Staying at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino RV Park we were right on the banks of the Truckee River. There are several miles of paved trail along the river, so one day we rode the path East from our park for about five miles before we came to a closure due to road construction. We quickly dubbed this the "Industrial River Trail" because of the part of town we were riding through...but the ride was still beautiful due to the lush plant growth along this pretty river.
|Truckee River and bike path.|
Truckee, CA is just 30 miles West of Reno so it made a nice day trip into the mountains for us. Naturally we had to include a hike! Immediately West of Truckee is Donner Lake and Pass, an important transportation corridor over the last 150 years. We hiked the Summit Canyon Trail and enjoyed the views and the history of Donner Pass.
|Donner Lake from the Summit Canyon Trail.|
Truckee was a pleasant mountain town with lots of cute shops and restaurants and seemed like it would be a good place to spend a few nights if we pass through here again. It had more charm and perhaps slightly less crowds than the towns we drove through around Lake Tahoe a week ago. AND, there are lots of trails around Truckee.
Another birthday rolled around during our stay in Reno and I chose to spend the day immersed in a beautiful garden! Since I can't have my own garden on the road I seek out public gardens whenever possible and the Wilbur D. May Center Arboretum and Botanical Garden did not disappoint. It's located in the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, whose beautiful grounds include a huge leash free park for dogs, multiple playgrounds, ponds and lots of open space.
|Lots of goslings!|
Hans is always on the hunt for live Surf music during our travels and he found a local band, The Mighty Surf Lords, were playing on my birthday at Adele's in Carson City. If you happen to be in Carson City, do yourself a favor and eat at Adele's! Very, very tasty dishes, worth every penny! My crispy, panko crusted chili relleno was so good I'm going to try to recreate it myself.
|The Mighty Surf Lords at Adele's in Carson City.|
We discovered the hip, fun neighborhood in Reno is the Midtown District. Bordered by beautifully restored turn-of-the-centuryish homes, this business district is where you will find a diverse selection of restaurants, unique shops, art and nightlife, without the casino culture prevalent in downtown and other parts of the city.
We also took another great hike, the 9 mile Jones Whites Creek Loop. Though you go from 6,220 ft at the trail head to 8,080 ft at the high point, if you hike counterclockwise the incline is quite gentle the whole way up. A good chunk of the trail is along Whites Creek, the sound of the rushing creek made the climb quite pleasant.
|Lots of aspen along the creek beds, I'm sure this would be a very pretty hike in the fall.|
|Wonderful views into the Sierras.|
Tomorrow we head into the mountains of Northern California, where we'll spend a week at Lake Almanor, not too far from Lassen National Park.