Sunday, March 29, 2015

Heading North . . . For Starters - Two Weeks in Reno, Nevada

We had driven out of the Las Vegas area up Highway 95 for about three hours when we arrived in Tonopah, Nevada. Tonopah is about halfway between Las Vegas and Reno. The elevation is just over 6,000 feet. Today Tonopah is a small town of near 2,500 people, but in yesteryear it was a major producer of silver and gold.

Our purpose is to visit the local office of the Nevada DMV and get our Jeep registered for the 2015-2016 time period. Why Tonopah? Well, I was banking that there would be a much shorter waiting line than in Las Vegas or Pahrump. I was right. We were second to be waited on, and done with the whole process in 10 minutes. I had waited 4-1/2 hours to register our motorhome in Pahrump!

We drove on north about 120 miles to the northwestern part of Walker Lake. Since I had driven about five hours on this day we decided to call it quits for the day. We decided to “boondock” on the edge of the lake. By boondocking it means we will not have any of the hookups (water-power-sewer) that make our travel stops exactly like home. We are self-contained which means we do have 100 gallons of water onboard, and our electrical system converts our 12 volt batteries to 110 power used to light the RV at night. Our refrigerator along with our stove will be powered by propane. Things are not primitive. Just different.

If you have been a follower of this travel blog you might remember reading that we use our motorhome as our home. Just as you use your home. We use our Jeep to get us to the necessary places (supermarket, etc.), and interesting places (sightseeing) that are near to our home.

It was earie sleeping next to the lake. So quiet! I think we both slept good, and later than normal. The weather had turned to cloudy and the morning was chilly. We had about 120 more miles to go to get to the Reno, Nevada area, and we got started around 10 A.M. We passed through Yerington and Fernley that morning before reaching our destination at the Sparks Marina RV Park about four miles from downtown Reno.

This RV Park, being in the suburb of a larger city, Reno, is one of the nicest we have used in the last couple years. It is down a less-travelled street and about a half mile from a medium sized shopping mall with cinema. The RV Park has large cement spaces surrounded by extensive use of artificial grass. This leaves the park with a real clean look. Great people running the office. I called here and made a reservation the day before we arrived. The park was about 70% occupied when we arrived.

We made the trek up the hill to Lake Tahoe. We have always had a fondness for the lake having spent our honeymoon there 36 years ago. We have been back often. We made our approach to the lake up Interstate 80 through Truckee, California. Then down the eastern side of the lake to South Lake Tahoe which was a ghost town. We parked at Harrah’s and walked through their casino and under the street to Harvey’s. North to The Hard Rock Hotel and finally across the street to Montbleu, which used to be Caesar’s Tahoe. A beautiful day was 60 degrees and cloudless.

We drove a couple miles south of the casino area and ended up having a late lunch at Chevy’s. We had skipped breakfast, and it was past 1 P.M. when we ravaged our Mexican meal.

We used the Kingston Grade out of South Lake Tahoe to get off the mountain. We picked up Highway 395 at the bottom of the mountain in Garderville/Minden. We drove through Carson City, the capital of Nevada, and were back at home base in no time because 395 was turned into a freeway from Carson City to Reno in the last few years.

We took in the cinema a couple days back seeing the new Will Smith movie, “Focus”. If you liked the Paul Newman and Robert Redford movie “The Sting” you should enjoy Focus. No dull moments with plenty of deception. Pay attention!,

Our time here in Reno is drawing to a close. It has been very relaxing. Wondering what the future will bring I’m thinking Reno may be on a short list when we settle down. Only time will tell, as we are not even considering a slow down at this point.

We are heading further north but not sure if it will be through Oregon or Idaho. We are going to have a decision shortly.

Regards to all.

Dave & Janet

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