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Trip Report Mini Summer Trip: Truckee, Reno, Sheel's and Virginia City

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A quick business meeting in Sacramento was a perfect reason to drive over to Nevada for the weekend and visit family. Spcial thanks to those of you who gave excellent advice about getting out of town early, where to eat, where to drive and where to stay.

We left town on the I80 just after 2 on Thursday afternoon and headed to Truckee, the historic downtown that is and the drive was beautiful. The skies kept getting darker and darker and just as we got close to the exit, the skies opened up and we found ourselves in a major downpour with thunder and lightening as well! We took the correct exit and found parking ( which is free on Thursdays because it was Truckee Thursday!) close by the Bar of Amerca and ran in to get out of the rain. The street venfors were hurrying to get their tents taken down and for that evening, Truckee Thursday was cancelled and we certainly weren't going to do any shopping or sightseeing because we would have been soaked!

We made the best of it by having an early dinner off of the bar menu but sat in the pretty restaurant. We shared their incredible Sierra Ceasar salad with capers and sun dried tomatoes and super tasty blackend fish tacos that were spicy and a dessert that I can't even tell you about because you will gain weight just hearing about it. (It involved chocolate! ) The service was wonderful , the margaritas were delicious and I'd go back in a heartbeat!

In Reno, we stayed at a non- descript Hoilday Inn Express that we found at the last minute and it suited our needs perfectly.Reno is a strange town to me, I expected a " strip" like Las Vegas and it just doesn't exist. We did have a wonderful meal one night at the Atlantis hotel... their steakhouse.

Virginia City was interesting to see. Once. We never found the mansions... just a sad downtown of junky shops and lots of tourists. We enjoyed the cemetery... I think if that were restored and the stories of those settlers told... well, that would be amazing.

We did enjoy the Bucket of Blood Saloon! There is a band that plays there on Saturday afternoons that has quite a local following. The men were wearing holsters with guns and knives and most of the women were in period costumes or at least western wear. They played old time stuff, I only recognized a few songs but the drinks were good and it was nice to get out of the heat for a bit. I have never seen someone holding a sawed off shotgun while singing to the music...welcome to Nevada!

One reason for our trip was to purchase bikes at Sheel's in Sparks. Its an amazing store with any type of sporting equipment you can imagine. If you run, bike, kayak, golf, just anything... go there. It has everything you can imagine in two stories... even has a ferris wheel in the middle of the store! We spent several hours there and purchased two bikes and all manner of accessories.

Great little weekend away... thanks for all of you who made suggestions!

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