It's been a long time since I've delivered a TR, but with a new travel partner along, why not. Departed Rockford, IL on Allegiant and the flight was even on time. For first time and with trepidation, gave Fox Rental a try. The price of $16/day with all fees got me to bite. Like others have said in reviews, the wait to get a car can be long and this was the case. Arriving at Sunday nite at 10:00 pm, I thought it would be slow. It wasn't. It was nearly an hour before we got out of there, so the price savings might not be worth it. Plus, taking not just one shuttle, but two to get to Fox was time consuming, likewise with the return. We only used the car for two days so it really wasn't worth the hassle, but for a week or longer, I would rent from Fox for the cost savings. No other problems, such as upselling, at all. First two nights were at the Quad ($19) and final two at the Rio ($30), plus resorts fees. Quite satisfied, especially with the Rio. It had been several years since staying there and room was as good as I remember - spacious, comfortable beds and quiet. Staff at the Rio also do an excellent job with customer service, from check in, spa, gift shop, poker room, etc. Even with $20 resort fee, it seemed to be worth it to use the spa and fitness center. Again, the customer service by spa attendent Joey, who's logged 18 years with the company, was outstanding. You couldn't go anywhere without him bringing you an ice bucket, orange slices, juices, slippers, robe and anything else. My traveling companion dreams of playing in the WSOP so that is why we stayed at the Rio. He spent most of his time playing poker at various sites around town, often until late in the morning. That was a blessing for me, as the man snores like a freight train. Neither noise-cancelling head phones or ear plugs helped. If we go again, it will have to be separate rooms, that's for sure. I did get him out of the casinos long enough to walk the new bridge over the Black Canyon and get a close up view of Hoover Dam. Pretty cool. I did want to hike the old railroad trail from the Hacienda casino to the dam, but the 6-mile round trip wasn't in the cards for him. Glad to see that the traffic congestion, from when the bridge was first opened, has been alleviated. Or, maybe going at a slow time helped out. If you have wheels and free time, the walk across the bridge is a nice break from the casino life. There is a parking lot at base of bridge and it's an easy walk and plenty of informational kiosks along the way. I began to understand a little more how all these stores and shops make a profit by watching my friend in action. Unlike myself, he had no problem parting with cash, be it buying overpriced clothing, gifts, haircut at the Riv, etc. As long as there are tourists like him, these places will have plenty of business and that's fine. But, it isn't my thing. The man likes to eat, so we checked out a few mid-level buffets, such as Red Rock, GVR, Main Street, Silverton and Silver Sevens, all using the LVA 2-1 coupons. A few thoughts: When Red Rock first opened, I thought highly of it. The last couple times I've been there, it's a different story. It's not worth the drive out anymore. GVR remains one of my favorites, though we had to fight through a crowd of about 50 school children who were eating there about 10:30 am. Must have been some kind of field trip. Actually, it was kinda fun to see the kids go through the line. The reason we did Main Street is because we were DT for FSE and the price was right. And, MSS is a neat casino to walk through, as is there buffet dining room. However, I am still not sold on their food and probably never will be. It's adequate at best. I hadn't been to Silverton for a few years and it was time to check it out again and go through Bass Pro Shop. It's okay. Silver Sevens (formerly Terribles) is used by me as a stop on the way to the airport for breakfast. Enough said. We only used the car for a couple days, so I walked from the Rio to the airport to check into my flight home. I love to throw the backpack on and make that hike in good weather, and the weather from Feb 9-13 was fantastic. Hardly anybody does this and it was a complete surprise when I ran into a friend of mine from Illinois and his wife a couple years ago doing the same thing. I was walking there and he was coming in the opposite direction. What a coincidence. Anyway, I'm on Paradise between Tropicana and the airport and see two people in the distance headed my way. As they got closer, it was the same two people that I bumped into two years before. We both about fell over from the surprise of having a another chance meeting in the unlikeliest of places. When I get to the airport, my plan is to head up to Utah before returning to Illinois. My SWA flight was overbooked and I took a $349 bump and decided to head back to the Rio for another day in beautiful Vegas. My friend, who wasn't leaving until the next day, still had the room, so it worked out perfect. As I walked back from the airport, I heard someone call my name in front of the Paris casino. It was the guy and his wife, who I just saw on the airport walk. They had already checked into the Platinum and were dining at Mon Ami Gabi. Weird coincidences, that's for sure. Hooked back up at the Rio with my buddy and decided to show him downtown and how the CAT bus system works. The Duece is one of my least favorites things to do, but once in a great while it's doable. The next day, caught a plane up to Salt Lake City and returned a few days after that to Midway, where my friend picked me up and we drove the 110 miles back home. A sidenote to my return flt from Utah to Illinois. It included a 3-hour layover in Vegas, plenty of time for me to walk to Hard Rock and lose a little money at video poker and enjoy some good lamb stew at the Cottage Cafe, a little Ethiopian restaurant on Paradise Rd, between Trop and Harmon. It was my first time there and worth a trip back.