Yesterday, we were all ready for something that would be extreme and memorable. We kicked around several ideas, but all agreed that riding dune buggies across the open desert was perfect. We found a service, Sun Buggy Las Vegas, that even shuttled us from the timeshare right out to their shop where we got geared up and instructed. After a 6 minute license class we were ready for the sand. What the training seemed to come down to was, be careful it can be dangerous.
When we got to the course made up of thousands of acres of desert, our guide, Ryan, gave us the quick and dirty: the cars are governed to 35-40 mph, follow his tracks, don’t pass, drop off the dunes at a 45 degree angle, ride up the dunes full throttle, and for God’s sake keep your arms inside the vehicle. Shockingly, we broke every rule…
…and suffered the consequences: flat tires and buggies stuck on the dunes. The buggies would hit so hard off some of the dunes that the front end would scoop up the sand like a shovel and throw at both the driver and passenger.
By the end, we were covered in dust and sand. It was in our shoes, pockets, eyes, mouths, everywhere. However, the consensus was that it was awesome! All we could have asked for next time is even more speed!
On the way back to the hotel, the shuttle driver mentioned that we should check out the buffet at the M Casino, which he considered the best. And that’s exactly where we headed after getting showered up. Scott and Laurie surprised us on their last night and treated the group to M’s top-notch buffet. Stuffed, all there was left to do was play some video poker. Sadly, at the end of the night we said goodbye to Scott and Laurie. Sad to see them go and for the reminder that the end of the week is drawing near.