Diary of Roger & Linda's trip to Reno, NV, Nov 2007 to visit Conrad Kathy Evans
11/19/07 We left for Reno at 7:00 a.m. to visit our close friends Conrad and
Kathy Evans. We left Meghan the Irish Terrier with the Taylor’s. We
drove Linda’s Subaru SUV. I drove to Bishop and then Linda took over.
I was really tired when we arrived after 11 hours on the road. Kathy
cooked us a light supper. After one TV show Linda and I were both ready
11/20/07 We had breakfast by Kathy and caught up on events since our last visit.
Linda, Kathy, and I walked around the impressive Sparks Marina which
used to be a quarry. There is a really nice new RV Park right next to
the marina where we will stay next time we come. The marina is closer
to the Evans house and has a dog park. The outside path is about 2 mile
walk around the lake, a perfect location to walk the Meg. Kathy
fixed us homemade lasagna for dinner.
11/21/07 Linda, Kathy, and I did a hike at the Swan Lake Nature Preserve in the
morning. Didn’t see the promised Trumpeter swans but had a very
pleasant hike. We went to the Atlantis Casino at night to play in a
black jack tournament. None of us made it past the first round but we
were close at the end and of course had very interesting stories of woe
to tell. My biggest disaster was a situation where I had the big bet
out there with a rich deck and the opportunity to take insurance. I
took insurance with a bad hand, no one else at the table took it
(perfect) and of course the dealer didn’t have it and then I also lost
the hand. Instead of gaining on the field I lost lots of ground in
spite of the odds being in my favor. Gambling is cruel at times.
11/22/07 We took a walk around the Evans new golf community neighborhood in
Sparks. I saw a house for sale that had a huge RV shed on top of a
hill that would also be a reasonable astronomy viewing site. Kathy
cooked us all prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, spinach salad, dinner rolls,
green beans, and pumpkin pie for our Thanksgiving day dinner. It was a
good dinner and we all had a nice time. We talked some about the
details of our Cruise next July to Alaska’s Inland Passage. Watched a
movie and retired.11/23/07
Did some Black Friday shopping with Conrad and Kathy in the morning.
Returned home and did a walk around the golf course near the Evan’s
home. The weather was sunny and very pleasant with no wind. At night
we all went to the Eldorado Casino to Roxies Steak house for dinner.
We had a wonderful time and the food was to die for. My Paella had lots
of fresh sea food including a good sized lobster. We stopped at the
Western Village Casino on they way home for some black jack play.
Conrad, Kathy, and I all won doing a bit of counting during the hour we
played. Linda played the slots and lost a small amount.
11/24/07 We left for home after having a great 5 day stay with Conrad and Kathy.
They are great hosts and we really enjoy visiting them from time to
time. It took us about 11 grueling hours to drive home on Saturday
before the big travel return day on Sunday
Photo's by Roger Zellmer of Reno, NV trip in Nov, 2007
||We went to Swan Lake Preserve for a
hike and to see the Trumpeter Swans. Missed the Swans this day but
the hike was great and saw many other birds.
||It was brisk in the 20's but sunny
with no wind. Location about 16 miles north of Reno.
||Conrad and Puss cat.
||Kathy in a pensive mood.
||Boots and Puss chowing down.
||Boots is a beautiful cat, but a total
introvert wimp, staying under the bed covers most of the time.
||Had to use
the telephoto lens to get this close up.
a gregarious cat with an out going personality unlike her companion boots
who is just the opposite.
||Look at those green
eyes. Taken with my canon 40d and Canon 70-200mm L series lens.
||We had dinner at the
Eldorado Casino restaurant at Roxie's Steak house with Conrad and Kathy.
This restaurant now rates in my top 5 in the USA.
||Linda and Kathy the tea
toddlers. I had a great glass of the casino owners winery Ferrani
Caranai Cabernet Sauvignon.
||The pumpkin soufflé was
to die for. Linda and Kathy helped me eat it. I think the
best soufflé I have ever had. Look at that crunchy praline crust
with Carmel sauce on top!!!!
||Conrad had the decadent
dark chocolate soufflé which was also excellent with the Grand
Marnier vanilla sauce. yum yum.
||Conrad never misses
desert at a good restaurant.