Monday, March 23, 2015

Around Reno and Winnemucca

On September 30, 2004, Kathi and I took a drive around Reno to see the city and surrounding area. We did no exploring the last time we were in Reno and now the weather was too great to stay inside. After driving for a few hours and passing so many fun looking casinos, we decided it was time to pick up our easy money at the Peppermill. After two or three hours, we agreed that we had missed “easy money” day at the Peppermill and decided to call it a day and return later for our “easy money.”

The next morning we had a good time playing video poker at the Atlantis Casino. I guess I should not be surprised that I recall more about the inside of casinos than I recall about the city of Reno. I do remember passing under the sign that claimed Reno was the biggest little city in the world. I guess that is like a rapper calling himself Biggie Small. It sounds cute, but the phrase and the name cannot possibly be accurate. Who cares – we were in Reno on our country wide RV tour. We made a little money last a long time and it was dinnertime when we left the casino. Red Lobster dining made a fine finish to the day.

We spent the next two days staying around the RV and planning our route back to Texas. When we left Nevada we planned on going through Utah and New Mexico before entering Texas. We had over 1,500 miles and a lot of diesel to go through to get home in time for Thanksgiving. The more time we spend on the road the more we appreciate slow and steady traveling, rather than rushing from one place to another and short stays at each stop.

Satellite receivers on Mt. Winnemucca

A desert view of dunes and mountains

Transmission towers on Mt. Winnemucca
On October 4th we took a pleasant 15 mile drive east in I-80 to Winnemucca, Nevada. We stayed at the Winnemucca RV Park and planned to stay for about a week. We stayed in for the evening and went to bed with the air conditioner running. When we woke the next morning it was 54 degrees and we needed a little heat inside. We spent the day cleaning the motorhome. Kathi cleaned the woodwork inside and I cleaned the bugs off the front end cap and windshield. Even with the chemicals for bug and tar remover, it still feels like a lot of work to me. I suspect losing fifty pounds might help, but I will have to find out at a later date.

On October 7th we drove around the town enjoying the cool temperatures and gorgeous mountain views. We stopped at the Red Lion Casino and stayed only a short time. Neither of us liked the casino and it probably had something to do with watching the slots absorb our cash. With no fun casinos and having seen most of everything in town, we were ready to move along, but we paid for a week and still had a few days to go.

On October 9th we drove to the top of Mt. Winnemucca where we had a view of the whole town. The mountain views were spectacular – what fun. The wind was blowing hard and it was cold outside, so we spent little time out of the car. We stopped by the Model T Casino on the way home and actually had fun with the slot machines for a few hours. We stayed late for us and got home after eleven – another fun day to remember. 

A view of the town from the top of Mt. Winnemucca

Another town view from the mountains.

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