Wednesday, May 28, 2008

There's Snow In Them Thar Hills!

So there we are, driving around Downtown Reno, on our way to Circus Circus. We did the loop, got the pictures of the mural, the River Walk and just past there, Junior points out this parking garage.

Note, the new condo building going up in the background. These are little shoe boxes of apartments and The Missus speculated that they are going to be "assisted living" units. I said that I couldn't imagine them being this close to the casinos.

There are different antique and classic cars on each level...

We moved the car and parked it right here, on the 1939 Mercedes Convertible Level.

Well, I don't have any pictures of Circus Circus. I heard somewhere that casinos don't like cameras. Of course that doesn't seem to be true, as we saw people using cameras once they got there and sadly, I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the Chinese bicycle acrobats (one of the highlights of the trip). Unfortunately, they were the only act going on the family part of the casino.
I had in my mind that I was going to play thirty-five dollars and win another night's stay, but I have losing so much, that I didn't gamble. Enough with that cheese, time for my David Byrne impression...

Take me to the water, drop me in the river
Push me in the water, drop me in the river
Washing me down, washing me down

The last two pictures of the river for now. I have one more River Walk pic left for another day. So driving up there on Interstate 80 was a real bear. I decided to take Interstate 50 on the way back and that way, Procrastinator Junior could see Lake Tahoe as well.

You can't tell from these pictures that it was raining, but it was.
Is Lake Tahoe the biggest lake in the Western states? It certainly is the biggest lake in California or Nevada. Note the fog and rain in the picture below.

So, somewhere between Wagner and Cow Creek, the snow decided it wasn't going to melt. Lo and behold, snow on May 24Th.
Procrastinator Junior doesn't remember his last experience with snow, as he was barely two when it occurred and his one winter trip to Yosemite last year, yielded none of the fresh white stuff (the first time that it hasn't snowed at that time of the year, in ages).

Note that the flakes reflect the flash back at the camera and it gives them an aura. Also note these pictures are blurry, the result of having to set the camera on "night" exposure.

Hey, Tim Gallagher, there's Big Foot in the picture below!

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Blogger Quin Browne said...

and there is always the donner family style cafe


Thu May 29, 07:26:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


Yep, all you can eat ribs...though I'd stay away from Sierra Nevada Oysters, but that's just me.

Thu May 29, 09:31:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jewgirl said...

I love lake tahoe, it's one of my favorite places. was this was procrastinator jr's first snow? really? how fabulous. did he like it? what did he think?

Sat May 31, 03:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Gifted Typist said...

love the blur WP
Did you do that with photoshop?

Sun Jun 01, 06:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


Technically it is his second and the first that he could remember. He loves the stuff and of course he didn't have to walk through it for blocks and blocks, so he still loves the stuff.


No, it was fairly dark and I had it on "darkness" exposure, so my cold, unsteady hands played a part in the effect.

Sun Jun 01, 08:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dale said...

Love your travelogue WP.

Mon Jun 02, 07:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


I have to travel, to get half of the blogging content that you get, just going out to lunch or going home.

Mon Jun 02, 08:43:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bubs said...

Those pics are beautiful.

So, I wonder, is the Circus Circus in Reno as much of a big slice of white trash hell on earth as the Circus Circus in Las Vegas? Does it have the same smell?

I need to know.

Tue Jun 03, 10:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


I'm glad you like the pics. I've only seen the Vegas Circus Circus from the outside.

I will say that the Reno had a partial kitsch-ectomy, so it is only thirty percent as tacky as it was in the movies and pictures of old.

Wed Jun 04, 11:26:00 AM PDT  

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