Thursday, July 12, 2012

Total Mileage: approx. 3005
License Plate Total: holding strong at 48

Before leaving Salt Lake City for Reno we decided to stop at a Cracker Barrel for an audio book.. With an 8 hour plus drive ahead of us we figured something besides music would be good. You have to pay the amount for the book but they reimburse you after you return the book. There wasn’t much of a selection that we were interested in because most were popular authors like John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, and Danielle Steel. We selected “I'll Walk Alone,” by Mary Higgins Clark. It was a Law and Order SVU type story of a New York interior designer whose son had been kidnapped and she was being framed for his disappearance. We couldn’t say no to a mystery with an interior designer, but it wasn’t the greatest. There were too many sensory details that it could have been much shorter then its 80 plus chapters. But it did give us something to listen too. I’m sure you’re thinking “enough about the audio book,” but the drive to Reno is about as boring as the book. There’s nothing but desert and more desert with some mountains until you get closer to Reno. Then there are more mountains. We got a great deal at a Baymont Inn for $48 including tax and fees for the night. You may be thinking what did this room look like but it was actually fairly updated with new furniture and a huge flat screen. We selected Bangkok Cuisine, a Thai restaurant for dinner since we were in the mood for something different. The food was really good and so was the service. They had homemade ice cream- Rachel got green tea and I got coconut. After dinner we decided to take the free shuttle from the hotel to “downtown” Reno to check out the casinos. We played a few penny slots but we didn’t win much money (The highest amount was $6.30). After we spent about an hour there we then went back to the hotel to write up some blog posts. While writing we discovered the most engrossing show of the summer besides my family’s discovery of Swamp People on the History Channel. The show is called “American Colony- Meet the Hutterites”. It is on the National Geographic Channel so sorry to those of you without upper cable channels. The Hutterites are like the Amish and Mennonites but they use electricity, they curse, and drink alcohol. Take our word for it and watch it if you have the National Geographic Channel and definitely watch it. Be careful though because you’ll be sucked in like us. 

(The Great Salt Lake)
(A random tree like sculpture in the middle of the desert)
(Desert & Mountains)

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