Legends and Sparks Marina – Sparks, Nevada 6/27/2013

JUNE 27, 2013 (Thursday)

 

Lazy morning, coffee, breakfast, reading, TV.

After we had a late lunch (leftovers, yummy), we left to try to find the Sparks Fire Department to take a picture for our son. He thought it would be cool because of the apparent oxymoron of it all. So, is there a town called Burning? Does it have a Fire Department? Anyway, the road was closed because there was a farmers market going on. Found a great play fountain for kids though.

A nice commercial section enroute to the Firehouse.

A nice commercial section enroute to the Firehouse.

A nice shopping area.

A nice shopping area.

Perfect for the kids on a hot day.

Perfect for the kids on a hot day.

We’ll try again later. We then headed for the Sparks Marina. How beautiful it is. 2 billion gallons of water, 81 acres, swimming area, playgrounds, boat launch. We drove all the way around, as much as we could. There’s even an area where it’s kinda like Venice in that the homes are built right on the canal and there are all sorts of water craft below each house. Though none with motors, rather only electric motors or paddles allowed. I could live there. Fun.

Sparks Marina playground

Sparks Marina playground

Swimming area.

Swimming area.

The Lake area.

The Lake area.

Houses on the water.

Houses on the water.

Little Venezia

Little Venezia

After the Sparks Marina, we drove a little further to Legends. Legends is a huge upscale outlet mall type thing but it’s really cool. It has really nice water features going on, like a place for the kids to run around rocks and get wet with the water squirting up. Also lovely sculptures and things to read as you walk along. Nice stores.

One of the walkways into the stores.

One of the walkways into the stores.

Four of five of these sculpture, rock, water features along the way, Water would come gushing up near the fish statuary.

Four of five of these sculpture, rock, water features along the way, Water would come gushing up near the fish statuary.

A really big and really neat fish statue made of fish statues.

A really big and really neat fish statue made of fish statues.

 

Another angle on the fish fish statue.

Another angle on the fish fish statue.

Ichthyosaur skeleton statue with waterfall in background.

Ichthyosaur skeleton statue with waterfall in background.

We went into Scheels, we were told we should stop and see it. What fun. It is a 3 story sporting goods store. There is a huge arching aquarium when you walk into the store. Beyond that they have a ferris wheel in the center of the building. Of course we had to ride it. It was $1 per person. What a deal. Michael wanted to rock it but after he tried it once, he and I both put a death grip on the safety bars. Fun.

Very large aquarium.

Very large aquarium.

There were two arches as well as three pillars that comprised the aquarium.

There were two arches as well as three pillars that comprised the aquarium.

The Ferris Wheel

The Ferris Wheel

Grumpy old man on a ferris wheel

Grumpy old man on a ferris wheel

Pretty woman on the ferris wheel.

Pretty woman on the ferris wheel.

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Then we walked around the building and saw the stuffed animals, merchandise and just all the different things. They have talking latex Presidents – JFK, Ronald Reagan , Truman, Roosevelt, Jefferson, Adams, Washington, etc. The Jefferson animatronic was very revolutionary in their speech. Fun. Nice store.

Jefferson, this man was a revolutionary, just read some of his works!  He'd be arrested today.

Jefferson, this man was a revolutionary, just read some of his works! He’d be arrested today.

Easily over 100 stuffed animals throughout the store.

Easily over 100 stuffed animals throughout the store.

Over a hundred.

Over a hundred.

A bush plane in the window!

A bush plane in the window!

Kinda over the top.

Kinda over the top.

Nicely stuffed.

Nicely stuffed.

Lots of nice guns, 2 box limit on ammo.

Lots of nice guns, 2 box limit on ammo.

After that we went back to our “home.” It’s hot out and we’re just vegging and running the air for all it’s worth. Michael is going to make shrimp for dinner and I’m making the salad. 

Edie made the salad, I cooked the shrimp.

Edie made the salad, I cooked the shrimp.

Maybe a swim later.

Hope your day was great!

 

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