In the past 48 hours


…visited Great Salt Lake, Utah – 2nd saltiest body of water in the world, smelly, full of sand fleas and quite shallow. It also seems to be the world’s capital of large ugly spiders (that’s my thinking, anyway)

spiders everywhere in great salt lake

mucky smelly great salt lake

Great Salk Lake, Utah

…drove through Nevada and were quite surprised that it’s not all dry and desert-like everywhere.

Nevada northeast






…camped in the high desert at Winnemucca, had a terrific swim in the pool, a great dinner of steak and veggies with a good wine and the most amazing evening just appreciating our surroundings and our good fortune.

great dinner great view in Nevada desert

…stopped for gas and found the oddest sign in the ladies’ room

sign at Elko gas station

…stopped in Lovelock, NV to buy a lock and put it on a chain behind the courthouse to lock our love forever, as is a custom in China.

courthouse lovelock
our lock






…drove through Reno, NV, then on to Lake Tahoe (California and Nevada sides).

lake tahoe beach





…stopped at the beach in Lake Tahoe, stood on the sand, tested the cool water.  It was windy and cool, so we weren’t inclined to stay.

…went to a distillery where they make a peanut butter flavoured vodka.  Imagine that mixed with chocolate liqueur – just like a peanut butter cup!  Too bad it’s not on the market yet.

…drove back to the campsite to stop for the night and have dinner and a bit of gambling at the casino next door – mistake!!!  Casino allows smoking, restaurant was overpriced and bland.  We bet $1, then left to find another restaurant in another town.  Our urge to gamble was cured (pardon the pun).

…drove back to Reno to find a decent restaurant.  Stopped an older diner that’s been featured on the Food Network in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  It was smoke free thankfully.  I had spaghetti with garlic bread, Leon had a roast beef sandwich with weird bbq sauce.  We shared the chocolate pistachio cake slice.  Not worth the calories.

restaurant in reno

…took photos in front of the wedding chapel.  They even have a drive through window, if you are in a real hurry!

wedding chapel Reno, NV
wedding chapel 2
drive thru chapel






…stopped at the local wine store to find the Yellow Tail Aussie wines all selling for $4.99 a bottle!!!  I couldn’t get it that cheap in Australia!!

We are off to the Napa Valley tomorrow.  It’s cool and windy outside our camper, so we are snuggled in for the night.  Nite all…

6 thoughts on “In the past 48 hours

  1. I don’t know if that will work if you won’t be in our area until next week. We leave on the
    25th (Wednesday) and don’t return until the 29th(Sunday). It is a time share and we are not able to cancel/change the dates. Perhaps you could come sooner, or after we get back. For some reason I thought you would be up in our neck of the woods before then. Let us know if we can still meet up, if not I hope you enjoy Oregon. Its almost as
    pretty as B.C. where I grew up.


    • I am not really sure of when we will be there. It depends on how much we are enjoying Napa. We don’t really have to be in BC until end of the month. Don’t worry, if we can meet up, that’s great. If not, we certainly appreciate the invitation.

      Enjoy your holiday too!


      • I hear the Napa Valley is very pretty with all the vineyards and tasting rooms. Enjoy!
        When you get to Oregon it also has some very nice wines and great tasting rooms, especially if you drive up highway 99 West. There are some south of Eugene and many more north of Monmouth. Depending on your time frame, you might want to drive to Portland on 99W instead of the freeway. Just a suggestion.


    • Cheri, it’s Sunday afternoon and we are camped in the Oregon Dunes park for the night. If you have time tomorrow, we can come by and visit. If not, don’t put yourself out. Let me know.


  2. Catherine:
    I am Marlene’s cousin and have read all your e-mails since you headed to Australia. We are located in Oregon just 30 miles north of Eugene and 80 miles south of Portland. If you are headed up the I-5 interstate highway, we are just 12 miles west
    of the highway. Would you and Leon like to come and stay overnight, sleep in a
    real bed, do some laundry, and have a glass of wine after dinner by our campfire?
    I didn’t realize how quickly you would be travelling across the country, or we would
    have invited you sooner to stay with us. Hope you have time to add us into your
    itinerary. Let me know, and I will send you travel instructions to get to our place.

    Cheri Sheldrake
    7110 NW Oak Creek Drive
    Corvallis, OR, 97330


    • Thanks Cheri. We would love to meet you. I figure it will be almost a week before we are in your neighbourhood. I’ll keep you updated on our whereabouts and hope that’s no trouble. C


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