Saturday, October 27, 2012

Desert Driving: Reno To Las Vegas To Portland

We drove from Las Vegas to Reno in one fairly long day, stayed overnight at a very pleasant Hilton Garden Inn, and dropped in on the Peppermill Casino, a spot we haven't visited it in a few years.

We enjoyed our surprisingly reasonably-priced meal in their new (to us) Asian restaurant, CHI.

Today we drove from Reno up to Portland. The GPS led us along a very scenic route for the first few hours. Ironically, it was only when we hit I-5 around Eugene for the last two hours of our drive that we hit literally stop-and-go traffic. Some of it may have had something to do with all of the cars festooned with symbols revealing that the occupants are fans of the Oregon Ducks.

The Ducks had just whipped Colorado 70-14.

We're now snugly ensconced at the Portland Airport Sheraton, where we visited the Lounge to sample the appetizers and wine before returning to our room.

Over the past few days we have savored some of our favorite country to drive through - desert landscapes, distant mountains, big skies and little traffic - other than on I-5.

It was fun along the way to spot a major flyway for commercial aircraft, with contrails crisscrossing the sky.

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