Truckee River Tubing – Reno, Nevada 7/5/2013

JULY 5, 2013 (Friday)

 

What a fun day. Around 11:30 AM we left our room and went across the street to a little Mexican restaurant and had lunch. Pretty good burritos and reasonable prices (under $15.00 for two large burritos and a drink).

Fashioned after Chipotle, they toast the burrito and then fill it with what you want.

Fashioned after Chipotle, they toast the burrito and then fill it with what you want.

After that we just kinda walked around and looked at what was playing at the movies. We walked a little around River walk and heard some music calling us in the direction of Wingfield Park. We headed that way and it was so lovely hearing the music of “Les Miserables” wafting through the air from what looked like an entire orchestra. Fantastic.

After awhile we had to pull ourselves away (didn’t want to but wanted to do the tubing trip) to go check in for the river adventure. We were given our tubes to carry to the “bus” that would take us up the river and drop us off. I was a little hesitant to get into the river because Michael had been telling me how cold it was. We were also worried about having to wade through parts of the river because the water level was so low. Well, we got into the river and it wasn’t bad at all, actually quite pleasant as it was a hot day. We floated down through calm water, and white water with drops and churning water. Fun. We had to make sure our butts were up quite a bit or else we’d get butt slapped and that hurt. The whole adventure took about two hours. I would highly recommend it. Great fun, water was refreshing, and no problem (other than the multitude of rocks). I think I had much more fun than Michael, tho, because every time I looked at him, he did not look happy. I am so thankful that he’s such a good sport and goes along with my crazy desires.

A pretty woman getting into the Truckee River for a 4+ mile float down stream.

A pretty woman getting into the Truckee River for a 4+ mile float down stream.

I came through the right side of the bridge and then lost my hat and water rolling ass over tea kettle in the little white water.  Not my finest hour.

I came through the right side of the bridge and then lost my hat and water rolling ass over tea kettle in the little white water. Not my finest hour.

Drags everyone (except Edie) under for awhile.  Very deceptive from a tube.

Drags everyone (except Edie) under for awhile. Very deceptive from a tube.

We both made it over this wall just fine.  Notice the Dad in red shirt with his two sons.

We both made it over this wall just fine. Notice the Dad in red shirt with his two sons.

River walk is very lovely, nice parks.

River walk is very lovely, nice parks.

Big brother going first.

Big brother going first.

Dad went and is underneath, little brother is entering.

Dad went and is underneath, little brother is entering.

Dad surfaced, little brother underneath.

Dad surfaced, little brother underneath.

Little brother pops up.

Little brother pops up.

We were surprised when we got out that we had lost our sun screen, a bottle of water, Michael’s small knife, and his hat. We had been warned that things would float away but we didn’t listen. Next time we will. Wonder what else is in the river that people have lost.

This is where Edie and I crawled out of the river after our adventure.

This is where Edie and I crawled out of the river after our adventure.

The yellow caution sign on the side of the bridge reads, "Exit River Now" . Our first week here two young men drowned further down river from this point.  Fun place but very serious.

The yellow caution sign on the side of the bridge reads, “Exit River Now” . Our first week here two young men drowned further down river from this point. Fun place but very serious.

We came “home” and took showers. We heard on the news (while in our “home”) that a singer from The Voice, Whitney Myer, was going to be playing this evening at Wingfield Park. We looked down from our window into the park and saw hundreds of people and the singing had started. We walked across the street in time to hear a wonderful local singer, Grace. I also got to meet her proud mom. She was the opening act for Whitney Myer. Whitney came on the stage and we listened for two or three songs and then left.

Grace, opening act for Whitney Myer from the Voice, team Adam.  Grace had a beautiful voice.

Grace, opening act for Whitney Myer from the Voice, team Adam. Grace had a beautiful voice.

Whitney Myer from The Voice, team Adam. The one on the other side of the fence.

Whitney Myer from The Voice, team Adam. The one on the other side of the fence.

Whitney chatting with friends.

Whitney chatting with friends.

At last, on stage, excellent singer and guitarist.

At last, on stage, excellent singer and guitarist.

We headed off to the Grand Sierra Resort to watch the choreographed ballroom dancing. We decided to have dinner first at a restaurant inside the Grand Sierra. Michael had fish and chips and I had a bowl of chili. Was good, not great, but it filled us up. (About $20 with tip.) We finally found the ballroom just as hundreds of people were leaving one ballroom and going into another. We asked a lady if it was okay to observe and she said sure so we walked in after everyone else. We watched several dances. It was really fascinating how everyone could move together like that. Loved it. We especially liked the matching colored outfits most couples wore.

Never heard of it.

Never heard of it.

Square dance has Callers.  Ballroom has Cuers.

Square dance has Callers. Ballroom has Cuers.

Some of the dancers on one side of the room.  I think at least 300 to 400 dancers.

Some of the dancers on one side of the room. I think at least 300 to 400 dancers.

Fun to watch, almost like Tai Chi set to music.

Fun to watch, almost like Tai Chi set to music.

They were working hard to be perfect.

They were working hard to be perfect.

The couple in black are our acquaintances that told us about Choreographed Ballroom Dancing.

The couple in black are our acquaintances that told us about Choreographed Ballroom Dancing.

The men die first.  I found it poignant.  Women dancing with women or alone, doing what they love in the absence of the one they loved.  Edie think's they are doing it because their men are crappy partners.

The men die first. I found it poignant. Women dancing with women or alone, doing what they love in the absence of the one they loved. Edie think’s they are doing it because their men are crappy partners.

On the way out I gambled (and won) a little. Fun when you win. We are now back in our room and getting ready for bed. Hope your day was grand!

 

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