Day Eleven

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
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Trip End Aug 27, 2010


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Friday, August 20, 2010

Another long day...but a good one.  We left the Napa Valley today after another fantastic breakfast from Candy.  Today it was pineapple bread french toast....sooo good!

After a relatively quick trip to the laundromat for another load of washing and a side detour to the car wash to get rid of 4 states and 2 provinces worth of bug splatter and road dust, we hit the road for Lake Tahoe.  It was freeway the entire way...again, driving around 120-130 km an hour..the speed of traffic.  Everyone is going about 80 miles an hour.  It is going to be awfully tough to drive the limit on the #2 Highway after this!

Passing through Sacramento we took the I-50 to Lake Tahoe.  I had been here once before in the winter when I was 19, but Ryan had never seen it.  It was absolutely stunning!  We came through Echo Pass with yet more winding and narrowish roads (again, my motion sickness kicked in while Ryan thoroughly enjoyed the driving), but the view was spectacular.  We had plans to meet my uncle, but had some time to kill while he was finishing up meetings, so we headed over to the southwest side of the lake and went to a lookout point over Emerald Bay.  So pretty!  The lake is the 3rd deepest in North America, one of the highest (I think) and about 97% pure.  The colours in the lake are amazing...you could see 4 distinct colours in the water, each differentiated by depth...the darker the water, the deeper the bottom.  Emerald Bay has a gorgeous green tinge to it. 

After that, we went into the communities in the southern area and hung on the beach for a while.  The only problem with the beach is that we are at such a high altiutude (5-6000 feet) that you burn really easily and really quickly.  We found some shade, but still enjoyed being at the water.

After that, it was a quick jaunt into Stateline, Nevada where my uncle Cameron works.  He had come up for the wedding, but we don't get to see him very often, so we headed out to Gardnerville Rancheros where he lives, visited there for while, and then he took us out for dinner to his local pub.  Fantastic Mexican food!  We also got to briefly see my cousin Kelly (who couldn't make it to the wedding).  It was a wonderful visit...I think we will have to plan to come back down again...sooner rather than later.  It is gorgeous country...apart from those 'lovely' winding mountain passes.  Gulp!

By 9 we had left Cameron's and it was a short 45 minute drive to Reno.  We had booked rooms at the Peppermill Casino.  Not because we wanted to gamble, but the rooms looked great and the price was low.  We arrived, and were told that the type of room we had reserved they were out of, but would we like a free upgrade to the penthouse?  Ummm...let me think...yeah!  We opened the door and were amazed.  The penthouse is at least 1200 square feet in size...far larger than Ryan's old condo!  Marble floors, granite counters, 3 50" tv wall mounted plasmas (plus another slightly smaller one in the bathroom).  There are 2 bathrooms, a formal dining area, giant bar, living room, foyer, king sized posterbed, jacuzzi that could probably fit 4 or more people, plus a giant shower...oh my gosh!  It's massive!

After we picked our jaws up off of the floor, we decided to head down stairs and hit the casino floor.  After doing a bit of a walkabout, we finally decided to throw caution to the wind and play the slots.  Ryan put $20 in the 1 cent machines.  Ooh...big spender.  After gaining 5 cents, he finally cashed out with $15 left.  That took forever to play too, so I decided to play the 25 cent machines.  We planned to only play with $20, so might as well get it over with.  I put a $5 in the machine, and ended up cashing out with $36.  Ryan played beside me, put in 5 and cashed out with $30.  Yay...we came to Reno and made money.  Done...enough for us!


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