Las Vegas is certainly located in the middle of the desert. We took a circular route to Primm, so we went through the middle of nowhere town of Searchlight, Nevada.
Not much to see in the middle of the desert.
There was an old car club out for a Sunday drive.
The main highway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
I found it a kind of a boring drive. I don't think I could spend much time exploring the desert. I much prefer some greenery and trees.
The community of Primm exists because it's right on the border of California so people come there to gamble. There are three large casinos and the outlet stores...and not much else. We spent about $118 on clothes...that'll do for another year! We got some good deals, but you really have to pick and choose. I got two pairs of shorts and a pair of jeans, and Ruth got a bunch of undergarments and two pair of pants.
Just as we were entering the outskirts of Vegas, we saw another casino. It was simply called "M". I looked at Ruth, and asked if she thought we should check and see if their players club includes any freebies. She said "well, we're driving right by it", so we stopped in.
As we're signing up, the girl says we get a choice of either a free t-shirt or $5 in free slot play. I thought about the t-shirt as a souvenir, but quickly decided on the $5 each. We found a machine we liked, and within minutes I had a $78 win! We cashed out and left the place. I don't think we were in there more than 20 minutes. Nice!
We headed to two more casinos near the strip, but slightly out of the way. We had coupons for Terrible's casino buffet. Two for one, at $8.99...good thing it was cheap because it wasn't very good. But I also had a coupon for 2000 free players points for signing up for their club and that gave me another $5 or so. So it was a worthwhile visit because even though it wasn't a great meal it was almost free.
One more stop at the LVH casino where we walked away with another $15 cash. We have now won a total of $202 without gambling a dime of our own money!
Some of the casinos are getting sneaky with this free play money. You're not allowed to cash out until you've used up your free play, yet they don't tell you when that is. So if you're not actually counting your spins you could easily continue using your own winnings when the free play is up. And I'm sure they're counting on that.
We made it to our new couchsurfing hosts Mike and Carol, and sat around talking for a couple of hours. We are going to make one more trip to the strip this evening to finish up exploring the hotel displays that we haven't seen yet. Tomorrow we're going out to do some more hiking, then Wednesday it's back to Mexico.
We're having a blast!