We did enjoy our day yesterday here in Payson though...and it ended with a bang!
We've been enjoying the free internet here at the casino, so we got caught up on a bunch of things, as well as Skype calls with our parents, children, and grandkids.
Payson (pop 15,000) has a lot of hiking and trails around the town itself. We had picked up a trail map when we were at the visitors center the other day, so we knew that there was one trail leading pretty much across the street from where we've been parked at the casino.
Kevin, on the trail. We headed out after lunch at about 1:30pm.
Scenery south of Payson.
Lots of juniper berries.
Ruth on the trail.
Some interesting plants. This one was about two feet wide.
Overlooking the town of Payson.
The trail then came back through part of the town itself. Past a relatively new park, and then down part of old Main St.
I like Payson. Probably my favorite part of Arizona so far. The weather is a little more fresh, and it can even snow here. But from talking to people, the snow melts within two days. They've only had one snowstorm so far this season and it dumped about a foot, and even then they said it was all gone within two days. And even though it gets down to around freezing at night, it's nice during the day.
And there are a lot of hiking and outdoors activities within a half hour drive. I can see us coming back to this area.
Green Valley Park in Payson.
The old Ox Bow Saloon. Currently not operating, and for sale.
Hmm, seems like it might have been a bit of a rough place.
The oldest business building in town, dating back to 1882.
We made it back to the casino at around 4:30pm, so almost a 3 hour hike. I checked it out online and we had done just over 8 miles (13 kms).
Before supper, we decided to hit the casino. We're not big gamblers, but many casinos give you free money to sign up for their "Player's Club". We always take advantage of this when it's available, because, well, it would be kinda stupid not to. I mean, it's free money!
Anyhow, the Mazatzal Casino here in Payson gives you $10 to sign up, and another $10 if you're doing so during the month of your birthday. So Ruth got $10 to play with, and I got $20. Sweet! Off too the penny slot machines...
Ruth's $10 disappeared within about 45 seconds. Okay, maybe two minutes, but it felt like less. Of course, she was placing maximum bets, hoping for a maximum payoff...but it never happened.
I played for quite a while on mine, and was down to my last couple of dollars or so when I had a win.
A big win!
I won 10,000 pennies! Hey, when you're only betting 20 or 30 pennies at a time, that's a big win!
I cashed out, having turned my $20 worth of free play money into $102.65 in cold hard cash!
Thanks to Mazatzal Casino for the free parking, free wifi, and free money!
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