Once we were done with that it was too late to head back to our unit, but too early for dinner, so we went to a guitar store to kill some time. They had a wood-paneled acoustic guitar room that Mike enjoyed drooling over. Then we went to a little barbeque place for dinner. It was the first time I wasn’t absolutely blown away by the food here in Reno. It was good, just not great. Overall, it was a great day with breathtaking views.
Today we went to Lake Tahoe. I can sum it all up in one word: B-E-A-YOO-TEE-FUL! We took a scenic route, and we really enjoyed the views. We were struck by how suddenly the trees appeared. It went from stark to stunning in the distance of a quarter mile. We stopped several times along the way to take pictures, and then stopped at a small town that had lots of shops and pretty scenes to take in.
We stopped in a Hospice Attic Thrift Store and I found a Lake Tahoe souvenir t-shirt. Thrift stores are a great way to get cheap souvenirs! We had lunch at a place called the Log Cabin, which is famous for their breakfasts. Mike ordered off the lunch menu, but I got an omelet with fresh garlic, ham, and cheddar cheese. It came with an apple muffin and potatoes, and was delicious. Garlic in eggs…genius. Then we spent a little time on the shore of Lake Tahoe, and two Canadian Geese and a Mallard Duck came right up to us, probably hoping to get a handout. After lunch we did some more driving and picture-taking, then headed back to Reno to visit San Rafael State Park. They had an arboretum and botanical garden that was absolutely beautiful. There were rabbits everywhere, and we also saw a woodchuck who let me get close enough to take good pictures.Quite possibly my favorite picture of the whole trip.