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Day 1 (September 1)

Travel day! Yay!! Airports!  Airport parking! Airport food! 

I don't  care, husband (his pen name shall be SexyBeast) and I are on our way.

Day 1 (still September 1)

I hate airports.  They cancel flights and make us spend hours and hours waiting in travel limbo.  So, I turn to Mark Twain's "Roughing It" for comfort. After reading about stage coaches,  I am comforted.

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Day 2 (September 2)

 It's  still a travel day. All flights were cancelled and we spent last night in Dallas. While waiting for our morning flight to Reno, I read southplains classic, "Heroes". I got on to the flight feeling more heroic.

 

Arrived in Reno around lunch time. We are staying in the Peppermill Resort and Casino. SexyBeast is very pleased with the accommodations. Since.we are in a gambling den, I read Freyakendra's "Loser Takes All." I decided to stay away from the blackjack tables.

SexyBeast and I hung around the casino for the rest of the day and made plans for Day 3.

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Day 3 (September 3)

 

We are spending the day exploring Lake Tahoe. By exploring,  I mean driving, strolling, eating, and taking mediocre pictures on our phones and texting the pics to our kids.

 

Holy cow, these mountains are high! Sexybeast was a little concerned about the rental car's ability to handle it, but it was fine.  Highway 431 to.Incline Village is 17 miles or so of twists and turns. I wouldn't want to drive it in.bad weather. 

Stopped at Incline Village visitor center and had a nice chat with the lady behind the desk. We decided to drive counter clockwise around the lake.

The weather was beautiful. The temperature was mild. There was some smoke on the lake from forest fires, but visibility was good.

 

We took the western route around the lake and were able to stop and park at King's Beach, CA. We spent a nice time there, walking around, and had lunch beach side. 

 

Continued around the lake which from that point onward, we could see mostly from the car. Since it was Labor Day weekend, every state park we tried to visit was full!

But we persevered. I mean what else were we going to do? I 😀

 

We took a good long stop at Inspiration Point. The view here is stunning, and much better photographers than me have captured it. We took pictures, read the plaques and relaxed. Sexybeast was having trouble with his contact lens, so he let me drive. (It also gave him a chance to look around.)

 

So, we turn left (east) out of Inspiration Point, and . . . I am driving on a roller coaster. Really, there is this uphill piece with no land or guard rail on either side, and then it goes down and around, and over, and switches back, and switches back again. No photos were taken from the car at this time.

 

As we went around the lake, the original plan was to make a complete circle. However, we came to a point where we could turn off as if to Carson City,  so turned off there and headed back to Reno.

 

Of course, we didn't see or do everything, but it was still a gorgeous, memorable day.

 

To prepare for the day, I read sandspur's  The Ballad of Tahoe Tessie."

Tomorrow? Virginia city and Carson City. 😁

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17 hours ago, Belle said:

We are spending the day exploring Lake Tahoe. By exploring,  I mean driving, strolling, eating, and taking mediocre pictures on our phones and texting the pics to our kids.

 

How wonderful.  I was hoping to get out to Nevada myself next year, but this will be pushed back now thanks to 'you know what'.  

Fun to hear about your travels, and I second wx, I would love to see some pics.  :smile:

 

 

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17 hours ago, Belle said:

Day 3 (September 3)

 

We are spending the day exploring Lake Tahoe. By exploring,  I mean driving, strolling, eating, and taking mediocre pictures on our phones and texting the pics to our kids.

 

😁

 

 

I concur with the others.  There is nothing mediocre  about your pictures I'm  sure!

 

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12 hours ago, southplains said:

Enjoying reading this, Belle! I've been wanting to take my husband here, but I'm thinking I'll wait until the stupid virus isn't such a presence. I'm not afraid of it, but I want to go when things aren't closed. Are you running into any obstacles like that? Anything closed due to the virus?

For the most part,  stuff we want to see has been open. While we were able park and walk around  King's Beach, it filled up fast. As we drove around the lake, we found most of the parks were full! So, we drove and stopped where and when we could.

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12 hours ago, debbiejo said:

Enjoying your travelogue, Belle .....just the medicine for a vacationless summer for us.  Was to Lake Tahoe many years ago and can still recall how blue and clear it was and how dry and humidity free the air was.  Are you finding that also ?

