Vagabond Inn Excutive Reno
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Today began at 8 AM and 70 degrees under clear blue skies. And it was a perfect day for what we had planned. We left Mariposa and headed for Yosemite National Park. We were here three years ago and only got to the south side of the park. So we decided to drive west to east, thru the park and out the other side, crossing the Sierra Mountains and seeing areas of the park we had not seen. We drove through Sierra National Forest, ...
... up on the Nevada side, where gaming is legal.
Took the gondola ride at Heavenly, where Sonny Bono was killed in a ski accident in 1998. (Fascinating aside that maybe he was actually clubbed to death by hit men paid for by drug and gun barons.)
Stopped at the observation deck, for fabulous views and trees covered in snow. So cold!!!!!!!!!
Then up again, to 9150 feet, thick snow ...
... in the area.
Not a week later our old pals from Oxnard, CA happened to be at their timeshare in South Lake Tahoe. They came down the hill to visit us and to see our new house. The next morning we went up to their timeshare as they had invited us out on the lake in their very beautiful boat. We spent a few hours cruising Lake Tahoe. Tahoe the largest Alpine lake in the North America measuring 12x22 miles, second deepest at 1645 feet, and the largest lake ...
... Bay. I'd walked around it before, but had never gone inside.
This beautiful home was built for Mrs. Lora Knight by over 200 workmen over the summer of 1929. Outstanding features of the exterior include round granite boulders embedded in mortar typical of stone churches and castles built in the 11th century in Southern Sweden; massive hand-hewn timbers characteristics of those used by the early Norsemen; carvings around the doors adapted ...
... now traversing between tall volcanic peaks and ancient lava flows. We go down a rather steep section of windy road until we reach the Owyhee River, then head back up to higher country.
Off to the west is a rather small but very tall snow capped mountain range. I wish I knew its name for sure but I believe it is Steens Mountain, appropriately called "Snowy Mountain" by an early pioneer, a 50 mile long single mountain, not a range, that rises to 9733 feet.