Chicken Fingers, then naps. Our friends Gregg and Jim arrived in the late afternoon, and we taxied over to the Wynn where they were staying. Down to New York New York to check it out and do a little gambling. I discovered I'm quite skilled at video poker, and came out a whopping $40 ahead. Dinner at a nice Chinese place in NYNY, then back to the room.

Next morning Steve and I wandered around. Caesar's Palace was just across the street, and seemingly endless:

We met G&J for lunch, gambled a little bit more, then up to the Hilton for the Star Trek Experience, which I really liked a lot. The museum is probably the most extensive ST collection there is, and the two "experiences" were fine. The gift shop was extraordinary. I got a Tribble, amongst other treasures.

After disco naps, we all met at the MGM Grand to see the Cirque du Soleil production . Very creative and beautiful to watch, and the scale of the sets and costumes was hard to take in. Then dinner at Tom Colicchio's restaurant SteakCraft, where we celebrated Steve's belated birthday and Jim and Gregg's anniversary with the Kobe beef chef's menu. Outrageously fine dining.

Thursday morning we got an early start and drove back to Palm Springs. We had planned to stay till Saturday, but Steve had a lot of homework to catch up on so we spent the rest of Thursday sunning, had carry-out from Manhattan In The Desert for dinner and watched O Brother, Where Art Thou on DVD, then drove home yesterday.

We both took scores of pictures and I'm sure we'll post most of them, on Steve's journal and on Flickr. Stay tuned!

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