We left Tehachapi around 9:00 and headed east on Highway 58 towards Barstow and I-15. Traffic was very light on both 58 and I-15 so we were in Las Vegas by 1:00. As usual we are staying at Harrah's which, as I’ve said before, is not one of the best hotels in town, but the location is great and it is fine with us. We checked in, but our room wasn’t ready so we checked our bags and had an uninspiring lunch at the café and then did some gambling until our room was ready around 3:00. We were happily surprised to see we were comped a nice suite on the 32nd floor. I told them we were here for my birthday so maybe that helped get us a nice room.
We spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking and relaxing and then decided to go down to the casino for the evening. Before we went, I wanted to take a shower and while I was in the shower Val decorated the room with balloons and a birthday banner, a nice surprise. Our gambling was up and down all evening and we ended up losing most of our daily gambling allotment, but we had a lot of fun and we were on our way to bed by 11:30.