Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
17Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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We started in Reno...with our massive winnings (of about $70), we hit a restaurant in the hotel for breakfast. What a crazy place...the restaurant is literally half empty,and yet they had us wait 10 minutes for a table. Weird...the food was good, but still!
We did find an outlet mall as we were passing through Sparks. Our plans had always included some shopping for ourselves, but we had originally figured to do much of it in Great Falls. Well...the minute Ryan saw the Tommy Hilfiger store...that was it. In we went! We happened to hit a great sale on top of the already reduced (even by Canadian standards) outlet prices...let's just say Ryan can pretty much wear Tommy clothing from head to toe now
The scenery was pretty desolate...not many towns, although even the smallest ones had 2 or 3 casinos. Even the gas stations seemed to all have casinos. Bizarre. We were trying to figure out what people did who lived in these towns. The land seemed too desolate for ranching, and still too far from mining areas...not sure.
As we got close to Utah, the sun was starting to go down...the way the light was reflecting off of the clouds, it appeared to have faint rays of light coming from Utah...very cool! We hit Utah around 8:30 and had just enough light to see the salt flats in the Newfoundland Evaporation Basin. 77 miles of dead straight highway (not a slight curve at all) and white salt all around it. It is here that speed freaks come to race at the Bonneville Speedway
It was dark by the time we reached the Great Salt Lake, so while Ryan with his better night vision was able to see it, all I could see was an absence of street lights off to the north east. Hopefully I'll get a better look as we leave on Sunday morning.
We arrived at Tanya and Eduardo's house right at 10pm. Their oldest daughter, Ema, is just 2 days older than Lucas, and she was bouncing off of the walls waiting for us to arrive! What an awesome greeting! We're going to hang out here for Saturday and tour the city. It should be fun!