Friday, September 27, 2013

An Entire Day in Nevada and a Night in Wendover, Utah

Look at Wendover Will, here! Recognize him?  He is enormous, and he welcomed us to Wendover, Utah, this evening.  I hate to admit this, but the reason I got somewhat excited to see Will is because I recognized him from an episode of Dateline.  (Yes, I said that.)

At any rate, we're in the brand new, spanking clean Best Western here in Wendover, we've had a fairly decent fajita at Los Cabreras nearby, done thirty minutes on the treadmill, watched the new Michael J. Fox show, and are about to hit the hay.

Today we drove the rest of the way across Nevada.

We started out in Winnemucca, Nevada at The Griddle, a family-owned diner.  It has been in business since 1948, has an amazingly huge menu with every possible thing you could want for breakfast.  I hope I didn't insult them with my order of one egg and dry toast.  Randy made up for it with his egg, toast and steel-cut oatmeal which came with a selection of walnuts, brown sugar and raisins. Great place! One quick stop at the Walmart on Potato Road, and we were on our way!

Now, there are not a lot of towns in Nevada. We only stopped for groceries and lunch by a park.  Other than that we drove 250 miles and stopped.

 I have to comment on the number of casinos in Nevada.  Every town has them, and it seems as if there are more casinos than anything else. If you stay in one, there is a "resort fee" attached to your lodging bill, just in case you're thinking of driving out here, so be sure to stay in a regular motel or hotel to avoid that. Also, the law allows smoking inside casinos. Just saying.............

We are listening to another audio book, this time a mystery.  It is Sleep No More, by Iris Johansen, a new author for us.  It is keeping us awake, and has a pretty good plot going on, so far. Listening to audio books makes the time fly, and before you know it, you're there!

We did make a number of photo stops, as the scenery was wonderful.  Mountains to the left, mountains to the right...........there we were, stuck in the middle with each other!  It was beautiful. The best part was that the road was on the ground!  There was rain, there was sunshine, there were humongous clouds, and it was anywhere between 38 and 54 degrees.  We had some slush, which I can't call snow or rain, but it was somewhere in between. The clouds change the color of the scenery, and it was a beautiful day in Nevada!

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are several thousand words about Nevada!

This was just before we got to Wendover and crossed the Nevada state line into Utah.  We never saw the "Welcome to Utah" sign, alas. The final photo, below, was shot out the car window.

Tomorrow we will be in Utah. We've already been to Salt Lake City, so we plan to drive on by. I didn't write a blog back then, but I do have a handwritten journal about that trip. (Which, of course, I would be happy to share with you, if you wish to read it.............)

Copyright: KP Gillenwater 2013