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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Snapshots of a Road Trip - Part 2

Our road trip was a big success and we had a great time, even with as much time as we spent in the car. There's so much to see and do if you know where to look. I did a lot of research in the weeks leading up to our trip to know where I wanted to stop and see notable things. We would have done more out-of-the-way things if we had more time, but we only gave ourselves a day to drive to Reno, then to drive to Vegas, and the same on the way back. 

Our Reno - Las Vegas road trip was a big success and we had a great time. There's so much to see and do if you know where to look.

Here are some of the things we saw/did that I'll probably talk more about in future posts, because at least a few of these are worth the detour to check out.

Just me chilling at  a good rest stop. We stopped at different ones on the way back and I particularly liked this one that didn't have real parking, but had some big rocks as features in between the picnic tables in the picnic corral. I don't know what they call it, but that's what I called it, since they were in a fenced in circle, then the road was on the outside, then the restrooms and a gas station on the perimeter.

4 miles from our route was a free museum. Goldwell Open-Air Museum is a great place to stretch your legs and see some out-of-the-box sculptures.  

One of the coolest things you'll see anywhere is this Last Supper 1984 by Albert Szukalski. He creates his works with "ghosts", which is really impactful. There are two other of his ghosts here that are much smaller than this focal point, but you should stop for the variety in the handful of pieces on the grounds. 

There's also this metal boxes installation. It changes from all different angles. From The Last Supper, it looked like doorways, closer up it looked like a square, and closer still, you saw all of it and it's contrasting colors. It made some great photo ops.

There's clearly a lot of desert in Nevada, and I'd love to spend a little more time Beatty, besides the awesome nut and candy shop. Apparently, it's the gateway to Death Valley...and also their sign is cool.

On my last road trip through the area, I missed stopping in Goldfield both ways, because on the way there it was super late and on the way back it was super early. It's very small, but cute...though I'm not sure what they want me to do when I'm staying awhile, because their sign is keeping me in suspense.

Right outside of Goldfield is the International Car Forest, which I've been wanting to visit for a long time. The guy who started it acquired cars and then buried them in the ground. Artists have come and put their artwork on large portions and other people have added their own flavor, making each car unique and cool in its own way. 

There was a full-size bus, and also what appeared to be a delivery van that you could open the back of and see all the graffiti inside. All of it was amazing. There's even a little welcome shack that accepts donations and has a guest book you can sign.

We passed by and over a lot of bodies of water, but none were so pretty as this marina. The clouds gave it a surreal quality and the colors were so bold, you'd swear that they were fake. This is exactly how it showed up on my phone camera.

This town wasn't anything special, but their local football(?) team was geese that they called honkers and this sign made me giggle so hard on our way through the first time that I was determined to get a picture on the way back. They also had a bar called Jock's. Right on the edge of town was a fantastic restaurant with fresh-made food that served us the biggest drinks we've ever had (that you can see at the end of this post.

I don't know what this was, but there were a lot of empty buildings and remnants of buildings. I thought this one had some good character. I'd love to know what it was in the past.

Walter Lake is a beautiful area that I've stopped at in the past. Sportsmans Beach has these awesome camping spots for RVs with these cool covered picnic tables to shelter you from the wind and rain. It's right off the highway, but it's really quiet and overlooks the lake and even has public restrooms.

That's it for now. Stay tuned for more posts on what happened in between the road, including OmegaMart, The Museum of Dream Space, and all the amazing art we saw around Vegas and Reno.

What's been your favorite road trip and what made it special for you?

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