Trip Report #22 June 2003
Lake Tahoe, Death Valley, The MaryJane Sisters, Ash Meadows, Battle Mountain, Elko, Valley of Fire, Hawthorne and the Loneliest Road |
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After the cruise they rode the shuttle back to their car, and as they debarked once again, the other woman reached for her purse. "No need," said the first, "I took care of it on the way in."
The Furnace Creek Resort announced recently that the Inn would close during the summer this year.
"All 224 rooms are available at the Ranch as well as restaurants, retail and the golf course."
The Inn will reopen on October 10, 2003. In the meantime you can book a room at the Ranch.
Yes! The MaryJane sisters are hitting the road again. "Our mission as usual is to seek out old and unusual saloons with a pool table and a jukebox, and meet people who can suggest interesting places for us to visit."
[ More about the MaryJane Sisters in Winnemucca ]
Have you put your phone number(s) on the 'no-call' list yet? You can do it here. Farewell, telemarketers. Next: the spammers.
Love Letter to Hawthorne: I have spent several days in Hawthorne Nevada about four to five times over the last 3 years. I find it to be a kinda special small town, (enclave) in central Nevada; a Mayberry of sorts in a nice location; a few miles away from the maddening (crowd); and , only a picnic drive to the magnificent Easten Sierras. Hawthorne is not full of glitter and glamour and not a tourist trap in any sense; and not your typical vacation get away; but I find the town unique and special in many ways; and kind of a neat place to call home.
Hacienda Heights, CA
Northern Nevada is a vast expanse of mostly unexplored desert terrain interrupted by stark and jagged mountain ranges. The region is primarily comprised of the high desert of the Great Basin.
Few of the cities in the north are well known. Carson City, the state capital at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, is technically in the northern part of the state, though just at the southern edge. The few notable cities in the region are all along the I-80.
Coming down the Cascades from Lake Tahoe traveling northeast the I-80 first passes through the city of Winnemucca, then Battle Mountain, followed by Elko and then Wells. Perhaps the most notable attraction in the area is Ruby Lake in Humboldt National Forest. This region is popular with rugged outdoor types, who like to explore the harsh and unforgiving desert wilderness."
After I stopped laughing I got mad and fired off a note. "I am rendered nearly speechless by the wildly inaccurate info you are publishing about northern Nevada," I fumed. "There are a few correct facts here, but the overall impression is of profound, abysmal ignorance."
A reply came the same afternoon, offering me the opportunity to rewrite the text for them gratis. "Neither [my copywriter] nor I have been to Northern Nevada making it that much more difficult to accurately describe."
Bummers. But the skiing is great in the stark and jagged Cascades!
Overheard at Adele's in Carson City: "My biggest fear is to be living in a trailer in my daughter's driveway."