Reno, Nevada – 7/16/2014

 

JULY 16, 2014 (Wednesday)

 

Time is flying by. It’s Wednesday already. Another hot day, but not as hot. The sky is a little grey. We were told there is a small fire somewhere and that’s the reason for the darker skies. Also, it’s supposed to rain.

We ventured out around noon and went over to Wingfield Park. They were having Jazz on the River. We listened for a little bit and then took the path past the pavilion and walked for quite a bit.

The Jazz group, they were pretty good.  The horns were hurting my ears though.  I really need to carry a pair of ear plugs for loud venues.

The Jazz group, they were pretty good. The horns were hurting my ears though. I really need to carry a pair of ear plugs for loud venues.

This couple was cutting a pretty mean rug, what ever that means...

This couple was cutting a pretty mean rug, what ever that means…

It’s a lovely walk that you can either do briskly or leisurely. We’re old and took leisurely. We were both surprised at the amount of dogs taking their owners for a walk. So many cute ones. We’re missing our Kiki. We saw one – a chihuahua pug mix – called a chug. Very cute. Face of pug, body of chihuahua.

The Truckee is lovely through Reno.

The Truckee is lovely through Reno.  Lots of little rapids and a few ducks.

A 4 year old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel with cataracts.

A 4 year old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel with cataracts.

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Colorful fist silhouettes lined the fence.

Colorful fist silhouettes lined the fence.

A cleaver fellow set up a store for his pottery on the park lawn.  It was all very nice and fairly spendy.

A cleaver fellow set up a store for his pottery on the park lawn. It was all very nice and fairly spendy.

Pioneer days.

Pioneer days.  In memory of the trail blazers.

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These folks have a fair bit of excess cash.

These folks have a fair bit of excess cash.

While we were walking we noticed a young man on a rock in the river, actually in the river. He appeared dead to us. As we approached we saw another young man trying to wake him up. He finally did, but it took awhile. It appeared the guy was so drunk he had just passed out there. I couldn’t stand it, him just lying there in the sun getting fried and possibly drowning. I called 9-1-1. It took almost an hour for a police officer to respond. He woke the guy up and had him walk out of the river. Once the guy was out we talked to him for a little bit. He told us he’s been arrested several times for drunk in public. I asked him if he didn’t think he had a problem and he said he couldn’t help it or fix it. Poor guy. I fear he will end up dead soon.

Poor drunk.

Poor drunk.  After being chased out of the river, he caught up with us, children this is why you should not drink in excess.

Anyway, while we were waiting for the police (and keeping an eye out on the young man so he wouldn’t drown), we got to talking to another gentleman. He’s a fourth generation Reno resident. He gives walks in Old Italy. Nice man named Larry. We think the next time we’re in Reno, we’ll take the tour. Just in the short time we talked with him, we learned quite a bit about Reno and the history in the area. http://www.historicreno.org/index.php/2013-03-15-22-02-09/walking-tours

It’s always fun when you just happen upon someone like that.

Larry, the docent.

Larry, the docent.

Larry's truck, positive proof that he is a character.

Larry’s truck, positive proof that he is a character.

Birds are plentiful.

Birds are plentiful.

Edie's penchant.

Edie’s penchant.

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The rafters and kayakers really enjoyed the rapids.

The rafters and kayakers really enjoyed the rapids.

I must think about the action of the water that propels the kayak forward and holds it at the base of the fall.

I must think about the action of the water that propels the kayak forward and holds it at the base of the fall.

After our walk we went back “home” for awhile and had leftovers for lunch. We also just lazed around, read, watched TV, and waited while housekeeping straightened up the room. Around 4:00 PM, we went out again. . We heard the mariachi band playing, which was fun. We went straight to The Chocolate Bar. It’s a place we found last year and really enjoyed the food and drinks. Between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, they have happy hour and some drinks and appetizers are half off. 

Michael didn’t want a drink but I wanted to try something. I asked the server what he would suggest and he said the red lotus was his favorite. I said I’d like to try it. DELICIOUS. The only thing I would change about it would be the sour tasting pomegranate sugar on the rim. The drink itself had pomegranate vodka, strawberries, mango, and pineapple juice. So very good. Michael stuck to water. Michael ordered pan seared scallops on a bed of mushrooms and lettuce, along with a house salad. I ordered chicken marsella with mashed potatoes and vegetables. My dinner was excellent and beautifully presented on a square plate. Michael said the scallops were fishy and he didn’t eat all of them. After dinner we split a chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream. It also had a sliced strawberry and raspberry sauce. So yummy and perfect for splitting.

Red Lotus.

Red Lotus.  A big hit with Edie.

Pan seared scallops, not a hit with me.

Pan seared scallops, not a hit with me.

Edie's chicken, she always wins.  I just need to copy whatever she orders.

Edie’s chicken, she always wins. I just need to copy whatever she orders.

The house salad was good.

The house salad was good.

Chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream, sliced strawberry and raspberry syrup, the best.

Chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream, sliced strawberry and raspberry syrup, the best.

After dinner we walked down several blocks near the river, crossed the bridge, and then headed back down the side of the river with waterfalls and beautiful metal sculpture. It’s sad, however, that people are destroying the sculptures. It is very lovely, even with just pieces left. We crossed over at Wingfield Park and people were still waiting on the mariachi band. We decided to head back to our home and get comfortable.

The duck sleeping spot.

The duck sleeping spot.

I really like the ravens in almost any form.

I really like the ravens in almost any form, except football, go 49ers.

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So sad, the wolf is gone.  I think the lesson is not to do unguarded public art in metal, use stone.

So sad, the wolf is gone. I think the lesson is not to do unguarded public art in metal, use stone.

I wanted to yell at the guy that it is child cruelty to leave that kid leaning against the wall like that.

I wanted to yell at the guy that it is child cruelty to leave that kid leaning against the wall like that.

Lots of playing in the river.

Lots of playing in the river.

That was our day. Hope yours was great!

 

 

 

 

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