Tuesday, November 25, 2014

From Caltech To Reno: Hwy 395



Song:  The Grace Of Undomiel

From:  'The Lord Of The Rings:  The Return Of The King'





Hwy 395 - The Great Eastern Sierra Nevada Scenic Route

Although our drive home was 9 hours long...
I greatly enjoyed driving on Hwy 395
(We took hwy 210 from Caltech...
to hwy 10 to hwy 15...
and then connected with hwy 395
near the San Bernardino mountains).

All the way home
 (until it got too dark to see the views)...
I was treated to grand mountain views
from the front windshield and from the driver's side window.



Our first stop was at this small desert town...
where I filled up on gas...
we all used the restrooms...
and where we picked up some drinks and snacks.

I had picked up Alex a Scorpion Sucker.


Inside the candy is a real scorpion which had its venomous tail tip and glands removed.

It is just a novelty item for Alex.


At first...
the mountains were sort of generic looking.
They were a little too symetrical to make them interesting.



A short while later...
the knife ridges made their appearance...
along with the numerous and interestingly shaped peaks.

The farther northward we went...
the cooler the temperature...
and so, the more snow on the mountains.





Although there are nowhere near the number of RVs on the road as in the 1960s and 70s...
we had gone past some nice ones during our trip.





As this competition interrupted Alex's normal study routine...
Alex worked on his studies on his laptop as we drove home.



This particular style of RV is popular.

While on the road...
this is the type I most often see.


About half way home...
near Mammoth Mountain...
the mountains took on their familiar shapes and snow caps.

This is where the mountains become particularly beautiful.












As the sun was setting...
I decided to pull off the highway to allow us to take some photos...
and to stretch our legs.



Alex was playing knight here.

He loves to pick up sticks and pretend they are swords.

After the sun had set...
it had rapidly gotten dark...
and we still had a couple of more hours to go until we reached Reno.


We arrived at approximately 8 PM...
and we stopped in at our favorite neighborhood Chinese restaurant for supper.


Alex ordered pork chow mien, and pot stickers for an appetizer.


I had Prawns and Scallions.


Over our 3 day trip...
we had driven a little over 1,000 miles (1,600 KM)...
almost all of which were covered on day 1 and day 3 of our trip.

It was a very worthwhile and enjoyable trip.


For the remainder of Sunday night...
and all of Monday (after his UNR class)...
Alex reviewed for his Psychology final exam...
which he is to take in a few hours (Tuesday afternoon).

Over the Thanksgiving holiday...
Alex will be working on finishing up his AP Computer Science class.

Besides having finals in all of his remaining classes...
Alex has two major exams coming next month.

Alex is trying to finish his regular school work early
so he will have more time to dedicate to studying for these exams.


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Sometime in the next few months (preferably after a heavy snow fall)...
Alex and I will be taking a scenic tour (round trip)
of the Sierra Nevadas by train (The California Zephyr).



It leaves out of Reno and crosses the Sierra Nevadas (Westward) to near Sacramento...
where we will then board an east bound snow train coming back to Reno.







It has a skyview railcar and dining facilities...
so we may view the snow covered mountains in depth and up close...
and in perfect peace and comfort.

We are very much looking forward to taking this train ride sometime soon.



















7 comments:

  1. Beautiful drive! Love the snow-capped mountains. That train ride looks fantastic! Should be amazing.

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  2. I really enjoyed this drive. We are waiting for more snow so we may see the Sierra Nevadas at their most beautiful.

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  3. Did Alex eat the scorpion? I've never seen the real one.

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  4. No, we just got it for him as a novelty gift. Although some probably try to eat them...I don't think it would be a good idea. Unless the scorpion was properly preserved by the high sugars, which would then kill the bacteria...it could be dangerous to eat. As it has an exoskeleton, it could have prevented proper preserving of the innards. Although Alex said he wanted to eat it...I said no for just this reason.

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  5. I understood your idea completely. I also think you'd better avoid eating it. exoskeleton, innards were new words to me, thanks!

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  6. After your comment, I reiterated to Alex to never eat the scorpion.

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  7. (^o^) ,,,, This is Japanese smiley.

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