Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Day 8 - Alex's 5 State Summer Vacation



Song:  Run Like Hell

Group:  Pink Floyd




This was the last leg of our journey.

On our way back...
we had Reno fever  :)

(we were glad to be heading home...
and so, I drove as if I were on a mission of great importance...
single mindedly...
and with great purpose...
all the while ensuring I was within 5 MPH of the upper speed limit :)


We stopped at but one place on the way back
(Bonneville Salt Flats)...
and for just a short while...
and we were then...on the road again.



We had slept in until 10:30 AM...
and then had an early lunch at a Japanese restaurant.


Alex had a combo bento lunch...
as did my wife.


I had a sirloin and shrimp tempura lunch.


We then hit the road.



We passed by the Great Salt Lake
(Oh...look at the pretty water  :)...
and kept on going (Reno Fever).


There were a couple of solar evaporation salt mining operations near the Great Salt Lake.



This was just 10 miles shy of the Nevada border...
and right off the highway...
so, we stopped in for a few minutes
(it was 104 degrees outside...
and hotter with the reflected sun off of the salt flats).








And off we were again...
stopping only for gas.


Some ways into Nevada...
we had seen this dust devil.



I don't know how many other States allow triple trailers for Semis...
but Nevada is one of them.


Familiar sights of Nevada...
mountains everywhere.





We were nearing Reno here.


And finally...the sweet hills of home (just one mile from home)...
Reno...finally.


We unpacked at home...
and then went out to eat all you can eat Sushi.

This sunset was a fitting close to a pleasurable meal...and journey.



When I was young...
my father took us on a similar journey.

I added a few extra locations...
and took my family.



We were going on a West Coast journey next month...
but we decided to put off the trip until next summer...
and make it into a super trip including the West of Canada...
and the Canadian Rockies as well.


Our next extended vacation won't be until 
this Winter.

We will visit my wife's relatives in Japan.


We are now just relaxing at home.

Alex spent the day studying...
I just finished a supper of Salmon Ochazuke...
and I am going to bed early.


Although we had a great time...
it is always most comfortable at home.




Post Script:

We had stayed at a variety of hotels.

For the money and plain comfort...
we had found Econo Lodge to be the best.

The air conditioners were exceptional...
the rooms were quiet...
the blackout curtains were good...
the rooms were spacious and clean...
the ventilation in the bathrooms were good...
the Wifi worked well...
and it was, overall...
far better than hotels which cost almost twice as much.

They are going to be our hotel of choice on the road in the future.








2 comments:

  1. You all had a great trip. I enjoyed reading about all of the interesting places you visited, You have me thinking about visiting some of those places in the next few years. Some in particular I'd like to visit are the national parks in Utah, as well as Carlsbad Caverns for sure. How hot was it at Arches and Canyonlands? I remember going for a swim in the Great Salt Lake when I was a child and being amazed at how well I floated in the salt water. Between Japan and the west coast including western Canada, you've got some great trips to look forward to.

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  2. All during our vacation, the whole West of the Nation was in a heat wave. Rarely did it go below 100 degrees. However, it is a dry heat :) It was about 103 degrees at the bottom of Arches...and as we climbed in altitude...it went to about 98 degrees. Canyonlands was about the same. There is not a whole lot of walking to do at Canyonlands. The parking lots were right near the sights. There were some hikes to take to see some of the arches (in both areas)...but we just drove to the end loop and exited at Arches National Park (saw the warning light).

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