Beautiful weather around the lake! Sunny 75 to 80  However,  there was some haze from far off (?) forest fires which triggered my asthma a bit. Inhaler helped.

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Day 4 (September 4)

Yes! Today is the day for Virginia City. 

Sexybeast and I left Reno after breakfast and found State Route 341 with minimal fuss and only two threats to gag me with my Covid 19 mask.

 

First, let me say I grew up in West Virginia, a state without any flat land. At all.

 

However, SR 341 from Reno to VC is terrifying.

 

I mean you drive up, up, up, and if you can bring yourself to look over the guard rail, it's  just sky and cliff . . . 

 I can't  even talk about it.

 

If you want to know how I felt, read "Like the Night" by dbird.

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Day 4 continued.  . .

 

I can't  seem to  upload pictures. Maybe, I can figure it out and add them later.

 

Once we got there, we could appreciate the view.  I tell you what, ladies, TV lies. Virginia City  is pinned to the side of the mountain.  It's a bit touristy, cheesy, and frayed around the edges.  My kind of town. 

 

We parked across the street from the Bucket of Blood.

TV lies. No handsome cowboys were thrown through the windows or out the door. 

The Bucket of Blood was open for business AND serving patrons inside the building.  Explanation? According to the lady behind the counter in Joe's  Cafe, Storey County isn't a sissy county like the rest of Nevada.

Basically, the whole town is open for business, and business was being conducted. 

The crowds weren't  huge, but I would call it bustling. 

According to a brochure, the camel races were planned for September.  That's not happening this year.

 

Do what I did  as a consolation prize, read "The Founder's Day Race" by Harper.

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Sexybeast and I walked up and down taking in the view and window shopping until we got to a store where they make hats while you wait.

Hmm. Sexybeast has been on the lookout for a flat crown cowboy hat for a while. He explained the style of hat I had in mind (I mean what Sexybeast had in mind). The hatmaker pulled up.a picture of Joe Cartwright in his tan hat.

I gently encouraged him to buy the hat of his dreams, and the hatmaker got to work. (He claims I enthusiastically  encouraged him to get the hat of MY dreams. He is a Sexybeast,  but I am the one telling the story.)

An hour later, Sexybeast was wearing a new  cowboy hat. He looks great, and he says he is "unreasonably pleased" with the hat.

 

In honor of the occasion, I read "Clothes Make the Man" by Cheaux.

 

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Day 4 -- wrapping up

The last things we did before leaving town was go through the Firehouse Museum and watch a live show.

The firehouse museum was small, but very interesting. It's a good reminder of yet another real danger folks faced back then: catastrophic fires.

 

Then. It was time for the live show. They have a stage set up behind a fence for twice daily shows. There wasn't  a lot of plot, there were a lot of falls, and plenty of gunfire (blanks,of course).

Sadly, one lady had to take her toddler out during the show due to the noise. 

It was a lot of fun. We needed to get back to Reno for dinner reservation,  so we called it a day.

The drive back from Virginia City to Reno wasn't nearly as harrowing.  

Thank God.

We got back as planned in time for our dinner reservation.

One of the problems we did have in Reno was finding a place outside of the resort for evening meals. Restaurants are only serving dinner inside if you have a reservation. 

However,  we made our dinner engagement in a suitably romantic venue. It was lovely, the food and wine was splendid, and my dinner companion was the handsomest man there.

Much like the situation in "The Favor" by The Tahoe Ladies. 😁

 

Tomorrow, it's  Carson City, Genoa, and a meet up with a Brandster!

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30 minutes ago, Belle said:

Sexybeast and I walked up and down taking in the view and window shopping until we got to a store where they make hats while you wait.

Hmm. Sexybeast has been on the lookout for a flat crown cowboy hat for a while. He explained the style of hat I had in mind (I mean what Sexybeast had in mind). The hatmaker pulled up.a picture of Joe Cartwright in his tan hat.

I gently encouraged him to buy the hat of his dreams, and the hatmaker got to work. An hour later, Sexybeast was wearing a new  cowboy hat. He looks great, and he says he is "unreasonably pleased" with the hat.


Please give us a pic of SexyBeast’s new chapeau. 

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