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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That was our day. Hope yours was great!