Time to head home.
We woke up, took one last drive down the strip and drove over to the Thrifty car rental return. The return process went very smoothly. Everything settled, we hopped on the shuttle and off to the airport we went.
Since Las Vegas is one of America West’s hubs, they had plenty of self-service check-in terminals. These have to be the greatest invention since eTicketing. I always use them over going up the desk if given the choice - getting to see a nice graphical representation of the airplane’s seating arrangements allows me to pick just the right seat. (They should figure out a way to do this for concerts!) The flight was full on the way from Las Vegas to Phoenix, but I managed to move my seat to the last remaining aisle seat on the plane. The second, longer leg of the trip from Phoenix to Minneapolis I was able to secure a nice second exit-row aisle seat (the second row of the over-the-wing exit rows have reclining seats!) Both flights were wonderful - service was perfect!
Got home, checked the car out of the off-airport parking. Came home, unpacked a little, caught up on email, then went back to the airport, picked up Krista, went out to dinner then brought her home.
What a great trip. I think if I get another chance to go in the near future, I’d definitely schedule some time to go out to Hoover Dam. It might be kinda neat to go see the Grand Canyon, which I hear is nearby, also take in a bit more of the nightlife. The Zumanity show looks slick, as does the Blue Man Group. I didn’t think staying at the Stratosphere was all that inconvienient, even tho it is all the way at the end of the strip. Definitely would need to get a car if I stayed there again, without it the trips around town would have been much less convienient. Finally, staying at Paris may be something fun, too. Especially if the room faced the Bellagio, so you could watch the fountains, without having to pay the huge price of a Bellagio room.