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We went to Reno, leaving on Thanksgiving day Thursday. Amtrak was on time, the train was full, and the bus ride from Sacramento was beautiful as always. Close to Sacramento we got to see the fall colors: yellow, lemon-and-lime, brown, rust, red and fiery red, dark green. Lots of snow in the mountains, but no chains required. Going back, Amtrak had so many passengers that they brought 2 buses to Reno, we got on the express bus to Sacramento and made it to the earlier train.

The hotel was full. Not sure if most of the families with children walked over from Circus-Circus or stayed at Silver Legacy, but we saw a lot of them with bags of soft toys. Very polite check-in people, accommodated our room request close to the elevator, told the weather forecast is good for driving upon checkout – not your usual dry “hello and thank you” we are used to from other hotels.

The room was nice, spacious, large counter in the bathroom; sink outside so you can brush your teeth while the husband is taking a shower. We had 2 beds with 3 pillows on each bed! and a decorative roll to keep your feet up if tired. Air conditioner easily adjusted. The only thing we did not enjoy was the flat wide screen TV that made people look shorter and wider. Oh, well, we didn’t watch much.

As for coffee drinkers – if you enjoy a cup first thing in the morning, there are no coffeemakers in rooms, same as in every casino. In Silver Legacy, there is a coffee café by the check-in area across from the elevators with 2 lines, one for regular coffee and pastries “express”, another line if you want something fancy like cappuccino or latte. Several elevators to different floors, so very little waiting, and you have to show your key card to the security person in the lobby.

Casino – don’t know how they manage it, but those non-smoking sections are really good, not even a hint of smoke! Plenty of penny slots, from old with bars and 7s to newer ones, to really new – a penny slot with 30,40 or 50 cents minimum, much more music and movements and more fun, but you lose faster than playing 9 lines on older slots.

We went to see Peter Pan, as foreigners we didn’t read the children’s books, so now we know who he is, and why he was fighting Captain Hook. Tried to get tickets on-line at home, didn’t like to be in the 1st row, in the hotel we got great seats at even reduced price! The show was adjusted to Reno with some quips in the beginning, and there was an interesting thing: a pirate tried to take a teddy bear from a child, and in the struggle ripped the bear’s arm off. Later he brought the bear back with his arm in a sling, and said: the bear is healing thanks to Obama’s bear care! This certainly got people’ reaction :)

We went to the buffet once to have lunch with the friends, good quality and lots of choices. Little did we know that sometimes a free entertainment is included! We were involved in our conversation when heard an argument coming from the table next to us. Somehow when a family came back with plates of food, another family took that table over, and neither family would agree to move to another table! Most of the argument was not in English, but judging by their face expressions, the words were far from polite. Children were standing there, staring at parents, visibly scared. We didn’t see security; buffet employees somehow solved the issue. We went back to our catching up as we don’t see each other often, and e-mails are not enough!

Ate once in Café Sedona, wouldn’t care to go back. Chicken was good and hot, but accompanied by room temperature mashed potatoes, and the service was unprofessional. Say what you want, I am not your “sweetie” waitress Maria! We liked the Food Court on the lower level, except that they didn’t make lemongrass chicken that was on the menu, as they explained, it was “too much work” – don’t you think it’s “too much info” for the clients? But there were many other choices, and we got food to go to enjoy with the bottle of wine brought from home.

Overall, it was a fun trip; great to see Holly_Uncasdewar and Crefloors again, relax away from home, and watch the scenery going by. Now I can start getting ready for the Rose Parade, maybe need to buy warmer clothes.

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