Trip Report #29 January 2004
Austin's Fabulous New Year's Eve, Legends Meet at Lake Tahoe, the Big RV Photo Contest, and March in Winnemucca|
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"The International Hotel had their annual chili cook-off that ends with the midnight lighting of the Christmas Tree in the middle of Hwy 50. St. Augustine's bell rang clear and loud, and everyone was kissing and wishing happy new year.
"As soon as the bell stopped ringing, Bob McGibbon, a very talented sax player, played an incredibly soulful 'Auld Lang Syne'. It was magical."
To receive advance information about Austin's Grand Finale of 2004, send an E-mail.
One night recently McAvoy Layne was hurrying from an engagement at Lake Tahoe to a dinner date in Carson City. As he was about to crest Spooner's Summit and begin the long descent of the east slope of the Sierra, his car began to sputter and stall. He had run out of gas.
He steered the car over to the shoulder, and as it slowed he opened the door, jumped out, and pushed, hoping to maintain his momentum and crest the summit so he could roll down to the bottom of the grade. But there was just enough of an uphill slant to prevent it, and he had to park at the side of the road and hitch-hike.
"Well, maybe so." said McAvoy, "I'm Mark Twain."
The man regarded him silently and then returned his attention to the road. Eventually he turned back to McAvoy and tapped himself on the chest. "Me, Ponce de Leon," he said.
The Nevada Commission on Tourism has announced a photo contest called “Your Koolest RV Moment.”
RVers enter by sending in photos of experiences they particularly enjoyed, and the one whose “moment” is judged to be the coolest will win a TurboKool evaporative cooler for their RV.
For more information on the contest and the 175 RV parks throughout the state, visit their website and click on “RV Info” or call 1-800-NEVADA-8.
Winnemucca is the place to be in March! On the 5th and 6th the "Pick of the Remuda" performance horse and production sale will be held in conjunction with the Ranch Hand Rodeo. The Rodeo happens the 6th and 7th at the Events Complex and involves ranch hands spending the weekend in town ridin’ saddle broncs and milkin’ wild cows in the new Indoor Event Center. (Questions? Send an e-mail.)
Overheard at the Peppermill in Wendover: "War is vulgar, low-grade criminality, and only brutes and fools indulge in it."