Reno probably hates this description, but it really does seem like Las Vegas' little sibling. Casinos abound and the whole party lifestyle that goes along with them, and the pawn shops and homelessness too. The city works hard to make it a pleasant place to visit and there are some interesting sights here and there...and that's our job as retired, fulltime RVers: to seek out the funky, interesting things each place we visit has to offer.
|The Truckee River runs right through downtown Reno, making it the town beach on a sunny day!|
|The bus depot even has some fun art!|
|Great mural harking back to the old days in Reno.|
|Every old town in the West has at least one elaborate old church!|
Even though we appreciate and enjoy cities, we do love the peace and quiet of the outskirts of any town. And one of the great things about Reno is it's proximity to the Eastern Sierras and Lake Tahoe. With the temps pushing 80 it was time to head for the hills. We chose a six mile loop hike at about 9,000 feet, using the Mt Rose Summit Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail. Fortunately we keep extra jackets, gloves and ear bands in the truck because when we arrived at the trail head it was 46 degrees and windy, something we hadn't fully considered before we left the RV!
|Early on the trail we had an amazing view of the snow capped Sierras in the distance |
with Lake Tahoe in front (and blending in to the mountains!) and Tahoe Meadows below us.
|As we headed around the North side of the mountain we encountered a lot of snow!|
|At just about halfway we reached pretty Galena Creek Falls.|
|The view from the top of the falls was wonderful!|
Mt Rose and views into Reno in the distance, a colorful meadow below us.
|This little beggar came very close looking for a handout.|
|Beyond the falls we encountered a great deal of snow. Hans is searching for footprints.|
Fortunately someone who knew the trail had recently passed through ahead of us.
|Our lunchtime view.|
|As we wrapped around the South side of the mountain Lake Tahoe came into view again.|
This was an excellent hike in the mountains with only 500 feet of elevation gain. You can also hike to the top of Mt Rose which reaches 10,776 feet and is a ten mile round trip.
We are staying at the Grand Sierra Resort Casino. They have a rather large RV park right along the Truckee River (and its bike path). We're really enjoying their very pleasant pool facilities. More exploring ahead...