Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
17Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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After a relatively quick trip to the laundromat for another load of washing and a side detour to the car wash to get rid of 4 states and 2 provinces worth of bug splatter and road dust, we hit the road for Lake Tahoe. It was freeway the entire way...again, driving around 120-130 km an hour..the speed of traffic. Everyone is going about 80 miles an hour. It is going to be awfully tough to drive the limit on the #2 Highway after this!
Passing through Sacramento we took the I-50 to Lake Tahoe. I had been here once before in the winter when I was 19, but Ryan had never seen it. It was absolutely stunning
After that, we went into the communities in the southern area and hung on the beach for a while. The only problem with the beach is that we are at such a high altiutude (5-6000 feet) that you burn really easily and really quickly. We found some shade, but still enjoyed being at the water.
After that, it was a quick jaunt into Stateline, Nevada where my uncle Cameron works. He had come up for the wedding, but we don't get to see him very often, so we headed out to Gardnerville Rancheros where he lives, visited there for while, and then he took us out for dinner to his local pub. Fantastic Mexican food! We also got to briefly see my cousin Kelly (who couldn't make it to the wedding). It was a wonderful visit...I think we will have to plan to come back down again...sooner rather than later. It is gorgeous country...apart from those 'lovely' winding mountain passes. Gulp!
By 9 we had left Cameron's and it was a short 45 minute drive to Reno
After we picked our jaws up off of the floor, we decided to head down stairs and hit the casino floor. After doing a bit of a walkabout, we finally decided to throw caution to the wind and play the slots. Ryan put $20 in the 1 cent machines. Ooh...big spender. After gaining 5 cents, he finally cashed out with $15 left. That took forever to play too, so I decided to play the 25 cent machines. We planned to only play with $20, so might as well get it over with. I put a $5 in the machine, and ended up cashing out with $36. Ryan played beside me, put in 5 and cashed out with $30. Yay...we came to Reno and made money. Done...enough for us!