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Crossing Nevada

February 14, 2009

Bottles at Thunder Mountain, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…With Fiona happy and Liam and I stuffed from so-so casino lunch buffet (we didn’t overeat), we headed out of of Reno and took off on Hwy 80.

It was wonderful driving without chains again…they’re noisy and you have to drive sloooow. Our strategy paid off, and the weather was sunny and above freezing all day and we covered a good bit of ground.

The drive across the high desert felt a bit desolate with only a few signs of humans along the way…like the distribution center in Fernley, NV.

We pulled off in the middle of nowhere and found a place called Thunder Mountain right on the side of the highway. It’s a cross between an abandoned homestead, a picnic area and an outdoor folk art museum.

A guy moved his family out there in the 1960s and he obsessively started building an unusual monument made with bottles, car windshields and all kinds of discarded items that were all held together with concrete. It was quite a structure and it is designated as a Nevada Historic Site (however, it’s not being maintained by the State).

Tonight, we’re staying in the town of Elko, NV. So far, it hasn’t made a great impression. As we drove in, a very drunk guy was punching and kicking another very drunk guy near one of the casinos in town (there are A LOT of casinos in Nevada)…and no one seemed to mind. Then again, by the time we turned the corner, the two guys were back to talking as if nothing happened. Weird.

Another Elko oddity, I was able to check in to our hotel without showing ID and paying cash. I didn’t realize that was even an option these days. Maybe it’s a Nevada thing…or maybe it was just the 19-year-old clerk behind the counter.

Our hotel is pretty nice for its price…except there was a little bit of dog poo in the stairway…yuck. That’s what we get for staying in a place sporting two big signs that stress “Pets Welcome.”

Unfortunately, the Internet connection is very sluggish here, so I don’t think I’ll get more pics up.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2009 10:44 AM

    color on this picture is really beautiful. I’m glad you made it through the crazy snow!!!

  2. February 15, 2009 9:19 PM

    I just wanted to let Liam know I made Minnie Collins’ fruit scones on valentines day. Used the hints from podcast episode 1 and they came out great. Click on the link for a couple of pictures –

    If you make an east coast trip next year, I make them for you!

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